The United States Fistball Association (USFA) is seeking male and female athletes under the age of 18 who are interested in competing in the Youth European Fistball Championships in Austria this summer from July 13th – 19th.

Tryouts are being held on January 29 and or February 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Roxbury High School gym located at 1 Bryant Dr in Succasunna. Anyone interested should email Bob Feid at: bobf2@optonline.net by January 28 to register for the tryouts.

Fistball is very similar to Volleyball in many ways so those with experience playing Volleyball will be able to learn the rules and techniques of Fistball much quicker. However, any male of female under the age of 18 (born during 2001 or later) interested in trying out are welcome to qualify for the U18 Fistball team. Outdoor practices will start in the Spring in Roxbury at the Swim and Sport Club.

Fistball is a very exciting and fast paced team sport consisting of five players on each team. Similar to Volleyball in many ways, Fistball also allows for three individual touches by players using a closed fist plus an added bounce allowed before each touch. As in volleyball, when receiving a serve from the opposing team, the idea is to save, set and spike the ball back into the opponent’s half of the field.

USFA President Bob Feid and USFA North East Director, Werner Adam played key roles in bringing the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships to Roxbury Township’s Horseshoe Lake fields and the Pan American Fistball Games to the Swim and Sport Club in 2015 and both are committed to expanding the sport giving young people more opportunities for competitive Fistball play.

The USFA has participated in many international tournaments with both Men’s and Women’s teams for several years now competing on the World Championship level. Fistball also has a long history in Roxbury, having been played at the Swim and Sport Club since the 1930’s competing against similar clubs in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over the years and is where players for both Men’s and Women’s U.S. National Teams are trained.

Here’s what USFA President Bob Feid had to say prior to the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships in July 2018:

“Hosting the U18 Fistball World Championships at Horseshoe Lake will be a great opportunity for local people to come out and see what a great sport Fistball is. Fistball is one of the few sports that can be played anywhere and with very little cost or experience. Our clinic and tryout process is designed to welcome any athlete from any sport. – Bob Feid USFA President

And what Roxbury Township Mayor Crowley said about Fistball:

Roxbury Township was very excited to host the Pan American Fistball Games in 2016. We are even more excited to have the opportunity to share our community with the players and fans attending the U18 2018 World Championships. Our fantastic Township facilities will showcase the interest we have in supporting sports and will allow our residents and neighboring communities to participate in a world event“. -Mark Crowley, Mayor, Township of Roxbury

You can follow the United States Fistball Association on: Facebook/USFistball, Twitter/USFistball, Instagram/USFistball and at www.usfistball.com

You can follow the International Fistball Association on: Facebook/IFA.Fistball, Twitter/IFA.Fistball, Instagram/IFA.Fistball and at www.ifa-fistball.com

By Wendy Stanton

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Dear friends of Fistball,

The IFA Youth and Sports Commission has started the work in 2016. An essential activity of the commission is the development of sustainable and forward-looking concepts concerning the promotion and dissemination
of fistball in the youth sector. Therefore the 1st youth congress during the last U 18 World Championship was conducted with the aim to encourage the cooperation of the member federations and
to promote the communication and the exchange of ideas.

In the meantime many activities to reach the named main aims were initiated. Therefore the IFA Youth and Sports Commission invites all interested trainers, sportsmen etc. to participate in the

2nd IFA Youth Congress 2018 on Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 6pm, Roxbury (USA)

in the framework of the IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championship in Roxbury / USA.

Please find the invitation with further information as a download here: Invitation Youth Congress

The 2nd IFA Youth Congress Agenda can be viewed below or downloaded.

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards

Uwe Schneider
Leitung Jugendkommission | Chair Commission of youth and sports

+49 173 65 88 102 | u.schneider@ifa-fistball.com

INTERNATIONAL FISTBALL ASSOCIATION (IFA)
Hölderlinstraße 26 | A-4040 Linz | Austria
office@ifa-fistball.com | www.ifa-fistball.com
ZVR 071465855

2nd IFA Youth Congress Agenda

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Click the pictures below to get a sneak peak 360 degree view of the official fistball of the U18 Fistball World Championships to be held in Roxbury, New Jersey on July 11th – 15th.

Official U18 Ludwig Men's Fistball

Official U18 Ludwig Women's Fistball

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U18 Women’s Coaching Staff L-R Assistant Coach Marc Stanton, Head Coach Steven Varrone

In continuing preparations for the 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships next July, the United States Fistball Association (USFA) announced the coaches for the U18 Women’s National Team.

Head Coach, Steven Varrone has been playing Fistball since the age of 8 with the Swim and Sport Club (SSC) in Roxbury, NJ. He has played through all divisions leading up to 1st Division in the Eastern Fistball Association (EFA). Experience in organized sports, including 15 years of coaching travel soccer and Little League baseball as well as serving as President of Middlesex Youth Soccer, he is well-prepared for the challenge of leading the U18 Women’s National Team.

Mr. Varrone also played Team Handball for the SSC for over 30 years, including selection to the 1991 Olympic Festival. He is still active in the sport and coordinates and coaches Team Handball for the SSC in the Northeast Team Handball League. Steve is employed as a Director in Verizon Communications and resides in Middlesex, NJ with his wife of 28 years.

“I’m looking forward to coaching the U-18 women’s team in the 2018 World Championships in Roxbury, NJ as well as the women that will be heading to Austria to participate in the Women’s World Championships.” – Steve Varrone

Joining the team as Assistant Coach is Marc Stanton. Mr. Stanton has played Fistball since he was a teen, also at the Swim and Sport Club. As part of the SSC Team, he has earned several Championship titles as well as selected to play in Germany, Switzerland and The Masters World Cup in Chile. In recent years, he has assisted the USA U18 Women in practices.

Marc also is an accomplished Team Handball player. Selected as goalie for the US National Team he trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. As goalie for the 1987 USA National Team, he was an invaluable member of the team that defeated Cuba in the 1987 Pan Am Games, to date, the only USA Men’s team to win a major International competition. Mr. Stanton lives in Hackettstown, NJ with his wife and family and is a foreman for Power Electric Company in Belleville.

Click here to view the Men’s Coach Announcement

The 2018 U18 Fistball World Championship will take place on July 11-15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Roxbury, New Jersey. USFA officials are working with the town of Roxbury and the Business Development Committee to have a successful event for teams, players, spectators and local businesses.

For all of the latest Fistball updates, follow the United States Fistball Association on Facebook (USFistball), Twitter (@USFistball), and Instagram (@USFistball) and at www.usfistball.com.

You can follow the International Fistball Association on Facebook (IFA.Fistball), Twitter (@IFA.Fistball) and Instagram (@IFA.Fistball) and at www.ifa-fistball.com.

Contact Information: Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Mr. Bob Feid, President, United States Fistball Association at b.feid@usfistball.com

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