USFA is the National Governing body for the sport of Fistball in the United States, as recognized by the International Fistball Association.
USFA Announces New Women’s Fistball Program
2021 World Championship in Switzerland this Summer
The United States Fistball Association is proud to announce the launch of their new Women’s Fistball Program, functioning as both a competitive national team, and athlete development program.
USFA is seeking athletes to learn Fistball, and try out for this year’s Women’s National team, who will compete in the 2021 Women’s World Championships in Switzerland, July 13-17.
What is Fistball?
Fistball is a net sport, similar to volleyball and tennis. Two teams of 5 players play on opposite sides of a large grass court. The court is divided in half by a small net, lower than a volleyball net.
The goal is to hit the ball over the net into the opponent’s half so it cannot be returned. The ball can only be hit with one arm or a closed fist, but the ball may bounce once before each contact, as in tennis. 3 arm/fist contacts & 3 bounces are allowed to return the ball over the net.
What is the USA Women’s Fistball Program?
The USA Women’s Fistball Program was established to spread awareness and competition of Fistball to new audiences & athletes nationwide. The program’s functions are:
1. To encourage local growth of Women’s Fistball through clinics, demonstrations, and a variety of Fistball competitions.
2. To organize & host national team training sessions and develop individual athlete’s Fistball skillset.
3. To attend a yearly international competition representing the USA. Events include:
Upcoming Clinics & Practices
The USA Women’s Program will continue to post updates on domestic and international events throughout the year. Complete our New Player Questionnaire and get in touch via email@example.com to learn more about the sport and opportunities to play in 2021.
In-person clinics & practices for the National Team will take place through March & April in New Jersey & Pennsylvania. If you are interested but do not live nearby, please reach out to make arrangements. The 10 player national team roster for the 2021 Women’s World Championship will be selected by April 25th.
Athletes aged 16+ are eligible. All events will follow Covid-19 safety protocol including masking, distancing, and sanitizing.
The USA Women’s Fistball Program is led by Cory Dahn & Matthew Ogin. Ogin coached Women’s Volleyball at Rutgers-Camden from 2007-2010, served as trainer and assistant coach of the USA Women’s Fistball Teams at the 2014 World Championship & 2015 Pan-American Championship.
Dahn has coached youth club Fistball since 2018 at the Swim & Sport Club (Roxbury, NJ). He served as head coach of the USA Youth Boys team at the 2018 Under-18 World Championships.
Dahn and Ogin both recently competed with Team USA at the 2019 Men’s Fistball World Championship, in Winterthur, Switzerland.
United States Fistball Association Seeking U18
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.
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