Roxbury Manager John Shepherd, US Fistball Association President Bob Feid, US Fistball Association N.E. Director Werner Adam, Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall, Roxbury Recreation Director Keith Knudsen
Photo Credit: Roxbury Township

ROXBURY, NJ – The United States Fistball Association (USFA) and the Roxbury Township Mayor and Council have agreed to partner together to host the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships. The tournament will take place next summer from July 11 to 15 at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna.

This past summer, the International Fistball Association, based in Linz, Austria, awarded the United States to become the host country for the 2018 Men’s & Women’s U18 Fistball World Championships. The expectation is for our local players to participate in this 4-day event, competing against the best young men’s and woman’s teams from eight to 10 countries.

This should bring more than 600 players, coaches and fans to Roxbury. Countries participating should be from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and others.

Fistball has a long history in Roxbury, having been played since 1938 at the Swim and Sport Club. Fistball dates back to the mid-sixteenth century with modern day roots being played mostly in Europe starting in the 1870s.

The International Fistball Association was formed to unify the many fistball sport clubs. Around the world. Currently, 65 countries representing every continent around the world participate in organized fistball.

The United States Fistball Association have been represented in both men’s, and women’s international competitions all over the world.

This fistball event will be the second time Roxbury and the USFA has teamed together.  In the summer of 2015, Roxbury and the USFA hosted the historic Pan American Fistball games played at the Swim and Sport Club.

“Hosting the World Fistball Championships at Horseshoe Lake will be a great opportunity for local people to come out and see what a great sport Fistball is, said USFA President Rob Feid. 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.”

Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley said the 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,” Crowley said. “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.

Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd said Roxbury will be “a gracious host as participants and spectators will be able to enjoy our many local recreational opportunities” in the township. “We have many local restaurants and hotels to accommodate this event. Our international visitors might want to explore New York City, which is a short train ride away from the Roxbury train station.”

Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall said the tournament will offer the township and the surrounding communities “a high level of exposure to this exciting sport and provide them with a better understanding and appreciation” of the game. “This will then translate into a desire to learn more about the sport and participate,” he said.

Interested media outlets, corporate sponsors and questions about the 2018 Men’s & Women’s Under-18 World Championship can be forwarded to Feid at b.feid@usfistball.com. 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

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(L to R) Cory Dahn, Kris Graham, Theo Theodorakoglu, Pat White, Ryan Lampman celebrate their championship victory!

FEASTERVILLE, PA – In the inaugural US Fistball National Championship, Swim and Sport Club (Flanders, NJ) took the crown after a thrilling 3-2 victory over South Jersey FC (Maple Shade, NJ).

SSC took down a formidable Fab Fünf squad from Phoenix Sport Club (Feasterville, PA) in straight sets in the first semi-final matchup (11-9, 11-6). The Fab Fünf attack was led by Kyle Ejsmont on his return from playing with TuS Kremsmünster in Austria. Newcomer A.J. Fesmire proved to be a vital defensive asset alongside veterans Rodrigo Sahasquet and Matt Ayling.

In the other semi-final matchup, South Jersey FC took on the Phoenix Phenom, also from Feasterville, PA. The two teams played each other tough in pool play, and managed to tie in score on the very last play. This time around, however, SJFC were poised to go through to the finals, sweeping Phenom by a score of 11-7, 11-6. Phoenix Phenom had a triumvirate of Macquarie players; Spencer Macquarie led an impressive attack, with his brother Trip and father Malcolm in the defense. Evan Morris anchored the middle of the field with superb setting and timely attacks, while Angelo Fattore provided much needed defense and play-making abilities.

The final was set: SSC vs South Jersey. 

South Jersey came out firing, with Todd Strassberger serving up several aces past the SSC defense. The rain proved to be a factor in the final, as both teams took advantage of the slick surface. However, it was the defensive unit of John Cunningham, John Jacob, and 17 year old Jason Campbell that had the advantage at the start. After taking the first two games with the same score of 11-7, South Jersey looked well on their way to securing the first USFA title. Theo Theodorakoglu and SSC had other plans.

After making some minor changes to their defense, SSC were finally able to start defending the relentless attack of Todd Strassberger and Mat Ogin. The experience of Pat White and Kris Graham, along with the energy of newcomer Ryan Lampman, proved to be the edge in this matchup. The next two sets were taken 11-8 by SSC, and set up a deciding game 5.

SSC got off to a great start in game 5, leading 6-3 at the half. From there, SSC did not lose their lead, taking the final set 11-7. 

“I feel proud. I’m happy and electrified,” says SSC striker Theo Theodorakoglu. “The base for our success was the defense. That was the key thing, especially in the last game. As soon as the defense adapted to Todd [Strassberger]’s attack, that was the key thing.”

Theodorakoglu’s teammate and SSC captain Cory Dahn was pleased at the level of play. “This was arguably our most competitive tournament of the year,” Dahn explained. “Theo [Theodorakoglu] kept us in every game with consistent serving and challenging strikes. Our whole squad pushed the line on every set, but we were getting beat by strong striking.”

After a long, competitive summer of fistball, Dahn praised his championship-winning team as well as their New Jersey rivals, South Jersey. “I admire Mat Ogin and John Jacob’s ability to bring in rookies and turn them into fistballers by the day’s end. Big ups to their squad, I look forward to what the Salmons will bring to next year’s events.”

Rankings:

1. SSC 2. SJFC 3. Phoenix Fab Fünf 3. Phoenix Phenom

Team Rosters:
SSC: Theo Theodorakoglu, Pat White, Kris Graham, Cory Dahn, Ryan Lampman
SJFC: Mat Ogin, Todd Strassberger, John Jacob, John Cunningham, Jason Campbell
Fab Fünf: Kyle Ejsmont, AJ Fesmire, Matt Ayling, Rodrigo Sahasquet, Mike Ayling
Phoenix Phenom: Spencer Macquarrie, Trip Macquarrie, Malcolm Macquarrie, Angelo Fattore, Evan Morris

The details for the 2018 US Fistball National Championships are to be determined. They will be available at http://www.usfistball.com/ or at facebook.com/fistball.

USFA is the National Governing body for the sport of Fistball in the United States, as recognized by the International Fistball Association (IFA).

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United States recognized with first Fistball World Championships
By Wendy Stanton

Roxbury, NJ – June 29, 2017

Linz, Austria: The International Fistball Association (IFA) has just announced that the 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships has been awarded for the very first time to the United States of America! The Fistball World Championships will be sponsored by the United Sates Fistball Association (USFA) – the USA federated member of the IFA and will be held in Roxbury, New Jersey from July 11th to 15th 2018.

This award is a very significant achievement and defining event for the USFA as it is the first Fistball World Championships in the USA and it signifies the recognition by the international Fistball community that USA Fistball has confidently and firmly landed on the world’s highly competitive stage.

The IFA award is the result of the USFA’s concentrated, coordinated, and committed efforts over the past several years to introduce, train, and form men’s, women’s, boys, and girls Fistball teams to compete in national and international Fistball competitions.

“We have worked hard to encourage both adults and young people to give Fistball a try. With Men’s, Women’s, Masters and now Youth teams competing internationally, we have set the stage for the USA to increase their presence on the field” – Bob Feid, USFA President.

“Historically, organized and competitive Fistball has been played in sport clubs here in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for close to 90 years. The recent ground swell of interested High School athletes and steady growth with the youth teams brings renewed momentum and hopes for a bright Fistball future for upcoming national and International competitions” – Werner Adam, USFA Director, Northeast Region.

The 2018 U18 Fistball World Championships will feature teams from around the world including South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. As this is a showcase event for the USA as well as Roxbury, the USFA welcomes volunteers, corporate sponsorships and group fundraising to bring the best quality event to Morris County, New Jersey.

If you are curious and would like to see what Fistball is all about, there is an upcoming Fistball tournament July 8th at the Swim and Sport Club in Roxbury featuring national and club team members. This competition is the last local appearance of the USA U18 girls and boy’s teams before they leave for the European Fistball Championships July 15th and 16th in Switzerland.

Additional information about Fistball, the USFA and the U18 teams can be found on Facebook and the USFA website www.usfistball.com or contact Bob Feid at b.feid@usfistball.com

Follow US Fistball and the U18 on Facebook or Twitter: @USFistball @USAFistball

To support the U-18 Teams, please visit the U-18 Youth Fundraiser page.

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Four students from Morris Hills HS and one from Morris Knolls HS are ready to represent the US in upcoming European Fistball Championship
By Wendy Stanton

Rockaway HS players on U-18 National Fistball Team Left to Right: Anish Sood, Alexis (Lexi) Levinson, Emma Dollase, Christine Connelly and Ryan Lampmann

Rockaway HS players on U-18 National Fistball Team Left to Right: Anish Sood, Alexis (Lexi) Levinson, Emma Dollase, Christine Connelly and Ryan Lampmann


Rockaway, NJ – June 15, 2017

In keeping with the United States Fistball Association’s mission to promote the sport of Fistball throughout the USA and abroad, the U18 Fistball program includes both a Men’s and Women’s National team. Notably there are five team members that hail from Rockaway, NJ on the team; Christine Connelly, Anish Sood, Alexis Levinson, Emma Dollase and Ryan Lampmann.

As part of the U18 National Fistball team they will compete on the world’s stage this July 2017 in Switzerland at the European Fistball Championships. Following the Championships, they have received a special invitation from the European Fistball Association to travel to the Swiss Olympic Training Center for additional training.

When asked about being a part of the US National Team, Christine remarked “It’s an amazing experience getting to represent the United States around the world.”

Anish commented that “Getting to meet new people and playing a new sport in a different county” was what he liked most about being on the US National team.

The teams home practice field is located at the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders, NJ where they recently held their annual dinner, officially announcing the teams, their captains and coaches.

Under the leadership and guidance of USFA President Bob Feid, the USFA Regional Directors and experienced coaching staff, the USFA is increasing the awareness of Fistball.

Follow the team for their training and upcoming local competitions on the U-18 Fistball Facebook Page or for more information on Fistball visit the USFA official website.

Due to the USA’s strong commitment and participation, the International Fistball Association has invited the USFA to host the 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships here in New Jersey. With U18 Fistball teams from all over the world competing in the USA, recruitment efforts are underway for additional U18 Men and Women team members to begin training. For additional information on the team and sponsorship opportunities contact Bob Feid, President, USFA at: b.feid@usfistball.com .

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Team USA preparing for European Championships in Switzerland
by Wendy Stanton

Bridgewater, NJ – June 2, 2017

In keeping with the United States Fistball Association’s mission to promote the sport of Fistball throughout the USA and abroad, 2 outstanding college athletes each from Penn State University and Iona College have joined Team USA as core members of the 2017 U18 Men’s and Women’s National Fistball Team. They along with their teammates will compete on the world’s stage this July 2017 in Switzerland at the European Fistball Championships.

Under the leadership and guidance of USFA President Bob Feid, the USFA Regional Directors and experienced coaching staff, the awareness and acceptance of Fistball is gathering momentum here in the USA resulting in the fielding of the first ever U18 Women’s National team who competed at the 2016 U18 World championships in Nuremburg, Germany finishing a very strong 5th place in the world.

The 2017 USA National Team includes 2016 National Team veteran Kate Tagliareni, Iona College student from Hackettstown, NJ and Penn State student Ryan Baumbusch from Bridgewater, NJ. Both athletes have played Fistball at the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders, NJ, home field for the U18 National Teams.

When asked about being a part of the US National Team, Ryan remarked “It’s a sport that not many people know here in the US. Being part of the team I hope we will be able to recruit and get people to try Fistball. It’s volleyball with a bounce!”

Kate’s experience last year was a key factor in her returning to the squad, “The friendships and bonds you create with others as well as being able to grow as a person and player throughout the entire experience.”

Following the conclusion of the World Championships, the u18 National Team was invited by special invitation from the European Fistball Association to train the Swiss Olympic Training Center.

Because of the USFA’s strong commitment and participation in international tournaments, the International Fistball Association has invited the USFA to host for the first time ever the 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships here in New Jersey. With U18 Fistball teams from all over the world competing in the USA, recruitment efforts are underway for additional U18 Men and Women team members to begin training to represent the USA as a National Team member in the exciting sport of Fistball. Please contact Bob Feid, President, USFA at: b.feid@usfistball.com

To support the U-18 Teams, please visit the U-18 Youth Fundraiser page.

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