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Gastão Englert spent the last four days on the East Coast of the United States training both the men’s and women’s US National fistball teams.  Gastão arrived in New Jersey on January 2nd for a weekend of intense coaching and training as well as officiating the first of the two United States Fistball Association’s indoor tournaments scheduled for back to back weekends in January. Gastão will then travel to Wisconsin where he will continue training both US Men’s and Women’s national team hopefuls as well as youth training, fistball promotion, and the second USFA Indoor Fistball tournament.

Gastão’s a Brazilian-born professional tennis coach who attended college in Germany where he honed his fistball skills and intellect.  Gastão’s won multiple world championships both as a player and as head coach of both Brazilian National teams.  He coached Brazil’s men’s and women’s national teams to world championships in both the World Games and the Fistball World Championships which are held in a different host country every 4 years.  Over the years, Gastão has developed into an ambassador for the sport of fistball visiting countries all over the world to teach anyone who will listen how to best play the sport.  The US was lucky enough to meet Gastão as his time coaching the Brazilian national team was coming to close.  He has visited the US several times over the last four years and has recently led the first ever US Women’s team to an 8th place finish at the World Championships held in Dresden, Germany.  Gastão pushed for the formation of a US Women’s National Team which will compete internationally for the second time at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in his home country of Brazil.   Gastão hopes his training and guidance will help push the US Men’s National Team to place higher than ever before at the Men’s Fistball World Championships to be held in Argentina in November later this year.

Gastão’s itinerary is as follows:

Pennsylvania

Men/Women’s US National Team Training: Fri Jan 2nd & 3rd East Coast Locations TBD

USFA Indoor Fistball Championship Tournament. Sun Jan 4th, 8 AM – 12 noon Tournament will feature WFA, SSC & Phoenix Sport club members. Fee $20-25. Get out and play a little, or come by to watch. http://warminstersportsplex.com/

Wisconsin

Men’s US National Team Training: Tue Jan 6th & 7th, 8 – 10 PM Prescott Center, West Bend
US National Team Training: Thu Jan 10th, 9 – 11 AM Oriole Lane Elementary, Mequon

WFA Indoor Championship Tournament Jan 11th, 2 PM – 6 PM Badger Middle School West Bend

USFA Board Meeting Jan 11th 7 pm

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Fistball Golf Outing Fundraiser WIMay 16th, 2015…Save the Date!

Come support the United States Fistball Association (USFA) and have a great time while you’re at it!  The USFA provides support for the US Men’s and Women’s national teams as well as youth fistball programs.

Golf, Beer, Food, Silent Auction, Door Prizes with a $500 GRAND PRIZE!

Scenic View Golf Course
Registration at 7:30 AM – Shot Gun Start at 8:00 AM
• Scramble Format
• 4 Players per Group

$85 per golfer includes:
• 18 Holes with Golf Cart
• Entry for the $500 Grand Prize door prize
• Free Beer (while the complimentary 1/4 Barrel lasts)
• Buffet Lunch at Scenic View Clubhouse

Non-Golfer’s guest lunch is available for $15.

Please pre-register as it allows the USFA and Scenic View to plan accordingly.

Pre-Registration Contact Information –
Lisa Kindler
Phone: (262) 844-7982
E-mail: lkindler@gmic.com

Golf Outing Registration Form

Sponsorship opportunities at every hole! USFA is a 5013C organization, so your entry fee/donations are tax deductible!

2015 Golf Outing

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US Team at the Faustball WM 2014 Opening Ceremony

Congratulations to the US National Team for achieving the best finish in US Fistball history in their very first foray into international competition.  If you missed out on the live stream, you can still watch games 2 and 3 of USA vs Argentina at the Faustball WM 2014.

The US team arrived in Switzerland two weeks ago to compete in the Obersee Masters tournament where they gained valuable international fistball experience and honed their skills.  An exhibition match against the Swiss U18 team prior to the Obersee Masters tournament resulted in the first US victory in international play.

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Team USA with Swiss U18 Team in Jona, Switzerland

The team then moved on to Stuttgart where they trained with TVS Stammheim and won another exhibition match against another Fistball World Championship newcomer…Colombia.

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Team USA with Colombian National Team in Stuttgart, Germany

At the World Championships in Dresden, Germany, the US team achieved an even higher level of play.  It was tough going on day 1 suffering losses to two top ranked teams in Brazil and Switzerland.  The following two days featured a tough loss to Chile followed by back to back thrilling victories over the Czech Republic and Colombia.  Those wins earned the US team a shot at 7th place against a tough Argentinian team.  Argentina proved to be too powerful as they took 7th place with a hard-fought win over the US team.

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Kay Crosby Literally Crushes the Ball

 

USA vs Brazil 0:3 Brazil (2:11, 5:11, 3:11)

USA vs Switzerland 0:3 Switzerland (6:11, 9:11, 6:11)

USA vs Chile 0:3 (5-11,8-11,8-11)

USA vs Czech Republic 3:0 (11-9,11-6,11-3)

USA vs Colombia 3:1 (11:4, 12:10, 8:11, 11:6)

USA vs Argentina 0:3 (6-11, 9-11,7-11)

 

The 8th place finish by the women’s team trumps the 2011 men’s teams 9th place finish for highest overall finish at a world championship and they did it in their international competition.  Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg for US Women’s Fistball…the team played close matches with top teams such as Switzerland, Chile, and Argentina and coach Gastão Englert believes the future is bright for the US Women’s team!

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US Team Celebrates their Best Ever Finish

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Bonnie Zobel Proudly Displays the US Flag at the Opening Ceremony

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US Team Puts on their Game Faces Prior to the Final Match vs Argentina

The US Team Captured 8th Place in their First Fistball World Championship

The US Team Captured 8th Place in their First Fistball World Championship

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Head Coach Gastão Englert Brings Commitment, Experience, and Motivation to the US Team

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Faustball WM 2014 photographers (Michael Huber, Ingo Stoldt, Felix Stoldt, Stefan Gusenleitner, Manfred Lindorfer, and Pete Buehning)

 

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US National Team

From various locations on the East Coast and the Midwest, US Women’s team members boarded taxis, buses, and then planes to begin the long journey to Switzerland where the team will begin its international adventures competing in the sport of fistball.

The US team will land in Switzerland on Friday July 25th, just in time to compete in an exhibition match against the Swiss U18 at the Obersee Masters tournament held annually in Jona, Switzerland.  The tournament is the largest annual outdoor fistball tournament in the world playing host to nearly 100 teams. Because the Quadrennial Women’s World Championships are being held in Dresden, German just one week later, over half of the international women’s teams will also compete in the Obersee Masters tournament this year making it a great tournament for the US Women’s team to get their international feet wet in.

The team is then off to Stuttgart, Germany where they will compete in a friendly exhibition match against Colombia as well as train with the TV Stammheim Bundesliga Faustball team in order to prepare for the 2014 World Championships that begin later in the week.  The exhibition was kindly organized by TV Stammheim Bundesliga Faustball. The US and Colombian teams will be seeing quite a bit of each other as both teams are competing at the Obersee Masters, training together in Stuttgart, and finally sharing a bus as well as the same pool as the World Championships.

The US Team’s trek through central Europe will conclude with the 2014 Faustball WM in Dresden, Germany July 30th to August 3rd. The US Women’s team will open competition on Wednesday July 30th with tough matches against Brazil and Switzerland. On Thursday July 31st, the US team takes on Chile and Colombia to round out their pool play.  The real fun begins with the Qualifying round on Friday August 1st, followed by the Semifinals, and the Finals on Saturday.  After a post-tournament party on Saturday night, the team will enjoy an awards banquet on Sunday and then they will begin the long journey back home.

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Allenton Fistball Tournament Participants

Allenton Fistball Tournament Participants

This past week the kids of Allenton Elementary school took home the first medals ever awarded by the USFA in an organized youth fistball tournament. The Allenton Blue 1 team took home the Gold medals after narrowly defeating the Allenton Blue 3 team in a hard-fought championship match. The teams successfully defended multiple match points until finally Allenton Blue 1 was able to claw out a 2-point nail-biter victory.  The players celebrated with gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as post-game popsicles.

The tournament was a culmination of efforts by Allenton Elementary Principal Angela Wickus, Physical Education teacher Mary Campbell, and USFA president Jim Blank. Mrs. Wickus originally learned of fistball through the classes offered by the USFA at the Kettle Moraine YMCA.  She suggested that team USA present at an all-school assembly at Allenton Elementary back in January. Coach Gastão Englert’s presentation had the kids laughing and cheering as loud as they could.  The event was such a big hit with the students and their energy level was so high that USFA President Jim Blank stated the next logical step was to host a tournament for the kids so they could get hands-on experience playing the game of fistball.  Mrs. Wickus sent a signup sheet for a potential tournament home with the 5th grade class and the response was overwhelming as thirty kids signed up.

Mary Campbell, Allenton Elementary’s physical education teacher, added fistball to her lesson plan for the month of April/May and USFA President Jim Blank along with a couple of team USA players came to Allenton on Tuesday nights to practice with the kids. The kids honed their fistball skills from week to week and their efforts culminated with last week’s USFA youth tournament.

Jim Blank plans to continue to partner with local schools in the future to generate more interest and participation in the sport. Players interested in playing more fistball are welcome to attend the FREE USFA fistball clinic and picnic being hosted at the new USFA fields at the Jackson Town Hall complex on May 31st from 1-3:30 pm. The Jackson Parks & Recs department is also offering youth and adult fistball leagues on Thursdays starting in June. See page 21 of the Jackson Parks and Recs department flyer for details!

Photos courtesy of Dean Paynter

Allenton Fistball Tournament Group Photo with Medals

Allenton Fistball Tournament Group Photo with Medals

USFA President Jim Blank coaching Allenton Blue 1

USFA President Jim Blank coaching Allenton Blue 1

Tournament Champions Allenton Blue 1

Tournament Champions Allenton Blue 1

Allenton Blue 3 showing off their Silver Medals

Allenton Blue 3 showing off their Silver Medals

Allenton Red Bronze Medalists celebrate with popsicles after the tournament

Allenton Red Bronze Medalists celebrate with popsicles after the tournament

Allenton Red Bronze Medalists

Allenton Red Bronze Medalists

Tournament Organizers (2011 Team USA player Dan Paynter, Allenton Principal Angela Wickus, USFA President Jim Blank, and Allenton Phy-Ed Teacher Mary Campbell))
Tournament Organizers (2011 Team USA player Dan Paynter, Allenton Principal Angela Wickus, USFA President Jim Blank, and Allenton Phy-Ed Teacher Mary Campbell)

 

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