US Fistball training in Roxbury, NJ for International Competition

by Wendy Stanton

USFA U18 Team: Back Row: Coach Marc Stanton, Bob Feid, Shane Mahlstadt, Kate Tagliareni, Mat Byrnes, Bayleigh Takacs, Anish Sood, Kelli Vogel, Coach Amy Miller, Coach Steve GrossmannFront Row: Thomas Jankowski, Christine Connelly, Ryan Baumbusch, Alexx Berdej, Dylan Pizzi, Emma Dollase. Not Pictured: Coach Steve Groeber, Coach Mark McDermott and players Shaun Marques, Lexie Livinson and Kumali Schoen

USFA U18 Team: Back Row: Coach Marc Stanton, Bob Feid, Shane Mahlstadt, Kate Tagliareni, Mat Byrnes, Bayleigh Takacs, Anish Sood, Kelli Vogel, Coach Amy Miller, Coach Steve GrossmannFront Row: Thomas Jankowski, Christine Connelly, Ryan Baumbusch, Alexx Berdej, Dylan Pizzi, Emma Dollase. Not Pictured: Coach Steve Groeber, Coach Mark McDermott and players Shaun Marques, Lexie Livinson and Kumali Schoen

Roxbury, NJ – April 26, 2017 – With the success of the United States Fistball Association’s (USFA) U18 Women’s National team at the 2016 U18 Youth World Fistball Championships in Nuremburg, Germany, the USFA recently announced its 2017 U18 National Fistball Women’s and Men’s Team that will compete in the European Championships in Switzerland this summer.

The selections for the 2017 U18 National Teams include athletes from across NJ including Roxbury, Sparta, New Providence, Hackettstown, Bridgewater and Rockaway, and California. Their acquired skill, training, and experience from a broad spectrum of sports gives them the necessary strength to make them a force to be reckoned with.

Team USA is currently training at indoor practice sessions in both Roxbury and New Providence. Once outdoor fields are ready, both teams will be practicing at their home field located at the Swim and Sport Club, 272 Emmans Road in the Flanders section of Roxbury Township. The teams are training on offensive and defensive skill drills, coordinating individual and team plays, and practicing overall Fistball strategy.

The sport of Fistball has been played for centuries in Europe and is the ‘parent’ of modern-day volleyball. Fistball was brought to the USA in the early 1900’s and European immigrants local to the tri-state area began playing organized Fistball in the early 1930’s. Through the years as Fistball’s popularity grew, and through the work of many volunteers and enthusiasts, the United States Fistball Association was formed in 2007 to unite the various clubs and players with the goal of training and sending teams around the world representing the USA in Fistball tournaments.

As this is a unique opportunity for both U18 teams to compete on the world’s stage and gain lasting memories, they are seeking support from family, friends, community members and business leaders so that they can be an integral part of the European Fistball Championships in Switzerland. Your support will help fuel their commitment, energy and excitement to compete as they become young ambassadors for the USA and Fistball.

Looking forward, the International Fistball Association is leaning toward the United States hosting the 2018 U18 World Championships here in Roxbury, NJ. With 2 years of experience and team building, the USFA U18 teams will be ready to play on their home turf. If you know of a teenager that is a team player, coachable, and likes to travel to distant lands, now is the time to start training for the 2018 U18 World Championships!


Middle School and High School Physical Education professionals: If you would like a Fistball demonstration for your gym classes, please contact Bob Feid to schedule.

For all questions or details on practices, clinics or sponsorships, please contact Bob Feid, President, United States Fistball Association – bobf2@optonline.net

To learn more about Fistball:

http://usfistball.com/

For information on their home field, the Swim and Sport Club:

http://www.swimandsportclub.org/

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

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