The 2018 U18 World Fistball Championships will be held at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury!
The International Fistball Associations (IFA) and the United States Fistball Association (USFA) have
partnered with co-host Roxbury Township to create a dynamic sporting event for participating teams, fans, and the community.

Held at the Horseshoe Lake facility from July 11-15th, U18 Men’s and Woman’s National Fistball teams from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Argentina, and India will compete in the 5-day international Fistball tournament.

The 2nd IFA Youth Congress will be also held in Roxbury on July 10th.  Please find the invitation with further information as a download here: Invitation Youth Congress.

The 2nd IFA Youth Congress Agenda can be downloaded here.

US Fistball // Horseshoe Lake from Mark Carnival on Vimeo.

During the competition, a two-day educational seminar is being offered exclusively to coaches, athletic directors, and educators. Starting with Fistball fundamentals, the seminar offers advanced training aspects of the sport. The seminar, as part of the IFA Fistball Academy, is designed to give school programs the essential tools for Fistball training to students 10 years of age and older.

Please take note that the USFA is actively recruiting student athletes to learn and play Fistball for both the Men’s and Woman’s USA U18 National Fistball teams. To be eligible to play athletes must be born after December 31st, 1999.  Tryouts and practice for new U18 recruits will be held Sunday May 20th from 10am-noon, Tuesday May 22nd from 6-8pm and Thursday May 24th from 6-8pm January 18th and Monday, January 29th at the Swim and Sport Club in Roxbury, New Jersey. All the USFA current and former players participate in other sports: Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, and Track. Committed to another sport already? In an order to get the best athletes, every effort is made to work around practice and game schedules.  Athletes interested in joining a youth or adult fistball team including future U18 teams should contact Bob Feid, President USFA b.feid@usfistball.com

Seminar Schedule:

Friday, July 13th, 2018
From 9:00am – 12:00 pm: Basic practical training measures, part 1
Starting 2:00 PM: Observation of the World Championships

Saturday, July 14th, 2018
From 9:00am – 12:00 pm: Basic practical training measures, part 2
Starting 2:00 PM: Review of the training and advanced education and visiting the semi-finals

As an option: Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Visiting the final games of the IFA 2018 U 18 World Championships
As noted, along with the training session, attendees will be observing the U18 World Championships, featuring the top U18 Men and Women from around the world. Teams from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland are committed to play in the World Championships

The training is Free of charge to attend but does have limited availability. Anyone interested can
register by using the following link by May 31st, 2018. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and additionally they will have the ability to purchase a discounted fistball starter package after completing the course. 

CLICK HERE to Register for the IFA Fistball Seminar

Further details will be sent directly to registered participants at the close of registration. Please direct
any questions or direct any queries to Bob Feid, President
USFA b.feid@usfistball.com or Uwe Schneider, Chair IFA Youth Sport Commission u.schneider@ifa-fistball.com

Information on Fistball in the USA

A brief background of Fistball in the USA includes the fact that Fistball has been played in the USA in NJ, PA and Wisconsin since the 1920’s while being played in Europe for hundreds of years. The international Fistball community had no idea that Fistball was being played in the USA for all those years until the Internet connected the USA to rest of the Fistball world during the mid-1990’s.

In 1997, the USFA sent a Men’s Fistball team to compete in the World Fistball Championships followed by sending a Woman’s Fistball team in 2014. In 2015, the USA held the first Pan American Fistball Games in NJ and sent our first u18 Girls Fistball team to the 2016 World Championship in Germany. This past summer we sent both a u18 girls and boys team to the 2017 U18 European Championships in Switzerland.

Youth Fistball has been the USFA’s focus the past few years and with Fistball having a good chance of being a demonstration sport for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the teenagers of today will be the future of USA Fistball.

Fistball is currently played in the World Games, and in 2021 it will be hosted in Birmingham Alabama.
Here are links to games, rules and history.

Sneak Peak at the Official Ludwig Fistball of U18 World Championships

Link to History of Fistball

Some short clips demonstrating the basic skills 

A short video explaining the rules

2015 U18 Girl’s Semi-Final Match

Match starts at 12:30 into the video

2011 Men’s World Championship Match

Match starts at 38:40 into the video

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