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.

Tryouts are being held on January 29 and or February 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Roxbury High School gym located at 1 Bryant Dr in Succasunna. Anyone interested should email Bob Feid at: bobf2@optonline.net by January 28 to register for the tryouts.

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

By Wendy Stanton

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