Team USA preparing for U18 European Championships in Switzerland July 15th & 16th 2017

by Wendy Stanton

U18 USFA Team Members: Shane Mahlstadt, Matt Byrnes, Dylan Pizzi and Tommy Jankowski

U18 USFA Team Members: Shane Mahlstadt, Matt Byrnes, Dylan Pizzi and Tommy Jankowski

New Providence, NJ – May 11, 2017

In keeping with the United States Fistball Association’s mission to promote the sport of Fistball throughout the USA and abroad, the USFA has expanded its U18 Fistball program to include a U18 Men’s National team that includes 4 students from New Providence HS. They are; Shane Mahlstadt, Matt Byrnes, Dylan Pizzi and Tommy Jankowski. As part of the U18 Men’s National Fistball team they will compete for the very first time 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, Shane remarked “The sport is so much fun and I love to be part of a growing sport in America.”

Dylan had this to say, “Fistball is fun and challenging. Like volleyball on a soccer field. It takes strategy and a strong sense of team unity. The chance to represent the United States is very rewarding. Not many get the chance in any sport and as we look to showcase the sport and create a greater following, wearing the red, white and blue is even more special.”

Matt and Tommy also expressed immense pride in being selected to represent the US in Switzerland.

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. With much success, the USFA fielded the first 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. This year’s USFA U18 Women’s National Fistball Team with a few veterans from last year’s team will also be competing at the European Championships in Switzerland.

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 to represent the USA as a National Team member in the exciting sport of Fistball. Please contact Bob Feid, President, USFA .

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

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