July 1, 2019 – Roxbury, NJ – The International Fistball Association (IFA) is the governing body for the sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee. In their recent board elections, Swim and Sport Club Member Kim Kruse was elected to a 4 year term representing North America.

We held a Q & A with Ms. Kruse to learn more about the appointment and what it means to athletes in the area.

Q: Congratulations on being elected to the IFA board. What lead you to the position?
A: Thank you. I’m a past Sports Director for the Swim and Sport Club in Flanders, NJ and also current Treasurer of the United States Fistball Association.


Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your position representing North America?
A: There are many global initiatives taking place with many new countries taking up the sport. I want to make sure that the United States and North America have solid exposure.

Q: What part is the USFA taking in the global initiatives you mentioned? 
A: The USFA has been working extensively with elementary and high school athletic directors to introduce fistball to young players. Working with educators, we now have a curriculum developed to make school-based instruction easy for Physical Education teachers. We have discovered that many teachers want to use fistball to provide a wide variety of sports to students, the new curriculum makes it practical.

Q: These initiatives sound great, but what is the goal? Why are we now seeing so much about fistball recently, especially in New Jersey?
A: With the U18 World Championships held in Roxbury, NJ in 2018, we’ve seen a rise in youth interested in playing. That certainly helps with the next goal, bringing highly competitive Men’s and Women’s teams to the 2020 U18 World Championships being held in Austria.

Q: With Fistball enjoying a surge in popularity in New Jersey, what would you say to local athletes interested in playing?
A: Come out and give it a try. It’s a great sport to pick up, easy to learn, but can be a challenge to master. I’ve been playing Fistball since the mid-1970’s, from the time I could start hitting the ball. Both of my parents played and my father for several decades into his 60’s. It really is a timeless sport that everyone can enjoy.

Q: Where can players and teachers get more information about Fistball?
A: Athletic Directors and Physical Education Teachers can contact the USFA for a copy of the curriculum and some equipment to start school-based programs. Any athletes interested can contact the clubs nearest them for practice times and locations. 

Q: Kim, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Is there anything else you would like to add?
A:I was honored to be nominated by USFA President Bob Feid and I will represent North America to the best of my abilities. Fistball has been played since 220 AD and it’s fun to see it growing again.

Resources:
Media outlets, Athletic Directors and Educators with questions can be forwarded to Mr. Bob Feid, President, United States Fistball Association at b.feid@usfistball.com.

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


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ROXBURY, NJ – The United States Fistball Association (USFA) in conjunction with the Roxbury-based Swim and Sport Club, and possibly the Roxbury Recreation Department, will soon be starting the only youth fistball league in New Jersey.

Beginning in mid-May and running through the end of July, the new fistball league is for both boys and girls – in age groups U12, U15, U18 – and adults 19 and older.

If the USFA and fistball is approved and adopted as a sport by the Roxbury Recreation Department, the sport wold become part of the Roxbury Recreation roster of sports.S

Men and women teams of all ages and abilities have been playing fistball at the Swim and Sport Club on Emmans Road since the 1930s.

“This is a big step to grow fistball and create better teams for National and International play,” said Unites States Fistball Association President Bob Feid. “Over the past few years we have sent U18 boys and girl’s teams to play in the International Championships in Germany and Switzerland.  Right now, we would like to start players at a younger age to learn the basic fundamentals of Fistball and sharpen their skills in order to compete at a high international level.”

The United States Fistball Association will be holding free Fistball demonstration/practices in the Roxbury High School gym.   March 19 and April 2, 17 and 29 .

Ages 9 – 13 will be 7:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. Ages 14 and up will be 8:30 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.

To learn the basic techniques and rules of the sport of fistball visit https://www.ifa-fistball.com/en/rules/

To watch all the games from the 2018 U18 World Championships at Horseshoe Lake visit 

To learn more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USFistballU18/

Bob Feid can be contacted at at b.feid@usfistball.com. Please include the ages of interested children and the day or days they will attend.

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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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New Members…Just fill out the membership form below and email it to USAFistball@gmail.com

Adults: $20 per year   Youth:$10 per year

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Dear friends of Fistball,

The IFA Youth and Sports Commission has started the work in 2016. An essential activity of the commission is the development of sustainable and forward-looking concepts concerning the promotion and dissemination
of fistball in the youth sector. Therefore the 1st youth congress during the last U 18 World Championship was conducted with the aim to encourage the cooperation of the member federations and
to promote the communication and the exchange of ideas.

In the meantime many activities to reach the named main aims were initiated. Therefore the IFA Youth and Sports Commission invites all interested trainers, sportsmen etc. to participate in the

2nd IFA Youth Congress 2018 on Tuesday, 10th July 2018, 6pm, Roxbury (USA)

in the framework of the IFA 2018 Fistball U18 World Championship in Roxbury / USA.

Please find the invitation with further information as a download here: Invitation Youth Congress

The 2nd IFA Youth Congress Agenda can be viewed below or downloaded.

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards

Uwe Schneider
Leitung Jugendkommission | Chair Commission of youth and sports

+49 173 65 88 102 | u.schneider@ifa-fistball.com

INTERNATIONAL FISTBALL ASSOCIATION (IFA)
Hölderlinstraße 26 | A-4040 Linz | Austria
office@ifa-fistball.com | www.ifa-fistball.com
ZVR 071465855

2nd IFA Youth Congress Agenda

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