What is Fistball?

A very similar but completely different game, fistball, is originated from European soil. Although the date of invention of fistball is not known but it was firstly came into light in 240 A.D. In early age, the game was meant to be played by gymnasts only resulting first official play in 1885 at the Germany Gymnastics Festival. And from then the game starting making its mark and in 1968 at Austria, first IFA World Championships for men was held.

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You must have noticed in the pictures or videos of the game play that fistball seems quite similar to volleyball. In fact the main principle of both these games is exactly the same, viz. shoot the ball in your opponent’s side of field in a way that it can not roll back. However, the significant difference between fistball and volleyball is that in the former one, the ball is hit either with fist or the arm but not with open hands unlike volleyball. Also, in fistball the ball is allowed to hit the ground once after each contact.

Nevertheless, the ball is also dissimilar in both these games. In the fistball, it is a hollow air filled ball whose primary color is white but 20% of the total ball’s surface can be covered with numerous small colors. The fistball for males should weigh between 350 to 380 grams and that for females should be between 320 to 350 grams. Its circumference is ideally 65 to 68 cm and the air pressure is usually maintained at a certain level (0.55-0.75 bar). The fistball can fling at speed as high as 120 km/hr.

As fistball does not fall under the category of seasonal sport, it can be played in all seasons. That is why in sunny season it becomes an outdoor sport played on grass field and in winters the players get to stay indoors in a pre existing handball court. Each team must wear a strip of uniform, pattern and shade. Most often both the short and long sleeve kits are considered as uniform but fistball players cannot use tracksuit bottoms and spikes footwear. You can read more about the sports shoes from here.

Each team has 5 players playing against the other 5 players in their own half court, trying not to touch the ribbon or rope fixed at 2 mtr (1.90 mtr for women). This parting is usually made of a 3-6 mtr of net/ribbon or a string of 5-8 mm. Just like volleyball a rally of passes continues until any side makes a mistake. The winner team must have won 2, 3, 4 or 5 sets in a set match or must score higher in a time match.

Traditionally a team consists of 5 players out of which 4 must play and the 5th one can enter any time. The complete consist of 5 substitutes as well. During the match only the team captain is allowed to speak, and has to wear an arm band throughout the play. To gain more inspiration in this game, you must be knowing Drik Schachtsiek the top notch player of fistball from the Germany. He is also known as Europe’s player of the century.