I’ve been enjoying playing footbag lately. You might be thinking “Hey, whats this ‘footbag’?. I thought it was called hacky sack!” Actually “Hacky Sack” is a brand name - a really crappy brand name at that. The sport is called Footbag. Things have changed, a lot. Footbag is no longer viewed as a game for burnt out stoners.
Footbag is primarily an European game. You will probably not see anyone playing it America unless you actively seek it out. Parts of Canada are big into it as well.
Now, where to start? “Hacky Sack” typically involved a group of guys standing in a circle attempting to keep the bag up in the air while passing it back and forth. If everyone kicks the bag it’s called a “hack”. For many years, this was enough for people - just kicking the bag around.
Others started getting more skillfull and inventive and found ways to “stall” (catch) the bag on various surfaces on their feet. Once you have enough control to catch the bag you can start doing cool things like bringing your legs over or around the bag. You can start stalling from behind your back, or spinning your body in-between hits. Once you get better you can string these moves into combos. There are infinite combinations of what you can do and it’s very rewarding to land a move you’ve spent days on.
I think footbag requires the perfect combination of athletic ability, dexterity, timing, and flexibility. It’s a very tiring game because you’re constantly jumping around on both feet - doing some strange looking dance. The focal point of this dance is the footbag, gracefully moving up and down while always keeping your movements in check.
Most importantly, footbag is FUN. I recommend it to everyone. Does anyone here play?
Here are some movies, see what you’ve been missing!
The best footbag player in the world - from the Czech Republic: Vasek Kloud
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUTYVm1Y3fI&search=vasek%20footbag - 30 second routine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgE9tGN20oU&search=vasek%20footbag - his 1st place routine (with music!)