THE TENTH ANNUAL WINDY CITY CUP
FOOTBAG NET CHAMPIONSHIPS
WILL BE HELD JUNE 24-25, 2017

About Footbag Net

Footbag was invented in 1972 by Mike Marshall and John Stalberger in Oregon City, Oregon.  What began as an attempt to defy gravity by kicking a small bean bag full of plastic pellets for as long as possible, gradually progressed into different ways to compete using the footbag.  Long passes in large circles eventually found nets separating players, and counting kicks gave way to doing tricks.  These two concepts became today's primary disciplines of competitive footbag, known as footbag net and footbag freestyle.

Footbag net is played like volleyball, except that your feet are your only weapon.  It's hard to imagine the athleticism involved- the combination of grace and power and balance needed to succeed in what is arguably one of the world's most difficult sports to master is beyond comprehension.  It's sort of like a cross between volleyball, soccer, martial arts, and tennis all wrapped into one; only harder.  These guys make it look easy though:

Video courtesy of Steve Dusablon.  2010 World Footbag Championship highlights.  (Oakland, CA)

Here are some of the basic rules:
The game is played on a 44' x 20' court, separated by a 5' tall net.
Feet only! The footbag can never contact the body any where above the shin- not even on accident.
Serves must go cross-court. Even serves are done on the right side of the court, odd serves on the left.
Players are never allowed to touch the net or any of the equipment that keeps the net upright.
Players are allowed to cross over the top of the net as long as they do not contact their opponent on the other side.

If you'd like to learn more about footbag freestyle or anything else to do with the sport of footbag, point your web browser to http://www.footbag.org/, the official site of the International Footbag Players Association.