6 Basic Hacky Sack Rules (Explained By a Real Player)

Whether you are a pro or an amateur, the following will give you an in-depth view of all hacky sack rules. The first two rules apply to every footbag game I have played or heard of. The last four refer to group play.

Hacky Sack Rules

During this article, I will teach you all about the hacky sack rules and a little more so that you can become fluent in the art of hacky sack!

Solo or group play hacky sack rules

#1 Keep aloft

The best advice one can get is “If it hits the ground, start over”. The central rule is to keep the bag aloft. Try to get as many kicks as you can. This requires you to concentrate on the control of your body and the bag.

Moreover, if you don’t succeed don’t let it get to you.

#2 No hands

Just like football (soccer) hands and arms are off-limits – everything else is fair game. Basically, if it is not allowed in soccer, then it is probably not allowed in Footbag.

Feet are obviously the main tool in Footbag for juggling. But, chest, head, shoulders, and knees are also commonly incorporated into the play.

Read next: 5 Best footbags for beginners

Group play rules

Hacky Sack Rules

#3 Serving

A serve kick is the first kick of the round after the ball dropped. You serve if you are the one closest to the ball at the moment.

In group play, it is about the collective hack (a “hack” is when everyone in the circle has kicked the bag without dropping to the ground), not the individual’s hack.

Also, when starting a new round, common etiquette suggests serving the bag to another person. Serves are to be within reach of the other players. If you give a bad serve, then offer to give them another serve.

#4 Pass it

As much fun as it is to see what you can do every time when playing in a group (2+ people) you’ll have to pass the bag. When the bag is passed to you, you are usually allowed to kick it more than once to gain control of the bag.

Once control is gained, then you have to pass it off to someone else. Remember: “sharing is caring”.

#5 Complete the circle

Ideally, you want to complete the circle and get a “hack”. The general goal is to get the bag to go around the circle and have everyone kick it in some form or fashion (no hands).

Two circles is a “double hack” (or “double helix”), three a “triple hack”, etc, it’s very team-based, so be kind when passing the hack over and make it easy for the other person to continue.

#6 No apologizing

Everyone drops the bag at some point. Some circles implement the “no apologizing” rule to keep the game moving and morale high – there is no need to apologize for the inevitable.

The idea is that you should have fun and accept that you will drop the bag.  If you wish to practice alone before joining the circle there are a few actions you can take.

In depth footbag rules for professionals

For the most part, footbag sessions are an informal activity engaged in with friends and acquaintances. But, there are many different types of footbag games to play. Here are a couple of games for experienced footbagers and the rules for each.

BTW this website  is an extremely good source if you want in-depth rules and specifics when wanting to apply or get involved in competitive freestyle Footbag.

Footbag consecutive

Consecutive Footbag is played with one or more players. The object is simple: Keep the footbag aloft only using your feet and knees. In most events, the object is to kick the footbag as many times as possible before a drop or a foul occurs.

In speed events, there is a set time in which to achieve the highest number of kicks.

In distance events, the object is to kick a certain number of kicks in the fastest possible time.

Footbag net

Footbag Net is a court game played either one-on-one or two-on-two (singles or doubles) over a 5 ft. net. It combines basic kicks, serves, spikes and digs. Each player or team attempts to score points while serving.

In singles play, two kicks are allowed per side. In doubles play, three kicks are allowed per side. Players cannot kick it twice in a row and must alternate contact with the bag (volleyball rules).

The standard court is 20 ft. wide x 44 ft. in length. The net divides the court into two 22 ft. sides.

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