Published on September 13th, 2021 | by Daniel Boyle1
Footbag World Championships – Sideline Events
During the online version of the 2021 Footbag World Championships, a range of sideline events were held in order to encourage beginner players or those who choose not to compete in the main events.
The Chinese footbag players made their presence felt, with an excellent rate of participation, while a number of players who did not enter the freestyle events joined in the action. 20 different players from 5 countries joined in to at least one of the sideline events. The events included one and five minute consecutive kicks, a beginner request contest, a scene showcase and a school showcase.
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One minute consecutives
The players had to kick the bag as many times as possible within one minute. China’s Zheng XinPing was the winner with 128 kicks within the allocated 60 seconds.
You can see the full standings here. The one minute version was designed as an accessible event and was the most popular of the sideline events.
5 minute consecutives
Fei YongBao, also from China, topped the five minute scores with 518 points. As per official rules, points were deducted for drops and fouls including upper body contacts and not changing feet. Ken Somolinos, who featured in the finals in the freestyle events, came in second place.
Beginner Request Challenge
Congratulations to those who completed the combos for the beginner request challenge.
Taku Miura – Japan
Fei YongBao – China
Hu Shi Wei – China
Chen Wei Tao – China
Weng HuaBin – China
Wang ShuYang – China
This event gave players a chance to show what’s happening for them lately. With the pandemic still disrupting gatherings, we had a number of individuals or small groups submit their entries.
Dustin Rhodes & Brian Sherrill – Mountain View, California, USA
If you are a footbag player on Instagram, you will be well aware of these two great players. Both have been playing for a long time and each have a unique style. They are showing some fun skills together.
Micah Cox – Durango, Colorado, USA
Micah Cox is bringing out some Allen Haggett vibes with his moves up and over the picnic table. Great flow!
Allen Sneed – Greeneville, Tennessee, USA
Allen Sneed has featured in a number of events in the online competitions – here he shows his stuff, with a potential future footbag player in the background.
Adam Wade – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Some great friendly hacky moves from the host city of the 1996 Olympics. Looks like this crew is having a great time kicking.
Taku Miura – Japan
Taku Miura has been a great contributor to the footbag presence in Japan – here he is showing some great places to play footbag.
We just had two entries for the school showcase, and they are from two of the hardest workers in footbag over recent years – Taishi Ishida in Japan and Bruce Li in China. Aside from all their promotional work, both players made the finals in the routines event.
With players like this growing the game, there are great positives in the future of the sport.
Great thanks to everybody who participated in the Sideline Events of the World Footbag Championships. Some prizes will be delivered by the World Footbag Association to the winners. For more information and results, please visit the official website.