How to Do Foot Stalls in Hacky Sack
How creative can you be with foot stalls?
Learning how to do foot stalls in hacky sack can take hours and hours of practice and perfection. Luckily, there are certain tips that you can use to stall on any body part. Also see below for Honza Weber's expert advice.
Pro Tip: The Clipper Stall
You'll notice that many of the pros stall with their instep behind the opposite foot, this is called the "clipper" stall. There are many reasons for this, one of the biggest being that it looks cool. The second is that it is difficult, so it gives more points when done in competition. Doing a jester stall can also give more stability and balance than an outstep stall by way of positioning the body. The reason why they cross behind their legs is due to the bending of the knee. In order to stall, you need the flat surface of your instep. In order to have a flat surface, your shin has to be more or less parallel to the ground. For that, you have to slow the ball by gently lowering your using your balancing leg. Your balancing knee might push your stalling leg off course and cancel the stall. Crossing behind your leg eliminates this problem.
The kinds of foot stalls
There are three basic kinds of foot stalls, instep, toe, and outstep stalls. There are all kinds of variety, though. If you're bare foot or wearing sandals, you can performs a stall by grabbing the hack with your toes. If you're Václav Klouda, then you can stall on the bottom of your foot. As I've said before, I think there are two kinds of stalls, a regular and a "pinch" stall. A regular stall involves bringing the hack to a stop by falling with the hacky sack, gradually slowing the speed of the bag until you can safely halt it without it falling off your foot. I define a pinch stall as when a hack is brought to a stop while "pinched" between two body parts, e.g. when a hack is nestled between the neck and shoulder.
Klouda gives great examples of both. You can see his "jester" stall, which is when one leg crosses behind the other to catch the hack on the instep. He also pinch stalls using his hamstring and calf, which if you haven't tried yet is very hard to do. The other two foot stalls we will be covering is the front foot stall and outstep stall.
Foot Stall Drills
Stall drills are very similar to the drills outlined for basic hits. Pick any of the three basic stalls (as well as the clipper) and practice it ten times in a row without fail. Start by dropping the hack onto your foot from about chest level or a little lower. Don't be afraid to steady yourself in between stalls by tapping the ground. After a stall, fling the hack back to your hand. This should be easier than it sounds because you're able to control how its falling, the fact that it's completely vertical, and how repetitive it can be.
Once you've completed the above drill with both legs, you can move onto the Metronome Stall Drill, which is using one kind of stall but switching from leg to leg. Since the stall requires your opposite leg to hang in the air instead of tapping down for balance, this can take some finesse and balance. Repeat this until you feel comfortable. If you've completed all these drills at least ten times each and each one without fail, you can definitely call yourself a footbagger and hacky sack player. You're at the intermediate level and have the skills to keep the hack going in any circle.