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These are some visual aids to help explain some trick shots and co-op plays. More to come This gallery has other related information; click here to see the related information.

I like aiming for my opponents near corners when we are in adjacent squares (4&1, 4&3) After a few successful shots I'll "walk" the bag to my left front corner with my right arm guarding against any snake attempts and my body perpendicular to his square. If the defender is drawn in expecting a short drop shot past his line I can either shoot the bag low and between us to his open left corner or just past his hip to his back left corner. If he manages to defend the shot then I'm at a major disadvantage since I've left much of my own square open to set up this play. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
If the defender is not drawn in and stays near the middle of his square then I'll do the short drop shot in his front right corner with the option of redirecting last second to his back right corner. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
A good power shot is great to have to mix up your offense. One of the most practical applications is when you are attacking a diagonal square, in this case king is attacking square 2. He "walks" the footbag to the far corner of his square. He can now execute a sweep (big inside kick with his back turned) or an outside kick shooting the bag to 2sq's far back corner. The shot should travel quickly with just a little arc. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
One of the more common screen plays we run is setting up and attacking the the king (square 4) from the second square. Player one will move over to the middle of the court with his back to the target square while being careful not to step over any lines. Player two will have to adjust his position to try and keep the first player between himself and the king. If the king moves to his left to get a better view, the attacker can try one of two shots. One is a short pass that will go between the screener's legs and land just past the line. This usually takes some subtle communication with the screening player. This is why the cooperating players are face to face to begin with. Another reason is in case the pass is too high, player two will be able to see it and move out of the way or make any other kinds of adjustments. The second option is a straight shot with very little arc to the king's back right corner . Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
If the king moves to his right, the shot can be placed in his left corners or anywhere on the far left side. This is great when he anticipates the short pass between the legs and plays very close to the center of the court. It also takes advantage of most player's weak side. Ideally, you will want a big body for the screen and someone who can control the bag well and pass accurately setting up the play. He will have to control the bag and see how the king is reacting to the screen. After the screen, player one will have to quickly get back into a better defensive position in case the king successfully defends the pass. If not, he will be leaving most of his square open. Photo by Alex "Zeke" Ibardaloza.
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