Reasons to Compete in a World Championship Event

When it comes to major footbag tournaments, most serious players — those who have modified shoes and custom-made bags — choose to compete in at least a couple of the events offered. But many choose to remain on the sidelines. They offer a variety of justifications: “I’m not going to win. I get scared and self-conscious in front of crowds! My BAP nickname isn’t good enough! I don’t want to pay an entry fee. The stage adds 10 pounds to my hips! I don’t think I’m good enough to enter.”  … and so on and so forth.
But Sole Purpose would like to encourage ALL players attending this year’s World Championships to compete instead of simply paying the non-competitor fee and watching from the bench. Participating benefits both you and the sport, for all the reasons listed below:

You’ll enjoy the week more if you participate in the events; they’re for everyone.

 Anybody can attend a World Championship…how many people get to say they competed at a World Championship?

There are a dozen events throughout the week, some of which are offered in multiple divisions based on skill level, gender, and age. By signing up as a competitor, you get access to all these events:

Freestyle Singles Routines, Doubles Routines, Circle, Shred30, Sick Trick, Big 3, Request Contest
Net Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles
Golf and 2-Square

Competing will make you a better competitor.

Great performers and competitors are made, not born. Their performing skill is forged in the fire of countless failures at previous tournaments. Most new players don’t realize how different it feels to perform in front of a crowd or play under tournament pressure, and how much it can affect their ability to play at their peak skill level. There is no point in waiting to compete until you feel “ready,” because if you don’t compete you have no way of becoming ready.
But it doesn’t stay that way. Top players maximize their potential because they’ve taken the stage many times before. The only way to reach that potential is to compete and lose a few times. And while the losing isn’t fun, the payoff is worth it.  One day you will be truly ready. Victory is a feeling you never experience until you try and lose and try again. But you did and now you’re the champ, Champ.

Competing will make you a better player.

Nothing can replicate or replace the experience of competing. You learn more from one tournament experience than you would in 100 training sessions at home. You can read every book written about swimming, but all of them combined can’t replace the sensation you get the first time you swim in the ocean. Come to Worlds, compete, and then drive to the ocean afterwards and go swimming.

It supports the sport.

Simply put, the more people we have competing at Worlds, the more legit our sport appears to the media, sponsors, spectators, and to ourselves. News outlets are more interested in covering a tournament with 100 competitors from 20 different countries, than they are in the exact same tournament where only 15 people entered. If everybody attending entered as competitors, we’d all get to go home and tell our friends and family: 1. “I competed at World Champs!” and 2. “I competed against people from X amount of countries, and while I finished in 34th place, it was in a field of 78 players!” OK, so technically only one person could say that, but if you change the numbers around it still is legit.
As a competitor, you also get the satisfaction of knowing your entry fees help make the event possible. You’re supporting a group of volunteers from a nonprofit put on a huge, expensive event; participating is a way of giving back. Plus, the players pack comes with a t-shirt and more swag and memorabilia to take home to prove you actually were there.

It makes you more attractive.

There was a study or something published by some smart people which showed that competing and losing spectacularly increases your confidence, charm, and mojo.  It may also help you finally lose that last bit of belly fat which has been pestering you for years and you’re still self conscious about, even though it’s not really THAT much and nobody ever notices or cares except you. Ridding yourself of this emotional burden alone makes choosing to compete worthwhile.

So there you have it. All the major reasons to be a competitor in this year’s World Footbag Championships. Don’t hesitate any longer, and commit to being part of the event!

Fourkast Worlds Competitor Subsidy for those in Need!

The 38th Annual World Footbag Championships is right around the corner! We of course are steadily working away for the betterment of the event and its players. With this we’d like to offer a helping hand to those who would like to compete but need extra support financially. Through Fourkast we are offering a $25.00 reimbursement to Open/Women’s/Intermediate competitors who could use the extra support. It is important to note this is not being offered through the IFPA and is completely independent of the official event. Again this is for players that would like to compete but might be strapped for cash. If you have questions or would like to contact us about this please feel free to email us at;

fourkast

Also stayed tuned for further announcements, more exciting developments heading your way! 

HOST HOTEL REMINDER/UPDATE!

The 38th Annual World Footbag Championships draws ever closer! With that we wanted to confirm again the ever growing list of attendees, there’s going to be a lot of folks at the event gang 🙂  As the list of confirms continues to rise, we again wanted mentioned the host hotel still has available rooms, with the way attendance is looking we recommend booking as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the excellent deal available. The Crown Plaza Hotel is practically next to the Oregon Convention Center, and besides being a suuuuuuper nice luxury hotel (that’s right, I said suuuuuuper), a lot of the action will be centered there after hours and it will be the central meet up location. Also onsite is a nice pool/hot tub and plenty of spots around to play. Most importantly the Worlds hotel experience has long been tradition in the footbag community, 20 years ago in Portland the host hotel was the place and many great memories were made. In more recent years the idea of the host hotel jam has waned so we’d love to bring it back. Newer players, if you’ve never experience the epic experience of the host hotel at Worlds, we highly recommend it.

The rooms have been blocked off and are in near proximity to each other, from the host hotel it’s an easy jump downtown by rail or even walking if you see fit. The rooms divided by four people comes to $50.00 per night, in Portland these days it doesn’t get much better. You can check out/make reservations here;

And of course if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We can be messaged at redshredz@footbag.org, or you can give me (Red Husted) a call at 503-380-4395 with any questions.

 More updates to come, we’ll end by saying if you love footbag this is one event you don’t want to miss!!

 

Registration is OPEN

It is our pleasure to announce that from now until July 29, you can register
to participate at this year’s IFPA World Footbag Championships, taking
place in Portland, OR USA from August 6-August 12, 2017.

First off, this event is going to be huge and we have a limited number of rooms available at the host hotel so to take advantage of our group discount you should lock down a room as soon as possible:

www.footbag.org/worlds2017/lodging

Registration Info

Registration is MANDATORY for all competitors by the deadline of July 29th.
So please register and pay online right now:

Event listing: http://www.footbag.org/events/show/1471686537

Registration page: http://www.footbag.org/registration/register?tid=1471686537

If you want to compete at Worlds this year, you MUST register online and
PAY by July 29, 2017. There will be NO on-site or late registration.
Whether you are competitor, sideline player or guest you need to register
and pay. If you’re a non-competitor, you’re still asked to pay in advance to simplify check-in and help confirm numbers.

Registration takes just a couple of minutes, so there is no reason not to
do it now.

You can still change your registration any time you like, before the deadline
of July 29th. This includes finding/changing partners up until the very
last day of online registration.

This year you can pay registration only by Paypal, which allows you to
use a credit card. You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay! It is simply
the way we collect credit card payments.

If you try and are unable to pay via Paypal, you can always have a
friend help you — someone you know (your club leader, a parent or
friend, etc.) will either have a Paypal account or a credit card. Anyone
can pay for anyone else, but you need to sign them into your account on
footbag.org and go back to the registration form to pay.

Worlds Footbag Updates!!

We are less than three months away now from The 38th Annual IPFA World Footbag Championships in Portland Oregon! There’s been many exciting developments since the last time we posted, this week we’ll be announcing various details of what’s to come.

Attendance

Worlds 1997 Portland Oregon, courtesy of footbag.org

First I’d like to confirm a fairly obvious bit of information, a lot of people are now confirmed for the World Footbag Championships. Every generation will be represented, just a few names include;

Evan Gatesman
Vasek Klouda
Jim Penske
Nick Landes
Ken Somolinos
Lon Smith
Olav Piwowar
Scott ‘Flash Gordon’ Bevier
Chris Dean
Brian Bear
Lauren Baum
Dustin Rhodes
Mark Montistere
Taishi Ishida
Caroline Birch
Sunil Jani
Aleksi Airinen
Bruce Li
Jordan Qui
Matthew Kemmer
Cass Taylor
Christian Britting
Santeri Karvinen
Pawel Nowak
Ivan Iakimenko
Nick Polini
Benjamin Babyak
Nathan Bonslaver
Matt Emmings
Derek Littlefield
Ryan Morris
Kyle Cook
Santeri Karvinen
Grant Redding
Steven Lanza
Aaron Orton
Johnny ‘Breakdown’ Sarah
Anton Britting
Wiktor Debski
James Risden
Justin Dale
Sean Nyman
Shawnell Tolliver
Aaron Clevenger
Justin Blotsky
Nicholas Thornton
Bob Green
Warren Allen
Daryl Genz
Sunny Freeman Genz
Zeb Jackson
Dave Hillis
Toby Robinson
Peter Browler
Suzanne Kirayoglu
Kevin Crowley
Mike Hansen
Alex Venis
Alex Dworetzky
Rory Dawson
Allan Haggett
Adrian Dick
James Erickson
Manna Mpepo
David Beyers
Cale McCoy
Ken Moller
Larry Workman
Fletch Funk
Ben Schmaltz
Nate Linscott
Jake Wren
Naomi Williams
Joe Karasek
James Chance
Evan Lovely
Jaimee Scheffler
Chadwick Clement
Jack Martin
Walt Houston
Florian Götze
Tom Whitworth
Tuomas Kärki
Francois Depatie Pelletier
Radoslav Rusev
Emmanuel Bouchard
Luka WeyLav
Sarah Femmel
Edwin Veltman
Arthur Ohui
Christopher Siebert
Randy Nelson
Steve Dusablon
Joey Monte-Vu
Torben Wigger
Jasper Shults
Jeremy Mirken
Yulia Klouda
Jim Hankins
Chris Cleaver
Kenny Shults
Peter Irish
Rick Reese
Ryan Mulroney
Kendall KIC
Tuan Vu
Lisa Monte-Vu
Steve Goldberg
Alex Zerbe
Jane Zerbe
Ahren Gehrman
Scott Davidson
Red Husted
Tina Lewis
David Leberknight
Bruce Guettich
Peter Shunny
Yves Archambault
Becca English-Ross
Dennis Ross
Jim Fitzgerald
Ted Huff
Mag Hughes
Tricia George
Paul Vorvick
Torben Wigger
Scott Milne
Ted Fritch
Jim Cavney
Brent Welch
Jon Lind
Jay Moldenhauer

And of course the founder of our sport, one John Stalberger (Mr. Hacky Sack)

This is the short list to note (off the top of yours truly’s dome), many more competitors/players are confirmed as well as supporters of the event including the Beaver family (list will continuously be updated). If you’re on the fence about making it, well, jump off the fence and get on board! Now’s a good time to buy tickets/confirm your accommodations.

 

Reunion

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the last time Portland hosted Worlds, it aims to be a great tournament once again as well as a reunion for all the generations. If you are/were part of any gen from the founders all the way to the current generation of players, come on out and reconnect with friends of old and make some new ones in the process!

Lights, Camera, Action!
It looks to be a packed house culminating with a highly publicized finals both Friday and Saturday night. This includes competitors, non competitor players, friends and family, spectators, sponsors, and media. The event will be covered by multiple news sources including KGW News in which John Stalberger will appear on the morning TV show Portland Today to talk about the event.


Social

Aside from the competition at the Convention Center, we are planning various social events and activities throughout the week/city. Portland’s a playground in the summertime and a great get away altogether. More to come with this. This green city is easy to get around and the event site is located in the heart of it all.

Show
There is also be a special performance from none other than freestyle great Peter Irish. For the few that don’t know, Pete’s a world class/professional juggler/performer who will be displaying his unique abilities for the entertainment to all the week of the event. More details with this to follow including time and location. It’s certain something you don’t want to miss!

http://www.feetsofcomedy.com/

 

Hall of Fame Ceremony
This year as it was 20 years ago there will be a formal Hall of Fame Ceremony. This was an epic/classy event then and we expect it to be now! Tickets on sale soon!

1997 HoF Ceremony

 

And now… a thank you to our Sponsors!
Special thanks to all of our sponsors up to now including;

PG Long Carpet Cleaning
Flying Clipper
World Footbag Association
Dragonfly Footbags
Oregon Sports Authority
Nomad Crossing
Cochran Healthcare
Mayesh

M & W Building Supply Co
Goldies BBQ

More to be added as we finalize agreements!

Also, thank you to our generous contributors below:

Brent and Jody Welch
Reed Gray
Steve Goldberg
Rick Reese
Jonathan Schneider
Chris Dean
Scott Milne
Cale McCoy
Sole Purpose Footbag Group

and of course the International Footbag Players Association (IFPA) for their continued support and involvement with this event!

And thanks to our wonderful team working on Worlds this year. This includes;

Worlds 2017 Team

Kendall KIC: Coordinator
Chris Dean: Tournament Producer
Ethan Red Husted: Tournament Producer
Wiktor Debski: IFPA Consultant
Steve Goldberg: IT Support, Online Registration
Julie Symons: IFPA Consultant
Grischa Tellenbach IFPA Player’s Seeding
Allan Haggett: Website, Design, etc.
Kevin Hogan: Design
Kacey Huff: Design
Heather Thomas: Design
Becca English-Ross: Design
Tricia George: Housing/Accommodations
Ted Huff: HoF Consultant
Jim Fitzgerald: Branding
Bruce Guettich: Consultant
Justin Dale: Freestyle Director
Scot Hansen: Net Director
Ryan Mulroney: DJ
Nick Polini: Marketing
and
John Stalberger: Marketing

Many more details to come including a registration update. Stay tuned and as always, see you on the court, see you in the circles!

-Red Husted

The 38th Annual World Footbag Championships are steadily approaching! Things are moving along as we build towards what promises to be an amazing and unforgettable week. With this the Portland/Worlds gang is dedicated to helping players have the best time possible and want to ensure everyone is taken care of!

The 38th Annual IFPA World Footbag Championships
presented by PG Long Carpet Cleaning

Need a place to stay?!

Travel can be expensive so we’d like to extend an invitation to competitors who are looking for accommodation still. Portland has a strong tapestry of alumni who’d be happy to host incoming players both nationally and internationally. We recommend the host hotel as it is very close to the action (click here for more details), but if finances are a concern we have housing options available. Space is limited so please contact us ASAP with any questions or to schedule a spot.

To request housing please follow the link below;

Worlds 2017 Housing

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at kicking@footbag.org

We’re three months out from the big event! It’s a good time to make travel plans, grab your shoes, and get that practice in! See you in the circles, see you on the courts!

-Red Husted

Worlds Approaches and Updates!

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The 2017 IFPA World Footbag Championships in Portland Oregon steadily approaches!

As many know, it’s been 20 years since Worlds was held in Portland, also known as the birthplace of footbag. A high precedence was set those many years ago in terms of competition, quality, funding, attendance, and overall hype. Much of the original coordinators have returned along with other footbag veterans and some new blood to provide a unique experience once again. Here are a few updates FYI!

The 38th Annual World Footbag Championships‘ official website has been updated to now include the following:

The About page has been updated with general information about the event such as site locations and specific details regarding the competitions and rules.

Here’s the updated Schedule (subject to change as needed).

Our Lodging page has been updated.

The Media page has been updated with new content including video of last year’s World Champions including Net Champions Walt Houston (USA) and Florian Goetze (Germany) / Arthur Ledain (France) and Freestyle Champion Evan Gatesman. Along with official tournament footage we’ve added a few sideline play gems for your entertainment.

More information to come folks, it’s an event you certainly don’t want to miss!

 

Hello Footbaggers of the World!

After a few setbacks, we’re finally here with a website and all of our other ducks in rows, or close enough that we’re putting it out there for your consumption. Things will definitely be updating a lot as we near the big event, so please do subscribe to our social media feeds and/or check back here often.

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for footbag, so buckle up and hang on 🙂