Hacky Sack Etiquette…

hackyWith many years of playing hacky sack at youth group we have observed every type of player and have created the following as etiquette for playing hacky sack at youth group.

Rule #1

Be there.

We know you have excuses why not to play, we all have one.  We’ve heard them all too:  You’re too tired; never played before; don’t know how to play; too tall; too short; bad hair day; you’re shoes hurt; you lost your legs in Vietnam.  Look, there is no excuse for not joining the circle.  Just be there.  If the hacky sack comes your way and you have legs that work, swing at it.  If you’re in a chair, stall it.  If you’re just unwilling, move out momentarily then come back.

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.



Rule #2

Play (your part).

Hacky sack itself is fun, but your presence adds to the dynamic.  Everyone’s presence adds amusement, drama, and performance.  You will encounter all kinds of players with all kinds of styles and they’re all there to play their part in the friend circle.

Aliyah – her role is to keep anyone from blaming their shoes as the problem with their hack game.  Andrew – his role is to help us reach our goals; but still no pizza yet.  Ben – his role is to compliment others in the circle while getting a couple good hacks in the air, which is unheard of in our hack circles.  Carolyn – her role is to bring life into a fading circle that hasn’t seen the hack count go past one in over five minutes.  Charllotte – her role is to join the circle when it starts then leave before we ever get a hack going and then return again just at the right time to complete the hack.  Danielle – her role is to inspire the next generation of hacky sackers while bringing a contagious laughter.  Dean – his role is to smile and serve it to you off of your torso.  Dom – his role is step on your hands if your reach for the dead ball by his side; Honey badger don’t care.  Hunter – his role is to tell you about his friend who can hack with his eyes closed while practicing incredible moves of his own.  Jasmine – her role is to test your patience.  Manny – his role is fight for the dead ball and make impressive stalls.  Megan – her role is to swat the hacky sack to the ground if it is not exactly where she needs it to be; tis noble to keep the ball in the circle.  Sophia – her role is to show us all that hacky sack was meant to be a girl’s sport.  You see?  Everyone has a part to play.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12


Rule #3

Choose Your Attitude.

You don’t have to lie to kick it.  We want to hack with you; not a different version of you.  You want to be silly? Be silly!  That doesn’t mean you’re childish.  You want to be boisterous? Be boisterous!  That doesn’t mean you have to be unruly.  You want to be unhappy?  Go ahead, that’s your choice.  That doesn’t mean you’re without peace or hope or joy or love.  The spirit of the Lord is within you!  And you’re among friends.

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?  Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit?  Are your hearts tender and compassionate?

Philippians 2:1


Rule #4

Make our Day

Time to give back.  Did you think this was about you?  Of course not.  This is about the community, the nation, the kingdom.  Dazzle us with your moves, flatter us with your kind words, serenade us with your song, humor us with your laughter, and bless us with your presence.  All in the glory of God.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:3-4

-Eddy Clark
City Church Youth Director

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