Friday, April 18, 2008

My Sports Hobby

This love for a ball doesn't seem to go away with age. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. People play soccer in every nation and country. It's a universal sport. It has simple rules and requires little equipment, but can still take a lot of skill to play it well. The entertainment of playing with a ball doesn't go away. Soccer players just kick a ball around for hours every game. They can't use their hands, so they kick it around with their feet, their heads and other parts of their bodies.

Some people like to juggle their soccer balls. You juggle a soccer ball by kicking it up and down in the air without letting it hit the ground. You can kick it up with your feet, your knees, your head, or any part of the body. Just don't let it hit the ground. It might take a while to learn how to do this well, but it's nice once you get good at it. It is one of those skills you can show off to all of your friends and might make you more attractive.

You can dribble a soccer ball. Just kick it around on the ground, kicking it back and forth between your feet as you run. Once you get good at dribbling, you can show it off in your game, cutting around people with awesome tricks. One of my favorite tricks is to roll the ball up the back of one of my legs and then kick it up and over my head with the back of my foot. It makes me look like a good soccer player, even though I can't do much else. It's the intimidation factor.

You can do a bicycle where you jump up in the air and kick the soccer balls while you are in the air, and then land on your back, or sort of land on your back. You have to land so that you can roll, keeping yourself from being injured to badly. You may have to try this one a few times before you can do it well, and might knock the wind out of yourself the first couple times or hit your head on the ground if you rotate too much on your back. But it feels pretty cool, once you can do it.

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