So yesterday afternoon I found a dead soccer ball (Size 3) from one of my boys. I
had a bag of playground sand sitting on the portable basketball hoop. So I cut a 3” gash in the ball, rolled up some cardboard from the recycling bin to use as a funnel, and just started stuffing some sand into the ball. After 15 minutes of jostling and tamping, I had about 10 lbs. of sand inside. I filled the remaining space with about 8 plastic grocery bags. I brushed the sand from the outside and taped an “X” over the opening. After reinforcing the patch with two intersecting circles of duct tape, I was outside to train. Having someone loft these towards your chest (or head, depending on how they feel about you at the time) is a great way to develop timing, accuracy, and movement.
Total time invested ~ ½ hour and I had all the materials already lying around. Well worth it to add a new implement to the home training toolbox. Now if only I can get a few whacks at the Jane Fonda ball, it would really brighten my day, if only out of respect for those Vietnam vets that had to deal with her treasonous blather while they were serving in harm’s way. But that’s another topic for another day.
Give it a try. I think you’ll have fun.