FAQ

Who is Soccer Racket of America ?

Soccer Racket of America LLC was formed in 2000 to manufacture, distribute, license and sell the Soccer Racket ™ family of interactive rebounders and their related intellectual property world-wide. The Soccer Racket was invented in 1998 by the founder of Soccer Racket of America and has been a personal training tool to many Olympic Development Program, competitive, and university players throughout the U.S. and overseas. The Soccer Racket is covered by patents and trademark rights.

Who is Soccer Racket of America ?

Soccer Racket of America LLC was formed in 2000 to manufacture, distribute, license and sell the Soccer Racket ™ family of interactive rebounders and their related intellectual property world-wide. The Soccer Racket was invented in 1998 by the founder of Soccer Racket of America and has been a personal training tool to many Olympic Development Program, competitive, and university players throughout the U.S. and overseas. The Soccer Racket is covered by patents and trademark rights.

What is the advantage of the Soccer Racket over other rebounders?

The high-intensity interactive workout session provided by the CHALLENGER Soccer Racket is un-matched by predecessor rebound goals which are constructed of “nets”or backboards, and tend to “roll the ball back” to the athelete. The Soccer Racket does not use a net. Instead it uses a patented “high-tension” interactive rebound surface – the same one which has been used in tennis rackets for decades – for a highly efficient and interactive practice session un-matched in POWER and PACE! Soccer players using the Soccer Racket find themselves challenged at every skill of the game for a Total and Comprehensive workout. The Soccer Racket can be adjusted to a vertical orientation for “on-the-ground” rebounds, or either of two reclined orientations for “in-the-air” rebounds. Each of these orientations excels at honing specific soccer skills. The Soccer Racket is well suited for athletes at all skill levels since its rebounding power is derived directly from the athlete. Novice soccer players will find their practice session well-matched for their skill level as they groove their skills on the “Racket”. More experienced players will also find the Racket the ultimate challenge as it matches their powerful passes with lightning-quick rebounds putting their trapping skills to the test. At all skill levels, you had better be ready to play – or get out of the way!

How do I use the Soccer Racket ?

Since the Soccer Racket is an “interactive” training device, it is always ready when you are.

Striking skills are practiced by kicking from a distance. The Soccer Racket acts as the “flawless” keeper and rebounds the ball directly back at the athlete. The Racket angle can be set to one of the reclined settings if the athlete desires the ball to be lobbed back high in the air to practice trapping the high ball.

Passing and trapping skills are practiced a bit closer to the Racket. The athlete will pass the ball into the Racket and then must react immediately to trap the rebounded ball. Again, the Racket can be adjusted to a reclined setting so the rebound is high to practice trapping the high ball.

Keeper skills are practiced a bit further back. The keeper will practice by throwing or striking into the Racket and then look-out, as the rebounded ball whizzes back with equal power and silent deception. The keeper’s reflexes and hand-eye coordination are put to the test as he/she jumps and dives to catch the rebounded ball. As the keeper’s reflexes and hand-eye coordination increases, he/she will move slightly closer to the Racket to get the maximum challenge.

Throw-in skills are quickly strengthened as the athlete strives to lengthen his/her throw. With the racket in the slightly reclined position the athlete can throw into the Racket at whatever distance is comfortable, and the rebounded ball falls directly back into his/her hands. Hundreds of throw-ins can be practiced in minutes. Athletes find themselves gradually moving back as their throw-ins become grooved and strengthen over time.

Juggling practice is a common self-practice exercise that teaches ball touch and control. However, juggling practice on the CHALLENGER Soccer Racket opens up a new dimension to this otherwise one-dimensional exercise. The Soccer Racket is the only training goal that enables the user to practice juggling in a “real-game response environment”, meaning 100% of the training exercise goes toward touch and ball control movements which will actually be used in a soccer game. Juggling by itself does not offer this reward, ie., juggling the ball up and down are not movements used in soccer and therefore, the time spent in vertical juggling, has much less efficacy in training the user’s skills to play soccer. The Soccer Racket however, embellishes this otherwise “one-dimensional” juggling exercise to truly challenge the user in a real-game-response series of powerful horizontal rebounds which the user must control using one-touch technique to react and respond to air-borne passes. The result is the user quickly learns to control and manipulate the air-borne pass or lofted ball to his advantage with command and confidence.

Header skills practice is fascinating to practice and watch. The athlete tosses the ball into the racket and immediately finds the ball in the air ready for the perfect header. The athlete stands immediately begins a repititous exercise of heading the ball over and over into the Racket. The direct rebound from the Soccer Racket back to the head gives the athlete the ability to make many headers in seconds as the athlete dribbles the ball against the Racket with his/her head. As the practice session advances, the athlete will attempt to increase the times he/she can head the ball without missing a beat. Advanced players have been known to accumulate hundreds of headers in succession without missing a beat – WOW!

Want to practice corner shot headers?….. Just set up the Soccer Racket about halfway to the corner post and throw the ball into the racket – the ideal corner shot is lofted into the air begging for the perfect header into the goal !

Soccer players also find themselves enjoying sparring with the Racket. Sparring practice is done by standing immediately in front of the reclined Racket and gently kicking the ball over and over into the racket with both feet in a super-quick flurry of one-touch passes. Hundreds of touches are accumulated in minutes as the athlete spars with the flawless goaltender.

Is the Soccer Racket affected by the outdoors ?

The Soccer Racket rebound system has been engineered to last a lifetime. The racket frame and support frame are heavy duty 16 gauge galvanized tube steel and practically indestructable whether located outdoors or indoors. The high tension rebound surface is strung with a UV-resistant monofilament cord called BLACKDRAGONwire ™ which is designed to provide maintenance-free service for many years in direct sunlight, rain, heat, and freezing conditions with no degradation. With the introduction of our BLACKDRAGONwire rebound surface, the Soccer Racket boasts a long outdoor service life of many years. Fasteners and hardware are all hot-dipped galvanized steel, aluminum, or stainless steel for rust-free long term use. See question #12 for additional explanation on product quality and workmanship.

How do I move the CHALLENGER Soccer Racket ?

The CHALLENGER Soccer Racket comes fully assembled. It is easily rolled around the yard or practice field by engaging each of the two wheelsets which enables a single person to easily maneuver it around the field or take it from and to your vehicle. action.

Can it be used indoors as well as outdoors ?

Yes! The CHALLENGER is easily placed indoors. This makes it ideal for indoor soccer arenas, gyms, health clubs, and family-fun centers.

What is the assembly procedure and how long will it take ?

The CHALLENGER Soccer Racket comes fully strung and ready to use with no assembly.

How is the Soccer Racket shipped ?

The Soccer Racket will be shipped from our factory directly to your home or business by ground carrier. Overseas shipments are shipped by air-freight.