Competitions

Check this page as the fest draws near for the latest updates!
Dates and times subject to change.


Numbers Championships

The competitors in the IJA Numbers Championships challenge each other as well as all past Numbers champions — and the laws of physics! See who can successfully juggle, individually and in teams, the greatest numbers of balls, clubs, rings and bounced balls. Cash prizes will be awarded, including a special prize for breaking IJA Numbers records.

Individuals interested in competing must read the IJA Numbers Championships Rules.

See the Numbers Co-Directors at the fest to sign up. Send questions to them at numbers@juggle.org.

Each event champion will receive a $100 prize. There is an additional $100 bonus for a winning competitor that breaks an IJA record!

FINALS: FRIDAY, 12PM
ENTRY FEE: $15 PER EVENT

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Individuals Numbers Events:
• Individual Balls
• Individual Rings
• Individual Clubs
• Individual Ball Bouncing

Teams Numbers Events:
• Ball Passing
• Ring Passing
• Club Passing
• Ball Bounce Passing
• Three-Person Club Passing

IJA Joggling World Championships, with 5K road race

This year’s IJA World Joggling Championships will consist of two styles of competitions, in two locations, both on Saturday morning, July 15th.

SATURDAY 7:30AM Starting bright and early is a 5K road race in Lisbon, IA, directed by William Bayles, a local juggler and organizer of the annual Junction Jugglefest. The following special features make the early wakeup time for this event worthwhile:

A flat USATF certified out-and-back course with $1600 in prize money! CHIP TIMED. The 5K is open to non-juggling runners too.

Half the prize money — $800 — is split among the first three male and first three female jogglers to finish: $250 each plus trophy for 1st male & 1st female joggler; $100 each for 2nd M & F joggler; and $50 each for 3rd M & F joggler.

The other $800 is split similarly among the first three male and first three female runners to finish, whether joggling or not: $250 each plus trophy for 1st overall male & female; $100 each for 2nd M & F overall, and $50 each for 3rd M & F overall. Jogglers may double-up on prize money by finishing in the top three male or female overall.

Medals awarded to top three age group finishers (12 and under, 13-17, 18-39, 40 and above).

Overall winners receive a plaque and prize money, but are not eligible for age group awards.

Below is a map of the race with the start/finish point on Jackson St. between Casey’s and Junction Auto, 214 E. Hwy. 30, Lisbon, IA.

SATURDAY 9AM-1PM At Coe College’s Clark Outdoor Track, the IJA’s signature track meet will ensue. If you have competed in the IJA’s track meets in the last 5-10 years, you know what to expect. If you are new to joggling, this is how it works: a single entry fee allows you to enter as many events as you desire (including the above 5K). 1st – 3rd place winners in each division are awarded medals and ribbons. The order of the track events this year is:

100 meters – 3 balls
100 meters – 5 balls
400 meters – 3 balls
100 meters – 7 balls
400 meters – 5 balls
800 meters – 3 balls
4 x 100 meters – 3 balls

Refreshments will be made available to all participants.

T-shirts are available on a first come, first served basis, when you register online. Register online for joggling by June 10th to get a $5 discount, as well as a free joggling T-shirt included in your joggling registration package. Here’s the draft T-shirt design:

To compete, jogglers must continuously juggle at least 3 objects, and any drops must be retrieved and the pattern resumed from where the object was dropped.

We need volunteers, including drivers to help with transportation to and from venues (3 shuttle vans provided) and time-keeping at the track. Please send an email to the following address to volunteer.

IJA Joggling Coordinator, Emily Moore, joggling2017@juggle.org

See also the Joggling Info and Records page.

Individual Prop Competition

This year in Cedar Rapids there will be three individual prop competitions: 3 clubs, 3 rings, and 3 balls. Each event will have a 90-second time limit. Jugglers will perform single-prop routines to music of their own choice and be judged on technique, presentation and choreography.

Not open to competitors using the same prop in any of the Stage Championships (Juniors, Individuals and Teams).

For the policy on music used in this competition, see the IJA Music Policy.

In addition to cash prizes, sponsors have provided the following top prizes:

  3 Balls: 7 Flying Clipper juggling balls
  3 Rings: 5 LED juggling rings donated by Renegade Juggling Equipment
  3 Clubs: 3 Magnet clubs from the creator himself, Ameron Rosvall

Prelims to be announced if needed. Rules and sign-up will be posted at the festival.

SATURDAY, 5PM
$15 ENTRY FEE PER EVENT

Xjuggling

XJuggling is the fast paced, non-stop, best trick competition. This is about pushing the limits of creativity and possibility. You’ll see the best jugglers in the world pull off their most incredible, insane, cutting-edge tricks — or crash and burn.

For more info visit xjuggling.com or contact organizer Jack Kalvan at xjuggling2017@juggle.org. (Day & time TBA)

See XJuggling in action here

SATURDAY NOON – 4PM (WITH GAMES)

Games of the IJA

Games Under Consideration by the
Galactic Federation of Jugglers

Endurance Games:
Club Balance 5 Ball – 7 Ball – 5 Club
Blind Juggling
Club Passing (8,9,10)
Mixed Prop Endurance

Fun Games:
Best Trick
Worst/Silliest Trick
Diabolo Bucket Toss
Holzman/Sensei Sez
Wheel Barrow Races
Huggling
Erratic Passing
Skill/Random
Fewest Catches of 3 in a Minute
Speed Club Passing
Distance Passing

For more information please visit Brian Koenig at his home and knock on his door. Or contact him at: games2017@juggle.org.

SATURDAY NOON – 4PM (WITH XJUGGLING)

Pinball Tournament

Crack your knuckles and loosen your wrists. The 2017 IJA Festival is looking for some “pinball wizards” to play the silver ball and see if they can beat the IJA’s resident Pinball Ace Richard Kennison and all comers in a Pinball Tournament. Scores will be collected during the week (using juggler selfies with their score), and the finals will be held on Friday night in Downtown Cedar Rapids at The Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery.


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