Hijacking in period 5 patterns

This article describes how to switch between period 5 patterns and then extends this idea to period 5 feeds.

Hijacking in why not?

Adam and Brenda are passing why not? Brenda decides she wants to do five count popcorn, so she hijacks the pattern, and Adam is left passing five club why not?causal diagram for hijacking in why not?Brenda’s pattern for why not? is pass self pass heff zip. When she switches to five count popcorn her pattern becomes pass self self heff heff. Adam’s pattern for why not? is heff zip pass self pass. When Brenda starts doing five count popcorn, Adam’s pattern becomes heff zip pass self zip.

If you are in Adam’s position, the first couple of times you try this, you may find yourself standing holding two clubs when you should be doing self zip!

Now Brenda is passing five count popcorn and Adam is passing five club why not? Brenda gets tired and decides to switch back to passing why not?causal diagram for returning to why not?

Instead of pass self self heff heff, Brenda does pass self pass heff zip. Adam’s pattern changes from heff zip pass self zip, to heff zip pass self pass.

Now that they are passing why not? again, Adam could hijack the pattern and start passing five count popcorn, forcing Brenda to pass five club why not? Note that you don’t have to tell your partner when you are going to hijack the pattern, as the response is fairly natural. Similarly you don’t have to say when you intend to return to the original pattern.animation of why not? hijack

Hijacking in Martin’s one count

Adam and Brenda are passing Martin’s one count. Brenda decides she wants to do funky bookends, so she hijacks the pattern, and Adam is left passing parsnip.causal diagram for hijacking in Martin's one countBrenda’s pattern for Martin’s one count is pass pass pass pass zip. When she switches to funky bookends her pattern becomes pass heff pass pass self. Adam’s pattern for Martin’s one count is pass pass zip pass pass. When Brenda starts doing five count popcorn, Adam’s pattern becomes pass pass zip pass zip.

Now Brenda is passing funky bookends and Adam is passing parsnip. Brenda gets tired and decides to switch back to passing  Martin’s one count.causal diagram for returning to Martin's one countInstead of pass heff pass pass self, Brenda does pass pass pass pass zip. Adam’s pattern changes from pass pass zip pass zip, to pass pass zip pass pass.animation of hijacking in Martin's one countThere is another way that Brenda can hijack Martin’s one count.causal diagram for hijacking in Martin's one countBrenda switches from pass pass pass pass zip, to pass pass self pass heff. In this diagram Adam’s pattern changes from pass zip pass pass pass, to pass zip pass pass zip. The overall effect is the same. Brenda ends up passing funky bookends and Adam ends up passing parsnip, but the transition is different!

There’s also another way to return to Martin’s one count.causal diagram for returning to Martin's one countInstead of pass pass self pass heff, Brenda does pass pass pass pass zip. Adam’s pattern changes from pass zip pass pass zip, to pass zip pass pass pass.animation for hijacking in Martin's one count

‘Lo-jacking’ in why not?

Adam and Brenda are passing why not? Adam decides he wants to do parsnip, so he lo-jacks the pattern, and Brenda is forced to pass funky bookends!causal diagram for lo-jacking in why not?Adam’s pattern is pass heff zip pass self. When he wants to switch to parsnip, he does a hold instead of the heff, and then does pass pass zip pass zip. The ‘hold’ is a transition throw, it’s not part of why not? or parsnip. Brenda’s pattern changes from pass self pass heff zip, to pass self pass heff pass.

Now Brenda is passing funky bookends and Adam is passing parsnip. When he’s ready, Adam can switch back to passing why not?causal diagram for returning to why not?Adam’s pattern is pass pass zip pass zip. When he wants to switch back to why not? he throws a self instead of the first pass, and then does pass self pass heff zip. The initial self is a transition throw, it’s not part of why not? or parsnip. Brenda’s pattern changes from pass heff pass pass self, to pass heff zip pass self.animation for lo-jacking in why not?

Anything goes!

If you’re passing why not? you could potentially hijack the pattern so that you end up passing five count popcorn against five club why not? or you could lo-jack the pattern so that you end up passing parsnip against funky bookends. Similarly, if you’re passing parsnip against funky bookends, you could switch to Martin’s one count, or to why not? However there is a problem!

Suppose you’re juggling why not? You decide to lo-jack the pattern and pass parsnip. At virtually the same time your partner decides to hijack the pattern and pass five count popcorn. Your partner will throw a self to the same hand that you’ve passed to! There’s not enough time to react to the pass. There’s a similar problem with the possible transitions from passing funky bookends against parsnip. Fortunately there’s a simple solution!

When you intend to try hijacking in period five patterns, you should have one special club that’s a different colour from all the others. You can only hijack (or lo-jack) the pattern when you are juggling the special club!

Hijacking in a bookends feed

Hijacking gets very interesting once you try doing it in a feed!causal diagram for hijacking in a bookends feedBrenda is feeding on funky bookends. Her pattern is Adam Chris self Chris heff. Adam is passing five club why not? to Brenda. His pattern is heff zip pass self zip. Chris is passing why not? to Brenda. His pattern is pass heff zip pass self. Brenda decides to switch to passing Martin’s one count, so she changes her pattern to Adam Chris Adam Chris zip. This forces Adam to pass why not? His pattern becomes heff zip pass self pass. Chris’s pattern is unchanged. The new feed is Martin’s one count feed #3.causal diagram for returning to bookends feedBrenda can switch back to feeding on funky bookends. Then Adam returns to passing five club why not?animation for hijacking in a bookends feed

Hijacking in Martin’s one count feed #3causal diagram for hijacking in a Martin's one count feed

Brenda is feeding on Martin’s one count. Her pattern is Adam Chris Adam Chris zip. Adam and Chris pass why not? to Brenda. Adam decides to switch to five count popcorn, so he changes his pattern form pass self pass heff zip, to pass self self heff heff. This forces Brenda to feed on parsnip. Her pattern becomes Adam Chris zip Chris zip. Again Chris’s pattern is unchanged. The new feed is a parsnip feed.causal diagram for returning to a Martin's one count feedAdam can switch back to passing why not? Then Brenda returns to passing Martin’s one count.animation for hijacking in a Martin's one count feed

Hijacking in a parsnip feedcausal diagram for hijacking in a parsnip feedBrenda is feeding on parsnip. Her pattern is Adam Chris zip Chris zip. Adam passes to Brenda on five count popcorn. His pattern is heff heff pass self self. Chris passes to Brenda on why not? His pattern is pass heff zip pass self. Chris decides to switch to passing parsnip, so he changes his pattern to pass pass zip pass zip. This forces Brenda to feed on Martin’s one count. Her pattern becomes Adam Chris zip Chris Chris. This time Adam’s pattern is unchanged. The new feed is Martin’s one count feed #2.causal diagram for returning to a parsnip feedChris can switch back to passing why not? Then Brenda returns to feeding on parsnip.animation fro hijacking in a parsnip feed

How to work out hijacks in period five patterns

There are some simple rules for working out possible hijacks in period five patterns.

1.   You can throw a club to a hand that is expecting to receive a zip. Let’s call this the hijack club.

2.   If someone throws a hijack club to you, then you have a club that you wanted to zip but now can’t. You should throw this ‘problem’ club to the hand that threw the hijack club.

3.   If there is a club ‘missing’ from your pattern, you should zip to avoid a gap.

Also you may need to add transition throws to lo-jack a pattern.

I don’t expect people to apply these rules as they are juggling – I’d be very impressed by anyone who could! Use these rules to work out some hijacks on paper and then try to apply them in practice.

 


* Animated gifs were created using JoePass. Here are the pattern files in zip format.

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