Editor: Don Lewis
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- Chair’s message
- Meet the 2018 Board
- 2018 Competition Results
- 2018 Numbers Results
- 2018 IJA Games
- 2018 X-Games Results
- 2018 Joggling Results
- The IJA eNewsletter
- Letters of Interest
- Promotion Does Work!
- When Balls Collide, a review
- Latest articles in eJuggle
- Upcoming juggling festivals
Chair’s message, by Exuro Piechocki
It is an honor and a privilege to take the reins from Nathan Wakefield and to assume the role of Chair for the IJA. I hope to serve you to the best of my ability for at least the next year, and to continue to provide stewardship of the IJA and the juggling world at large. I invite you to become more involved by volunteering within the IJA, just as myself and many others do. We are always in need of hands and minds to help us render assistance to jugglers everywhere. If you have ideas about how to help the IJA, or how the IJA can help others, please make them known by going to https://www.juggle.org/contact3/
The 2018 Festival was a rousing success! Thanks to everyone who came out for our annual gathering in Springfield for making this year’s festival as good as it could be. A special thank you to this year’s festival director Noel Yee for putting together such a great festival!
With the passing of this year’s festival, the Board of Directors waves farewell to Louie Skaradek, Scott Cain, and Nathan Wakefield, who have been invaluable to the success story of the IJA’s recent past. We also welcome new Board members Mike Moore, Yuki Ueda, Sofia Noethe, and Matan Presberg to the table!
Next year’s festival will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from June 24th – 30th, 2019. David Cain has been named as the 2019 Festival Director, and he is already hard at work filling volunteer roles and planning activities for all of us to enjoy. Mark your calendars and we’ll reconvene in Indiana!
Meet the Board by Don Lewis
Each year the IJA holds an election at the festival which determines the composition of the Board of Directors. Votes can be cast online, or in person at the festival. These IJA members have volunteered to help shape the destiny of the IJA. We should give them all the support and feedback that we can. Congratulations and thank you to this year’s Board members. You can get contact information for Board members on the IJA’s contact page. https://www.juggle.org/business/board-and-officers/
The table below indicates the term for each Board member.
Exuro Piechocki, Chair
Ian Michael Loughlin
Art Jennings, 1913-2007
IJA Stage Competition 2018 Results
Eli March & Scramble James
Keiichiro Kato & Takumi Ohkura
Isaac Cantor & Joshua Nelson
2018 IJA NUMBERS CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
Gold: Matan Presberg, 9 balls, 43 catches
Silver: Michael Pearce, 8 balls, 30 catches
Bronze: Kyle Johnson, 8 balls, 17 catches
Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 8 rings, 54 catches
Silver: Scott Sorensen, 8 rings, 31 catches
Bronze: Noah Schmeissner, 8 rings, 17 catches
Gold: Wes Peden, 7 clubs, 54 catches
Silver: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 7 clubs, 42 catches
Bronze: Noah Schmeissner, 7 clubs, 20 catches
4thplace: Michael Pearce, 6 clubs, 25 catches
Individual Ball Bouncing
Gold: Christian Kloc, 9 balls, 47 catches
Gold: Noah Schmeissner & Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 13 balls, 65 catches
Silver: Sydney MacDonald & Peter Kaseman, 11 balls, 67 catches
Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse & Noah Schmeissner, 11 rings, 98 catches
Silver: Austin Smith & Sydney MacDonald, 11 rings, 86 catches
Gold: Tony Kaseman & Peter Kaseman, 10 clubs, 81 catches
Silver: Nick Aikens & Graham Paasch, 10 clubs, 75 catches
Bronze: Brenden Ying & Sean Carney, 10 clubs, 71 catches
Ball Bounce Passing
Gold: John Jones & David Critchfield, 12 balls, 75 catches
Three-Person Club Passing Gold: Jack Levy, Sean Carney & Brenden Ying, 14 clubs, 158 catches
Silver: Will Murray, Laura Kaseman & Christian Kloc, 13 clubs, 97 catches
Bronze: Graham Paasch, Peter Kaseman & Nick Aikens, 13 clubs, 82 catches
Co-Directors: Scott Cain & Merry Spahr
Judges: Jimmy Robertson, Christian Kloc, David Critchfield, John Jones, Jack Kalvan, Scott Sorensen, and
Sergeants-at-Arms: Larry Mock and Bob Winklejohn
2018 IJA Games Winners
- Sky Sez/Sensei Sez: Matan Presberg
- Single-Object-Balance Endurance: Alex Taylor
- Diabolo in a Bucket: Howard Dobson
- Three-Ball Blind: Mike Moore
- Four-Ball Endurance: Anthony Zeszut
- Three-Cigar-Box Takeouts: Liam Halstead
- Three-Quarter Juggling: Mike Moore
- Six-Club Distance Passing: Eli March and Scramble James
- Five-Ball Endurance: Nick Thomas, 10 minutes, 22 seconds
- Handstand Endurance: Cate Flaherty
- Hoop Combat: Rachel Kurtz
- Devil Stick Propeller Endurance: Kai Kwa
- Seven-Ball Endurance: Matan Presberg, 1 minute, 30 seconds
- Four-Club Endurance: Sara Munzinger
- Five-Club Endurance: Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse, 6 minutes, 52 seconds
- Three-Person Wheelbarrow Race: Peter, Tony and Vincent Kaseman
- Huggling: Nick Thomas and Jonah Botvinick Greenhouse
- Four-Ball Four-Person Relay Race: Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse, Mike Moore, Matan Presberg, Noah Schmeissner
- Three-Person Juggling Statue: The Kalvan Family
- Three-Club Combat: Eli March
- Club Gathering: Nathan Peterson-56 clubs
2018 X-Juggling Winners
3 balls – Kyle Johnson
4&5 balls – Jonah Botvinnick-Greenhouse
6+ balls – Wes Peden
3 clubs – Wes Peden
4 clubs – Jack Levy
5+ clubs – Wes Peden
3 rings – Wes Peden
4&5 rings – Noah Schmeissner
6+ rings – none
anything goes – Masayuki Furuya
teams – Scott Steiskal & Josh Nelson
2018 Joggling Results
Please click on the link below to see a spreadsheet of all of the joggling results displayed in a printable format.
The IJA eNewsletter, by Don Lewis
The IJA has been finding ways of communicating with the membership since its inception. In early days, the newsletter was typed, duplicated, and sent out by mail. Juggler’s World, and Juggle were glossy magazines that kept members in touch for years. Then came the Internet. Suddenly jugglers started communicating in new, widely dispersed, and timely ways. Publishing a magazine rapidly became an expensive and not so timely way to communicate with the membership. There was a lot of affection for the magazine, and great controversy when it became time to pull the plug on publishing and mailing. It was just impossible to keep publishing and make membership affordable.
I started this eNewsletter during the debates about the demise of the magazine so that we would have an open line to jugglers. It is hard to imagine today, but many jugglers did not have e-mail addresses ten years ago. That was then. Today everyone seems to be connected to assorted social media. The IJA is active on many platforms, notably FaceBook and Instagram. Information is now shared as soon as it is available. eJuggle is our electronic replacement for a printed magazine. Articles are added regularly, with much more content than we were ever able to publish in the print media.
I raised a question at the Annual General Meeting about whether this eNewsletter should still be a part of the IJA communication strategy. The answer from those in attendance at the meeting seemed to be yes. Most of the interaction that members have with the IJA’s content are of the “pull” variety. That is, you check out Facebook, Instagram, and eJuggle to see what’s new and interesting when and if you feel like it. This newsletter, on the other hand, is a “push”. We mail it to you every month and you decide if you want to read it.
Martin Frost has been a big part of sending out the newsletter every month. This year Martin isn’t available to help for health reasons. I’m grateful for the years he collaborated on this project. If you have some experience with newsletters, or even just with HTML, and a few spare hours every month then please let me know.
There is a sort of WYSIWYG editor as part of the IJA’s membership platform which I use to set up the newsletter. Sometimes the HTML that it generates requires a bit of tweaking to get fonts and paragraphs consistent across browsers. We would like to more tightly integrate the newsletter with other outreach efforts and find ways to make IJA promotion more accessible to non-members. Why would we do that for non-members ? We want to promote the festival and other programs as widely as possible because that is the smart thing to do.
I write much of the content in the newsletter, and that surprises me. I thought the editor was supposed to assemble other people’s articles. Most of you just aren’t writing articles. Why? I’m sure that there are interesting things going on in your world that other jugglers would like to know about. If you are worried that you are not a great writer, stop it. That’s why we have an editor, to help you.
Perhaps your article is a bit too large for the newsletter? In that case submit your stuff to eJuggle. They have teams of editors to help you over there. In general, a page or less is fine for the newsletter. That includes what is going on in your local juggling group. The eNewsletter is the main way that we communicate information about the festival to our members on a regular basis. You are welcome to re-distribute the newsletter in its entirety to jugglers that you know. Help spread the word about the IJA and its programs.
Call for IJA Volunteer Officers
Until about September 15, the IJA Board of Directors will be accepting “Letters of Interest” (via email) from people desiring to fill one of the volunteer IJA officer positions. The positions have a variety of focuses and require a minimum of a one year commitment. Officers help to direct the activity of the organization and bring fresh and dynamic ideas to the Board regarding their particular area of focus.
Why “Letters of Interest?” Associations tend to have a fairly small set of volunteers that keep things going. Newer members often want to get involved but can’t see a point of entry that won’t offend an existing volunteer. At the same time, some existing volunteers despair of ever finding someone willing to take on their task (or some part of it). The “Letters of Interest” give the Board a chance to know what volunteers are out there, and what they might be willing to do to help. You might not get chosen, or you might get to assist another volunteer while learning.
IJA officers are covered by the IJA’s Directors and Officers liability insurance policy in case anything goes off the rails.
Below is a list of IJA officers. See if one of these calls out to you. Or if you have an idea for a useful new position to add, let us know your thoughts.
Future Festivals Site Coordinator
IJA Regional Competitions (IRC) Director
Video Tutorial Director
World Juggling Day (WJD) Coordinator
Youth Juggling Academy (YJA) Coordinator
If you would like to submit a letter of interest for any of the positions (or possibly a brand new one), please include the following: – Your name. – Position(s) you are interested in. – Qualifications or experience you would bring to the position(s). – Any new ideas or strategies you would like to see enacted. Submit your letter no later than September 15, by emailing it to: email@example.com. The IJA Board will select the officer they think best fits each position.
Whether or not you are selected as an IJA Officer, the Board is excited to find a good fit for you as a volunteer within the organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Board Chair Exuro Piechocki at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promotion Does Work !, by Don Lewis
From time to time I write articles that include reasons to attend the IJA festival that are specifically aimed at jugglers who don’t think there is a place for them at the festival. Perhaps they are beginners, or they’re shy, or they’re convinced they’ll be out of place. Pretty much anyone, even a non-juggler, can find ways to fit in and have fun at a festival.
I was really pleased this year when three different people sought me out at the festival and basically said “One of your articles convinced me to come and try the festival. You were right.” Well, that certainly made my festival special! Thank you for telling me that.
As the school season gets underway, juggling groups will be starting to get more active. Now is a great time to tell your friends what a great time you had at the festival, and convince them that they really need to come to the next one.
When Balls Collide, A Review by Don Lewis
Jack Kalvan and Arthur Lewbel have collaborated to produce a very readable book that explains why juggling works. If the idea of math stops you in your tracks, you don’t need to be afraid of this book. You don’t actually don’t need to follow the math to understand how juggling works, and why it gets so much more complicated as you add more props. The equations that are presented are fully explained in terms that we can all understand. If you are a math whiz, then you will get an extra dimension to your understanding.
The various chapters discuss the development of juggling skills, a bit of history, and a discussion of constraints as they apply to juggling. The subtitle of the book is “Understanding the Skill of Juggling.” This book will help you pinpoint difficult areas in your own juggling, and help you understand what constraints are causing problems. There is a discussion of absolute limits that may limit how far a human body can go in numbers juggling. For math and physics nerds who never learned to juggle there is a short appendix on how to juggle the cascade.
I enjoyed reading it, I think you will too. The book is available at Amazon.
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Upcoming juggling festivals
Below is a list of some upcoming juggling festivals. For a list of even more fests, check our worldwide juggling event listings.
To get a festival listed here for free, just drop a note to us at email@example.com. Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests. Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.
2018 Boston Juggling Festival
14 Sep – 16 Sep 2018
Cambridge, MA USA
Graülich Fire Juggling Convention
14 Sep – 16 Sep 2018
2018 Broxford Juggling Convention
15 Sep – 23 Sep 2018
Oxford OX44 9AR United Kingdom
2018 Kansas City Juggling Festival
21 Sep – 23 Sep 2018
Kansas City, MO USA
Camvention 2018 Cambridge Juggling Convention
22 Sep – 22 Sep 2018
Cambridge University Sports Centre, United Kingdom
Turkish Juggling Festival
24 Sep – 30 Sep 2018
Sundance Nature Village, Antalya 07980, Turkey
2018 Melbourne Juggling Festival
27 Sep – 1 Oct 2018
Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Herfst Jongleer Weekend
28 Sep – 30 Sep 2018
De Hems 16-20, 7522 NL Enschede, Netherlands
Ich Jonglier mit meiner Laterne
5 Oct – 7 Oct 2018
Ladenbeker Weg 13, 21033 Hamburg Germany
18 Oct – 21 Oct 2018
Idyllwild, CA USA
Durham Juggling Convention
19 Oct – 21 Oct 2018
Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD, United Kingdom