IJA eNewsletter – September 2019


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September 2019

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost


  • Message from the Chair
  • 2019 IJA Numbers Championships results
  • Halloween 2019
  • 73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival, El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
  • 2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and in eJuggle
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals


Message from the Chair

Weather cooling? Warm up with community!

For many of us, the weather is cooling off, and juggling outside is becoming less comfortable. There is no better time to (a) become a 3 ball juggler, (b) visit (or make!) a juggling club, (c) volunteer for the IJA!

If option (c) sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck: we have a handful of positions that the IJA would really benefit from having active volunteers fill. They are:

  • 2021 Festival Director
    • Direct the IJA festival in July 12-18 in Wichita, KS.
    • Why start now? To see how IJA fest organizer veteran Noel Yee organizes this year’s fest. This will save you from having to reinvent the wheel!
  • Volunteers Coordinator
    • Seek out volunteers when needed.
    • Help potential volunteers who are seeking a position to try to find a good match.
  • Fundraiser
    • Coordinate fundraising efforts for the IJA (working with marketing director).
    • Upcoming: coordinate a Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
  • Patreon Director
    • Increase the good that our Patreon system does for fellow jugglers!

These are the particularly high-priority positions that we’re looking to be embraced. If you’re interested in any of them, or want to volunteer but don’t know what for, please email ija.board@juggle.org. Our enthusiastic team welcomes you!

Mike Moore

Mike Moore

IJA Chairman

2019 IJA Numbers Championships results

Individual Balls

Gold: Matan Presberg, 9 balls, 39 catches

Silver: Spencer Androli, 9 balls, 25 catches

Bronze: Vinny Carter, 8 balls, 27 catches

4th place: Tom Whitfield, 8 balls, 18 catches

5th place: Mark Fiore, 8 balls, 17 catches

(Notable result: In warmups, Tom Whitfield qualified 10 balls.  In the Championships, judges perceived that he achieved 20 catches of 10 balls.  Mr. Whitfield contended that he only made 19 catches. Video review confirmed that 19 catches was correct.  The Co-Directors commend Mr. Whitfield for his outstanding good sportsmanship.)

Individual Rings

Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 8 rings, 44 catches

Silver: Delaney Bayles, 8 rings, 35 catches

Bronze: Scott Sorensen, 8 rings, 24 catches

4th place: Nicolas Souren, 8 rings, 16 catches

Individual Clubs

Gold: Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 7 clubs, 52 catches

Silver: Jack Denger, 7 clubs, 43 catches

Bronze: Spencer Androli, 7 clubs, 38 catches

4th place: Delaney Bayles, 7 clubs, 30 catches

5th place: Michael Pearce, 7 clubs, 27 catches

Individual Ball Bouncing

Gold: Nick Jamesson, 8 balls, 41 catches

Silver: John Jones, 8 balls, 23 catches

Ball Passing

Gold: Tom Whitfield & Mark Pender-Bare, 13 balls, 90 catches

Silver: Stefan Brancel & Peter Kaseman, 13 balls, 83 catches

Ring Passing

Gold: Zak McAllister & Delaney Bayles, 12 rings, 55 catches

Silver: Chris Lovdal & Ben Hestness, 11 rings, 102 catches

Bronze: Cameron Ford & Mark Pender-Bare, 11 rings, 89 catches

4th place: Noah Schmeissner & Jonah Botvinik-Greenhouse, 11 rings, 81 catches

Club Passing

Gold: Jack Levy & Ben Hestness, 11 clubs, 52 catches

Silver: Tony Kaseman & Michael Pearce, 10 clubs, 55 catches

Bronze (tie): Graham Paasch & Nick Aikens, 10 clubs, 51 catches

Bronze (tie): Mark Pender-Bare & Cameron Ford, 10 clubs, 51 catches

5th place: Stefan Brancel & Peter Kaseman, 10 clubs, 47 catches

Ball Bounce Passing

Gold: David Critchfield & John Jones, 13 balls, 56 catches

Silver: Mark Pender-Bare & Cameron Ford, 12 balls, 58 catches

Three-Person Club Passing

Gold: Ben Hestness, Chris Lovdal, & Jack Levy, 14 clubs, 133 catches

Silver: Peter Kaseman, Tony Kaseman, & Stefan Brancel, 14 clubs, 115 catches

(Other result: Laura Kaseman, Mark Pender-Bare, & Cameron Ford, 13 clubs, did not qualify)

Co-Directors: Merry Spahr & Scott Cain

Judges: Jimmy Robertson, David Cain, Laura Kaseman, John Jones, David Critchfield, Jack Kalvan, and Ben Hestness

Sergeant at Arms: Larry Mock

Halloween 2019, by Don Lewis

It is the end of September and Halloween is about a month away. I still get lots of kids coming to my door for candy each year. When else do you get to see so many kids that quickly?  In areas that discourage trick or treating there might be Safe Halloween events that would enjoy having a juggler animate the event.

On Halloween nights when it isn’t too cold, I stand out on the porch and juggle while kids and parents do the rounds. It’s a good occasion to use some of my lighted props. Some kids self identify as jugglers, having learned to juggle balls and scarves in school programs. They tend to get a bit more candy, and information about local juggling resources.

The IJA business card is one way of getting information about juggling out to young people. You can download and print some to give away to young hob-goblins. If you have a local juggling club, print that information on the other side. You never know when a seed that you have spread will take root and thrive. Putting our web address out there will get at least a few hits.

Parents tend to wander around with herds of kids to keep the kids safe, and themselves amused. I regularly hear comments like “I used to juggle a bit in college…”. You need to encourage them to get back into it. It can be a great activity to share with the kids. There are lots of parents looking for fun activities to do on their day with the kids.

There are those who are discouraged by the price of good props, particularly clubs. The Green Club Project solves that problem. You can make really well balanced clubs from mostly recycled materials. Plans are available for free in English, French, and Spanish on the IJA website. I’ve made lots of these clubs and given them away. They are very easy to make and are nearly indestructible. I’ve even seen illuminated Green Clubs with dollar store LED sets added that look fabulous.

Outreach is important. Tomorrow’s club passers have to come from somewhere. You just never know when a small gesture is going to grow into a brand new juggler!

IJA business cards

The Green Club Project

73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival

El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020

Next year’s IJA festival will be returning to the popular and convenient venues of the 2016 IJA fest in El Paso, TX, where things have been spruced up to be even better. More info will be available by early 2020. Save the dates: July 13-19, 2020.

2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and (free) in eJuggle

The DVD is up and can be purchased in our online store here: https://ym.juggle.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=12959088

IJA members can view the festival video for free in segments within these four eJuggle articles:



Latest articles in eJuggle

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 ijanews@juggle.org.  Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests.  Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

Philly Fest 2019
4 Oct – 5 Oct 2019
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 6452 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

Kansas City Juggling Festival 2019
18 Oct – 20 Oct 2019
9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 USA

FluggleBurgh 2019
1 Nov – 3 Nov 2019
555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

St. Louis Jugglefest 2019
1 Nov – 3 Nov 2019
Lopata Gallery, campus of Washington University, St. Louis, MO USA

Brno Juggling Convention 2019/2020
29 Dec 2019 – 1 Jan 2020
University campus, Brno, Czech Republic

47th Annual Madfest ( 2020 )
17 Jan – 19 Jan 2020
Madison, WI, USA

42nd Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
7 Feb – 9 Feb 2020
Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

Minnesota Mondo Juggling & Unicycle Festival
14 Feb – 16 Feb 2020
235 Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul, Minnesota USA

Jongles-tu? World Record Attempt
9 May 2020
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival
13 Jul – 19 Jul 2020
El Paso, TX USA

43rd European Juggling Convention
1 Aug – 9 Aug 2020
Leipzig, Germany

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