IJA eNewsletter – July 2021

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  July 2021

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost


  • Message from the Chair
  • Board of Directors election results
  • Call for interest in vacant Board seat
  • Meet new IJA Board member Niels Duinker
  • 2021 IJA Online Juggling Championships
  • 2021 IJA Online Numbers Championships
  • 2021 IJA World Joggling Championships: Complete Results
  • IJA Virtual Hangout Jam, August 7, 10am PDT
  • Latest articles in eJuggle (find a few that interest you and check them out!)
  • Upcoming juggling festivals

 Message from the Chair  by Aslynne Howes

Another festival has come and gone, and oh, what a week it was!  Such fantastic shows, workshops, Master Classes, and competitions!  Huge thanks for all the time and effort the wonderful volunteers have been putting in over the past year to make it happen.

With the festival comes a new IJA board of directors member!  We are pleased to welcome Niels Duinker to the team.  For more information about Niels, please see his introduction below.

I’m also thrilled to be continuing to work with Amy Wielizcka for another term.  She’s been such a massive asset behind the scenes with the 2020 and 2021 Online festivals as well as with additional administrative projects over her time with the organization.

Thank you very much to retiring board member Eric Shibuya during his tenure for all his support, time, and work for the IJA.  We will miss his insights and work behind the scenes on all projects, especially with the raffle the past couple years.

Another thank you to Mike Moore, who chose to step down from his position on the board.  He has been incredibly helpful over the years and has made many great contributions to the community.  We will miss his enthusiasm and leadership over the coming periods and look forward to seeing some of his ideas come to fruition.

With Mike stepping down, we are looking for candidates to fill the role!  If you are interested, see the instructions below to apply.

As always, if you have any ideas for projects you’d like to see the IJA involved in or feedback on our current projects and programs, I’d love to discuss them.  Shoot me an email at howes@juggle.org.

Aslynne Howes

IJA Chair


Board of Directors election results  by Don Lewis

The IJA election for members of the Board of Directors took place entirely online this year.  The first three candidates below were elected to a two-year term, and the new Board then re-elected Aslynne Howes as Chair for 2021-2022.


  Elected Candidates


  Aslynne Howes


  Amy Wieliczka


  Niels Duinker


  Other Candidates


  Benjamin Domask-Ruh


  Kevin Mercer


  Kent Mercer


  Matt Hall (write-in)


Call for interest in vacant Board seat  by Martin Frost

Following the festival, Mike Moore resigned from the IJA Board of Directors, as he had indicated he would.  That leaves one Board position vacant.  The bylaws allow the Board to appoint a member to the Board to fill such a seat for the remainder of the term, which in this case would be until the 2022 Festival.  If you are interested in being considered for the Board seat, please send a letter of interest to Aslynne Howes, IJA Board Chair, at howes@juggle.org by August 14.


Meet new IJA Board member Niels Duinker

Hello jugglers!  My name is Niels Duinker (35 years old).  Since July of this year, I am on the IJA Board of Directors!  Originally, I am from The Netherlands, but I now live and perform with my juggling show in the USA.  Through my YouTube channel, I love teaching juggling and sharing all the fun and insights that I learned since 1998 when I started juggling.  I can’t wait to help serve the juggling community and keep the IJA the great organization it’s been since 1947.



2021 IJA Online Juggling Championships  by Viveca Gardiner and NeilFred Picciotto, Championships Directors

The IJA would like to celebrate the winners of the 2021 IJA Online Juggling Championships, which were streamed on Thursday, July 15.  All the scores are shown below.  Thank you to all the competitors for a wonderful show, congratulations to the winners, and we hope to see you all in Cedar Rapids in 2022!

Juniors (under age 18)



Nikolai Marshall, United States



Ella Catanzaro, United States



Janice Chao, United States



Thomas Whitaker, United Kingdom



Andy Mbalati, South Africa




Raising Cain, United States




Adam Dipert, United States



Cinthia “La Flaka” Buitrón, Mexico



Keisuke Yamazaki, Japan



David Cain, United States



William Alex Larson, United States



Kohei Itabashi, Japan

Unfortunately we made an error in the initial score computations.  The competition results we announced during the event did not correctly reflect the scores that were entered by the IJA members who participated as judges (the above are the corrected results).  Here’s how the error happened.

A lot of the code was written fairly last-minute; the scoring calculations in particular were done on the day before and the day of the event, which left little time for testing.  Some testing was done, but of course the issues could have been caught by more extensive testing.

There were a few bugs, but most notably, at a key point in the process, the system:

  • generated labels by listing the competitors’ names (within a division) in the show running order, and then
  • associated scores with those labels, but this time listing the competitors in alphabetical order (by first name), so the wrong scores were associated with several names.

For example, in the Individuals division, Adam Dipert was first alphabetically, while David Cain was first in the show running order; thus Adam’s scores had David’s name.  (The fact that Adam is both alphabetically first and ranked in first place is not relevant here.) In the Juniors division, on the other hand, Nikolai Marshall happened to be listed fourth in both the running order and an alphabetical list, so the announcement of his placing first was in fact correct.

Further details of how the error happened are explained here.

We apologize for the disappointment and confusion this caused.


2021 IJA Online Numbers Championships  by Scott Cain, David Cain & Merry Spahr, Numbers Directors

With the IJA holding the festival online in 2021, the method of competing and the associated rules for the IJA Numbers Championships were modified for this year.  Competitors had approximately seven weeks to make a video recording of their best runs in any of four individual events.  No team events were held.  Winners were awarded with gold medals.  Because competitors had weeks to film their best attempt, rather than the four minutes allotted during the in-person Numbers Championships, any runs that surpassed the established IJA Records will not count as new records.  Entrants were also required to say, or show a sign saying, “2021 IJA” to prove that the entry was made specifically for the virtual Numbers Championships.


Individual Balls

  • Gold:  Tom Whitfield (UK), 11 balls, 27 catches
  • 2nd:   Domenyk La Terra (Sweden/Australia), 9 balls, 71 catches
  • 3rd:   Matan Presberg (USA), 9 balls, 57 catches
  • 4th:   Jack Denger (USA), 9 balls, 44 catches

Individual Rings

  • Gold:  Daniel Lysenko (Ukraine), 10 rings, 38 catches
  • 2nd:   Eivind Dragsjo (Norway), 10 rings, 20 catches
  • 3rd:   Jack Denger (USA), 9 rings, 18 catches

Individual Clubs

  • Gold:  Moritz Rosner (Germany), 7 clubs, 95 catches
  • 2nd:   Eivind Dragsjo (Norway), 7 clubs, 91 catches
  • 3rd:   Jack Denger (USA), 7 clubs, 55 catches
  • 4th:   Michael Pearce (USA), 7 clubs, 14 catches

Individual Ball Bouncing

  • Gold:  Christian Kloc (USA), 9 balls, 128 catches
  • 2nd:   Jonathan Root (USA) 9 balls, 24 catches

New award! Gold medalist whose name was drawn to win a complimentary festival event package for an upcoming festival: Daniel Lysenko 

2021 IJA World Joggling Championships: Complete Results  by Sterling Franklin

Whether jogglers were wearing an action camera or had someone recording them while biking, this year’s virtual IJA World Joggling Championships were full of excellent footage and great performances, including several notable IJA All-Time Records!  In the future, even if we have an in-person meet during a future IJA Festival when things are more normal, we will hope to continue having a few virtual events each year for the dedicated jogglers around the world who love this skill-sport combo.  Final results from the entire competition are as follows:

Medalists from Block A (April 1 – May 15):


B12 = Boys 12-and-Under

B17 = Boys 13-to-17

WO = Women’s Open (18-39)

MO = Men’s Open (18-39)

WM = Women’s Masters (40+)

MM = Men’s Masters (40+)

3-ball 100m

B12 Gold: Valentin Bolognini (21.0)

WO Gold: Logan Pearce (23.0)

MO Gold: Sterling Franklin (14.10)

MO Silver: Stephan Cipra (14.5)

MO Bronze: Matthew Feldman (14.73)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (21.9)

3-ball 400m

B17 Gold: James Auriemma (1:32.70)

MO Gold: Sterling Franklin (1:03.86)

MO Silver: Stephan Cipra (1:11.80)

MO Bronze: Matthew Feldman (1:13.91)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (2:21.5)

3-ball 1600m

MO Gold: Sterling Franklin (5:25.60)

MO Silver: Daniel Raum (5:43.04)

MO Bronze: Christoph Mitasch (6:10.82)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (11:02)

MM Gold: Koutaro Kawano (6:17)

4-ball 200m

B12 Gold: Valentin Bolognini (1:49.5)

B17 Gold: David Pavlove Cunsolo (40.50)

MO Gold: Stephan Cipra (33.5)

MO Silver: Sterling Franklin (36.48)

MO Bronze: Matthew Feldman (38.88)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (1:54)

5-ball 200m

B17 Gold: David Pavlove Cunsolo (1:05.13)

MO Gold: Matthew Feldman (37.67)

MO Silver: Stephan Cipra (55.0)

MO Bronze: Christoph Mitasch (1:38.84)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (3:23)

Medalists/Top 10s from Block B (June 1 – July 15):

3-ball 200m

B17 Gold: David Pavlove Cunsolo (35.37)

WO Gold: Logan Pearce (46.70)

WO Silver: Kaylyn Schull (57.89)

WM Gold*: JoAnn Ireland (*)

MO Gold: Sterling Franklin (29.14)

MO Silver: Stephan Cipra (31.76)

MO Bronze: Matthew Feldman (32.01)

MM Gold: Len Ferman (35.10)

3-ball 800m

B17 Gold: James Auriemma (4:05.20)

WO Gold: Kaylyn Schull (4:27.48)

MO Gold: Caleb Williams (2:10.95)

MO Silver: Sterling Franklin (2:23.50)

MO Bronze: Stephan Cipra (2:37.24)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (4:58.88)

3-ball 3200m

B17 Gold: Nicholas Boffa (12:44.70)

MO Gold: John Baker (11:33.17)

MO Silver: Christoph Mitasch (12:34)

MO Silver*: Daniel Raum (*)

MO Bronze (T): Sterling Franklin (13:10)

MO Bronze (T): Matthew Feldman (13:10)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (23:52.65)

MM Gold: Koutaro Kawano (13:57)

4-ball 100m

B12 Gold: Valentin Bolognini (31.4)

MO Gold: Stephan Cipra (15.44)

MO Silver: Christoph Mitasch (20.3)

MO Bronze: Chris Fowler (27.36)

5-ball 100m

MO Gold: Mark Fiore (14.37)

MO Silver: Matthew Feldman (15.03)

MO Bronze: Stephan Cipra (17.80)

MO Top 10: Joel Hilchey (20.73)

WM Gold: JoAnn Ireland (1:08.03)

7-ball 100m

MO Gold: Chris Fowler (52.71)

* These runs could not be verified by the provided videos. Subsequent replacement videos submitted by these competitors (after the deadline) were verifiable and established that the runners could achieve the original times. As a result, extra medals have been awarded for the original runs, without affecting medals issued to others in the same event.

Extra Events Results:

3-ball 600m: Sterling Franklin (1:42.96)

3-ball 5K: Koutaro Kawano (23:46)

3-ball 100m Blindfolded: Matthew Feldman (23.38)

5-ball 800m: David Pavlove Cunsolo (7:55.43)

7-ball 200m: David Pavlove Cunsolo (3:33.70)

Fun Run Results:

3-ball 100m Backwards: Joel Hilchey (21.1)

3-ball 100m Backwards: Nicholas Boffa (22.9)

3-ball 100m Siamese: Mike & Emily Moore (29.1)

3-club 100m, 4 Pirouettes: Stephan Cipra (30.0)

5-ball 100m Backwards: Joel Hilchey (37.2)

✨  New IJA All-Time Records:

3-ball 600m: Sterling Franklin (1:42.96)

3-ball 800m: Caleb Williams (2:10.95)

3-ball 3200m: John Baker (11:33.17) [Inaugural]

4-ball 100m: Stephan Cipra (15.44)

4-ball 200m: Stephan Cipra (33.5)

5-ball 100m: Mark Fiore (14.37)

5-ball 200m: Matthew Feldman (37.67)

5-ball 800m: David Pavlove Cunsolo (7:55.43) [Inaugural]

7-ball 100m: Chris Fowler (52.71)

7-ball 200m: David Pavlove Cunsolo (3:33.70) [Inaugural]


Overall, the competition was amazing this year, and we look forward to more limits being pushed in the sport in upcoming years!  For those winning medals, we will get in touch with you in the next few weeks and verify shipping information.

We took an innovative twist to our awards this year by 3D-Printing them.  It was a lot of work, and maybe my spray painting skills could improve a bunch (maybe I’ll invest in an airbrush), but it was definitely fun to put these together, and I hope that all who get medals this year can enjoy the unique memorabilia!  The medals are substantially larger than before (300% the area of previous years’ medals), and they ended up costing less per medal in the end, even when compared to the bulk order price.

Jogglers are a unique bunch, going to the track to combine fun, technical skill, and speed into an amazing set of performances.  If you haven’t tried out joggling or want to put up some amazing times, we’d love to have you participate next year!  As always, thanks to everyone who made this event amazing, from the organizers to the competitors. 

IJA Virtual Hangout Jam, August 7th, 10am PDT  by Chris Garcia

The IJA is hosting another Virtual Hangout Jam, and you’re invited, whether you’re an IJA member or not!  So grab your props, clear out some space in your living room, and hang out with your fellow jugglers virtually!  Meetings are via Zoom and are accessible via mobile or computer.

This month we are hosting the meeting on the First Saturday, August 7th at 10am PDT.

We’d love feedback from the community on the best time for you for future events.  Let us know by filling out this survey form.

Find latest Hangout info

You can find the latest up-to-date info for the Virtual Hangout Jam on the Facebook Event Page.

Hangout rules

As this meeting is accessible to both youth and adults, please use appropriate language, clothing, behavior, etc.  This is a safe space.  Anyone espousing hate or bigotry will be removed.  Please turn off your microphone when not speaking, to avoid excess ambient noise.

How to join

Download and install Zoom on your phone or computer.  Use the Zoom link below to register.  This can be done at any time before you join.  After you’ve registered, you’ll be given a link to join the meeting.  Click it and an admin should admit you into the hangout from the waiting room.

Next Hangout

Saturday, August 7th, 2021, at 10am PDT / 6pm UK Time

Register for Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scu6rqTouEteVOkwDlTGUB9LorynBwI2j






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Upcoming juggling festivals

Note: Virtually all juggling festivals planned for the coming months have been canceled or rescheduled because of the worldwide pandemic, though some will be held online.

To find a juggling fest near you or online, check the fest list at The Juggling Edge.  Eventually festivals will return.

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