2021 IJA Online Joggling Championships

2021 IJA World Joggling Championships (virtual via video submission)  by Sterling Franklin

Just as the 2021 IJA Festival has gone virtual again this year, the 2021 IJA World Joggling Championships will also take place virtually via your very cool video submissions!  The competition will take place over two different date ranges: Block
A from April 1 through May 15, and Block B from June 1 through July 15.

Five Official Events will be held in each Block:

IJA World Joggling Championships, Block A

Date range: April 1 – May 15 (submission deadline at 11:59pm GMT on May 15)

  • 3-ball 100m
  • 3-ball 400m
  • 3-ball 1600m
  • 4-ball 200m
  • 5-ball 200m

IJA World Joggling Championships, Block B

Date range: June 1 – July 15 (submission deadline at 11:59pm GMT on July 15)

  • 3-ball 200m
  • 3-ball 800m
  • 3-ball 3200m
  • 5-ball 100m
  • 7-ball 100m

(Note: Any prop with the correct quantity for the event can be used — clubs, rings, footballs, etc.)

Two Categories: Fun Run (free) and Competitive (small fee)

  • Fun Run: Free (optional donation to IJA).  This is for informal joggling runs.  Any distance can be run, and Certificates of Completion will be sent via email for those who confirm legitimate completion of the distance.  Video submission is optional in this category but is suggested if you want to be part of a montage of the jogglers this year.  No time validation or record consideration will be done in the Fun Run category.  If you have a really innovative pattern to try out or just want to run for fun and try something new without any pressure, this is a great category!  Please register for the free Fun Run, especially if you think you’ll submit a Fun Run video.

  • Competitive: BLOCK A: $15; BLOCK B: $15; or BOTH BLOCKS: $25.  Jogglers in this category are eligible for medals in the official events and official IJA recognition in cases of World/IJA Records or Top 10 All-Time performances.  Registration and full video submission are REQUIRED in the Competitive category.  The video must show the clear continuation of a juggling pattern while running (whether with a wearable camera and mount or with another person filming the run clearly and reliably — please keep responsible with COVID restrictions where applicable!).  The video needs to show both the run and the final time at the end, and preferably should identify the joggler and the date of the attempt as well.  If done on road, measurement verification must be done (by Measuring Wheel on video or by confirmation by USATF/WMA official), and road runs must not be done on a net-negative vertical gain (i.e., road runs need to be done on a flat [net-zero] or uphill [net-positive] route).  Tracks of 400m are usually best and simplest for these competitive runs.  In the case of drops, the joggler must be shown on video retreating to the point of drop before continuing the juggling pattern from that spot — no forward progress should be made in the case of the joggler losing control of the pattern or dropping, and props can’t be launched meters away in order to gain distance.  Patterns should aim to be one throw per step or as close as possible.  For recording questions and rules in specific circumstances, feel free to contact Sterling Franklin or Emily Moore at joggling2021@juggle.org.

Entries in the Competitive category allow for one (1) optional ‘Extra Event’ not on the Official List for validation & possible medals.  If there’s one event that you want to run that isn’t on the official list and has a valid Indoor/Outdoor/XC distance that is regularly run (e.g., 300m, 1000m, 5K, etc.), that first ‘extra’ distance will be validated at no extra cost for Competitive runners; subsequent ‘extra events’ not on the official list will cost $3 extra each to validate.  (So if you want to run a 3b300m, 5b400m, and 7b5K [ouch], the first one would be free, and the other two would cost $3 extra each for verification.)  And if you can get three runners in your specific division (e.g., Boys 13-17) to enter the same ‘extra event’ with valid runs, that event/division will be eligible for medals as well.  We do request that events are at longest 10K and preferably shorter due to verification requirements and volunteer sanity.

Divisions (same as prior years):

  • Boys 12-and-Under
  • Girls 12-and-Under
  • Boys 13-17
  • Girls 13-17
  • Men’s Open (18-39)
  • Women’s Open (18-39)
  • Men’s Masters (40+)
  • Women’s Masters (40+)

Note: Age determination for divisions will be as of the end date of each deadline (May 15 or July 15, respectively).


Medals (3D printed!): Competitive category only.  Top 3 verified finishers in each division will be awarded medals per official event (made on a 3D printer this year — we’re hoping these will be really neat and unique!).

Certificates of Completion: Fun Run category competitors who have sent in completions (stated/preferably documented or filmed) but don’t want time validation.

Submitting videos for the Competitive category:

Videos can be sent to joggling2021@juggle.org for official events (or optional extra events) in their respective blocks and date ranges.  You can send a YouTube link, a Google Drive/Box/Dropbox link, or whatever way we can access it with ease!  Rules for video submissions are mentioned above in the description of the Competitive category.

Registration is available on the IJA website and must be completed for each Block before its respective submission deadline.  Newcomers who aren’t part of the IJA are welcome to register as well, though of course IJA Membership is definitely encouraged for all!  Spread the word, and we hope to see you joggling with us soon!