Jim Catch is named after Jim Dorman. When Jim had been passing
only one year, he was catching as well as a passer with three
years experience. His trick: when you cannot catch an incoming
pass normally because its spin is wrong, its timing is wrong
or other clubs are out of place, just hold onto the clubs you
have and bear hug the incoming pass. Just wrap yourself around
passing by throwing whichever club you can get rid of best,
properly regrip the others you are holding, then resume.
can buy time to do fancy things by momentarily holding two
clubs together in your left hand. After any pass, hold your
left-hand club and don't throw it to your right as you
normally would. Keep it in your left hand while you catch the
incoming pass so you have two in your left hand. At this time,
you have a moment to do anything you want because you do not
have to juggle.
can swing the right hand club around in a big circle, you can
do a pirouette or just stand there and make silly faces. When
your partner throws the next pass to you, you must pass the
club in your right hand. Then hand over the two clubs in your
left hand to your right hand; During the next pass, you pass
one of the clubs and resume juggling.
people have trouble catching a second club in the left hand. I
recommend tilting the fat part of the first club about 15
degrees toward your face and holding it loosely. As the second
club arrives, open your fingers so that the first club just
hangs there. The handle of the incoming club will hit the
handle of the first club and you close your fingers around
both. If you do it right, the handles will make a resounding
snap when they hit. Be careful that none of your fingers are
in between the handles as they hit.
before you start a multiplex catch, move your right hand club
around in a big circle. Extend your arm fully and hold the
club by the knob so that the circle looks as big as possible.
Make the circle as slowly as you can. Then pass the club and
resume normally. This circle can go either way, but if you
make the big arm circle clockwise as seen by someone standing
to your right, you can blend the circle into a shoulder throw.
Bend your elbow and release the club from behind your back as
your big arm circle ends.
showers you can gather up two, three, four or even more clubs
and throw them as a bunch to your partner. Try to hold them
gently as you throw so that the bunch stays together. If you
squeeze, they will fly apart. Your partner will bear hug the
whole bunch and continue by sorting them out and passing the
clubs back one at a time. Or your partner may keep them as a
bunch and throw the whole works back to you!
one of the guys who make Renegade clubs, likes to catch
unusual combinations. Sometimes two clubs arrive
simultaneously at the same hand, such as when a passer throws
a triple spin pass immediately followed by a single spin pass.
When this happens, Tom catches one of the clubs in his hand
and the other one between his arm and body. He then throws the
next pass, takes the club from under his arm, passes it and
resumes. He can do the Renegade catch on either side of his
a club low and in front of your body using either hand.
Instead of a regular pass, kick this club to your partner. The
top of your foot should contact the club in about the middle.
If the kicked club spins, you can adjust where your foot
contacts the club in order to get flat passes. Avoid dropping
the club, hold it until the exact moment of the kick. The kick
should be a gradually accelerating arc, which will make a
gentler, more accurate pass.
Bowling by Bill Giduz
you like bowling? Here's a way to combine it with your
juggling to make a great game for an unlimited number of
six or ten of your juggling clubs for "bowling
pins." Set them up standing on their fat ends on one side
of the room in the traditional bowling triangular fashion -
one in the front row, two in the next, then three and four in
the back row. The contestants have three bean bags that they
juggle at the other end of the room (choose your own
juggler throws one of the bean bags at the clubs. The juggler
must catch and hold the other two bean bags after the throw.
Anyone who drops a bag scratches on that throw. The scoring is
exactly like bowling, complete with strikes, spares and open
frames. Try it!