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Full period







(Excited state)
11101 (5)
11011 (6)
101101 (1)

Ladder diagram


Stack notation




 561 is a symmetrical 4 object siteswap. The 5s are about twice as high as the basic pattern, and the 6s are about 1 1/2 times as high as the 5s, and are always done with the same two objects.

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561 with outside 6s

561 2 up 360 animation
561 4 up 360 animation

This is an excited state siteswap, starting in the state 11101. You can transition from the basic pattern to 561 using a 5 (so you do two 5s in a row), and then back to the basic pattern by pausing for one beat after throwing a 5:

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741 starts in the same state as 561, so after doing a 1 in either pattern, you can switch directly to the other pattern.

Transition animation

723 also starts in the same state as 561 and 741, so you can transition directly between those patterns.

Siteswap exercisesEdit

You can use these exercises to practice the same kinds of throws and sequences of throws that are done in this pattern, before you learn the full pattern.

Some of the siteswaps listed below are shortened to leave out parts where you’re not doing anything. Click on them to see animations of the exercises.

You should practice doing these starting with your right hand and with your left hand, so that you will be ready to learn the full symmetrical pattern.

Prerequisites: 3 ball shower, 531, 552

Exercises to prepare for 561:

Siteswap of the Day -15 (615 Bounce)00:19

Siteswap of the Day -15 (615 Bounce)

Bounced 561 with the 6s in columns on the outside by Robert Wood

Tutorial Request 61508:20

Tutorial Request 615

561 tutorial


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