- "Bounce" redirects here. For the article on bouncing a ball on the head, see "Head bounce".
Since a dropped ball never bounces all the way back up to the height it was dropped from, maintaining a bounce juggling pattern requires the balls to be either lifted up with the hand after catching so they can be dropped from the same height every time, or thrown down at the floor to make them bounce higher than they would if they were just dropped. Juggling by lifting the bouncing balls is called a lift bounce, and juggling by throwing them at the floor is called a force bounce.
In some bounce juggling patterns, the balls bounce more than once before they are caught, but in the IJA Numbers competitions and in the official world records tracked by the Bounce Page, each ball thrown must bounce exactly one time before being caught. Since a stable pattern can be maintained by simply pushing the balls slightly to redirect them, without actually gripping them, any touch of a ball with a hand can be considered a catch in bounce juggling, as long as no catches have been missed yet.
Bounce juggling can be easier than toss juggling because the balls don't have to be thrown high, but numbers jugglers have been able to juggle more balls in toss juggling than bounce juggling, and most of the world records for solo bounce juggling are lower than the equivalent records for toss juggling. The highest number of bouncing balls that have been qualified (at least twice as many catches as objects) is 10, and the highest number of bouncing balls that have been flashed (same number of throws and catches as objects) is 12 (by Alan Sulc). Even numbers of balls are usually bounce juggled in a wimpy pattern rather than a fountain.
3 ball bounceEdit
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9 ball bounceEdit
10 ball bounceEditTim Nolan was the first person to flash a 10 ball bounce, in 1988. He did 14 catches of a 10 ball lift bounce, and his record was listed in the Guinness book of world records. The Bounce Juggling World Records page was created in 2001 and originally listed Chris Ivey as the 10 ball lift bounce world record holder, with 18 catches, but no video evidence was provided to verify that record. In 2004 John Jones broke the record on video with 19 catches. Eden Zak did 23 catches in 2005, becoming the first person to qualify a 10 ball bounce on video. In 2007 Robert Mosher III broke the record during the IJA Numbers Championships, with 29 catches, and later that year he set the current world record with 39 catches (record from the Bounce Page). Tony Frebourg and Robert Mosher both claim to have done a 10 ball bounce for 40 catches, but don't have video evidence (claim, claim). In 2008 Robert set the current IJA competition record for ball bouncing with 31 catches of 10 balls. Christian Kloc is the only other person who has qualified a 10 ball bounce in the IJA Numbers competition, which he did in 2009 (video). Alan Sulc was the first person to flash a 10 ball force bounce, in 2008 (record from the Bounce Page, video). Henrik Veres also did 10 catches of a force bounce in 2013 (video).
11 ball bounceEdit
Tim Nolan is the only person who has flashed an 11 ball bounce with publicly available video evidence. He did 11 catches (11 consecutive catches/touches) of a 11 ball lift bounce in a synch 12 ball pattern - (cx,0)(cx,cx)(cx,cx)(cx,cx)(cx,cx)(cx,cx)* - in 1990 (record from the Bounce Page). In this 2008 video, Alan Sulc attempts an 11 ball force bounce and makes 11 catches, but he uses his foot to start the pattern and only makes 10 throws with his hands.