- "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).
3 ball bounceEditThe easiest way to bounce juggle 3 balls is a lift bounce version of the cascade. You can also juggle 3 balls in a force bounce cascade. Basic bouncing patterns are normally done with outside throws. In lift bounce patterns, the balls cross paths on the way down, and in force bounce patterns, the balls cross paths on the way up. The world record for the longest 3 ball bounce run with publicly available video evidence is 38 minutes and 18 seconds by Bill Coad, using a lift bounce pattern. The unofficial world record (not validated by any world record organizations; no publicly available video) for the longest run of a 3 ball force bounce is 20 minutes by Fritz Grobe.
4 ball bounceEdit
4 balls can be bounce juggled in a wimpy pattern (using crossing throws) or a fountain pattern (using non-crossing throws). For even numbers of balls, bounce jugglers usually use the wimpy pattern. The world record for the longest 4 ball bounce run on video is 8 minutes and 39 seconds (in a lift bounce pattern) by Max Amann.
5 ball bounceEditThe pattern for bounce juggling 5 balls is an asynch pattern, like the pattern for 3 balls, but faster. The 5 ball force bounce world record is 59 minutes and 30 seconds by David Nayer (he juggled for 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 8 seconds, but the video doesn't show the whole run continuously). The following people have also bounce juggled 5 balls for at least 10 minutes:
- Bronkar Lee (force bounce for over an hour, claim)
- Luis Vale (unofficial lift bounce world record - 29:26, claim)
- Robert Wood (longest 5 ball lift bounce run with publicly available video evidence - 13:06)
- Jonathan Root (15:00, claim)
- Michael Battipaglia (force bounce for 10:00, claim)
6 ball bounceEditA 6 ball bounce pattern is a faster version of a 4 ball bounce pattern. The following people have bounce juggled 6 balls for over a minute:
- Werner Riebesel (unofficial lift bounce world record - 5:57, claim)
- Michael Battipaglia (unofficial force bounce world record - 5:49, claim)
- Jeff Clark (lift bounce for 4:00, claim)
- Emanuele Marchione (longest 6 ball bounce run with publicly available video evidence - lift bounce for 3:03)
- Russ Peters (lift bounce for 1:24, claim)
- Chris Hodge (lift bounce for 1:17, force bounce for 1:07, claim)
7 ball bounceEditL. A. Street was the first person to bounce juggle 7 balls. The Bounce Juggling World Records page lists the 7 ball lift bounce world record as 52 minutes by Antonio Bucci in 2001, but no video evidence was provided to verify that record. The longest run of an 7 ball lift bounce with publicly available video evidence is 10 minutes and 19 seconds by Michael Battipaglia in 2010. The 7 ball force bounce world record is 2 minutes and 2 seconds by David Nayer in 2014 (video). The longest 7 ball bounce run achieved in the IJA Numbers Championships (before the starting number for the Ball Bouncing division was raised to 8 balls in 2006) was 350 catches by Malkenthin Hannes in 1995.
Other people who have bounce juggled 7 balls for over a minute:
- Patrick McGuire (20:03, claim)
- Sylvain Garnavault (6:00, claim)
- Mike Byington (1:05, video; 2:45, claim)
- Tim Nolan (2:09, Guinness)
- Werner Riebesel (1:27, claim)
- Pete Matthews (1:25, video)
- Bronkar Lee (force bounce for 1:24, video)
- Mathias Ramfelt (1:22 - former force bounce world record, video)
- Emanuele Marchione (1:17, video)
- Chris Hodge (1:05, claim)
Bouncing tricks that have been done with 7 balls include:
- Transition from lift bounce to force bounce and back (video at 41:10)
- Transition from lift bounce to toss juggling and back (video)
- Triple bounce (video)
- Column bounce (video)
- Duplex splits (video)
- 966 (video)
- Force bounce 5 up 360 (video)
- Backcross 5 up 180 (video)
- 7 up 720 (video)
- 7 up back handspring (video)
8 ball bounceEditKathi Gultini was the first person to bounce juggle 8 balls, in 1910. The Bounce Juggling World Records page lists the 8 ball lift bounce world record as 4 minutes and 30 seconds by Antonio Bucci in 1988, but no video evidence was provided to verify that record. The longest run of an 8 ball lift bounce with publicly available video evidence is 1 minute and 4 seconds by Antonio Bucci in 2010.
Tim Nolan was the first person to flash an 8 ball force bounce, in 2001. Alan Sulc was the first person to qualify it - in a video from 2004 he does 40 catches before the camera angle changes. Alan broke the record with 114 catches in 2006, and 208 catches in 2008 (video). He set the current 8 ball force bounce world record, 4 minutes and 12 seconds, in 2011 (record from the Bounce Page, video).
8 has been the minimum number of balls used in the IJA's Ball Bouncing Numbers competition since 2006. The first person to qualify 8 balls in the competition was Fritz Grobe, in the first Ball Bouncing Numbers Championship in 1993. The longest anyone has bounce juggled 8 balls in the competition is 123 catches, achieved by Christian Kloc in 2004.
Other people who have bounce juggled 8 balls for over 100 catches:
- Jay Gilligan (1000 catches, claim)
- Michael Battipaglia (over 300 catches, video)
- Eden Zak (300 catches, claim)
- John Jones (202 catches, video)
- Tony Frebourg (130 catches, video; 1:49, claim)
9 ball bounceEditWhen the Bounce Juggling World Records page was created in 2001, Antonio Bucci was originally listed as the 9 ball lift bounce world record holder, having done 9 for 30 seconds in 1988, but no video evidence was provided to verify that record. In 2007 Robert Mosher III did 32 seconds on video, and in 2011 Mathias Ramfelt set the current lift bounce world record with a run of 35 seconds (record from the Bounce Page, video).
Tim Nolan was the first person to flash a 9 ball force bounce, in 2001. His record of 9 catches was originally listed as the world record for that pattern on the Bounce Page, but no video evidence was provided to verify that record. Alan Sulc broke the record on video with 14 catches in 2004, and 15 catches in 2006 (video). He set the current force bounce world record in 2008, with 62 catches (record from the Bounce Page, video).
Nate Seefeldt was the first person to qualify a 9 ball bounce in the IJA Numbers Championships, achieving 20 catches in 2001. Jonathan Root also did 20 catches in IJA competition in 2002. In 2003 the competition record was broken by Christian Kloc with 21 catches, and then by John Jones with 25 catches. In 2004 it was broken again by John Jones with 27 catches, by Nate Seefeldt with 29 catches, and by Christian Kloc with 30 catches. Christian won the 2005 Numbers competition with 37 catches, and did 49 catches in the 2007 competition.
Other people who have qualified 9 ball bounce juggling:
- Johan Wellton (121 catches, video; 40 seconds, claim)
- Tirist Asefa (102 catches, video)
- Philippe Dupuis (88 catches, video)
- Eden Zak (75 catches, claim)
- Tony Frebourg (55 catches, video; 46 seconds, claim)
- Frida Brinkmann (34 catches, video)
- Jeff Clark (24 catches, claim)
- Chris Hodge (22 catches, claim)
- Doug Sayers (20 catches in competition)
- David Granados (18 catches, claim)
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. When the Bounce Juggling World Records page was created in 2001, it 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 (video), 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). The force bounce record of 10 catches has been equaled by Henrik Veres in 2013 (video at 2:30) and Tony Garcia in 2014 (video).
Other people who have bounce juggled 10 balls for at least a flash:
- Nate Seefeldt (13 catches in competition)
- Jonathan Root (13 catches in competition prelims)
- Jason Kollum (10 catches, claim)