Attempt no.2: What are some good patterns for club passing with 4-8 people?
Poll: The best number of people to pass with (from options on this list)?
The best number to pass with is the number of passers you have available at the time :-)
I'm all for inclusivity!
With less passers, there is a smaller chance of error, and thus you can work on more difficult/complicated stuff! Therefore I voted 4 but actually I mean 2.. ;)
Once you've decided to go with group passing... I totally agree with Richard! Whoever joins, the more the merrier :)
Flexible patterns, where it is easy to include more people:
Circle: passing to your neighbours (3+, gets a bit harder with more people as the angle gets wider)
Circle: passing to the person opposite side (5+, gets harder with every extra person as the distances increase)
W shape. Or with many people a VVVVVVV shape (3+)
A couple more patterns come to mind, but I don't know names and I don't feel like describing them..
Plenty of shapes are thinkable where the passes are simple, and people could move around in between passes. Like a Y, or 2 Y shapes back to back (6 people), inner outer circle/star ( minimum 3 passers in the middle, same amount of passers around, passes follow a star shaped path)...
Since the chance of error and the chance that you have beginner passers increases with more people, I would always recommend stuff that is easy to understand and execute, or directly builds upon material that all passers know (extending a roundabout for example). In any pattern, any passer can be exchanged for 2 people doing walk-arounds, any pass can be exchanged for someone doing takeouts and drop ins.
I suppose you've also looked at the passingwiki?
It doesn't really matter to me what is the "best" number of people to pass with, at my juggling club we are usually 2-5 passers and we choose a pattern according to the number of passers present.
Uhm, so... Good patterns?
For 4 people I like:
Speed Weave (can also add an extra club, do passes as doubles)
14 clubs Y
A "shooting star" with 12 clubs, don't know the name but 4-count, doubles, walking holding two clubs
(Yes, I like patterns where I get to move around...)
Mr inside Mr outside weave
star (many possibilities to make different variations here)
W-feed (add walking to make it more interesting)
Haven't really been in patterns with more than 5 jugglers very often. Boston Circle?
4 people: 11 club shooting star (4 count, singles, move when you have two clubs). Philadelphia line (Passers 1 and 2 face Passers 3 and 4)
1 2 3 4
Passers 1 and 4 pass double/double/triple, passers 2 and 3 pass double/dropback/single
5 people: Torture Chamber
I do enjoy shooting star patterns, although I prefer the 4-person-9-club-move-when-your-hands-are-empty version
That one's known (in my head at least) as the Shoting Star
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