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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)?

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 7
  5. 8

This is a competition thread which ran from 18th Dec 2015 to 25th Dec 2015. View results.

Richard Loxley - - Parent

The best number to pass with is the number of passers you have available at the time :-)

I'm all for inclusivity!

Daniel Simu - - Parent

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?

Maria - - Parent

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:
Scrambled V
Speed Weave (can also add an extra club, do passes as doubles)
Rotating Y
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...)

5 people:
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?

EricS - - Parent

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

Little Paul - - Parent

I do enjoy shooting star patterns, although I prefer the 4-person-9-club-move-when-your-hands-are-empty version

^Tom_ - - Parent

How about the 4-person-9-club-grab-some-rum-when-your-hands-are-empty version?

mike.armstrong - - Parent

Tequila, Shirley?
That one's known (in my head at least) as the Shoting Star

Little Paul - - Parent

i don't think I've played that version since the days of the top field.

Marvin - - Parent

This poll has now ended. The results are:

  1.   4 (2 votes)
  2.   5 (1 vote)
  3.   6 (0 votes)
  4.   7 (0 votes)
  5.   8
    (0 votes)

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I am so excited for the results of the original poll.. but we have to wait until January 15th!? Pfff


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