So you can keep a 5 ball cascade going for a short time. What next?
I have gone through as many articles related to easy 5 ball tricks as I could find from the rec.juggling archives and culled what I felt was useful and interesting information. Special thanks to John Gunser who urged me to complete this file and has generously shared all his five tricks. I have also compiled a collection of easy 5 ball siteswaps patterns for readers to try.
I am working on the 5 ball cascade and can usually do about 30 throws and catches. This gets pretty boring practicing over and over and over, so, recently, I have tried 21 throws, catching 2 in each hand and then catching the last with a neck catch. I can do this once and awhile and it is fun trying something different. This seems to help my 5 ball pattern because I must keep the pattern smooth and have enough control at the end to get the toss just right for the neck catch. For anybody working on 5 balls this might be a good trick to try.
I think that the over the top throws (do them continuously and you have a half shower) are among the easiest, but some other good tricks include tossing one high, collecting 4 and continuing with the pattern as the high throw drops (can anyone do this with 7 balls?) and flashing 3 and 5 balls high. You can try to make tosses under the leg but that is rather tricky (tosses behind the back are even worse). Try clawing a ball every now and then, altering the height of your pattern to keep things interesting or grabbing a ball, putting it under your chin and continuing with 4 (for more fun, toss the 4 high, pull the ball out from under your chin and continue with 5).
-Alan "Crunchy Frog" Morgan
Here are some tricks I've had some luck with, for you other people who can do a five ball cascade, but not with your eyes closed :-)
One fairly easy five ball trick is to throw one ball fairly high, catch the other four (two in each hand), and then go back into a normal five ball pattern. This probably shouldn't take much time to learn if you can start your cascade quickly and accurately.
I have been working on 5 ball tricks a lot also. The one thing that finally made my 1/2 shower hang together was concentrating on making the left hand throw low to avoid collisions with the right hand throw going over the top. I can keep a reverse cascade going for 50 - 75 throws as long as I keep it slow and make the throws a little higher than I normally would in a regular cascade. I really need to relax and slow down for this pattern. Tennis has always been a problem for me. I find it is very difficult for me to keep a smooth rhythm with the other 4 balls while the fifth arcs over the top. I think I am throwing the top ball to high.
What about other tricks? An occasional under the leg or shoulder throw is not too difficult to add in. Backcrosses are possible too, but I find the shoulder throw to be quicker and much easier for me to control. One I haven't seen anyone else do is to tuck one under your chin with the right and take it out with the left as the hole comes around. It's another trick that is much slower than it sounds. I have also been working on the following with limited success. Clawed catches, back hand catches, forearm pop of the incoming bean bag. Don't forget all the multiplex possibilities. They can add a lot interest to your 5 ball routine. Another one I have been working on that I haven't seen anyone else do is a U or box pattern as a 5 ball multiplex. The same as the 3 ball box but the outside throws that go straight up and down are a 2 ball stacked multiplex. Try it out!
There are lots of multiplex tricks, but I'm not very good at describing them. One that I really like but am not very good at is the U or Box pattern. Where the outside throws on both the L and R are thrown as a stacked multiplex and the other ball is passed back and forth as a 1 just as in a 3 ball box. The other really pretty multiplex pattern I like is where you throw 1 ball high straight up the middle and then throw all 4 balls at once as stacked pairs that intersect. I think I need a picture for that one:
first step second step third step 1 4 1 2 5 3 2 4 4 2 3 5 1 5 3 - - - - - - L R L R L R