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Posted by [email protected] on November 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM
Siteswap notation is very important to learn as a juggler. Here is why. Siteswap helps a juggler understand the pattern being described by using numbers. The numbers represtent the unit of time a prop spends in the air and the direction of the prop. First off, you must know that siteswap starts with numbers, 0-9 and what each number means. A "0" in siteswap notation, also known as vanillia siteswap, represents that there is a hand with no ball in it. So, a zero is an empty hand. I'm going to skip the "1" and come back to it. A "2" is when a prop is held. So, a "0" is empty hand, and a "2" is a hold of a prop. Those two are tricky to figure out the difference. A "1" is a pass, not a throw, between hands. It is a quick pass and almost looks like the prop is handed over to the other hand, but it is a pass. Now, a "3" is a small toss in the air from one hand to another. So, "0" is an empty hand, a "1" is a pass, a "2" is a hold, and a "3" is a small throw from one hand to another. A "4" is a small throw, not to the other hand, but the same hand. Now, here is where siteswap gets into a pattern. A "5" is a higher throw than a 3, but also to a different hand. Now, a "6" you may be able to geuss is a higher throw than a "4" and is again to the same hand. A "7" is to the opposite hand, and higher than a "5" ect. It keeps repeating. When you get past "9" you start to use the alphabet to represent a throw, so instead of a "10" throw, it would be an "A" throw. Higher than an "8", but to the same hand as well. Any questions, please feel free to comment and I will answer as soon as I can.

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