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Jan 21

This is a repost from the Official IFPA Announcements list. We love and support the Footbag Hall of Fame and some of our favorite people are inductees. We figured we’d keep our friends and fans posted on events happening with the Footbag Hall of Fame here at our blog, so we created a new blog category for it today.

To Footbag players, their families, and their fans,

The Footbag Hall of Fame Historical Society (http://www.footbag.org/hof) is
pleased to announce that the 2013 Footbag Hall of Fame nomination process
began January 21st, 2013 and ends March 31, 2013, so please think about who
you believe should be nominated and submit your nomination by going to the
nomination form which can be found on the two forum pages or at the bottom
of the Hof page, at the following link. (http://www.footbag.org/hof). The
forums will show who has already been nominated and their testimonies, so if
you want to support an existing nomination, then we ask that you go to the
nomination form and write your support there as well as on the forums.

The criteria for these nominations and induction to the Hall of Fame is
located here:

http://www.footbag.org/reference/-/Hall_of_Fame_Nomination_Criteria

The footbag.org forum is here:
http://www.footbag.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6069

The Modified.In forum link is here:
http://modified.in/footbag/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=23255

Thanks in advance to all of the footbag community for your continued
enthusiastic support of the Footbag Hall of Fame by participating in this
years upcoming nominations process.

Tim Vozar, Chairman Footbag Hall of Fame Nominations Committee

Jan 8

Daniel’s journey to Chile | Bega District News.

This is a ReBlog from the Bega District News website, a south-eastern newspaper in Australia.

Recently Flying Clipper has partnered with Daniel Boyle in his footbag adventures in South America. Similar to our work in Africa, we love partnering with inspired individuals that want to make a difference in the world using footbag as a medium. Daniel is one such individual, with a gift for writing, footbag, and much more.

We’re supporting him with 100 footbags to give out and use for his educational programs in Chile. We’re expecting to have coverage of how this goes coming here at our blog as we get updates from Daniel, so stay tuned here for fun videos and articles about what he’s up to with the Flying Clipper footbags we sent him :)

Be sure to click through for the original article. It has a great picture of Daniel and some kids he plays footbag with and more information about what he is doing in South America and what it has to do with students and footbag.

Daniel’s journey to Chile | Bega District News.

Jan 8

This just in from the IFPA Footbag.org Announcements List:

We are pleased to inform you that 34th IFPA WORLD FOOTBAG CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
are going to take place in Montreal, Canada!

The local club AKIQUÉBEC has been chosen by the IFPA Worlds Operating
Committee to host this event.

… … …

We hope to see you all this summer during this special event.
Play hard and get ready for an amazing week in Canada.

 

The full update is available to IFPA Members through their Announcements List! If you’re already a member you can check a box on your profile to receive the announcements in your email inbox. Access your profile page by going here: http://www.footbag.org/members/editprofile

If you’re not a member of the IFPA or Footbag.org, and you kick footbag, you should be a member! It’s free! Go here: http://www.footbag.org/ifpa/ or here http://www.footbag.org/members/home

Oct 25

This is a ReBlog of a newspaper article about the Cleveland Circus:

 

Cleveland jugglers attend flip fest at Case

EnlargeThomas Ondrey, The Plain DealerJuggler Chris Moran concentrates on his club passing while attending The Cleveland Circus, a juggling convention hosted by Case Western Reserve University on Sat. Oct. 20, 2012. (Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer)

Without a trace of anger, Owen Smith and Lynn Hay spent part of Saturday resolutely hurling clubs at each other.

They were surrounded by others tossing large rings, cigar boxes, clubs and balls of various sizes toward the ceiling of Adelbert Gym on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

It was all part of a free event called the Cleveland Circus, which continues today until 3 p.m. The CWRU Juggling Club organized the weekend, drawing around 60 jugglers from around the country.

Jonathan Duff, the club’s president, said it will be back next year.

Mid afternoon, Jessica Rutsky of Solon gave a tutorial on cigar boxes. The idea is to manipulate three or more as one might move books on a shelf. But the only thing holding them aloft are a pair hands, one at each end of a horizontal stack.

“I’m going to be a juggling doctor,” she said, very much in earnest. She will enter medical school next year, but does not know which one yet. Some of her inspiration came from a pediatric neurosurgeon at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, whom she shadowed while still in high school.

“He was also an Elvis impersonator,” she said. That didn’t inspire the juggling, but influenced her career choice and demonstrated that there are many forms of bedside manner.

Rutsky took up juggling at Solon High School and pursued it with more vigor while majoring in biology and Spanish at Vanderbilt University.

Aaron Bonk, a former Cuyahoga County resident, taught Devil sticks late Saturday morning. Two are held much as one would grasp a pair of drumsticks. A third stick is tossed, spun, twirled and otherwise kept in constant motion by manipulating the hand-held sticks.

He’s gone pro, lives in Clearwater, Fla., and his repertoire includes balls, sticks, clubs, knives, a chainsaw, fire, and whip cracking.

There were actually two skill sets on display at the gym, those of the jugglers, and also of a small group of vendors who cater to them.

Gregory Poche of Detroit had a range of juggling balls on display, in various sizes and colors. They are covered in a synthetic product called ultraleather that is more durable than the real thing. Some are filled with millet, a kind of birdseed, and others with plastic pellets.

He gave up a career in information technology and now sells his balls worldwide, he said. But he will not reveal his construction methods and never lets anybody watch him on the factory floor, which is wherever he happens to be sitting in his house.

Mitch Silver also made a career switch, abandoning a law practice to open a store in Erie, Pa. the specializes in juggling equipment. He makes some, has some specially made and also carries the products of other producers.

One of the more unusual products is wrought by the hands of Matthew Ray, a Bowling Green State University student. The juggling balls are made out of chain mail, originally a kind of medieval body armor composed of interlocking chain links. Ray’s are filled with a kind of gel and are big hits at Renaissance fairs.

Later in the day, Bonk did a workshop on hat tricks, which have nothing to do with three hockey goals. He showed how to pick up a hat with one foot and toss it onto your head, to flip a hat off the head and let it roll down the arm, and other feats that he associated with what he called gentlemen jugglers and debonair dance men, including Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

Someone asked him how long it took to master the skill.

“I’ll let you know when I do,” he said with a self-deprecating laugh.

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/10/post_63.html