Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Ever since the age range of the Jugheads reached 9th grade in the fall of 1998, formal assistants have been developed as a means to help Paul run our after school clubs. Distinct from "officers," who are student leaders, "volunteers," who give of their time with no direct tangible benefit, and "coaches" & "guest instructors" who are adults compensated for their work here, our team of student assistants earn tuition for another club day and earn an even more valuable commodity: work experience and the opportunity to immerse in a role of delegated authority in an environment in which they themselves have been direct beneficiaries. As you see fit, please encourage these assistants with specific examples of how they've developed your Jughead and helped the overall quality of the JH Co. Here are this year's club assistants, incl. grade, JH year, and current clubs in which they're members:
REC.: Danielle: 8th Grader; 6th JH year;
Girls' Elite. Scott S.: Freshman; 4th JH
year; Ultimate Club & Wed. Adv. Joey:
Freshman; 6th JH year; Boys' Elite & Wed. Adv. Officer David
U.*: Junior; 7th JH year; Ultimate Club & Boys' Elite.
Voice: Colin R.
the communication of juggling. I have been in JH for six years now, and
I have seen a lot of passing partners, each with their own unique way
of passing. Their uniqueness comes from getting to know each other's abilities
and their own characteristics. I have seen a group use martial arts in
their passing patterns, another group pass people, and groups who used
spoken comedy instead of music. Passing helps to get to know people. By
passing six or seven clubs, balls, or rings with a person, you get an
understanding about their weaknesses and strengths. Once you know those
things, then you can become a great passing partner. Also, when I pass
with a new person, I get to know them on a personal level. In Winston-Salem,
I passed with Robert Mosher the 3rd (world record holder). I had never
met the guy or seen the guy before. Now I know him on a personal level.
Even though I only had one week, we were still good passing partners,
because we understood each other's juggling habits. By understanding their
weaknesses and strengths, and getting to know them on a personal level,
is what makes an average passer into a phenomenal passer. Overall passing
is how you get to know someone in the juggling world. Passing is the communication
-Colin R.: Thursday Rec. Officer/Assistant, 6th JH year, EHS Junior
In the past two or three years, the number of Elite/Ultimate-level girls has dwindled, but our number of Recreational/Advanced girls and boys continues growing. Monday Rec. is now the most in-demand club, with 30 members and eight (8!) on the waiting list. By contrast, Girls' Elite is down to 12 members, only four of whom have all of the Elite standards. For these reasons, Fridays at JH are now open to both female and male Jugheads with the Advanced standards. This one club with two names will juggle side by side, but it remains to be seen whether they'll combine efforts for a Juggle Jam 10 routine or simply keep separate identities. Beginning in Fall 2008, the name Girls' Elite will be dropped altogether, and Boys' Elite will become simply Elite Club, open to both boys and girls with all of the Elite standards. As a way to better balance our JH roster, and to offer a mid-year opportunity to kids on the Monday Rec. waiting list, some JH families could consider switching around club days. We currently have two openings for (Boys') Elite Club, three for Thursday Rec., and up to 13 kids could form a new Friday Advanced Club. See enclosed form; contact Paul for more info.
The JH club
tuition payment plan correlates to seasons: Sept.-Dec.; Jan.-March; April-June.
The cost of each club varies due to Edina's school release days. If you
register by check by Saturday, Dec. 15, you may reduce your tuition by
$20 per Jughead, per club. Also note that Jugheads may not attend their
respective winter club(s) until they re-register and parents sign the
annual waiver. You may sign up via the registration
form (mail it to our home office or drop it off on Paul's desk in
our gym office), or online. Make checks
out to JUGHEADS, LLC.
Fest in Kentucky
THE 61st ANNUAL IJA FESTIVAL will take place July 14-20, 2008 in Lexington, KY. It's the 13th straight year that a contingent of Ultimate-level Jugheads will travel and participate as a group. Space permitting, JH Officers, Assistants, or other 7th-12th grade Jugheads who exhibit exemplary behavior and work ethic may be eligible to join us. A choice of two mandatory info. meetings will be held 1/31 and 2/5 at 6 p.m. in our club snack area for any Jughead considering traveling with us. The IJA Festival-- is a peak experience for many seriously committed Jugheads, representing both an achievement from years of effort and an opportunity for more success in and through juggling.