School Year Clubs

Semester System:

1st Semester runs from Tues., Sept. 4, 2018–Fri., Feb. 1, 2019
2nd Semester dates are Mon., Feb. 4–Fri., June 4, 2019.
This virtually equalizes the two payments, accounting for JJ21 fees.

We assume that all 1st Sem. Jugheads will return for the 2nd Sem. so that they can experience Juggle Jam 21 (our annual spring production: May 17-18, 2019). Please inform Paul if your child: 1) plans to discontinue after the 1st Sem., or 2) wants to switch/add clubs from 1st to 2nd Sem.

See the JUGHEADS calendar for an overview of the year.

MEA Release Day Camps

MEA Release Day Camps are a great way for new Jugheads and returning members to make great progress in their skills and standards. Beginning/Recreational (AM) and Advanced/Elite Camps (PM) will be held on Oct. 18-19. There are no Thanksgiving Camps, but Advanced & Elite Club will be held Nov. 19-20.


All Clubs meet at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Edina, except on a few days where Clubs will be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church (8443 2nd Ave. S., Bloomington, MN).

Incoming Rookie Jugheads:

All families new to JUGHEADS (JH) should consult with Director Paul Arneberg before signing up.

Incoming rookie Jugheads:      
1) have a pre-requisite of three days of JH camps;
2) may enroll in Thursday Rec. or Friday Rec.;
3) may be as young as 2nd grade if extra-willing to persist in learning!

*The MEA release-day juggling camp can be taken retroactively after joining. Look for registration information in September.


Members of a Rec. Club are encouraged to achieve the Rec. Standards by the end of their first school year.

Advanced Standards must be achieved before joining Advanced Club.

Elite Standards must be met before joining Elite Club and admittance is contingent on space and director permission.

Admittance to Ultimate Club is contingent on an invitation from the director and a minimum of all the Ultimate Club Standards  passing standards.

Ultimate Club Members also have the opportunity to earn an internal Letter in Juggling by completing all the JUGHEADS Lettering Standards.

JUGHEADS School Year Clubs

Thursday Rec. Club

Grades 3*–9
Range: 20-30 members
Thursdays, 3:00–6:30 pm
Paul Arneberg
Assistants: Jared A., Lizzy V.
Volunteers: Jacob D., Aedan E.

This recreational club is intended for jugglers in elementary and middle school. Since 2013, Thurs. Rec. has been our main entry-level “Rudy Club,” with many eager to learn and invest themselves in the company.

*2nd graders may join Thurs. w/ special permission.

Friday Rec. Club

Grades 2*-12
Range: 25-30 members
Fridays, 3:00–6:30 pm
Director/Coach: Paul Arneberg
Dance Specialist: Betsy Nelson (as of Nov. 2)
Parent Volunteer: Joyce Miller
Assistants: Nathan D., Eva H.*, Libby H., Kayla M.
Volunteer: Noel D.
*Winter Showcase Student Director

Friday Rec. is a hybrid between Rec. Club and Advanced with eclectic friendships, a higher average skill level, and the widest age range of any club in our line-up.

*2nd grade Jugheads are rare; those with camp experience/older Jughead siblings acclimate the best.

Advanced Club

Grades 6*–12
Range: 20-30 members
MONDAYS (note new day), 3:00–6:30 pm
Director/Coach: Paul Arneberg
Assistants: Grant D., Isaac N., Elizabeth S.*
*Winter Showcase Student Assistant Director

Advanced is a favorite club day in our company’s history, with many Rec.-level members working hard to achieve the standards. Along with high expectations for continued progress, Advanced comes with the promise of creativity, new and deeper friendships, and a challenging JJ21 routine.

*5th graders may join Adv. with special permission plus extensive experience and/or higher standards.

Advanced Standards must be achieved before joining.

Elite Club

Grades 8–12
Range: 25-30 members
Tuesdays, 3:00–6:30 pm
Director/Coach: Paul Arneberg
Co-Captains: Eva H., Grant D.

This club represents a significant milestone achievement for many advanced-expert Jugheads. Snack discussions, warm-ups, structure, technical workshops, years-long friendships and rousing contests & games define this weekly haven for teens. Once standards are met, admittance is contingent on space and director permission. Our leadership structure and focus remains the25 same: 1st Sem.—skills; 2nd Sem.—JJ21 routine, with the possibility of a specialist coach/choreographer.

Once Elite Standards are met, admittance is contingent on space and director permission. The 1st Semester focus is on skills and the 2nd Semester focus is on developing the Juggle Jam routine.

Ultimate Club

Grades 9–12
Range: 12-15 members
Thursdays, 6:00-9:30 pm
Coach: Ben Hestness (JUGHEADS Class of ‘09)
Co-Captains: Kayla M., Isaac N.
Director: Paul Arneberg (on site weekly)
Producer: Wendy Arneberg (special logistics)

This club offers a varsity-level experience with the opportunity to earn letters in juggling! Each week features intense warm-ups, passing patterns, and creative choreography all toward the goals of a routine for JJ21 which the team also hopes to take to the IJA Teams Stage Championships in Fort Wayne, IN on 6/27/19. Admittance is contingent on an invitation from the Director. Ultimates are required to join a 2nd club (almost always Elite; back-up: Adv.).

Admittance is contingent an invitation from the Director and Ultimate Club Standards met. Current members with the UC Standards should push for the SUPER Ultimate Standards  (at least 11 of them by the end of two U.C. years).

Ultimates are required to join a 2nd club (most often Elite; Advanced is acceptable) and make up absences.

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