What fascinated you the most when you went to the circus? Was it the lion? The acrobats? Or was it the clowns? Answers may definitely vary here. So why are we talking about circus now? Well, as a floorball goalie there are many things we can look at in a circus, e.g. body strength, balance, etc. But here we try to look at it from a hand-eye coordination aspect, which basically means we talk about juggling.
How to do it?
This way of juggling is called cascade. One of the most common types of juggling
Start with One Ball
First, we need to get some basic juggling skills. Practice your tossing and catching, do a few arched throws back and forth between your hands to get the feeling. This step is important if you want to learn how to juggle 3 balls, it's your foundation.
Throw one ball with an arch and scoop the other ball underneath it like in the video. While juggling, try to feel out which hand you are more comfortable with and stick with this hand to start your first throw. Practice the movement and scooping motion until it feels smooth and you don't have to think about it that much anymore. This will go a lot faster when you are juggling 3 balls.
When you think you're ready for 3 balls, give it a go. Try to juggle a flash first. A flash is just throwing the 3 balls and then catching them all. This step is important, try to practice the flash as much as you can before adding more throws. It will help you learn more efficient. When you get consistent with your flash, add in more and more throws until you can continuously juggle.¹
Juggling is an easy form of hand-eye coordination and also works great for warm up. We recommend every goalie to learn how to juggle at least with three balls. For the future, there will be more drills connected with juggling to improve your hand-eye coordination, reaction and rebound control. Don’t worry, we do not completely focus on juggling.