The International Jugglers’ Association is pleased to announce the 2021 IJA Online Juggling Championships! This event is based on the structure and rules of the IJA Juggling Championships normally held at the annual IJA Festival, but with some modifications to accommodate the circumstances:

  • There will be no live event. Competitors will compete via videos recorded for this competition.
  • Videos shot on or after June 1, 2021, are eligible for the competition.
  • Videos must not include a live audience.
  • Within the continuous video shot, the competitor (or at least one member of a team) must say “2021 IJA” on camera or hold up a sign saying “2021 IJA.”
  • Instead of a panel of expert judges, the entire IJA membership will be invited to judge the competition entries in the five categories of Juggling Difficulty, Juggling Creativity, Juggling Execution, Entertainment Value, and Presentation.

Jugglers born on or after July 16, 2003, are eligible to compete in the Juniors division in the 2021 Online Championships. Additionally, all jugglers born on or after July 16, 2002 will remain eligible to compete as Juniors in the next live IJA Juggling Championships, hopefully in 2022, even if they turn 18 before then.

You must be an IJA member to enter. Aside from the special rules above, the IJA Juggling Championships Rules will be observed where applicable, at the discretion of the IJA Championships directors.

 

HOW TO ENTER

To enter the IJA Juggling Championships, please do the following by 11:59pm EDT on June 30, 2021:

  • If you’re not a current IJA member, join or renew.
  • Read the IJA Music Policy to understand what music you can use in your competition act. In the instance that one of the social media platforms decides a video cannot be hosted, the IJA will attempt to correct the situation with the platform host. If it cannot be corrected, the IJA will play the video without sound and may note what songs the performance uses for the audience to listen along if they choose.
  • Read the IJA Juggling Championships Rules to understand the requirements for your act and how it will be judged.
  • Make a video of one unedited single-camera shot of your complete routine, between five and eight minutes long (five to seven minutes in the Juniors division), shot in landscape (horizontal) orientation with live audio, include the competitor (or team) name in the name of the video file, and upload your video to the IJA Online Championships Entry Dropbox. The video must be shot on or after June 1, 2021, and must not include a live audience. Please do not make the video available on any other platform.
  • Pay the $25 entry fee.
  • Submit an IJA Online Juggling Championships entry form.
  • If you submit an Entry Form and later record a better performance prior to the deadline, you may upload the new video to a new URL and submit a new Entry Form, containing the URL of the new video.
  • To enter more than one division (for example if you are submitting to compete as an individual and on a team, fill out a separate Entry Form and submit the registration fee for each division you want to enter.

IJA members will be invited to judge the competition routines, and the competitions will stream online as part of the 2021 Online IJA Festival in July

Have questions? Contact the Championships Directors at ijachampionships@juggle.org.

 

2021 PRIZES

The top three finishers in each division of the 2021 IJA Online Juggling Championship will receive prizes as follows:

Individuals:

  • First place: 2022 IJA festival package + $200 travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Second place: 2022 IJA festival package + $100 travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Third third place: 2022 IJA festival package

Teams:

  • First place: Up to four 2022 IJA festival packages + $300 total travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Second place: Up to four 2022 IJA festival packages + $150 total travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Third third place: Up to four 2022 IJA festival packages

Juniors:

  • First place: 2022 IJA festival package + $150 travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Second place: 2022 IJA festival package + $75 travel reimbursement to attend the festival
  • Third place: 2022 IJA festival package

If a first, second, or third place winner is unable to attend the 2022 festival, their prize will not be awarded. The prize will not convert to cash, be available for future festivals, be transferable to anyone else, or be awarded to the next-highest ranked competitor. The one exception is that if the IJA does not hold an in-person festival in 2022, all prizes will be deferred to the next in-person festival.

Check out past IJA Championships results.

 

JUDGING CATEGORIES

The IJA Juggling Championships are scored by a diverse panel of judges on the following categories:

  • Juggling Difficulty
  • Juggling Creativity
  • Juggling Execution
  • Entertainment Value
  • Presentation

Learn more about each category in the full IJA Juggling Championships Rules.