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The Broken Shower (unofficial
name) is a variation of the Shower in which the high throw is caught
under-the-arm, giving the pattern a very lopsided feel. This trick can also
be seen as a Shower with continuous Tossouts. I gave the Broken Shower its
name based on its resemblance to the Broken Box, which also uses an underarm
catch. Before attempting the Broken Shower, it would be wise to learn the
Shower Cascade, since that pattern prepare you for the underarm catch.
To learn the Broken Shower, start with one ball in each hand.
Bring your dominant hand to the center of your body, and then raise it up
about six inches. Make a fairly high throw from your dominant hand toward
the dominant side of your body (the opposite direction of a normal Shower),
while simultaneously making a pass from your non-dominant hand (which should
be raised higher than your dominant hand). After your non-dominant hand
makes the pass, continue the motion so that your non-dominant hand crosses
underneath your dominant hand. Use it to catch the high throw.
Practice this until you can do the throw/pass combination
consistently. For the next step, you are going to once again start with one
ball in each hand. This time however, you are going to make a high throw
from your dominant hand without the corresponding pass from your
non-dominant hand. As that ball reaches its peak and begins to descend, make
a pass from your non-dominant hand, and then cross that hand underneath your
dominant arm to catch the high throw.
Once again, practice these two throw until you can do them
consistently. To add in the third ball, start with two balls in your
dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant. Make a high throw from your
dominant hand at the center of your body (as done in the previous steps) and
then, as that ball descends toward your dominant side, make a second high
throw from your dominant hand paired with a pass from your non-dominant hand
(as done in step one). Cross your non-dominant hand underneath your dominant
arm and then catch the first high throw (as done in step two). Then uncross
your non-dominant hand, catching the second high throw in your dominant
Practice these three throws extensively. To run the full
Broken Shower, simply make another throw/pass combination as the second high
throw begins to descend. Instead of catching that ball with your dominant
hand (as done in the step above), you are going to cross over and catch it
with your non-dominant hand, thus replicating the previous throw/pass
combination. The cycle then simply repeats.
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