Four Ball Box
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The Four Ball Box is, as it
sounds, a four
ball version of the Box pattern, which is normally juggled with three balls.
However, the Four Ball Box differs from its little brother in two major
respects. Unlike in the regular Box, horizontal passes do not simply
alternate direction, but instead occur in pairs, with two balls being tossed
to the same hand sequentially. Similarly, the outside throws do not simply
consist of one ball thrown vertically, but instead follow a Three in
One-style trajectory, with two balls in the air at any given time. These
differences make the Four Ball Box more complicated than the regular Box,
though the trick is still relatively easy compared to other four ball
To learn the Four Ball Box, it is best to begin with a
simpler three ball pattern. Start with two balls in your dominant hand and
one ball in your non-dominant. Make two sequential throws from your dominant
hand, as if juggling the Three in One. As you are doing the second throw,
make a horizontal pass from your non-dominant hand to your dominant hand. At
this point, all three balls should be on the dominant side of your body. As
the first ball thrown approaches your dominant hand, you are going to pass
back the ball in that hand to your non-dominant hand, clearing space for you
to catch the first ball, after which you will catch the second ball.
Since these throws form the core of the Four Ball Box, it is
important that you practice them extensively on both sides. Once your are
proficient on each side, you can chain the two sides together. After you
pass back the third ball to your non-dominant hand (the last throw of the
previous step), you are going to throw it up in air and repeat the same
throws done in the previous, except on the opposite side of your body. The
horizontal passes should be made just after each ball from the previous step
returns to your dominant hand.
Practice this extensively. To add in the fourth ball, start
with two balls in each hand. Make the same two vertical throws and
horizontal pass that you did in step one, and then, as the first ball
approaches your dominant hand, throw the ball in your non-dominant hand
vertically and make a horizontal pass from your dominant hand to your
non-dominant hand, clearing space for your dominant hand to catch the first
ball. Immediately after the ball is caught, make another vertical throw from
your non-dominant hand while also making a second pass to your non-dominant
hand using the ball that your dominant hand just caught. At this point, the
last vertical ball thrown from your dominant hand should be caught, and
there should be one ball in your non-dominant hand and two balls in the air
above it. As the first of those balls in the air descends toward your
non-dominant hand, make a pass back to your dominant hand and catch that
ball. Then catch the second ball that was in the air.
Practice this on both sides. To run the full Four Ball Box,
just make a vertical throw from your dominant hand as the non-dominant hand
is passing back its ball at the end of the step show above. This will set
you up to run another cycle, at which point you simply keep repeating cycles
and alternating sides.
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