# Site Swaps With Two Balls

CharlesBrookman's favourite patterns, and why.

## 2 Balls

• A "Zip Multiplex".
• Both balls are zipped across together between the hands.
• The 1-Ball Zip SS:1 doubled up.

SS:2
• Holding a ball in each hand.
• Not really a juggle, but the easiest 2-ball pattern!

SS:2T
• The "2-Ball Juggle".
• Each hand throws and catches the same ball in a fountain pattern.
• Like the 2-Ball Hold SS:2 , but with a "T" forcing each "2" to be thrown.

SS:(2T,2T)
• The "Synchronous 2-Ball Juggle".
• The same as the 2-Fountain SS:2T , but each ball is thrown simultaneously.

SS:(2x,2x)
• The "2-Ball Cross".
• The same as Synchronous 2 Balls SS:(2T,2T) , but the balls change hands.

SS:(2T,2T)(2x,2x)
SS:[2T2T]0
• A "Stacked Multiplex" fountain throw.
• A 2-in-1-Hand Multiplex, both balls are thrown and caught together by the same hand.
• A 2-Fountain throw SS:2T0 doubled up, or half of the Multiplexed 2-Fountain SS:[2T2T] .

SS:330
• The "2-Ball Exchange".
• Both balls are thrown from hand to hand in a 3-Cascade pattern SS:3 .
• Visually, the effect is of two balls being snaked around from hand to hand in the rhythm RL, LR, RL, LR,Y.
• 2/3 of a 3-Cascade SS:3 (or 3 with a ball missing), it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can concentrate on the two throws first, then the two catches later.

SS:31
• The "2-Ball Shower".
• The classic circle juggling pattern - one hand cascades a ball to the other, which zips it back.
• The one most non-jugglers can already do with two balls, and think all juggling's like this!

SS:312
• A "Reversing 2-Ball Shower".
• A 2-Shower SS:31 which pauses before each throw, then switches direction.

SS:30313
• A combination of the 2-Ball Exchange SS:330 and the 2-Ball Shower SS:31 .
• Visually, the effect is of three (yes, 3!) balls being snaked around from hand to hand in the rhythm: R, RL, L, LR, ...
• You can keep adding as many fountain throws SS:42 as you want: the SSN patterns are all of the form 414(24)n. This is effectively a nice transition between three balls showered in each direction.

SS:[33]00
• A "Stacked Multiplex" cascade throw.
• Both balls are thrown together from hand to hand in a 3-cascade pattern.
• A 3-Cascade throw SS:300 doubled up, or 1/3 of the Multiplexed 3-Cascade SS:[33] .

SS:[33]00[11]
• A "Stacked Multiplex" shower throw.
• Both balls are thrown together in a 2-Shower pattern.
• A 2-Shower throw SS:3001 doubled up, or half of the Multiplexed 2-Shower SS:[33][11] .

SS:420
• A "1-High 2-Ball Fountain".
• A 2-Fountain where each hand throws asynchronously.
• Like the 2-Fountain SS:2T , but the throws are proper 4-Fountain height.
• Hard to do this without "cheating" and collapsing the heights down to a SS:2T
• One hand is momentarily empty between every throw, so you've got time to quickly exchange the held ball across and back in a double zip SS:411 . This makes it harder to collapse the heights and keeps the throw a true 4.

SS:411
• A silly but fun pattern.
• Like the 1-High 2-Fountain SS:420 , but instead of holding the ball between fountains, it's quickly zipped across to and back from the other hand before being thrown.

SS:4400
• A "Hot Potato Fountain", or "2-High 2-Ball Fountain".
• This is a 2-Fountain with the same dwell time as SS:2T but thrown higher.
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every pair of throws, so you've got time to clap your hands. This forces you to keep to the 4-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Fountains SS:420 or SS:2T .
• This pattern has the rhythm: RL, RL, RL, ... Notice that this isn't an even-tempo pattern, so it's hard to stop it from becoming the sync version SS:(4,4)(0,0) .
• Half of the 4-Fountain SS:4 , it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can concentrate on throwing the two balls to exactly the same height.
• Compare also the harder even-tempo Hot Potato Fountain SS:600 .

SS:41401
• Two balls zipped between a 2-Fountain in each hand.
• This pattern has the rhythm: RR, LL, RR, LL, ...
• Visually, the effect is of one ball chasing the other up and down and zipped from hand to hand.
• Two Fake Box throws SS:40001 , or 2/3 of the Fake Box SS:441 .
• Each ball goes everywhere in the pattern, where it's fountained in each hand before being zipped across to the other hand.

SS:[42]04020
• A "Fake 2 Balls in 1 Hand".
• A very simple introduction to the full 2 in 1 Hand SS:40 - two balls are fountained, but instead of continuing, the first one that's caught is held until after the second one lands. Then it continues. It's effectively doing 2 in 1 Hand and stopping, then repeating.
• All it really is is a combination of two SS:400020 patterns.

SS:(4,4)(0,0)
• The "Hot Potato" Synchronous 2-Ball Fountain.
• This is a sync 2-Fountain with the same dwell time as SS:(2T,2T) but thrown higher.
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every pair of throws, so you've got time to clap your hands.
• This forces you to keep to the 4-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Fountain SS:(2T,2T) .
• Half of the Sync 4-Fountain SS:(4,4) , it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can concentrate on throwing the two balls to exactly the same height at the same time.

SS:(4x,4x)(0,0)
• The "Hot Potato" 2-Ball Cross.
• This is a 2-Cross with the same dwell time as SS:(2x,2x) but thrown higher.
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every pair of throws, so you've got time to clap your hands.
• This forces you to keep to the 4-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Fountain SS:(2x,2x) .
• Half of the 4-Ball Cross SS:(4x,4x) , it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can concentrate on throwing the two balls to exactly the same height at the same time. Then you've got to try to get them to just miss each other!

SS:(4,4)(0,0)(4x,4x)(0,0)
SS:(4,2x)(2x,0)
• The synchronous version of SS:411 .
• This is one side of the Sync Box SS:(4,2x)(2x,4) , so practice this in both directions.

SS:(4,2x)(2x,0)*
SS:40
• "2 Balls in 1 Hand".
• One hand throws and catches the same ball in a 4-Fountain pattern SS:4 .
• Half of the 4-Fountain SS:4 , it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can practice each hand separately.
• There are three basic ways to do this:
• 1) Inside throws, when each hand throws from the centre of the body and catches on the outside (eg clockwise with the right hand). This is probably the easiest, and the way to juggle the normal 4-Fountain SS:4 .
• 2) Outside throws - opposite to 1) (eg clockwise with the left hand). Used in a Reverse 4-Founatin SS:4' .
• 3) Columns - the balls rise and fall in their own separate columns. Used in "4-Pistons" and lots of 3-ball patterns, eg SS:(4,4)(4,0) .

SS:[44]000[11]
• Good for practising stacked multiplexes with either hand.
• A Fake Box throw SS:40001 doubled up, or 1/3 of the Multiplexed Fake Box SS:[44][44][11] .

SS:[44]000
• A "Stacked Multiplex" fountain throw.
• A 2-in-1-Hand Multiplex, both balls are thrown and caught together by the same hand in a 4-fountain pattern.
• A 4-Fountain throw SS:4000 doubled up, or 1/4 of the Multiplexed 4-Fountain SS:[44] .

SS:515001
• A "2-Shower Flash".
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every pair of cascades, so you've got time to clap your hands. This forces you to keep to the 5-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Shower SS:31 .
• This pattern has the rhythm: RR, RR, RR, ...
• 2/3 of the 3-Shower SS:51 , it's good practice for learning this pattern, as you can concentrate on throwing the two balls to exactly the same height.
• This can be used as a pirouette from the 2-Shower SS:31 . Shower both high, spin around, catch them and continue the juggle.
• The pirouette can be a half-turn, full turn or more!
• Compare also the harder Hot Potato Shower SS:7001 .

SS:501
• The "Only Difficult 2-Ball Pattern".
• Two balls showering in opposite directions.
• Each ball is zipped and thrown before the previous one lands. Not as easy as it looks!, as
• This is a really good pattern, with just two balls, to learn the 5-Ball Cascade SS:5 . The zip forces you to keep to the 5-height, without collapsing down to the lower Reversing 2-Shower SS:312 .
• It's a combination of two interleaved showers SS:500001 .

SS:600
• The "Hot Potato 2-Ball Fountain".
• Like SS:4400 , this is a 2-Ball Fountain with the same dwell time as SS:2T but thrown higher. Unlike it, however, this is an even-tempo pattern.
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every throw, so you've got time to clap your hands.
• This forces you to keep to the 6-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Fountains SS:4400 , SS:420 or SS:2T .
• This can even be used as a continuous pirouette from the 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 . Throw one ball high, spin around, catch it, throw the other, spin, catch etc.
• 1/3 of the 6-Fountain SS:6 , it's good practice for learning this pattern.

SS:6020
• "A High 2-in-1-Hand".
• A high, slow 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 . Useful to practice the 3-in-1-Hand throw height SS:60 with only two balls, but it's hard to do this without "cheating" and collapsing the heights down to a SS:40
• During the Hold between every throw, you've got time to quickly exchange the held ball across and back in a double zip SS:6011 . This makes it harder to collapse the heights and keeps the throws true 6's.
• A ball is held every other beat, so this can be used as a pirouette from the 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 . Throw one high while holding the other, spin around, throw it, catch the first and continue the juggle.
• The pirouette can be a half-turn, full turn or more!

SS:606000
• "The 2-in-1-Hand Flash".
• This pattern has the rhythm: RR, RR, RR, ...
• The hand is empty every third beat, so this can be used as a pirouette from the 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 . Throw both high, spin around, catch them and continue the juggle.
• A useful way to start learning 3-in-1-Hand SS:60 .

SS:602040
• A mixture of a regular 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 and a High 2-in-1-Hand SS:6020 .
• Useful to try when experimenting with different fountain heights, with a view to 3-in-1-Hand SS:60 .

SS:7001
• The "Hot Potato 2-Ball Shower".
• This is a 2-Ball Shower, but unlike SS:31 , both hands are momentarily empty between every throw, so you've got time to clap your hands. This makes it harder to collapse the heights.
• This forces you to keep to the 7-height, without collapsing down to the lower 2-Shower SS:31 .
• This can even be used as a continuous pirouette from the 2-Shower SS:31 . Shower one ball high, spin around, catch it, shower the other, spin, catch etc.
• 1/2 of the 4-Shower SS:71 , it's good practice for learning this pattern.

SS:8000
• The "Hot Potato 2-in-1-Hand".
• The hand is empty every other beat, so this can be used as a pirouette from the 2-in-1-Hand SS:40 . Continuously throw one high, spin around, catch it and continue the juggle.
• The pirouette can be a half-turn, full turn or more!

SS:90001
• The "Hot Potato 501".
• A similar pattern to SS:501 , but much higher.
• Both hands are momentarily empty between every throw, so you've got time to clap your hands. This makes it harder to collapse the heights.
• This can even be used as a continuous pirouette from SS:501 . Throw one ball high, spin around, catch it, shower the other, spin, catch etc.
• Here's a 2-ball pattern which already gets you used to 5-Shower SS:91 and 9-Cascade SS:9 throw heights!