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Contest Rules

All rules for the 2019 World YoYo Contest are provided by the IYYF, and the version on this site reflects the most recent version available at time of site creation. Rules will be updated here as often as possible, but players should consider the rules at IYYF.org to be the final say in all matters.

We welcome any questions or concerns, and you can email us directly if you need any explanations or clarifications.

Championship Divisions

WYYC2019 Contest Rules

Championship Divisions

Yo-Yo has various play styles, and in competition there are five main divisions from 1A to 5A. They are separated depending on the number and type of Yo-Yo they use. The winner of each division will be crowned a World Champion title.

*There are no class divisions by gender or age.

  • 1A – String Trick Freestyle with One Long-Spinning Yo-Yo
  • 2A – Looping Trick Freestyle with Two Responsive Yo-Yos
  • 3A – String Trick Freestyle with Two Long-Spinning Yo-Yos
  • 4A – Freestyle with Off String Yo-Yo(s)
  • 5A – Freestyle with Counter-Weight Yo-Yo(s)
  • AP – Art & Performance Division
Freestyle Competition. Technical ability and performance will be scored.

In the Final round, contestants will perform a freestyle routine to music of 3 minutes (Semi-Final: 90 seconds, Prelim: 1 minute, WildCard: 30 seconds), and judges will score Technical Execution and Freestyle Evaluation.

Depending on their latest contest placement, players will be seeded into different rounds.

Previous year’s World Champions are seeded to Finals, Previous year’s World 2nd and 3rd place and National Champions are seeded to Semi-Finals, and Previous year’s World finalist and National Contest Top 10 are seeded to Preliminaries. All other contestants must compete from the WildCard Round. (Please see the details below.)

Round Structure & Seeding Rules
Seeded Players
Freestyle Music Guidelines
WildCard Round & Music
Freestyle Scoring Rules
Summary of Freestyle Scoring Criteria
Detail of freestyle Rules
AP Division Rules

Non-Championship Divisions

Women’s Freestyle
  • Only women can compete
  • 2 minute freestyle
  • Choose one style from 1A-5A
Over-40 Freestyle
  • Only players 40 years old or older can compete
  • 2 minute freestyle
  • Choose one style from 1A-5A
Round Structure & Seeding Rules

Round Structure & Seeding Rules

(WYYC2019)

The following applies to all 1A-5A Divisions.

Round 1: WILDCARD

Freestyle Length: 30 seconds

Scoring: Only Technical Execution (TE)

Who Competes?: National Contest 11th place and under -or- Did not compete in the most recent National Contest -or- Anyone not already qualified to other Rounds

We will have WILDCARD round for ONLY the 1A Division at WYYC2019.

Round 2: PRELIM

Freestyle Length: 1 minute

Scoring: Technical Execution (TE), 4 Freestyle Evaluations (FE) and Major Deductions (MD)

Who Competes?: WildCard Winners and National Contest 2nd to 10th, and Last Year’s World Finalists

 

Round 3 : SEMI-FINAL

Freestyle Length: 90 seconds

Scoring: Technical Execution (TE), 4 Freestyle Evaluations (FE) and Major Deductions (MD)

Who Competes?: Prelim Winners, National Champions and Last Year’s World 2nd & 3rd.

 

Round 4: FINAL

Freestyle Length: 3 minutes

Scoring: Technical Execution (TE), 8 Freestyle Evaluations (FE) and Major Deductions (MD)

Who Competes?: Semi-Final Winners and Last Year’s World Champions

 

Changes in Seeding Rules for WYYC2018

IYYF applied new seeding rules starting with the World Yo-Yo Contest 2018.

WYYC
1st place – Seed to Final (Same as before)
2nd & 3rd place – Seed to Semi-Final (New)
Other Finalists – Seed to Prelim (New)

AP/EYYC (Multi-National Contests, a.k.a. MNC)
Top 3 are no longer seeded to Semi-Final.
Top 10 – Seed to Prelim (Only if your country does not have a NC)

National Contests
1st place – Seed to Semi-Final (Same as before)
2nd to 10th place – Seed to Prelim (Same as before)

Seed Sliding Rule with WYYC top 3:
If one of the WYYC top 3 takes their own national title, their redundant seed from nationals goes to the player who is the next best.
If the WYYC top 3 take all top 3 places of their national contest, 4th place of the national contest will get the seed for WYYC.

This rule encourages players who got top 3 at WYYC to compete in their national contests to seek their national title without disadvantaging their own country’s seeding situation.

This sliding rule does not apply to seeding for NC top 10 or WYYC finalists, and furthermore does not apply to any other circumstances such as a seeded player choosing not to compete (for any reason), forfeiting their seed, etc.

Seeding Rules

Here is the structure to get a Seed spot to the Prelim, Semi-Final, and Final Rounds. All other contestants who do not fit the criteria below must compete from the WildCard Round.

World Yo-Yo Contest

The 1A-5A & AP Division Champions of “World Yo-Yo Contest 2017” held in Iceland, last year will be seeded into this year’s Final Round.

Multi National Contests (MNC)

If a contestant from a country which does not have a National Contest places in the Top 10 at an MNC, the contestant will be seeded to the Prelim Round.

MNC’s Qualified for WYYC2019
  • AP (Asia-Pacific Yo-Yo Championships)
  • EYYC (European Yo-Yo Championship)

 

National Contests (NC)

All 1A-5A Division National Contest Champions will be seeded into the Semi-Final Round, and their Top 10 will be seeded into the Prelim Round.

Qualifying Countries and Territories
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

 

For Special Cases (Dual Citizenship, Living in Another Country)

Competing in a National Contest

National Contests are for the contestants of a country (its citizens and residents).

A contestant can only compete in a National Contest of the country they have citizenship in or reside in currently (permanent residence or long-term visa holders like work (also working holiday), student, spouse and child of citizen visas). Visitors or sightseeing visa holders are not allowed to compete in the National Contest.

Non-Championship Divisions (International Open Division, etc.) are not subject to the rule above.

Regional Contests are not subject to the rule above.

Contestants must follow further rules which are provided by the contest organizers to attendees.

 

Organizing a National Contest

Organizers can only hold one National Contest per calendar year (same number year, ex. 2014).

Organizers must allow all their citizens and residents to compete or to be subject to compete. However, this rule does not forbid other rules set to limit the Contestants by previous contest results, pre-registration, or other rule violations/violators.

If the Organizers know a Contestant has already competed in another National Contest for that year, they must reject their participation, except in Non-Championship Divisions (International Open Division, etc.).

If the Organizer fails to follow that rule, the seeding from the country to the World Contest can be canceled for that year (or future years).

If a National Contest Organizer chooses to have multiple contests to determine the national ranking, we ask that they please consult IYYF beforehand.

 

Seeding for the World Contest

The winners of National Contest Championship Divisions (1A to 5A Divisions) will have a seed spot to the World Contest Semi-Final. Also, the Top 10 of each Division will have a right to compete in the World Contest Prelim Round.

The National Contest must be held between the first day of the previous year’s World Contest and the day before the first day of the current year’s World Contest in order to use its seed spots. For example, any National Contests happening between August 8, 2013, and August 6, 2014, will be subject for seeding to the 2014 World Contest.

In the case that two National Contests from the same country are held within the World Contest Seeding Term, only the first National Contest in the Term can feed its seeds to the World Contest. For example, if the 2013 National Contest is in late 2013 and the 2014 National Contest is in early 2014, both contests are held during the Seeding Term for the 2014 World Contest. Therefore, only the 2013 National Contest will feed its seeds to the 2014 World Contest.

All National Contest Organizers must report to IYYF their Champions and the top 10 Contestants of all Championship Divisions within a month after their National Contest is held.

Only Champions will be granted the seed spots. Even if the Champion gives up, withdraws, dies, chooses not to compete, or already has the seed from a previous world title, the seed spot does not pass to second place. The only cases in which the second place can take the seed spot are as follows: if the Champion does not have a right to receive the seed (see Dual Citizenship/Non-Citizen Resident rule below) or the Champion gets disqualified after the contest.

 

Through Multi-National Contests

The Top 10 of each Division who are from countries that do not have a National Contest approved by IYYF will have a right to compete in the World Contest Prelim Round. The current MNC’s are Asia-Pacific (AP) and EYYC (European) Championships. In the case that you compete legally in two MNC’s which feed their seed spots to the same World Contest, you will have a chance to acquire a seed spot only in the first MNC. You can still compete in other MNC’s, but you will not receive a seed for placing in the second MNC.

 

For Dual Citizenship Holders and Residents of Countries of Which They Are a Non-Citizen

If you have dual citizenship or live in another country, you must choose one National Contest to compete in for the year. You have a right to choose one, but not to compete in both. You can make this decision each year individually. For example, you can be the 2018 Japan Champion and the 2019 USA Champion, but you cannot be both the 2019 Japan and USA Champions.

In the case that you compete legally in two National Contests which feed their seed spots to the same World Contest, for example 2018 Germany and 2019 Japan, you will have a chance to acquire a seed spot only in the first National Contest (in this case, the 2018 German National Contest). You can still compete in the 2019 Japan National Contest, but you will not receive a seed for winning the 2019 Japan National Contest.

There are some exceptions to this rule. The Hong Kong Contest traditionally allows Mainland Chinese players to compete. However, only Hong Kong ID holders can acquire a seed spot and top 10 position through the Hong Kong Contest.

 

Each contestant has a right to a chance to compete for only one National Champion Title each year.

Each contestant has only one chance to try to get a Seed Spot through National Contests for a single World Contest.

 

If a Contestant violates the rule (and/or others) and competes in more than one National Contest in the same year, the contestant will be subject to the cancellation of one or both (or more, if applicable) of their titles, and ultimately may not be eligible to compete in future National/World level contests. That decision is left to the discretion of IYYF.

 

Rules are subject to change at any time, for any reason, at the discretion of IYYF.

Seeded Players

Seeded Players (WYYC2019)

1A

FINAL
  • Evan Nagao (WYYC2018: USA)
SEMI-FINAL
  • Takeshi Matsuura (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Yuki Nishisako (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Hirotaka Akiba (Japan)
  • Gentry Stein (USA)
  • Garbkamol Limangkul (Thailand)
  • Harrison Lee (Canada)
  • Miggy Hizon (Philippines)
  • We will add other National Champions later.
PRELIM
  • WYYC2018 Finalists
  • National Contest 2nd to 10th

 

2A

FINAL
  • Shu Takada (WYYC2018: Japan)
SEMI-FINAL
  • Takuma Yamamoto (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Hiraku Fujii (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Arata Imai (Japan)
  • Tyler Hsieh (USA)
  • Wasakorn Lattilertwit (Thailand)
  • Zirui Qiu (Canada)
  • Kyle Capiral (Philippines)
  • We will add other National Champions later.
PRELIM
  • WYYC2018 Finalists
  • National Contest 2nd to 10th

 

3A

FINAL
  • Hajime Miura (WYYC2018: Japan)
SEMI-FINAL
  • Alex Hattori (WYYC2018: USA)
  • Minato Furuta (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Mizuki Takimoto (Japan)
  • Don Hodgkinson (USA)
  • Panuwitch Jedsadatip (Thailand)
  • Song Yao (Canada)
  • John Eric Galicha (Philippines)
  • We will add other National Champions later.
PRELIM
  • WYYC2018 Finalists
  • National Contest 2nd to 10th

 

4A

FINAL
  • Hajime Miura (WYYC2018: Japan)
SEMI-FINAL
  • Tsubasa Onishi (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Rei Iwakura (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Ryo Oishi (Japan)
  • Ryan Connolly (USA)
  • Pornpinit Sanprasert (Thailand)
  • Terrance Wang (Canada)
  • Macky Profeta (Philippines)
  • We will add other National Champions later.
PRELIM
  • WYYC2018 Finalists
  • National Contest 2nd to 10th

 

5A

FINAL
  • Sora Ishikawa (WYYC2018: Japan)
SEMI-FINAL
  • Hideo Ishida (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Yoshihiro Abe (WYYC2018: Japan)
  • Shigehiro Yamada (Japan)
  • John Wolfe (USA)
  • Yuttana Sukhumalchatsombat (Thailand)
  • Seokhwan Sung (Canada)
  • Miggy Hizon (Philippines)
  • We will add other National Champions later.
PRELIM
  • WYYC2018 Finalists
  • National Contest 2nd to 10th

 

If your National Contest is over and your name is not here, please notify your contest organizer to report the results to IYYF.

Also, if you see any mistakes or incorrect information here, please let us know here.

(Last Update: July 17, 2019)

Freestyle Music Guidelines

Freestyle Music Guidelines (WYYC2019)

About Music

All contestants in the Freestyle Divisions, please read the following guidelines carefully.

The Cultivation of Wholesome Youth

All contestants must behave in an upstanding, appropriate manner. The player must consider their conduct in their freestyle, music content, and behavior on the contest premises.

Music must be suitable for an audience of all ages (including young children and their parents). Contestants who use inappropriate music (with inappropriate words in all languages, obscene language, and inappropriate lyrical content explicit and implied; in addition, in the case that a beep/silence/etc. is used to cover the word(s), if the coverage of the word(s) is judged to be incomplete or insufficient the player may still be subject for disqualification) may be disqualified by judges. If the contestant is unsure if their music is suitable, they may request that the judges review it beforehand.

Every year there are contestants who are disqualified or nearly disqualified. If there are questionable words or content in your music we highly suggest that you choose a different song. Again, your music must be suitable for an audience of all ages (including young children and their parents) and that guideline will be strictly enforced.

More information concerning disqualification is listed at the bottom of this page.

WildCard Round (3o seconds) Music

In the WildCard Round, the contestant may only choose their music from among the official list of designated songs. Please indicate and submit your chosen track number in the Music Information Form. In the case that the contestant has not submitted a song choice, they may choose it at the Music Reception Desk on the day of the contest, or the music staff will choose a song randomly.

More details, including the WildCard music option list, can be found here.

・If you need to inform the Music Staff of something

You will need to inform the music staff if you have any important requests for your music. Some examples are, if there is an extended section (more than a few seconds) of no sound in your music please do not stop the music until the end, or if your music’s recording volume is low and you need to request them to play it louder, etc. Any such requests should be submitted in written form on a paper memo to the music staff before the division starts. Be sure to also write your full name, Division, and Round (Semi-Final or Final) you are sending the request for on the same memo page.

Regarding Disqualification for Inappropriate Music

If it is brought to the attention of staff and/or judges (by contestants, staff, authorized persons, audience members, judges, etc.) that a contestant’s music is inappropriate, contest staff will promptly call a meeting of the relevant division’s judges (all of that division’s judges, supervising management staff), to check the contestant’s music.

If half or more of the meeting members (ex. in the case of 4 people, 2 people or more) judge the music to be inappropriate, that contestant will be disqualified from the relevant division.

No disqualifications will be made after the results for each round (Prelim, Semi-Final, Final) are announced (unless the violation is particularly bad).

If the music is so excessively bad that the continuation of the performance is judged to be inappropriate, the music can be stopped mid-performance by the judgement of any one person of the following: head judge, division judges, contest supervising management staff, venue authorized persons. (If after checking it is found that there is no problem with the music,  the contestant can do their freestyle a second time at the end of the relevant division.)

Judges will use the submitted song itself as the primary material subject for judgement.

After it has been decided that the song is inappropriate, the judge in charge will attempt to inform the relevant contestant before results are announced. However, we cannot promise as such if there is not enough time before results are announced, or the relevant contestant is out of the venue or does not respond the summoning announcement.

At the time of an announcement if the contestant desires to explain the circumstances, we ask that they report promptly to the person in charge. However, even if they provide reference from the song’s composer, lyric writer, record company, and/or lyric notes, such materials may not be considered. The judges final decision will be based on what was heard in the originally submitted music.

The decision of the judges is final and after a disqualification is decided it will not be reversed in any case.

 

(Last Update: 2019.7.7)

Wild Card Round & Music

WildCard Round & Music (WYYC2019)

The WildCard round is for anyone who wishes to compete at the World Yo-Yo Contest but did not qualify into any of the Prelim through Final rounds.

In the professional sports world, a world contest is usually reserved as a competition for only those who have proven their abilities and advanced into the top level of that sport. It’s a place that is and should be where the best take on the best. It’s all about respecting and celebrating those people’s abilities.

However, we acknowledge that there are many reasons that skilled players may not have been able to qualify for the World Yo-Yo Contest. That’s why we created the WildCard round. It helps alleviate some of the pressure on our judges to evaluate long hours of freestyles, while still giving everyone who wants to try, a chance to compete, and thus a chance to win the World Title.

The format of the WildCard round will be as follows:

  • It will be in a private room with just judges and staff (no spectators).
  • The venue may have a limited ceiling space.

The WildCard round is for everyone except:

  • If you won 1st place in your division at previous year’s World Yo-Yo Contest -> You compete in the Final round.
  • If you won 2nd-3rd place in your division at previous year’s World Yo-Yo Contest -> You compete in the Semi-Final round.
  • If you are a finalist in your division at previous year’s World Yo-Yo Contest -> You compete in the Prelim round.
  • If you won 1st place in your division at your country’s National Contest in this contest season -> You compete in the Semi-Final round.
  • If you placed 2nd to 10th in your division at your country’s National Contest in this contest season -> You compete in the Prelim round.
  • If your country does not have a National Contest and you placed 1st to 10th place at your first Multi-National Contest, in this contest season -> You compete in the Prelim round.

Rules for the WildCard round:

  • 30-second Freestyle
  • No “Major Deductions”
  • No Freestyle Evaluation scoring categories
  • Only Technical Execution (Clickers, plus and minus) will be evaluated
  • You must choose your music from among the options listed on this page
  • Please see the Freestyle Rules page for more details on how freestyles will be scored
  • When we have more than 150 contestants in the WildCard round, we may split them up into two or three equal groups, and take the same number of advancing contestants from each group.
  • If the number of contestants is small, we may cancel the WildCard round for the division and let the players compete starting in the Prelim round.

Music Options (30 seconds)

Please make sure you know your music number like “M-07” when you compete at WildCard. Contest Staff will ask your music number at the door when you come into the room.

*M-1 ~ M-22 are provided by JYYF. M-23-25 are provided by GYYA.

*It is possible that we may add more music options at a later time.

2019 Freestyle Rules

Freestyle Rules Summary 2019

Summary of Freestyle Scoring Criteria

Freestyles will be graded on two criteria: Technical Execution (TE), and Freestyle Evaluation (FE).

Judges are assigned into two groups.

  • A Group: Technical Execution (TE)
  • B Group: Freestyle Evaluation (FE)

Technical Execution (TE) – 60%

Each judge uses two clickers, one each for positive and negative points. These are added together for the final TE score, which is 60% of the total possible score.

Judge takes only success, difficulty, risk and variation of each trick performed.

Positive Points

When the contestant performs advanced level trick elements, points will be given for each element.

Negative Points

Any trick miss and control miss is subject to deduction. Ex: Trapeze miss, control miss, catch miss, corkscrew in looping.

All deductions are counted per yo-yo.

Yo-Yo stop, or yo-yo change will be counted in Major Deduction stated below.

Freestyle Evaluation (FE) – 40%

Judges (Group B) evaluate eight categories from 0 to 10 points, total 80 points, then they will be halved to make the 40% of the final score. They will not be normalized between judges. Entire three minute performing time is subject to evaluation.

1. Execution (EXE) – Success Rate of Tricks, Success, Less mistakes, Completion

2. Control (CTL) – Control of Yo-Yo/String, Line of String, Trajectory of Yo-Yo, Smooth landings and flowing transitions

3. Trick Diversity (TDV) – Trick Choice, Trick Mix, Trick Order and Trick Presentation

4.Space Use & Emphasis (SEM)  Size of expression, moves, performance, Effective use of stage and space, and/or focusing on/into a subject effectively

5. Music Use 1: Choreography (MU1) – Music Use concentrating on hitting sounds, beats, cues, etc.

6. Music Use 2: Construction (MU2) – Music Use concentrating on mood, tone, routine, theme, etc.

7.Body Control (BDY) – Stage Manners, Posture, Stage Professionalism, Attitude

8.Showmanship (SHW) – Theme/Story, Enjoyment, Entertainment, Overall Impression of Show

Major Deductions (MD)

These deductions will be subtracted after all the scores above are summed.

Yo-Yo stop (restart), Yo-Yo discard (change), Yo-Yo detach (string cut) and dangerous play will be subject of this deduction.

Yo-Yo Stop (Restart) – Minus 1

Any stop of yo-yo spin with string fully unwound will be subject. Even if the yo-yo does not stop completely, if you need to help the yo-yo to regain its spin with your hand or string, it will be considered as a yo-yo stop.

Yo-Yo Discard (Change) – Minus 3

Any yo-yo discard will be subject. Leap of 4A and 5A yo-yos, or any yo-yo change or stop using the yo-yo will be counted.

When the Performance Ends

If the contestant cannot make the yo-yo come back to the hand fully wound and ready to throw, both a stop and a discard will be counted as a discard (minus 3). The string can have knots or be jammed, yet it needs to be fully wound to avoid the deduction.

Yo-Yo Detach (String Cut) – Minus 5

Yo-Yo coming apart, string cut, or string detach for 1A, 2A, 3A, 5A (yo-yo and weight both) will be counted as a Yo-Yo Detach (Minus 5).

Flying Off – Disqualified

Including 4A and 5A, if any yo-yo jumps into the audience area behind the judges’ table, the player will be subject to disqualification.

All those deductions are per yo-yo/string.

At the same time, any mistake or loss of control is counted as a deduction in Technical Execution, separately from Major Deductions.

Final Score

Final Championship Freestyle Score = sum of points for

Technical Execution (60.00-points maximum) plus

Freestyle Evaluation (40.00-points maximum) minus

Major deductions.

Technical Execution will be normalized (to eliminate the unevenness among judges and let them have the same portion to contribute to the score). All other scores will not be normalized.

Freestyle Evaluation (FE) for Prelim & Semi-Final

  1. Execution (EXE)
  2. Control (CTL)
  3. Choreography (MU1)
  4. Body Control (BDY)

Detailed Rules

Detailed Freestyle Rules

Freestyle Regulation & Scoring Criteria (WYYC2019)

These rules apply to 1A-5A, Women, Over-40.

Freestyle Rules for WYYC2019

New or updated information since last year is marked in red.

(Last Update: July 7, 2019)

 

Freestyle Regulations (Precautions, prohibited actions, etc.)

Performance Time

The contestant will perform a 3 minute freestyle routine to music of their own choosing. (Preliminary will be one minute and Semi-Final will be 90 seconds. For Preliminary and Semi-Final, please read these measurements as the same below.)

The freestyle time begins to run at the moment the music starts. The music will be stopped between 3:00 and 3:01, regardless of whether the beginning of the song is silent. If the song is shorter than 3 minutes, the music will stop at the end of the track.

In the case of a music issue such as an audio equipment malfunction occurs mid-freestyle, the contestant may choose to continue the freestyle for the rest of the 3 minutes. The contestant may also choose to stop and restart the routine after the issue has been fixed. If the contestant decides to stop the freestyle routine due to a music issue, with taking the audio equipment and CD condition into consideration, the contestant can discuss with the head judge and make a decision from the following.

  1. Restart evaluation from where the music has stopped (If Group A judges have not reset the clickers)
  2. Restart evaluation from the beginning (Can be restarted immediately or can be performed at the end of that division)
  3. Take the evaluation up to the point where the music has stopped as the contestant’s final score, without restarting the evaluation.

A contestant is not permitted to play yo-yo on the stage before the music starts. Also, they cannot start their freestyle with a mount or sleep before the music starts. (After the MC calls your name, please wait before throwing your yo-yo(s) until you hear your music playing.) The performance must start with the yo-yo fully wound in the contestant’s hand. We request that contestants refrain from yo-yoing of any kind during the standby time between getting on stage and when the performance begins. In addition, adjusting standby yo-yos is not permitted, and should be taken care of before the contestant gets on stage. Once you step onto the stage, you are not allowed to leave the stage until you are done with your performance. (Please bring all of your yo-yos ready onto the stage at once with the tray provided.)

If judges see the contestant throwing yo-yo(s) on the stage before the music starts, judges may give some deductions with negative clicker and/or Body Control in evaluation as a penalty.

When the 3 minutes performance is finished, the contestant must immediately stop playing. At the end of the freestyle, if the contestant is unable to rewind the yo-yo(s) back to their hand(s), they will receive a deduction. This and other negative points will still be counted until the contestant stops the yo-yo, or otherwise leaves the stage. Actions by the contestant that give the impression of the end of the performance (bowing, etc.) will be considered to indicate that the freestyle is over. In the case that the contestant resumes play after that action, deductions will be applied.

In the case of the music being stopped or ending before the planned music duration, the contestant must immediately notify the contest staff or the judge. Restarting the evaluation cannot be requested after the results have been announced. On the other hand, if the music continues to play after three minutes, and the contestant continues to perform more than three minutes, the contestant may be subject to disqualification. The contestant is responsible for understanding the duration of their music, and ending the performance within three minutes.

Note (Requests to Contestants)

If the volume is too low when the music starts, the track starts at the wrong place, the sound is unreasonably distorted, or the wrong music is played, the contestant must immediately stop the performance and notify the on-stage staff or judges. You can restart your performance after the music is fixed or adjusted. However, if the player is clearly and solely responsible for the above problems (ex. submitting the wrong music, or a bad recording), or he/she intentionally abuses this rule, the player may have a 5-point major deduction from the beginning. In the absolute worst case scenario, the contestant may be disqualified.

If there are any actions by the contestant (ex. bowing, appearing to leave the stage, appearing to stop the performance) or indications in the music (ex. the track appearing to end, or an extended period of silence) within the three minutes which may give the impression of the performance ending, the judge or the contest staff may determine that the performance has ended. If such actions or music characteristics exist in the contestant’s performance, we request that the contestant speak with the contest MC, music staff, and judges on the day of the contest, before the performance. This information will be shared with the necessary contest staff to avoid any confusion.

Music Choice

Please refer to “Music used in performance” for guidelines and submission procedure for the music used in the performance.

Contestant Code of Conduct

All contestants must conduct their freestyle with the safety of the audience, the venue, the equipment, and themselves in mind. Contestants performing in an unsafe manner may be disqualified at the discretion of the judges.

The head judge also reserves the right to immediately disqualify a contestant who behaves or speaks in an inappropriate manner on stage. This includes uttering obscenities (such as F***), wearing inappropriate or obscene clothing, and any acts of public indecency.

In the case that a contestant is unsure whether their planned actions on stage are appropriate, they should consult a judge beforehand to avoid disqualification.

For the sake of safety and fairness, contestants are not allowed to leave the stage during their freestyle. If a contestant leaves the stage, that moment will be considered the end of the performance. This includes leaving the stage to pick up a yo-yo that has fallen from the stage.

Due to the potential hazard of falling off the stage, sitting or standing over the edge of the stage is also prohibited and subject to disqualification.

During a freestyle, only the contestant is allowed on stage. Assistants to the contestant are also prohibited during the performance.

Disturbing contestants (through shouting, taunting, or other inappropriate actions) before, during, or after their freestyle is strictly prohibited, and may result in the disturber’s disqualification or barring from entering future contests in the league.

 

Performing Area on the Stage

On the stage, the organizer may mark a box (6 meters wide x 4 meters depth) on the stage with taping or another material. If the stage is smaller than that, it will not be the case.

The purpose of the box is to prevent the contestant from being outside of the lighting area, out of the judges’ sight, or outside of the safe area. Therefore, contestants must try to stay in the box while performing. If the contestant is outside of the box, there is no deduction or penalty for that. However, we cannot guarantee points will not be lost due to being out of view of the judges.

 

Yo-Yo Rules

There are no special restrictions on the maker, type, parts or modifications used for the freestyle yo-yo.

Safety is still a prime concern, so any modifications that compromise the safety of the contestant, venue, or audience may result in disqualification.

Strings used must be string for the exclusive use of yo-yoing. In the case of styles that require special string, (Go West, Long String, Transparent String, etc.), it may be used only with the prior consultation, safety confirmation, and permission from judges

A contestant may only use the yo-yos they personally bring with them on stage. During their freestyle, a contestant may not receive or use yo-yos from audience members. In divisions including (but not limited to) 4A and 5A, if a yo-yo falls off the stage, it may no longer be used. Even if a yo-yo is returned to the stage by an audience member with good intent it may not be used. In the case that a contestant uses that yo-yo, positive points will not be scored during its use and negative points will continue to be subject for deduction.

Contestants are required to use their yo-yo(s) as a yo-yo.

In the case that a contestant performs in a style that is not subject to their division, that part of the performance will not be scored (however, negative points may still be applied). For example, if off string elements are used in any other division than 4A they will not receive points.

Due to the yo-yo tangle or yo-yo change (discard) you can use more total yo-yos than allowed below.

Below is a list of the number of yo-yos that can be used simultaneously during freestyles for each division:

  • 1A – 1 yo-yo
  • 2A – 2 yo-yos
  • 3A – 2 yo-yos
  • 4A – 1 or more yo-yos
  • 5A – 1 or more yo-yos

In the case that yo-yos exceeding the permitted number are used (or held) simultaneously, all tricks subject to positive scoring and positive evaluation will not be counted.

Non Yo-Yo Items

The contestant is only allowed to bring yo-yos, strings, counter-weights, gloves (or equivalent items), a backup music CD for competition, and a tray provided by contest officials onto the stage. Maintenance tools, performance props, and any other items are strictly prohibited. This includes (but is not limited to) items such as bags, cases, cloth, jackets, extra clothing (other than what the contestant is already wearing), and tables. Contestants bringing prohibited items to the stage are subject to disqualification. However, for the purpose of protecting valuables (such as a bag, wallet, cellular phone, etc.), a contestant may leave their belongings at the side of the stage, but is prohibited from interacting with them.

 

Freestyle Scoring

Freestyles will be graded on two criteria: Technical Execution (TE) & Freestyle Evaluation (FE).

Judges are assigned into two groups.

  • A Group: Technical Execution (TE)
  • B Group: Freestyle Evaluation (FE)

Definition of “Competitive Yo-Yoing”:

  • Yo-Yo(s) must start spinning with the power coming from the unwinding string.
  • All tricks must be performed while the yo-yo(s) is spinning. If the yo-yo is not spinning no points will be counted.
  • Yo-Yo(s) must return to the contestant’s hand with fully wound string(s) with its own spin power.
  • All tricks/moves must utilize both yo-yo(s) and string(s) in order to receive points.

Definition of divisions

  • 1A: Freestyle with one string-trick yo-yo with the string attached to one hand
    (Tricks are based on mounts and touches between the yo-yo and string.)
    (One Yo-Yo. One String. String must be attached to hand and yo-yo.)
  • 2A: Freestyle with two looping yo-yos with the strings attached to both hands
    (Tricks are based on making circles (“loops”) with the yo-yos’ trajectory.)
    (Two Yo-Yos. Two Strings. Each string must be attached to one hand and one yo-yo.)
  • 3A: Freestyle with two string-trick yo-yos with the strings attached to both hands
    (Tricks are based on mounts and touches between two yo-yos and two strings.)
    (Two Yo-Yos. Two Strings. Each string must be attached to one hand and one yo-yo.)
  • 4A: Freestyle with yo-yo(s) to which the string(s) is not attached
    (Tricks are based on moves which are possible because the yo-yo is not attached to the string.)
    (One or more Yo-Yo(s). One or more string(s). String must be attached to the hand but not to the yo-yo.)
  • 5A: Freestyle with yo-yo(s) which has counter-weight(s) on the other side of string(s)
    (Tricks are based on moves which are possible because the yo-yo has counter-weight and is not attached to the hand.)
    (One or more Yo-Yo(s). One or more string(s). String must be attached to the yo-yo and weight instead of the hand.)

Technical Execution (TE) – 60%

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Each judge uses two clickers, one each for positive and negative points. These are added together for the final TE score, which is 60% of the total possible score.

Judge takes only success, difficulty, risk and variation of each trick performed.

Originality, amplitude, long-sleep, continuity, uniqueness, style, choreography are NOT subject to be scored here.

 

Positive Points

When the contestant performs advanced level trick elements, points will be given for each element.

All points are given per trick element.

Here are some examples of trick elements in each division.

1A Division:

  • Mount (Trapeze)
  • Hop (Eli Hop)
  • Laceration (Hook)
  • Release Catch (Suicide Catch)
  • Whip Catch (Iron Whip, Slack Trapeze)
  • All other appropriate moves for 1A Division that come with a certain difficulty.

Not subject to be awarded any point(s)

  • Picture Tricks (making shapes with the string that does not interact with the yo-yo)
  • Looping
  • Off Finger, Mobius
  • Swing/Pinwheel in which yo-yo does not interact with the string
  • Any string maneuver which does not interact with the yo-yo or yo-yo transitions

2A Division:

  • Looping (Loop, Hop)
  • Moon (Reach for the Moon, Planet Hop)
  • Wrap (Loop Wrap, Sleep Wrap)
  • Tangler
  • Around the World
  • All other appropriate moves for 2A Division that come with a certain difficulty.

Not subject to be awarded any point(s)

  • One hand looping
  • Any string tricks (including Picture Tricks)

3A Division:

  • Rolls (Velvet Rolls)
  • Kink (Kink Fu)
  • Trapeze (2-Hand Trapeze)
  • Assisted
  • KoroKoro
  • All other appropriate moves for 3A Division that come with a certain difficulty.

Not subject to be awarded any point(s)

  • Picture Tricks (making shapes with the strings that do not interact with the yo-yo)
  • Any move in which one yo-yo keep staying in the same state (like sleeper or in a trapeze) while the other keep moving
  • Looping
  • Tangler without landing/mounting

4A Division:

  • Whip (Over Whip, Open Whip)
  • Recapture
  • Boingy Boingy
  • Toss
  • Orbit (Around the Arm, Orbit the Leg)
  • All other appropriate moves for 4A Division that come with a certain difficulty.

Not subject to be awarded any point(s)

  • Picture Tricks (making shapes with the string that does not interact with the yo-yo)
  • Any trick in which the yo-yo does not leave the string(s) (Simple Railing, Somersault, 1A moves)
  • Looping
  • A move by itself in which the yo-yo does not interact with the string(s)

5A Division:

  • Direction Change (Shoulder Pop)
  • 360
  • Propeller
  • Bee-sting
  • Aerial (Meltdown Jump)
  • All other appropriate moves for 5A Division that come with a certain difficulty.

Not subject to be awarded any point(s)

  • Picture Tricks (making shapes with the string that does not interact with the yo-yo)
  • Any moves while holding the weight in hand
  • Looping
  • Any yo-yo that moves while the weight stays in the same state like simply hanging, swinging, or circling
  • Any weight moves while the yo-yo stays in the same state like simply sleeping, hanging, swinging, or circling
  • Any moves in which the yo-yo and weight move individually without interacting with each other at all

Tricks such as Gerbil and Rancid Milk are seen as a group of trick elements not as a trick and each trick element is scored individually.

Generally, the same trick elements performed in a freestyle will not be scored the second time. However, high risk repeating trick such as Suicide combo, or same trick elements in a different trick combo can be scored the second time with some reduction of base points given for the trick element.

Dancing, miming, juggling, isolating, acrobatic moves, spintop skills with the yo-yo, or doing any of the above while performing basic trick elements are not subject to be awarded any extra points coming from those non-yo-yo skill sets as Technical Execution.

Negative Points

Any trick miss and control miss is subject to deduction.

Negative 1:

Trapeze miss, control miss, catch miss, corkscrew in looping.

All deductions are counted per yo-yo. If the contestant has a mistake in each hand (with two yo-yos), the contestant will receive two negative points.

Yo-Yo stop, or yo-yo change will be counted in Major Deduction stated below.

 

Freestyle Evaluation (FE) – 40%

Judges (Group B) evaluate eight categories from 0 to 10 points, total 80 points, then they will be halved to make the 40% of the final score. They will not be normalized between judges. Entire three minute performing time is subject to evaluation.

Generally, the entire three minute performing time is subject to evaluation. However, even before and after the three minutes, any inappropriate action or devaluation will be counted for the categories.

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The table above is a basic grading guide.

The following are the eight categories to be scored as Freestyle Evaluation.

 

1. Execution (EXE)

(Success Rate of Tricks, Success, Less mistakes, Completion)

How few are the mistakes?
Is the routine performed as planned?

# It is not about the mastery or perfection of each trick. It is about the completion of all tricks. If the entire routine went well without any mistakes, it will have a full score. Even if the tricks are smooth and well-practiced, if the player has many mistakes, it will be low. Also it does not require any difficulty or risk to be seen as full score. It is evaluated as perceived by the judges.

 

2. Control (CTL)

(Control of Yo-Yo/String, Line of String, Trajectory of Yo-Yo, Smooth landings and flowing transitions)

Are the tricks executed in a clean, fluid and controlled manner?
Do the transitions into and between trick elements demonstrate mastery and control of the yo-yo style?
Does the yo-yo land and exit the string cleanly?
Is each trick well-practiced to the level of mastery?
Were tricks maneuvered smoothly?
Were the tricks refined well to be presented?

# It is not about how smooth the routine is, nor the number of mistakes. It is simply how good the control of yo-yo and string is.

 

3. Trick Diversity (TDV)

Trick choice, trick mix, trick order and trick presentation

Does the routine show a well-balanced mix of trick styles?
Does the freestyle have a good level of variation/diversity of tricks presented?
Did the contestant show many styles and aspects of the division’s style?
Did the contestant make good choices for trick order to show the tricks effectively?
Was each trick style mastered at high level of  skill?
Was the freestyle not filled with the same or same-looking tricks the whole time?

 

4.Space Use & Space Emphasis (SEM)

Amplitude/Focus, Size of Yo-Yo Moves, Stage Use:
(Size of expression, moves, performance, Effective use of stage and space, and/or focusing on/into a subject effectively)

Does the contestant use the stage and space effectively?
Is the trick performed big and easy-to-see?
Were the small moves or subtle actions focused to gather the audience’s attention?

 

5. Music Use 1: Choreography (MU1)

Music Use concentrating on hitting sounds, beats, tempo, rhythm, cues, etc.

Are there any cues or points that show a clear sense of choreography?
Are the trick and body moves matched with the music?
Are the tempo of tricks/combos and music rhythm/beat matched?

 

6. Music Use 2: Construction (MU2)

Music Use concentrating on phases/stages, mood, imagery/atmosphere, tone, routine, theme, construction, etc.

Does the music seem to fit the freestyle theme?
Are body moves and trick choice matched with the music?
Did the freestyle have scene changes, peak control, or climax?

 

7.Body Control (BDY)

Stage Manners, Posture, Stage Professionalism, Attitude:
(stage presence/composure, Moves of body)

Does the player demonstrate a mature professional presence before, during and after the freestyle?
Does the player demonstrate total control of all aspects of the performance?
Is the contestant aware that he/she is on stage and being seen?
Are body moves well refined?
Does the contestant appear to be confident/professional?
Was the show appropriate to be seen by a general audience?

# Sticking tongue out, tilting head when making a mistake, or making a bitter face in hard time, and ignoring the audience unintentionally are all considered to be bad examples for this category.

 

8.Showmanship (SHW)

Theme/Story, Enjoyment, Entertainment, Overall Impression of Show:

Was the performance staged and constructed in a manner to add to the interest level of the freestyle?
How entertaining was the freestyle presentation?
Does the freestyle have a story or theme?
Is there any effective usage of an outfit?
Is it a performance to attract and entertain the audience?

# Interesting or Entertainment Value that comes from pure amazing yo-yo skill will not be counted here. Added work toward making the freestyle interesting (Showmanship) on top of the yo-yo tricks and skills is required here.

 

 

Major Deductions (MD)

These deductions will be subtracted after all the scores above are summed.

Yo-Yo stop (restart), Yo-Yo discard (change), Yo-Yo detach (string cut) and dangerous play will be subject of this deduction.

 

Yo-Yo Stop (Restart) – Minus 1

Any stop of yo-yo spin with string fully unwound will be subject. Even if the yo-yo does not stop completely, if you need to help the yo-yo to regain its spin with your hand or string, it will be considered as a yo-yo stop. However, contestant can hand-wind yo-yo with half-wound string or add more spin to the yo-yo spinning fast enough to be able to wind by itself without this deduction. Any intentional or planned yo-yo stop will be seen as a yo-yo stop with the deduction. After the yo-yo stops and the contestant adds the spin to the yo-yo then fails to wind and it stops again, it will be counted as another yo-yo stop to be deducted.

 

Yo-Yo Discard (Change) – Minus 3

Any yo-yo discard will be subject. Leap of 4A and 5A yo-yos, or any yo-yo change or stop using the yo-yo will be counted. Even if the contestant comes back to the yo-yo to reuse it, if the contestant uses another yo-yo once, the yo-yo discarded will be counted. Any intentional or planned yo-yo change will be counted as a yo-yo discard. However, if the discard happens after the yo-yo stops in one instance, only the discard will be counted and not a yo-yo stop. However, if the contestant tries to restart before the yo-yo change, both a stop and a discard will be counted. If you want to show both tricks with 1 and 2 yo-yos in 4A or 5A without any deductions, you need to show 1 yo-yo tricks first, then add another yo-yo to show 2 yo-yo tricks.

 

 

When the Performance Ends

If the contestant cannot make the yo-yo come back to the hand fully wound and ready to throw, both a stop and a discard will be counted as a discard (minus 3). The string can have knots or be jammed, yet it needs to be fully wound to avoid the deduction.

The contestant is expected to complete the routine before the music ends. If the music ends while tricks are still being performed, the contestant should stop the trick and wind the yo-yo. (However, the moves required to get out from the shape to wind will be allowed if the yo-yo is still spinning.)

After the music stops, if the contestant fails to wind the yo-yo due to a yo-yo stop, it will be counted as a discard. Also at the moment the music stops, if the yo-yo is not spinning and requires a restart it will be counted as a discard.

If the contestant does not have a yo-yo in their hand ready to throw, for example: a yo-yo is in their pocket, on the floor, in the hat, or string detached from the finger like after Rocket, all will be seen as a discard. The deduction will not be counted twice if the player does not have a yo-yo after having a discard.

All Performance End Deductions will be the same, even if the contestant decides to end their routine before the music ends.

 

Yo-Yo Detach (String Cut) – Minus 5

Any dangerous play or any play that can cause any damage needs to be avoided at all cost. Therefore, judges will be very strict to those actions even if it is unintentional.

Yo-Yo coming apart, string cut, or string detach for 1A, 2A, 3A, 5A (yo-yo and weight both) will be counted as a Yo-Yo Detach (Minus 5). Any intentional string cut like “Break the String” trick will be the same. However, unscrewing by hand to fix the string while the yo-yo is not spinning will be allowed without the deduction. Changing yo-yo(s) after a String Cut will be counted as only a Yo-Yo Detach (Minus 5), not both penalties at the same time (Minus 8). If a Detach happens at the end of the freestyle, ONLY a Detach (Minus 5) will be counted, and another Discard (Minus 3) will NOT be counted due to not having a yo-yo in your hand at the end of the freestyle.

 

Flying Off – Disqualified

Including 4A and 5A, if any yo-yo jumps into the audience area behind the judges’ table will be subject to disqualification. This will be discussed after the routine is over.

A Yo-Yo jumping into the audience with enough speed, height or dangerous trajectory will be subject. Even if the yo-yo bounces on the stage once, it will be seen as the same. A Yo-Yo rolling off from the stage will be allowed without disqualification.

 

All those deductions are per yo-yo/string. If two yo-yos are tangled in one incident and need to be changed, it will be 6 point deductions (3 point x 2 yo-yos).

At the same time, any mistake or loss of control is counted as a deduction in Technical Execution, separately from Major Deductions.

 

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Final Score

Final Championship Freestyle Score = sum of points for

Technical Execution (60.00-points maximum) plus

Freestyle Evaluation (40.00-points maximum) minus

Major deductions.

 

Technical Execution will be normalized (to eliminate the unevenness among judges and let them have the same portion to contribute to the score). All other scores will not be normalized.

Depending on the judges’ availability and skill, the counter(s) of Major Deductions can be different by contest or division.

 

When we have more than five judges for each category, we may remove the highest and lowest scores when calculating the final score.

 

Criteria for Prelim & Semi-Final

The final score will be the sum of these three categories.

Technical Execution (60.00-points maximum) plus

Freestyle Evaluation (40.0-points maximum) minus

Major deductions.

Freestyle Evaluation (FE) 40%

  1. Execution (EXE)
  2. Control (NTL)
  3. Choreography (MU1)
  4. Body Control (BDY)

Judging with Video Recording

When a trick or move was difficult to identify in the live freestyle, or could not be seen because of blind spots, judges can recheck the decision for Major Deductions by watching a video recording.

If a judge(s) could not keep the score fully valid due to an accident or malfunction of judging devices, the judge(s) can rejudge or reevaluate the freestyle with a video recording under the supervision of the head or lead judge after the division is over.

Scoring Distribution

 

In The Case Of A Tie:

Judges will determine the winner with the descending order of TE and FE. If after comparing two numbers and there is still a tie, the judges will call it as a tie or suggest a better solution.

 

The judges’ decision is final.

All contestants are expected to read and understand the entire rules above.

Art & Performance Division

Art & Performance Division (WYYC2019)

Art & Performance (or AP) is the division in which a player or group of players are judged predominantly on performance rather than technical skill. Choreography, use of music, creative use of the stage, movement and performance will be among the important judging criteria of this division.

In AP, the performer is free from a technical point system and encouraged to use the yo-yo in a creative way. The yo-yo must be an integral/main part of the performance but the performer is free to use it for comedy, drama, to tell a story or to convey an emotion. This division is a showcase of the amazing entertainment possibilities of yo-yo.

The combined elements of Entertainment, Creativity, and Artistic Value are the biggest factors in evaluating a performance. Does the performer connect and interact with the audience in a fun/exciting/surprising way? Was the creative idea/concept behind the performance compelling and did the performer convey that concept to the audience and judges? Does the performer set an atmosphere, display professionalism and mastery of their art, and were the audience and judges moved emotionally by their performance? The judges are looking for all of these things.

The AP Division can look very different from year to year. Therefore, the judges have a great deal of discretion in awarding the prizes. Instead of awarding a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, judges may choose to give an Entertainment Award, a Creativity Award, or an Artistic Award. In addition to these awards, a performance may be so amazing and so compelling that it earns a Grand-Prix Award. The Grand-Prix would be analogous to a World Championship. There may be years when no performance reaches that level.

  • Grand-Prix Award (World Champion Title)
  • Creativity Award
  • Artistic Award
  • Entertainment Award

(We may or may not award any of the awards above.)

 

Explanation of Awards

Entertainment Award

The key point for this award is, “The people watching the performance.”

We are looking for whether each competitor’s performance has the power to delight and entertain the judges, audience, yo-yo players and non-yo-yo people.

Of course, in order to be entertaining, one great method is for the act to be funny, but that is not the only important thing.

The power of the performance must be directed toward the spectators in the audience and be used to stimulate their emotions. We are looking for if they were successful at making the audience’s time watching their freestyle enjoyable.

Artistic Award

The key point for this award is, “Beauty of expression/presentation; high level of artistry.”
Drawing a line against our usual standards for competitive yo-yoing, we are specifically looking for a high level of beauty and expression in the competitor’s performance.
We are looking for a performance that is constructed with:

– a high level of coordination and harmony with the music

– a high level of presentation in the performer’s tricks (e.x. synchronicity of movement, beauty of trajectory)

– good space usage of the stage area

– a powerful message

Using these elements, the performance must surpass a “regular yo-yo freestyle,” and use the expression of their yo-yo play to pull at the judges’ and audience’s heartstrings.

*We are not here to define the meaning of “Beauty” or “Art” in general. The “Beauty” and “Art” discussed here are restricted to within the context of yo-yo performing.

Creativity Award

The key point for this award is, “Originality/uniqueness in expression/presentation; freshness.”

The theory for an average yo-yo performance is, simply “keep doing tricks along with the music.”

However, we are looking for something that deviates from that theory, and exhibits new possibilities for yo-yo performance. That is the main criteria for this award.

We are looking for something that didn’t exist up until now, a totally new method of expression and/or way to use yo-yo, and whether the performance executes that concept well.

The following are methods that may apply to this award:
– A type of yo-yo expression we have seen before in the past, but which is creatively remixed with another artistic concept (ex. visual effects, dance, song, juggling, magic, etc.) in a new way.

– The performer deviates from the above basic theory and creates a totally new performance or new way of expression with yo-yos.

Pertaining to all of the above three awards:

– Each award is not just about whether a performance was a “fun/entertaining,” “artistic,” or “creative” performance. It is about whether it was a “fun/entertaining,” “artistic,” or “creative” “Yo-Yo” performance. Yo-Yo must be the main element of the performance. If the performance is judged to not contain enough actual yo-yo content, it may not be considered for an award for that reason. Please be aware that this also may affect a Prelim video submission’s eligibility in qualifying for the final round.

– Many qualifications for each award may overlap. It is likely that a performance with a high level of artistry may also have a high entertainment factor.

Of course, there is a possibility of having multiple awards awarded to one freestyle, but at the same time, the judges will decide the winner based on which criteria in the freestyle is the most worthy of being awarded.

In addition, on the occasion that a performance meets the criteria of all of the above three awards and/or displays a high level of mastery in more than one of them, that performance may be suitable to be awarded the Grand Prix Award, namely the “World Champion” title.

General Rules

The performances in both the preliminary submission video and final stage performance can be up to 4 minutes in length.

Except for the safety issues listed below, there are no particular limits on props that a contestant may use. The use of any unusual props should be cleared in advance with the Contest Director. No props that can cause danger to the performer, audience or venue will be allowed. This includes but is not limited to the use of fire, pyrotechnics or knives.
Prop set up time shall not exceed 2 minutes without prior approval of the Contest Director. Any prop bigger than 1m x 1m x 1m must be approved by judges. Please contact the judges by e-mail before July 30th.

A microphone (wired or wireless) can be made available if the contestant arranges it in advance. There is no current plan to provide a microphone stand. If plugging their own music/sound system into the speakers that the venue/organizer has prepared is a necessary component to fulfill the contestant’s freestyle concept, we will provide one Line-In (mini headphone plug) input and one power outlet for the contestant’s use. Pre-approval from the AP Division judges and the contest organizer is required, and will be decided based on the performance concept description submitted by the contestant. Again, a sound/power connection will not be unconditionally given to all contestants, and must be specially requested and approved.

Teams are allowed to compete, however only one trophy or medal will be awarded to the winning performer/team.
Assistants will be considered to be team members and therefore they will be allowed to perform yo-yo maneuvers.

Each routine will be judged and ranked in comparison to other routines of the current year only. Comparisons to past years will not be made.

Since it is an International audience and panel of judges, the performances should be universal enough to be understood by all.

The contents of the performance must not make fun of, insult, harm, or discriminate on the basis of (including but not limited to) race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and national origin (ancestry). Offending performances will be disqualified at the discretion of the judges.

AP is a Yo-Yo Championship Division

AP is not only about performance, but it also exists upon the premise that this is a YO-YO CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION.

– Yo-Yo must be the main focus.
– You can integrate other skills like dancing, acting, miming, etc., but yo-yo must be the dominant act, not peripheral.
– You do not need to perform difficult tricks, many tricks, or many variations, but you are expected to display a very high level of mastery and polished yo-yo skill of what you do in the performance in order to be called a World Yo-Yo Champion.
– There will be no deduction for misses. However, be aware that a miss can disrupt the show, tone or story very easily. We expect the contestant to have ZERO or close to zero mistakes in their routine, just like professional performers in the circus or a performance showcase.
– The previous year’s World Champion (if applicable) will be automatically seeded to the final round if they choose to compete.
– The preliminary submission video must be the same or close to the same as the actual performance on the finals stage. If the concept only works on the stage, if you like, you can send us a text explanation of your concept along with the video. If a performer’s actual stage performance is vastly different from the submitted video, the performer(s) will not be subject to awards, or in the worst case, they may be prohibited from competing in future AP or any other divisions of the WYYC.

Reason: We request that the same performance be submitted in order to to accurately and fairly judge the merits of the performance. As contest organizers, we also need to be prepared for what will happen on stage. We appreciate your understanding of these issues.

– No special requests for control/manipulation of music or lighting will be allowed. Music guidelines will be the same as the 1-5A Divisions. Performers can choose a single lighting setting: normal (stage lights on) or dark (stage lights off) for light-up yo-yos, projector use, etc.

Reason: Due to facility and staff limitations, as well as to be fair to all performers.

– Only registered people will be allowed on stage. (You may have an assistant or team, but you will need to register as team with everyone’s names)

For the AP Division, if you are competing as a team, only the Representative Member needs to pay the Division fee. All AP Contestants (including team members) must register and pay the Contestant Registration Fee before July 15, 2019. Otherwise, the submitted tryout video will not be sent to judges for evaluation.

How To Enter

Submit your preliminary tryout video by July 15, 2019 (upload as a private video to a video server like Vimeo, YouTube, upload to your own private server, or send a CD/DVD to us). If you need help submitting, please contact us. After you submit your video, please contact us with a link to view and/or download your video.

Judges will choose 3-9 players/teams (based on the submitted videos) that will compete in finals.

There are two ways to submit your preliminary video:

The first (preferred) method:
Upload it to a Vimeo/YouTube account as a “private video.”
Creating an account is free and easy to do: http://www.Vimeo.com or http://www.youtube.com
Once you have created your account click “Upload a Video” at the top of the page.
After uploading your video, click “settings” and then select the “privacy/private/only with the link” option.
Once you have done this, please email apjudge2019@iyyf.org with the following information.

Please include the following information in the e-mail.

Your full name(s):
Team Name (if multiple people):
City:
Country:
Age:
Contact E-mail:
A brief write up of your concept, theme, story, or goal for your performance.

The Second Method:
You may also submit your video via a DVD or CD-R.
If you choose to send a hard copy as described, please mail it to this address:

ATTN: Hironori Mii / AP Division
35-1 Izumi-cho Iwakura Aichi 482-0045 JAPAN
+81-587-81-3924

If you choose to submit a hard copy, please send an email to apjudge2019@iyyf.org to let us know your video is coming, with the following information:

Your full name(s):
Team Name (if multiple people):
City:
Country:
Age:
Contact E-mail:
A brief write up of your concept, theme, story, or goal for your performance.
Tracking number of the package (if available) and postal carrier name (ex. EMS, FedEx, etc.)

The performance in your preliminary tryout video can be up to 4 minutes in length. No editing, cutting, or connecting is allowed. Just like it would be on the stage, the entire performance must be in one shot. (You can, of course, film as many times as you need to get the perfect performance. Please do not send a video filled with mistakes.)

The video media will not be returned, and will become the property of the World Yo-Yo Contest. The World Yo-Yo Contest is not responsible for videos that are lost, damaged or delayed by the shipper.

All videos must be submitted/arrived by July 15, 2019.

After submitting your application and video, please make sure your registration as a “Contestant” is completed and paid for.

As your video is considered to be an entry into the AP Division’s Preliminary Round at the World Yo-Yo Contest, all competitors must be registered in order for judges to review your entry. If you are competing as a team, only the Representative Member (team leader) needs to pay the Division Fee. All AP Contestants (including non-leader team members) must register and pay the Contestant Registration Fee before July 15. Otherwise, the submitted tryout video will not be sent to judges for evaluation.

The results for the preliminary tryout video round (players qualified to AP finals) will be announced on this page by July 15th, 2019.

Deadlines

July 15, 2019: Deadline for Video Submission and Contestant Registration/Payment
July 25, 2019: Finalist Announcement
July 31, 2019: Deadline for submitting request for special prop usage
August 10, 2019: Finals in Cleveland, USA

Judges for Finals:

TBA

 

(Last Update: 2019.6.26) Deadline extended.

Women's Division

Women’s Freestyle (WYYC2019)

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Yo-Yo is a sport which is not affected by the contestant’s gender or physical strength. There are many former National and World Champions who are women. Today, there are increasingly more women yo-yo players all over the world.

However, the number of women yo-yo players are still very few compared to men. This Freestyle event is designed to spotlight and showcase the talent of those who may be a minority in the community for now, but definitely deserve to be seen and amaze the audience on stage.

Competition Format

  • Only women can compete in this event
  • 2 minute freestyle
  • Player may choose their own music
  • Player must choose one style among 1A-5A
  • Scoring rules are the same as 1A-5A
  • Evaluation categories will be the same as the Semi-Final Round of 1A-5A
  • We will adjust/normalize the clicker score difference among styles with a coefficient.
Prelim

If we have 20 or more contestants in this event, we will hold a Prelim round.

  • Same rules as WildCard for 1A-5A
  • 30 second freestyle
  • Player must choose music from WildCard Music
  • Only Technical Execution will be judged (No Evaluations, No Major Deductions)
  • Player must choose one style among 1A-5A
  • Scoring rules are the same as 1A-5A
  • We will adjust/normalize the clicker score difference among styles with a coefficient.

* Winning this freestyle event does not make the winner a “Yo-Yo World Champion.” Therefore, the contestants in this event are also welcome to compete in 1A-5A to aim for a World Title.

Normalization Among Different Styles

To eliminate the difference of raw clicker number among different styles, we will multiply the sum of positive and negative clickers of each judge with the following value.

1A – 1.00
2A – 1.40
3A – 1.50
4A – 1.30
5A – 1.60

These values are calculated from the scores of the WYYC2018.

Over-40 Division

Over-40 Freestyle (WYYC2019)

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Yo-Yo is one of the few sports which is not affected by the contestant’s age or physical strength. There are many former National and World Champions who were over 40-50 when they won their title. Today, more and more parents, as well as people of older generations, are playing yo-yo all over the world.

However, the number of older yo-yo players are still very few compared to the number of 10-30 year old yo-yo players. This Freestyle event is designed to spotlight and showcase the talent of those who may be a minority in the community for now, but definitely deserve to be seen and amaze the audience on stage.

Competition Format

  • Only players 40 years old or older can compete in this event (Born on August 9, 1979 or earlier)
  • 2 minute freestyle
  • Player may choose their own music
  • Player must choose one style among 1A-5A
  • Scoring rules are the same as 1A-5A
  • Evaluation categories will be the same as the Semi-Final Round of 1A-5A
  • We will adjust/normalize the clicker score difference among styles with a coefficient.
Prelim

If we have 20 or more contestants in this event, we will hold a Prelim round.

  • Same rules as WildCard for 1A-5A
  • 30 second freestyle
  • Player must choose music from WildCard Music
  • Only Technical Execution will be judged (No Evaluations, No Major Deductions)
  • Player must choose one style among 1A-5A
  • Scoring rules are the same as 1A-5A
  • We will adjust/normalize the clicker score difference among styles with a coefficient.

* Winning this freestyle event does not make the winner a “Yo-Yo World Champion.” Therefore, the contestants in this event are also welcome to compete in 1A-5A to aim for a World Title.

Normalization Among Different Styles

To eliminate the difference of raw clicker number among different styles, we will multiply the sum of positive and negative clickers of each judge with the following value.

1A – 1.00
2A – 1.40
3A – 1.50
4A – 1.30
5A – 1.60

These values are calculated from the scores of the WYYC2018.