Okay, I don’t compete, but I’ve been wondering about something. It seems standard that backup yo-yos are placed on the stage floor, near the judges. I found National contest rules which state:
No assistants are allowed on stage while a competitor is performing. All extra yo-yos that are to be used by a competitor shall be ready to use and must be brought on stage, before their freestyle starts on a tray supplied by the Contest. Yo-yos that leave the stage during a freestyle shall not be returned to the stage and no others shall be accepted by the competitor from the audience or an assistant. If a competitor uses a yo-yo in violation of this rule, the judges will not award any points for Technical Execution or Performance Style while that yo-yo is in play, but shall deduct points for any mistakes, loss of control restarts, yo-yo replacements, etc.
So my questions are:
- Based on the statement above, it seems acceptable to remove a backup from your pocket or somewhere on your person to use, as long as it came on stage on the tray before the freestyle. So is it okay to carry the backups on stage on the tray, place the tray in front of the judges, put the backups in your pocket, and then start your freestyle?
- What am I missing…is there a reason I don’t see other means of getting a back-up yo-yo?
It just seems to me that the time it takes a player to notice a problem with the yo-yo, walk to the edge of the stage, bend down, grab the backup, get it around their finger, return to their place on the stage and then try to catch up with the performance…is not a good look, distracting to the audience, and extra time is lost in the performance. There must be a better way. I must be missing something here. Help me understand this… Conflicting rule perhaps? Just hard to believe players would rather do that bending down business to switch out.