Competition weighting


what do judges look for in competitions? what i mean by that is, what aspect of the performance do they give the most credit for. examples would be speed/number of trick, complexity, perfectionism/not messing up, style of play, in sync with music, getting audience reaction etc.

(Mark) #2

I think one thing that gets Mickey so high up is the number of string lands he has.

(VincentD) #3

You get a point for every time the yoyo hits the string. Many people go fast so they can get the most string hits. You also get point for complexity and originality, and some contests have performance points.


so, for the state, national, and world, your ranking is determined by the number of string lands in 3 minutes? how do the judges keep up? and how do they judge whats original and whats not, i mean they have like what, half a second to see the trick?

(VincentD) #5

Here is the official scoring from the WYYC website:

  1. Positive Point Awards:

Positive points shall be awarded for advanced level tricks or trick elements performed successfully. Variations of tricks and elements shall be fully scored.
Repeated tricks, repeated trick elements and repeated mounts may be scored at a lower value or not be scored at all.
Transitions between tricks shall be scored.
Additional points shall be awarded based on the difficulty level of a trick element. The base level (simplest advanced level tricks) trick would normally score one-point while more difficult tricks would be granted multiple points as the judge feels is warranted.
The number of points a judge awards for a particular trick element may also vary depending on how well the trick element is performed. For example, the same type of catch of an off-string” yo-yo may be given more points if the launch was extremely high as opposed to a launch where the yo-yo barely leaves the string. Similarly, a very basic Eli Hop may not even be scored if the yo-yo is only hopped a few inches off the string (because a particular judge feels it is not an advanced level trick element) while one with a high toss would be scored.
Other factors, besides difficulty level, that may increase the basic value of a trick element include but are not limited to: speed, amplitude, control, blind catches, and movement (i.e. turning while an off-string yo-yo is in the air before catching the yo-yo.)
2. Negative Point Assessments:

In all divisions, 1-point shall be deducted for each trick or trick element missed including but not limited to: missed string hits/catches, missed slacks, missed lacerations, missed binds, missed 5A counterweight/string catches, failed 4A launches.
In all divisions, 1-point shall be deducted for each loss of control.
Repeated efforts to regain control of a yo-yo, such as but not limited to: repeated unsuccessful binds, repeated unsuccessful launches, and excessive uncontrolled loops or punches shall result in additional deductions.
In 2A and 3A (and in 4A and 5A when two or more yo-yos are in play), each yo-yo is judged separately.
Loss of control that results in a restart shall be a mandatory 2-point deduction per yo-yo. Therefore, in 2A and 3A (and in 4A and 5A when two yo-yos are in play) if both yo-yos need to be restarted a mandatory 4-point deduction shall be assessed. Note that each restart 2-point deduction includes the initial 1-point deduction for loss of control leading to the restart. If a contestant chooses to replace a “playable” yo-yo rather than to restart it, the mandatory 2-point deduction still applies.
In all divisions, replacing a yo-yo that becomes “unplayable” for any reason, including but not limited to; a jammed, broken or knotted yo-yo string or due to a broken or malfunctioning yo-yo shall result in a mandatory 3-point deduction.
Voluntarily replacing a yo-yo (or yo-yos) which does not require a restart or which is not unplayable does not incur a deduction.
In all divisions, a mandatory 3-point deduction shall be assessed for any yo-yos that leave the “general” stage area of the contestant, for unintentional reasons.
In 2A and 3A (and in 4A and 5A when two yo-yos are in play), replacing both yo-yos at the same time, shall count as a 6-point deduction if both yo-yo are tangled or otherwise unplayable. Note that each 3-point deduction includes the initial 1-point deduction already assessed for loss of control leading to the yo-yo replacement.
In 4A and 5A, if more than two yo-yos are in play each additional yo-yo shall be judged separately and each additional yo-yo shall be subject to the mandatory 1, 2 and 3-point deductions described above.
Intentionally launching, throwing or otherwise discarding a yo-yo off the stage or into the audience shall result in a mandatory 5-point deduction. Repeated violations of this rule may lead to a disqualification if the actions are considered disruptive or dangerous. Note that this rule is in effect before and after the freestyle time period.


Well don’t assume that string hits are all they count. They don’t count repeats, so you have to keep on variating your tricks.

And to keep up, they have a clicker, and they press a button every time they see a new hit. Don’t forget, you lose alot of points by messing up.


I got it, i didn’t even know that that site existed! ;D i’ll look their now!


Please quote where in the official WYYC rules it says “You get a point for every time the yoyo hits the string”


ok, i looked up the wyyc site, and i could not fine those official scoring guide you gave me yoyodeciple,can you post a link?



Yep, but you don’t get points for repeats. Even if you do get points for repeats, you won’t get as many.


oh, ok thanks, i went to the 2009 site…and didn’t find anything but this is fine! ;D