Recently, at a few different yoyo contest, I have talked to many kids who were somewhat new to yoyoing.
And I brought up something with a few of them that resulted in surprising responses for me.
I brought up the sport ladder tricks, and literally, almost every kid I talked to reacted with something along the lines of “oh those arent hard tricks” or “those are old”, and mostly “sport ladder is boring.”
And its interesting to see that so many kids now are trying to jump on into the difficult tricks that they see big names pulling off, without even having the fundamentals that are the sport ladder trick list.
I grew up learning the sport ladder tricks and I am very glad I did. That list has some seriously helpful tricks with elements that are used in many of todays tricks.
I feel that much of the flow and style that I have developed, I owe greatly into the mastering of those sport ladder tricks.
I see people trying to jump ahead way too fast, and what often we will see, is kids pulling off these big name tricks, but doing it very sloppy and unfluid, due to their lack of the fundamental tricks that ultimately led to the tricks of today, and its quite sad to see honestly.
The sport ladder tricks arent an “easy” or “boring” trick list. You should respect that list and take it to heart to learn those fundamentals when you are in that stage of learning. I can honestly tell you that it WILL make a difference in your yoyoing.
And have some respect for the sport ladder competitors too. I hear many a kid talk down sport ladder competitors like they cant even yoyo or whatnot. You try landing all of the sport ladder tricks flawlessly with no mistakes all in a row under pressure from a couple of judges. Its not as easy as you may think.
- Sleeper (5 seconds)
- Sideways World Tour (Sideways around the world)
- Eiffel Tower
- Rock the Baby (5 full rocks)
- Elevator (Up and down the string)
- Brain Twister (1 Somersault)
- Split the Atom(3 somersaults)
- Double or Nothing
- Mach 5 (5 full rotations)
- Cold Fusion
- Pop ‘n’ Fresh (2 reps)
- Plastic Whip
- Eli Hop (3 rep)
- Boingy Boing (5 rep)
- Gyroscopic Flop (Half flop)
- Hidemasa Hook
- Suicide Catch (2 reps)
- Iron Whip (2 reps)
- Spirit Bomb
- Throwhand Grind
- Black Hop
Take those to heart ^
Be legit, or else be pretty freaking lame, I don’t care.