Just a reminder...(66 rules of yoyoing)


I feel it can’t hurt to remind everyone who knows and show those who don’t…

66 rules for yo-yo players. By Ed Haponik

  1. learn to loop. with two hands.

  2. when you play yo-yo in public, look up. be aware of your surroundings. say hi to the people who look at you in wonder. say hi to those who look at you with disdain.

  3. be generous with your time, and with your toys. if you have the means, at every event you attend, give something away to someone (who does not ask).

  4. understand the differences between yo-yoing for yourself in your room, yo-yoing for judges at a contest, and yo-yoing for a small child at the park.

  5. try to find and play yo-yo’s that come from every decade of the past century. appreciate their differences (and similarities).

  6. when performing for an audience, always look better than they do.

  7. be proud you’re a yo-yo player. have pity for those who think you shouldn’t be.

  8. never act like yo-yoing is a big inconvenience. no one’s making you do it.

  9. be prepared to walk the dog on command. always.

  10. never blame the judges. maintain the attitude that, if you had REALLY won, it wouldn’t have been up to them at all.

  11. hit a true laceration on a stock renegade. fly-away dismount.

  12. don’t talk about how ‘so-and-so’ is a lousy player (or human being) if you’re unwilling to bring it to them personally.

  13. don’t confront someone about being a lousy player (or human being) unless you’re right. and be sure you understand the consequences.

  14. when you’re getting paid to yo-yo, be on time and do your job with a smile.

  15. don’t yo-yo with the goal of being admired. don’t worry over whether you’re ‘somebody in the yo-yo community’. be ‘somebody in real life’ and then be the same person in the yo-yo community.

  16. recognize that you don’t really know very many tricks at all. this should make you feel inspired rather than pathetic.

  17. find a mentor. or twelve. no need to be explicit about it, but they should know who they are and what they mean to you.

  18. stay up all night playing yo-yo.

  19. compete. ladder, freestyles, best trick, or whatever. register, pay, and support the contest.

  20. carry a paperclip in your wallet.

  21. don’t accept sponsorship from a company you don’t absolutely love.

  22. carve a palm tree on a yo-yo using a pocketknife.

  23. understand how your yo-yo’s work. be able to maintain them.

  24. never begrudge your dings. not in yo-yo. not in life.

  25. respect the venue.

  26. meet the masters (national or otherwise). shake their hands and thank them for making yo-yoing something more. make that YOUR goal.

  27. take care of your hands, wrists, body, and mind. when those things fail, so will your yo-yoing.

  28. don’t go out of your way to vilify this or that company. support the ones that you feel benefit the community and yo-yoing in general. that’s enough.

  29. travel to a contest alone.

  30. travel to a contest in an overfull car.

  31. respect your elders.

  32. don’t fiddle obsessively with your bearings. they’ll do their job if you let them.

  33. it’s one thing to be awed, but don’t be intimidated by yo-yo players, regardless of their skill.

  34. learn to snap-start.

  35. find a yo-yo that you can’t play well at all. play it exclusively for a month.

  36. go to worlds.

  37. be able to do enough of each style to wow the uninitiated.

  38. do something else. take up an instrument. knit. do card tricks. shoot skeet. something.

  39. make yourself useful at contests. help set up. help clean up.

  40. don’t be careless with other peoples’ yo-yo’s. don’t be overprotective of yours.

  41. own an old wood yo-yo.

  42. if you bring a bunch of yo-yo’s somewhere, it will be understood that you want people to see them and be impressed. don’t be surprised when they aren’t.

  43. pass out on a yo-yoer’s floor in delighted exhaustion.

  44. learn all you can about every major player from every era of yo-yoing’s history. this art is FULL of fascinating characters.

  45. be neither proud nor ashamed of your collection.

  46. don’t seek to be someone else’s favorite player. seek to be your own favorite player. and in that regard, NEVER succeed.

  47. don’t leave home without it.

  48. learn to twist your own string.

  49. play responsive, but don’t act like it’s a big deal.

  50. practice more. post less.

  51. develop yourself such that someday, if you should find yourself in a room surrounded by your heroes, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that you belong.

  52. invent a trick. (heck), invent so many tricks that finding a way to record them becomes a necessity.

  53. don’t hide behind the mantle of an ‘online persona’. that has zero to do with being a yo-yoer.

  54. run a contest or event. make it a benefit to the companies that are willing to sponsor it. make it a benefit to the players who come and spend their day.

  55. don’t use the word ‘sexy’ to describe a yo-yo. or ‘sexay’. or ‘secksay’. or ‘pure sex’. or ‘smexy’. to do so makes you sound as if you have no real context for the word ‘sexy’.

  56. make a video. before you publish or hype it, make certain that it’s something that you would want to watch all the way through, even if the yo-yoer were some random guy you’ve never met.

  57. yo-yo transcends gender, and yet the vast majority of yo-yoers are male. respect and appreciate the few girls and women brave enough to wade through all the smelly aggro testosterone to do their thing.

  58. find a globe. locate ‘the other side of the world’. befriend a yo-yo player from there (or as close as you can manage).

  59. at one point, you were just starting out. whether it was last week or 50 years ago, remember that time. treat those who are learning the basics with care. answer their questions, help them with string tension, and don’t act like they need to get in line to kiss your boot.

  60. acquire a yo-yo from shinobu, eric wolff, or john higby.

  61. always have a spare string on you.

  62. have more than one gear. go fast when it’s time to go fast. go slow when it’s time to go slow. understand when it’s appropriate to play simply and when it’s best to be strange and complicated.

  63. don’t set too much store by contest results. at their MOST valid, they give an idea of who played the best for three minutes, on one given day. respect everyone who can get up there with poise and intent.

  64. disregard these rules. make your own rules. and make allowances for those who won’t play or live by them.

  65. treat every throw as if it’s your last. (throw today.)

  66. treat every throw as if it’s your first. (throw forever.) the two are not actually contradictory.

Rule number 4 of Ed's 66

I’m still working on doing that first one. my record thus far is 6 (not very well controlled) loops with two hands.


I know what you mean…


These are great!


True wisdom.

Too often we forget many of the things on this list.


Seems like lots of us forget rule 59 here on YYE…


Actually what inspired me to Post this was a bit of complaining, and this would be the cure… ( complaining about questions normal people ask, that are to be expected…

And as far as looping with 2 Hands goes, I attempted tangler for the first time ( actually I was doing 3a with a severe and a supernova) and I ended up with two large lumps on the top of my head… Those about to try it beware… O well… Guess I’ll try again ( with shorter strings)


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I wish i had no life to show this out but darn its BAD.

I cannot finish this, sorry. I hope it was a joke. I see some was, and some wasnt. Peace.


Lol, I’ll answer why you should carry a paperclip in your wallet ;p

Get out knots without taking apart the yoyo, risking losing a bearing or an axle.

(Raphael) #10

It wasn’t a joke. I disagree with everything you said you disagree’d with. Ed is a great, and allways will be. He was is one of the only people who still acknowledges oldschool yoyoing. And going back to the basics, or the roots of yoyoing is essential to be truly great. Sure you can win worlds without carving a palm tree in a yoyo, but its all an experience. ITS ALL AN EXPERIENCE. And honestly I think this one blog post he made helped me more in yoyoing than everything I ever read. I haven’t been yoyoing for that long (a little more than 3 years) so I started with new school playing. but just looking back at worlds 2002 or something is so interesting, how they were able to do all these cool clean tricks on a responsive yoyo. and we have yoyo’s that spin forever and were just doing fancy stuff (Which I am not against, I really like it)

I could type a few pages (probably about 10) about how this is an amazing peice of work, but I have homework to do.

I read this first like a year ago, and I have it saved on my ipod. Thanks for sharing :smiley:



this is a great idea that I wish I knew about before. would have saved me losing the axle from my g5 a couple months back when I took it apart in some parking lot.


Its 66 rules of yoyoing. Throwing is a hobby that anyone can take how they want. Someone can throw once a YEAR if they want. I wouldn’t tell people how to throw. Let them do it the way they want is what I say. Maybe some if this could be like “rules by _____.” but seriously no need to back it up like the bible. Everyone’s different, it’s all preference. No hate, just giving my opinion. Cheers.


I look at them more like guide lines for the best experience… Like I agree that walking the dog on your arm is valid when showing someone… It’s kinda a new twist on an old trick for most people and it really impresses them… These are wise words and I gotta admit I prolly won’t be able to do everything on the list, but I’m gunna try and have a great time doing them… I’ve always yoyoed for fun and to have a good time, and to push my limits as a player, and that has rubbed off on the rest of my life…

I forgot the point I was trying to make, but oh well


Makes sense


We need to get this stickied.


Actually, we need to repost the original message, sticky it and then lock it.

Maybe have all new users(and maybe existing users) read it and acknowledge it before they can enjoy the forum.


Yeah we should do that. Ithink it would be good for new members to see it.


To the people that are freaking out about these being “rules” to yoyoing, I would like to point out rule 64

(ed) #19

Thanks. Thanks @zerubabbel for deeming it worth a repost. Thanks @dcs937 for deeming it worth your while to pick them apart.

I wrote these “rules” for myself, as a guide to refine & enrich my own yoyoing experience. They aren’t for everybody or set in stone (hence 64). They’re reactions to aspects of yoyoing that I’ve found either worthwhile or best-avoided. Yoyoing doesn’t need rules at all, but some PEOPLE do well with them (when self-imposed). If one person besides myself has found any of them to be useful, or have explored an aspect of yoyoing they wouldn’t otherwise, then I’m grateful.


I disregard rules.