I have been around and seen the working of the yoyo contest world for a while, and I noticed that there was a large change in style at a point after 2007 and I wanted some of you forum members opinion on the matter.
For the sake of ease for others to understand, I will focus on 1A.
I bring the example of the world yoyo contest and I will analyze the finalist of different years in 1A finals.
Up until 2007, the finalist for the world yoyo contest in single A were determined by the completion of a trick list. Competitors would attempt tricks ranging in difficulty from most easy to most difficult, and the highest success of tricks would determine who would be in the finals (and in the situation of a tie in scoring, a iron whip off would be initiated.) Keeping this in mind, take a look at what sort of players made it into the finals. You may have noticed that you ended up with a very wide range of styles.
I looked back and could not find a player with the same sort of style as another finalist. Each player had something unique and totally original, and the winner stood out.
Now lets do an analysis on what happened 2007 and beyond. The ladder was destroyed and a preliminary system was input for players to make it into the final division.
Taking a look at this year and beyond, you may notice that there was a greater focus for tricks that “scored points” and it seemed that the implementation of the preliminary rounds brought this into being. Now the players who who make it into finals are only the ones who have the tricks that score well. But what I feel this has done, is that now, instead of seeing many very unique styles getting to the top, we see many styles that while somewhat different, all have a “highest points possible” sort of idea. A perfect example of how this went wrong is Rodrigo Pires (Sid)s prelim from world yoyo contest 2008. He hit a flawless preliminary and had a completely unique style that nobody had seen before, but due to the fact that his tricks didn’t score well compared to the more generic prelim friendly styles, he didn’t make the cut, and he couldn’t show off a final.
Some may say that its not an issue, maybe they say that there are other contest beside worlds that might allow it, but the way I see it, is that the world yoyo contest is the biggest and most widely followed contest, and what goes on stage at worlds ends up influencing all of the yoyoers in the community, and I feel that it is easy to see.
I have yoyoed for a while and considered competing in 2008, but watching how the contest was working and what styles were being raised up, I felt that I didn’t like the direction it was going. I ended up joining an underground contest movement that reward players for style and originality, and pushes the standard scoring aside. It has worked out pretty well, but its kept quite separated from the standard public yoyo community for many reasons. Unfortunately I am actually not allowed to talk much about this, so Ill keep it as thus.
But all of this aside, I would like to hear your opinions on the issue, has the contest scene damaged the style of today? And do you think the world contest has this influence which I speak of?
Thank you for reading my writing. I hope it is written in a way you may understand as english is not my first language.