Yoyonews just posted this on their website, and it’s something that everyone needs to read.
Quick summary: The National Yo Yo League is undergoing major changes. Andre and Steve Brown are now “National Coordinators” and are making changes to the system. Players in seeding divisions (1a-5a) will be required to pay $25/year in order to compete in regional and higher level divisions (Regional, National, and perhaps Pan American). This money will go towards a national ranking system with end of the year prizes going to top ranking players, as well as:
-Unified registration and music upload for all contests on ONE website
-More resources for organizers (venue proposals, sponsorship proposals, league-wide sponsors)
-Better venues for Regional events
-Consistent rules and judging criteria across all events
-Better reporting of results
Personally, I’m very excited for these changes. I’ll happily skip out on a few bearings or cheap yoyos a year if it means a national ranking system and unified judging criteria between contests. This system makes contest sponsoring from non yoyo related companies much more attractive, as well as easier, which can only be good for the community.