I was thinking lately about how click-based scoring does not account for many nuances of skill. For example: trick composition, trick variety, smoothness, innovation and creativity, to name a few.
Because of this, many contests have players placing relatively high with relatively easy routines, unfortunately.
To combat pure speed based scoring, I think a part-criteria, part clicker-based score system would be effective.
Note that this is just an idea, and not fully thought out.
50% : Clicker clicks
25% : Technical criteria-score
25% : Performance criteria-score
Broken down into:
Broken down into:
Use of the stage
Use of music/Choreography
Delivery of tricks/Timing of tricks
The main problem I’m finding with this system is that it needs many judges. Having a judge score all 3 sections (clicks, Tech criteria, Performance criteria), would be near impossible to do effectively. In my opinion, a judge could handle scoring, at the max, 2 sections effectively.
Additionally, criteria systems require more knowledgeable and qualified judges than do clicker-based systems.
There are enough judges at the National and World level to handle this system effectively and I think it would work great.
I think negative clicks should be halved at the end of the freestyle or thrown out altogether.
Why? The pace of current winning freestyles is now 1 to 2 clicks a second. Therefore, every mistake automatically means missing 2-8 clicks due to time lost. Tacking on an extra click for a mistake (or up to 6 for a two yoyo tangle) seems redundant and unnecessary.
Additionally, taking points off for missed tricks greatly encourages players to plan highly safe freestyles, using old, easy, and non-risky tricks.
This results in boring freestyles that discourage innovation, risk, and newness. This can result in unexciting freestyles that are boring for an audience and bad for the promotion of competitive yoyoing to a mass audience.
What do you guys think? =)