I just finished mentioning this to a yoyo-playing colleague when this thread popped up. It’s been on my mind, too!
I’m totally… TOTALLY down for cheering right in the middle of a performance when the player hits a banger… or even yelling nonstop if the performance is nothing but amazing.
What Eastfield is referring to is the spectator who is doing it not to cheer for the player but to hear his own voice and revel in the “I’m going to annoy people and not care about it!” aspect of it. Don’t fool yourself, Haru-Ray, some of these people are not doing it for the joy of yoyo or competition, but for the love of self. As Eastfield correctly points out, they start doing it as soon as the yoyoer starts throwing, and not even at the right time. That’s because there’s no “right time” to hear your own voice.
What they’re doing, even if unintentionally, is telling the audience, “Pay attention to my yelling (even if it’s negative attention by way of scowling) instead of the competitor.” And that’s just exasperating and rude.
Cheering in the service of the performance or as a tribute to the player? All day every day. Even in (or especially in!) the middle of a performance. Otherwise, don’t be “that” person.