As some of you may know, there have been some changes to the scoring of the world yoyo contest, the primary that I’d like to talk about is the changes to scoring Möbius. (You can find a full list of rules here
Now. A lot of you know that I’m biased in this discussion, but there’s a rule change that has happened, that I, and a few others believe is detrimental to yoyoing as we know it, and that is the rule stating that Möbius tricks will not be scored during a routine. I say that I’m biased, because Daniel Ickler is a friend of mine, and, in fact, was the person who brought this to my attention. He expressed concern over Twitter about how this effects him as a competitive yoyoer, considering this rules change basically says “we won’t count your style”. A style that Daniel (better known as Zammy) has not only popularized, but truly furthered. After a conversation with him, he saw no point in trying to bring this up, to talk about it, because it’s already been decided.
I feel that this rules change is detrimental to yoyoing at competitions as a whole.
Before we get into that, I can understand why the change seems necessary. Möbius is different. It falls in a gray area of yoyoing, and can be, presumably, hard to judge. But we’re talking about judges who are accomplished yoyoers themselves. Surely they can judge Möbius for what it is, and not fall back on the excuse that Möbius is a gray area. I understand that it might be in an attempt at fairness, seeing that Möbius can be hard to judge, they don’t want to jip a Möbius player of a few points. But as the current ruling sits, we’re jipping them of so much more. We’re jipping them of a chance.
The other point I wanted to touch on was what this means as a whole to the yoyoing community who like to go to contests. It means that the innovation that you’ve made, that you’ve pioneered, and worked hard to improve upon might not be allowed at a future contest. It means that you could pour your heart into working on a style that plays around with the mechanics of a particular style, and told that it’s not going to be scored. And I think that’s wrong.
I think we as yoyoers should be expected and encouraged to push the envelope. And be rewarded for doing so by taking down contests, and competing. Not by getting sat down and told that it’s not allowed.
Zammy thinks it won’t be changed, but I do.
Please. Discuss below. Tell me what you think of the issue. Should we allow Möbius? Should it be banned? Should Möbius players be relegated to the AP competitions or in their own category?
And if you care. Please share this with somebody.
And ask for a change in the rule. Because I really think this should not end in silence.
And I’m not meaning this to seem like the sky is falling. Because it’s not. In reality, this change touches maybe three or four people. But to them, the sky may as well be falling.