So. This is my 400th post. I want to make it “big”. And It just so happens that this weekend something hit me.
Yo-yoing is hard.
In comparison to other sports, this one is way harder to get good at. And I don’t mean just “good”, as in impressive or something. That’s easy. I mean that it is hard to get good at the sport aspect of it.
For instance, with a sport such as basketball or soccer or something like that, you simply have to work hard at practice and at games, and do what your coach says. That is simple. Not particularly easy, but it isn’t like you have to figure everything out.
With yoyoing, you are your coach. There isn’t anybody telling you what to do. You have to figure out EVERYTHING for yourself. There isn’t ANYBODY telling you that you should do a certain trick in your freestyle. Sure, there are people to help you out along the way, such as here in the forums, and people that you meet who know a lot more about it. But they don’t make any decisions for you. You have to make your own decisions.
Now, it might be weird to bring this up, but I think of yoyoing as somewhat similar to dance, since that is my sister’s passion. I can’t help but kind of compare the two, LOL. She simply does the moves that she is told to do, and when she competes, she executes them to the best of her ability. Again, not particularly easy, but fairly simple. It doesn’t work like that for me.
I really want to be successful at this sport. It is my passion, I absolutely love it. So far, I have won three medals at Worlds 2013 for Sports Ladder. Good first step, in my opinion. But now comes the hard part. Freestyles. This is where all those problems come into play. I mean, how do I know what would score well, and what wouldn’t? I guess that that is all reliant on experience. Something I don’t have yet in that arena. So now the whole “I’m my own ‘coach’” thing comes into play. My ‘coach’ is a total newb in this competitive freestyle thing. Great.
Now let us carry on into the future. With hope. And a desire to be great.
EDIT: This is what I was really trying to say with this post. GregP worded it PERFECTLY:
"In traditional sports, there’s a clear path to take, expected steps to take, and particular skills that all top athletes will need to develop. And development is supervised by coaches as a ‘given’.
With yoyo, you have to figure out the path on your own, the steps aren’t always clear, and the particular skills can be quite varied. Development is really supervised by yourself, so it’s up to you to figure out that path, which steps, and which subset of skills to develop.
To top it off, top-tier players MUST demonstrate creativity not only in the execution of the skills, but in the choreography of the routine and the selection of music and attire. You don’t have a coach’s playbook or a studio’s choreographer guiding you towards creating a world-class routine. You have to figure it out on your own.
Or in short: traditional sports have a formalized structure for play and development."
I am sorry if you misunderstood it, or were offended by it.