Rules

General Freestyle Rules

  1. Each contestant shall have 2:00 to perform a freestyle routine to his or her choice of music. The time period starts when music starts. No points shall be scored for either Technical Execution or Performance Style for any reason before the music starts, or after the 2:00 minutes have elapsed.
  2. Music must be uploaded prior to the contest (free) or provided on CD or thumb drive.  All music must be considered G-rated (appropriate for all audiences) and shall not contain offensive lyrics including but not limited to: obscenities, ethnic or sexual slurs, violence advocacy, etc. If you are unsure about your music, a judge will be available to listen to your music and make sure it is appropriate. With the concurrence of the Contest Director and the Head Judge, use of inappropriate music by a contestant will result in their disqualification.
  3. All actions of a performer must take into account the safety of the audience, facility, and the contestant himself. With the concurrence of the Contest Director and the Head Judge, dangerous or inappropriate behavior by a contestant will result in their disqualification.
  4. No assistants are allowed on stage while a contestant is performing
  5. All extra yo-yos that are to be used by a contestant shall be ready to use and must be brought on stage, before their freestyle starts on a tray supplied by the Contest. Contestants will not be allowed to prepare any yoyos while on stage. Using yoyos that weren’t brought on the tray will be classified as a yoyo provided by the audience – see below.
  6. Yo-yos that leave the stage during a freestyle shall not be returned to the stage and no others shall be accepted by the contestant from the audience or an assistant. If a contestant uses a yo-yo in violation of this rule, the judges will not award any points for Technical Execution or Performance Style while that yo-yo is in play, but shall deduct points for any mistakes, loss of control restarts, yo-yo replacements, etc…
  7. No props are allowed without the prior approval of the Contest Director and the Head Judge. Hats and Caps are the only pre-approved prop.
  8. Yo-Yos with Hub Stacks (hub bearings) and similar spinning pog devices are allowed.

Freestyle scoring system

Technical execution 70% and Performance 30% for both qualification and final freestyles.

Technical Scoring (70%):

  1. To score technical part of freestyle judges use a positive and negative clicker system. Tricks performed on stage are assigned a specific amount of points based on aspects and components of the tricks.
  2. Basic and repeated tricks and tricks element are scored lower than difficult and risky tricks and trick elements. Other factors, besides difficulty level, that may increase the basic value of a trick element include but are not limited to: speed, amplitude, control, blind catch etc.
  3. In all divisions points are deducted for each trick or trick element missed including but not limited to: missed string hits/catches, missed slacks, missed lacerations, missed binds, loss of control, repeated unsuccessful binds, repeated unsuccessful launches, and excessive uncontrolled loops or punches shall result in additional deductions. Points are also deducted for restarts, yoyo replacements etc. Intentionally launching, throwing or otherwise discarding a yo-yo off the stage or into the audience shall result in a mandatory 5-point deduction. Repeated violations of this rule may lead to a disqualification if the actions are considered disruptive or dangerous. Note that this rule is in effect before, during, and after the freestyle time period.

Performance Scoring (30%):

  1. Performance score will be tabulated using a 5-item categorized list for finals and 3-item categorized list for qualification. Each of the categories will score from 0 to 3 points for a total of 15 or 9 points available for the performance score.

The 5 performance style categories that will be scored in final freestyles are:

  • Interaction with the audience
  • Freestyle Presentation (Choreography, Stage use, Appearance)
  • Body Control
  • Cleanliness
  • Variation and Risk of Tricks

The 3 performance style categories that will be scored in qualification freestyles are:

  • Overall Quality
  • Cleanliness
  • Variation and Risk of Tricks

Another Rules for 1A Freestyles:

  1. At no time shall there be more than one yo-yo in play (including slave or prop yo-yos) at the same time. During any periods of time that this rule is violated, the judges shall not grant any points for Technical Execution or Performance Style but shall deduct points for any mistakes, loss of control restarts, yo-yo replacements, etc.
  2. At no time shall the yo-yo be removed from the string (i.e. no off-string tricks are allowed). During any periods of time that this rule is violated, the judges shall not grant any points for Technical Execution or Performance Style but shall deduct points for any mistakes, loss of control restarts, yo-yo replacements, etc.
  3. At no time shall a yo-yo with a counter-weight be used. During any periods of time that this rule is violated, the judges shall not grant any points for Technical Execution or Performance Style but shall deduct points for any mistakes, loss of control restarts, yo-yo replacements, etc.
  4. Mobius style is allowed. Skyrocket type tricks are allowed.
  5. Typical scoring elements include but are not limited to: mounts, dismounts, string hits, hops, grinds, lacerations, release catches (like suicides/Iron Whips), slack catches, re-generations and binds.
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