We are excited to announce some big changes planned for the National Yo-Yo Contest. The biggest change being that the National Yo-Yo Contest is going to be ‘re-booting’ with some larger changes planned for 2018.
The 2018 National Yo-Yo Contest will be the seeding contest to the 2018 World Yo-Yo Contest. This is in an effort to re-align the date of USA Nationals to coincide with occurring before the World Yo-Yo Contest in August to help make that more cohesive. The 2018 National Yo-Yo Contest is being planned in a venue that will be outside of Chico. It will take place most likely early summer prior to the World Yo-Yo Contest in August. We are considering venues across the country with the goal to turn Nationals into a moving event to increase opportunities for competitors around the country.
Subsequently the 2017 National Contest will take place back ‘home’ in Chico California on October 6th, 7th, and 8th. It is important to understand that 2017 will represent an ‘extra’ year in the calendar year of the World Yo-Yo Contest. Therefore the 2017 National Yo-Yo Contest and subsequent champions will only represent the ‘title’ of 2017 National Champion. Please note: the 2017 National Yo-Yo Champion will not be receiving a seed to the World Yo-Yo Contest.
Another change the league is planning starting with the 2017 National Contest is moving towards a model to try and increase attendance and competition by allowing competitors without prior qualifying through Regional or State Contests. (Regional and State Contests will still help competitors qualify to higher rounds at Nationals). Our goal is to improve the National Yo-Yo Contest and we feel it is important to give everyone the chance to compete at the National level regardless of their ability to travel to a regional or work around difficult school schedules.
We look forward to sharing information with you soon about both the 2017 & 2018 events. And as always we welcome feedback or questions and concerns. Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you!
– The National Yo-Yo League