Competing at Nationals
The 2017 National Yo-Yo Contest is open to all competitors and there is a three round qualifying structure to make it to finals. Top competitors from National Yo-Yo League State and Regional Contests qualify into the preliminaries and bypass open qualifying. Winners of National Yo-Yo League Regional Contests qualify to the Semi-finals.
In order to compete for the title of National Champion, competitors must be US Citizens, or full-time residents of the United States.
Non-US citizens are welcome to compete and will be scored separately in an International Open division that will be for the 1A style of play only.
Below is a quick summary of how to advance to the finals, for greater details, please see the Round Structure page.
Round 1 – Open Qualifying (wildcard): 30 seconds
Open to all competitors who didn’t otherwise qualify into the preliminary round.
Round 2 – Preliminaries: 1-minute
The top 20% (rounded down) of competitors in a State contest, and the top 30% (rounded down) of competitors in a Regional contest are pre-seeded to the preliminaries.
In addition, the top 20% of competitors from open qualifying advance to the preliminaries.
Round 3 – Semi-finals: 90 seconds
The current winner from each regional contest is pre-seeded to the semi-finals. (For the 2017 National Yo-Yo Contest, the current winner will be defined as the top placing competitor who resides in that region.)
In addition the top 20 competitors in 1A, and the top 10 competitors in 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A from the preliminaries qualify into the semi-finals. (If there is a significant score break, the judges may decide to take slightly more or slightly fewer competitors into the semi-finals.)
Round 4 – Finals: 3 minutes
The previous years National Champion is pre-seeded to the finals.
In addition, the top 10 competitors in 1A, and the top 5 competitors in 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A from the semi-finals qualify to the finals.