Competing at Nationals

The National Yo-Yo Contest is open to all competitors and there is a two round qualifying structure to make it to finals. For 2022, top competitors from 2020 National Yo-Yo League Regional Contests and the 2019 National Champions qualify into the 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 – Semi-finals: 90 seconds

Open to all competitors who didn’t otherwise qualify into the final round.

Round 2 – Finals: 3 minutes

The most recent (2019) National Champion and 2020 regional winners (West Coast, PNWR) are pre-seeded to the finals.

In addition, the top 20 competitors in 1A, and all players who score above 40 points in the semi-final round in 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A qualify to the finals.