Frequently Asked Questions

I don't live in Eastern Canada. Can I compete?

Yes! Everyone regardless of country or province of origin will compete together for titles and prizes, but only residents of Ontario and Quebec are eligible for the seed to the next Canadian Nationals.

What is the format of the contest?

Each competitor will perform a freestyle trick routine on stage with music of choice. A panel of judges will give scores to each routine in accordance to the International Yo-Yo Federation's guidelines.

Are there age restrictions or divisions?

No. There are no age restrictions. Everyone regardless of age will compete against each other in their registered divisions.

What are 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A?

These are the five major styles of competitive play. See this video for a quick overview.

What is Open division? Why do I need choose a style for it?

Open division is where competitors can perform any style that is not 1A, so any one of 2A, 3A, 4A, or 5A is allowed. If any particular style has enough registered competitors, then that style may be separated in its own division (at the organizer's discretion). Otherwise, there will be 1A and Open divisions by default.

There is a special discount if you enter both 1A and Open divisions. In Open division, though, you are only allowed to perform one style, and you need to choose which one when you register. See rules for further information.

I am competing in 1A. When I upload music, what are "prelim" and "final"? Do I need to upload to both?

The 1A division is typically so popular (and competitive!) that a preliminary round is needed to select only the top competitors to advance to the final round. This is why all 1A competitors (except seeds) should prepare to perform freestyles and upload music for both preliminary and final rounds.

However, if there are too few competitors in the division (typical of Open division), then everyone will automatically enter the final round. If this happens, it will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.

What are seeds?

Seeds are competitors who have done well in past competitions and deserve to enter the final round without going through the preliminary round of each division.

For Eastern and Western Canadian Regionals, seeds are the first places of the last time that Regionals was held.

For Canadian Nationals, seeds are the top 3 places of both Eastern and Western Regional Champions, as well as the defending National Champion.