This is Gentry Stein, the 2014 World Yo-Yo Champion.
So what are the rules for being a WORLD CHAMPION YO-YO EXPERT?
First, you have to do a 3 minute freestyle routing set to music. Music is a major portion of the program, as the contestant can discuss options with the judges if there is a music playback malfunction.
No starting a routine with a “sleep”. The performance must start with the yo-yo in the contestant’s hand.
The yo-yo must return to the contestant’s hand at the end of the routine. If not, there will be a deduction. No bowing or any indicator that the routine is over is allowed in the middle of the routine.
No obscenities are allowed.
Some of the yo-yo tricks that are expected in the top division include:
- The 360
- Meltdown Jump
Yo-Yo championship rules are pretty intense. Who knew that playing with a children’s toy would be so complicated?