IYYF will apply new seeding rules for World Yo-Yo Contest 2018.

1st place – Seed to Final (Same as before)
2nd & 3rd place – Seed to Semi-Final (New)
Other Finalists – Seed to Prelim (New)

AP/EYYC (Multi-National Contests, a.k.a. MNC)
Top 3 are no longer seeded to Semi-Final.
Top 10 – Seed to Prelim (Only if your country does not have a NC)

National Contests
1st place – Seed to Semi-Final (Same as before)
2nd to 10th place – Seed to Prelim (Same as before)

Seed Sliding Rule with WYYC top 3:
If one of the WYYC top 3 takes their own national title, their redundant seed from nationals goes to the player who is the next best.
If the WYYC top 3 take all top 3 places of their national contest, 4th place of the national contest will get the seed for WYYC.

This rule encourages players who got top 3 at WYYC to compete in their national contests to seek their national title without disadvantaging their own country’s seeding situation.

This sliding rule does not apply to seeding for NC top 10 or WYYC finalists, and furthermore does not apply to any other circumstances such as a seeded player choosing not to compete (for any reason), forfeiting their seed, etc.

Under the new seeding rules, this is the seeding for the top 3 players from WYYC2017 to WYYC2018.

1. Shion Araya (Seeded to Final)
2. Andrew Bergen (Seeded to Semi)
3. Gentry Stein (Seeded to Semi)

1. Shu Takada (Seeded to Final)
2. Hiraku Fujii (Seeded to Semi)
3. Takuma Yamamoto (Seeded to Semi)

1. Hajime Miura (Seeded to Final)
2. Minato Furuta (Seeded to Semi)
3. Alex Hattori (Seeded to Semi)

1. Rei Iwakura (Seeded to Final)
2. Michael Nakamura (Seeded to Semi)
3. Chen Zhao (Seeded to Semi)

1. Takuma Inoue (Seeded to Final)
2. Naoya Takeuchi (Seeded to Semi)
3. Hideo Ishida (Seeded to Semi)

Since Chen Zhao is the winner of CYCC2017 which is seeding players to WYYC2018, 2nd place in CYCC2017, Zhe Chen will be seeded to WYYC2018 for the China National seed.

World Yo-Yo Contest 2018 will be held in Shanghai, China, in August of 2018.

The particular dates and venue details are coming soon.


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Here is the page for the contest rules for the World Yo-Yo Contest 2017 in Iceland.

WYYC2017 Contest Rules

In particular, the deadline for AP Division video submissions is very close. Please make sure you check the dates and submit on-time if you plan to compete in the AP Division.

For any other information aside from the Contest Rules, please visit the WYYC2017 official web site.

World Yo-Yo Contest 2017

After much discussion among judges all over the world, we have a freestyle scoring criteria change that will be effective starting with this year’s WYYC.

The only changes this year will be with evaluation criteria.

Up Until 2016:

  • Execution
  • Cleanliness
  • Variation
  • Rareness
  • Space Use
  • Music Use
  • Body Control
  • Showmanship

Beginning in 2017:

  • Execution
  • Control (Formerly “Cleanliness.” Name change only)
  • Trick Diversity (Compared to “Variation,” it concentrates on trick choice, trick mix, trick order and trick presentation.)
  • Space Use & Emphasis (Formerly “Space Use.” Name change only)
  • Choreography (Formerly “Music Use.” Concentrates on hitting sounds, beats, cues, etc.)
  • Construction (Formerly “Music Use.” Concentrates on mood, tone, routine, theme, etc.)
  • Body Control
  • Showmanship

Detailed rules are coming soon.


We have had many inquiries and ideas for running WYYC in a different place from many enthusiastic people. However, after a few rounds of application submission, we realized the allotted time was not enough for people to fully prepare their proposals. Again, we have decided to set the submission deadline back further, starting with the current application round.

2019 Americas:
Feb. 28, 2017: Deadline for the proposals (We extended the deadline until April 1, 2017)
August, 2017: Announcement at WYYC2017 in Iceland

2020 Europe:
Feb 28, 2018: Deadline for the proposals
August, 2018: Announcement at WYYC2018 in Shanghai

2021 Asia:
Feb. 28, 2019: Deadline for the proposals
August, 2019: Announcement at WYYC2019 in Americas (location to be determined)

IYYF had its second General Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, USA on August 5, 2016.
We elected the next Executive Board and its Audit Committee, to serve a two-year term from September 1, 2016 until August 31, 2018.

Executive Board Members:
Ondra Sedivy (Czech Republic)
Hironori Mii (Japan)
Andre Boulay (USA)
Alfredo Mascali (Spain)
Steve Brown (USA)
Moyo Lin (Taiwan)
Grace Welch (UK)

Audit Committee:
Marcus Springer (Germany)
Nathan Crissey (USA)
Roy Teo (Singapore)