SCALES OPEN ONLINE RULES

Registration for Scales Open is now live! Sign up for the event here - https://shop.yoyoexpert.com/products/scales-open-vol-2-june-2019.

FREESTYLE SUBMISSION

Freestyle submission is live! Click on “Freestyle Submission” on our website’s navigation bar to submit your freestyle. READ THE VIDEO GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE DOING THAT.

MUSIC GUIDELINES

Music should be PG13. Use your head. If you think your song is questionably not PG13, just don’t use it. We will require you to refilm your freestyle with a different song if it falls into this category.

If your song has curse words, that is fine, but please do not be ignorant with your music as we want to be able to share these videos confidently. Try to limit F-bombs, excessive drug references, racial slurs, and generally just anything that you wouldn’t want a cool mom or dad to hear. Lame moms and lame dads can be a little disappointed, that’s ok.

VIDEO SUBMISSION RULES

All videos must be submitted by 6/21 - prelims are due by 12pm EST that day, and amateur & final freestyles are due at midnight EST that night.

  • Video Guidelines

    • Player must be wearing dark colored shirt & string must be visible.

    • Video must include only the player’s freestyle.

    • Please do not put any logos or distracting actions before your routine.

    • The video must end after the last bind in the player’s freestyle.

    • The duration of the player’s freestyle cannot exceed the time limits of:

      • 1 minute for pro prelim & amateur

      • 2 minutes for pro final

    • Video must be ONE TAKE and not edited together.

    • Videos should be in 16:9 aspect ratio. (Landscape Mode)

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in us contacting you and letting you know that your video is not able to be judged. If we fail to receive a version of your routine that follows these rules before 6/21, we will not score your video.

  • Title your freestyle videos in the following format:

    • SCALES OPEN ONLINE 2 PRO PRELIM: “YOUR NAME”

    • SCALES OPEN ONLINE 2 PRO FINAL: “YOUR NAME”

    • SCALES OPEN ONLINE 2 AMATEUR DIVISION: “YOUR NAME”

For consistency purposes, please upload your video to Youtube and submit the link to the form here. You can make the link unlisted if you please, but when we post the videos after the event, you should be aware that your video may get less exposure.

By submitting your video, you agree that we can use this content on any of our social media accounts and website. Don’t worry, we’re not going to do anything weird.

Try to make things as easy as possible for the judges, if they’re not distracted, they will be able to judge you as accurately as possible.

CONTEST RULES

PRO

  • ROUND 1: 1 MINUTE PRELIM

    • Round 1 will be a 1-minute format. This round will be 100% tech score. Clickers only. No major deductions.

    • 15 players will advance to the finals in pro.

  • ROUND 2: 2 MINUTE FINAL

    • Round 2 will be judged on 5 scoring criteria with opportunities for deductions as well as BONUSES.

    • 60% Technical Score - 60 Points Normalized

      • Positive clicks will be given for successfully completed elements.

        • One click is granted generally for elements that are assessed as being difficult, but low in risk.

        • Multiple clicks are given for variants of tricks that have a higher risk factor.

        • Negative clicks will be given for any missed attempted element or loss of control.

    • 10% Risk - 10 Point Scale

      • The Risk category will evaluate how “risky” the judges deem both the individual tricks in a freestyle as well as the freestyle as a whole.

        A “risky” trick would be a trick that, if missed, would have a profoundly negative impact on the freestyle as a whole.  

        These types of tricks include, but are not limited to:

        • Knot-prone elements

          Plane breaking tricks

          Multi-wrap hooks

          Suicide chains

    • 10% Variance - 10 Point Scale

      • The Variance category will evaluate how diverse a player’s trickset is, as well as how well they differentiate themselves from the other competitors and current competitive yoyo styles.

    • 10% Zoning - 10 Point Scale

      • Zoning is a new evaluation category for Scales Open V2.

      • The goals of zoning are to reward players for doing tricks that occupy a lot of space in a manner that enhances the trick. It is meant to discourage the player from strictly presenting their tricks in front of them.

      • The more zones you yoyo in, the higher your score will be. Simple as that.

    • 10% Musicality - 10 Point Scale

      • The Musicality score will evaluate how essential the music you choose is to the freestyle as a whole.

        • For example, if the routine would be just as good without the song, or with a different song, the musicality score will be low

        • Conversely, if the freestyle would be boring without the music, the musicality score will be higher  

        • This includes music cues, any related performance move while the yoyo is in action, and general pacing with the song.

    • Bonuses

      • TO BE DETERMINED

    • Deductions

      • Stop

        • If the yoyo loses spin and has to be restarted the player will be given a deduction of -1 off their total score.

      • Switch

        • If the contestant’s yoyo is switched out for another one the player will be given a deduction of -3 off of their total score.

      • Snap

        • If the yoyo leaves the string during the freestyle the player will be given a deduction of -5 off of their total score.

      • Exceeding Time Limit

        • If the player’s freestyle or music exceeds their time the player will be given a deduction of -3 off of their total score.

AMATEUR

Amateur will be one round, judged on 5 scoring criteria with opportunities for deductions. No bonuses in amateur.

For amateur division, we would prefer for players who fall under these two categories to consider doing pro instead of amateur:

  • Sponsored or has been sponsored

  • Placed top 10 in a pro division yo-yo contest (state, regional, national, etc)

  • 60% Technical Score - 60 Points Normalized

    • Positive clicks will be given for successfully completed elements.

      • One click is granted generally for elements that are assessed as being difficult, but low in risk.

      • Multiple clicks are given for variants of tricks that have a higher risk factor.

    • Negative clicks will be given for any missed attempted element or loss of control.

  • 10% Risk - 10 Point Scale

    • The Risk category will evaluate how “risky” the judges deem both the individual tricks in a freestyle as well as the freestyle as a whole.

    • A “risky” trick would be a trick that, if missed, would have a profoundly negative impact on the freestyle as a whole.  

    • These types of tricks include, but are not limited to:

      • Knot-prone elements

      • Plane breaking tricks

      • Multi-wrap hooks

      • Suicide chains

  • 10% Variance - 10 Point Scale

    • The Variance category will evaluate how diverse a player’s trickset is, as well as how well they differentiate themselves from the other competitors and current competitive yoyo styles.

  • 10% Zoning - 10 Point Scale

    • Zoning is a new evaluation category for Scales Open V2.

    • The goals of zoning are to reward players for doing tricks that occupy a lot of space in a manner that enhances the trick. It is meant to discourage the player from strictly presenting their tricks in front of them.

    • The more zones you yoyo in, the higher your score will be. Simple as that.

  • 10% Musicality - 10 Point Scale

    • The Musicality score will evaluate how essential the music you choose is to the freestyle as a whole.

      • For example, if the routine would be just as good without the song, or with a different song, the musicality score will be low

      • Conversely, if the freestyle would be boring without the music, the musicality score will be higher  

    • This includes music cues, any related performance move while the yoyo is in action, and general pacing with the song.

  • Deductions

    • Stop

      • If the yoyo loses spin and has to be restarted the player will be given a deduction of -1 off their total score.

    • Switch

      • If the contestant’s yoyo is switched out for another one the player will be given a deduction of -3 off of their total score.

    • Snap

      • If the yoyo leaves the string during the freestyle the player will be given a deduction of -5 off of their total score.

    • Exceeding Time Limit

      • If the player’s freestyle or music exceeds their time the player will be given a deduction of -3 off of their total score.

  • Bonuses - SEE BELOW!

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