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The first type of yoyo we will go over in respect to competition is 1A. Now a 1A yoyo is not really anything special the title 1A defines what is to be done in competition. In this case for 1A its a single sleeping yoyo typically in the standard butterfly shape most commonly used for doing string tricks. As mentioned in the parts and pieces section sleeper yoyos run on a bearing axel system, this allows them to spin for as long as they do. For this competition grouping the string must remain on the yoyo and attached to the player aswell. If the player looses control of the yoyo in the sense that one can not keep it on their finger or on the yoyo and it in a sense goes "flying" then the yoyoer can be disqualified.
2A yoyos are what most people think about when they think of yoyos. 2A yoyos are your classic up and down. The more modern and heavily used in competition work on a transaxel system, this could be a plastic ring which the string sits on that spins around the main axel of the yoyo. Some companies will even use wood to accomplish this. these yoyos will more typically use a starburst response on them or use a response sticker or even cork for its response. The catch with 2A yoyoing is that for competition you have to use two up and down yoyos to compete. The tricks for this arent going to be simple. Players will typically work with looping the yoyos, momentum string tricks, and body tricks for competition. Again with 2A the yoyoer must have control of the yoyo in the same sense as 1A, but not like 1A the yoyoer must have a yoyo on each hand to beable to compete or do tricks since so many tricks created for 2A require the use of both hands and arms.Return to top
3A yoyoing as the title says is two sleeper(unresponsive) yoyos. This style of play is very complex and also requires a bit more dexterity and coordination since two yoyos are being used. Like with 2A one must be an ambidextrous yoyoer. There really isnt a specific yoyo one could use for 3A it is just two unresponsive yoyos but players who do play 3A generally prefer a yoyo that has a wider gap and narrower more slim shape than other yoyos since it allows for the string to not only catch better but to play better along side the other yoyo.
Offstring yoyoing is pretty self explanatory, it comes off the string. Now this type of play has a specific type of yoyo for it. Using a standard unresponsive yoyo will not work being the fact that it is too small and could actually damage the yoyo or stage. The yoyo used for 4A is generally going to be an oversized yoyo made of plastic with flexible or ruber edges on it. The reason for the type of edge is so if the yoyo slips from a persons grip then it can bounce back up, or so the player can actually bounce the yoyo within some respect. For this type of play loosing control of the yoyo is expected the exception is that it can not go towards the crowd or else disqualification will follow. Tricks with this yoyo are heavily focused towards string tricks and body tricks. This is easily the next to hardest style of yoyoing to learn being the fact that you dont have full control of the yoyo since it is not connected to the string. It is recommended that if using this yoyo to play with it in a large open are away from breakable objects or to play outside away from windows and the street. A person no matter the experience can and will lose control of this yoyo at any point.
Counter weight yoyoing is actually the most recently created form of yoyoing. Created around 1998 by a yoyoer named Steve Brown, counter weight has grown and formed into a competition style of yoyoing. With counter weight you do not have a slipknot around your finger, instead you hold on to the string while there is a weighted object at the end of it such as a dice or marble. This style of yoyoing is one of the most advanced styles of yoyoing being that you can easily loose control of the yoyo. The tricks with a counter weight yoyo are going to be string and body based and also incorporate the counter weight into it.
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