Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pay Ontario Science Centre's admission to come to this contest?

No. The contest hall is located outside of the Centre's admission required areas. If you are coming just for this contest and are not planning to visit the Centre's exhibits, you do not need to pay admission.

I don't live in Canada / I recently moved to Canada. Can I compete?

To compete in Canadian Championship divisions, you must have lived in Canada for at least 1 year. Otherwise, you can only compete in International X division.

For International X division, you still follow the same registration step, but you can only choose either 1A OR one of the Open divisions, but not both. As long as your payment information is non-Canadian, you will automatically be entered the International X division.

Other than that, please keep IYYF's seeding rules in mind for dual citizens who are also eligible to compete in another national contest. The International X division in Canadian Nationals is not a championship division.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the organizer directly.

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.

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. In other words, 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.

Canadians are allowed and encouraged to 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 Canadian 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 Canadian 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, then everyone will automatically enter the final round. If this happens, it will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.