Updated 6/29/06

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  • Not a world title

  • Division divided between age groups.

2007 Sports Diabolo Division (DI):
Special thanks to Stu Branoff and Kyo for developing the sports ladder divisions and videos.

Sports Diabolo Rules:

  • Any diabolo may be used for the ladder tricks, you may change diabolos or sticks after any attempt.
  • All tricks must end with the diabolo spinning on the string, the string untangled, the string unwrapped around the axle, and the diabolo in control.
  • Players get one attempt at each trick.
  • Players score is determined as follows: When a player has missed a second trick, the player is retired and the score is the last trick completed/first trick missed.
  • This division will be divided into age groups as follows: 11 & under, 12 - 16, 17 & over
  • Note: Many of these trick descriptions have been written for the right hand as the dominant hand. All tricks may be done by using the left hand as the dominant hand.
  • Tie Breakers: Player who went furthest (last trick completed) on ladder, or if still a tie, player who went furthest on ladder before first miss. If still a tie or more than one player completes the ladder with no misses, then the tie breaker will be the amount of inside, overhand whip catches that can be completed without added spin to the diabolo.
1. Sun: [VIDEO]
With the sticks together, swing the diabolo around in a full vertical circle. Do both directions for a complete trick. Printed Trick
2. Waterfall: [VIDEO]
Wrap the string around the opposite stick and under the diabolo. Flip the diabolo off the double string. Printed Trick
3. Trapeze: [VIDEO]
Swing the diabolo to either the right or the left over the stick and land it on the string in-between the sticks.  Printed Trick
4. Orbits: [VIDEO]
Move the diabolo on the string from one side to the other. Toss the diabolo as it nears one stick. Catch the diabolo near the other stick, allowing it to move on the string to begin the next Orbit. Printed Trick
5. Cat's Cradle: [VIDEO]
You can get into and out of the Cat's Cradle anyway you want. In a cat's cradle the strings creates an X. After the cradle has been made, with the diabolo below the cradle, toss the diabolo up and catch it on top of the cradle. End with any dismount. Printed Trick
6. Whip Catch: [VIDEO]
Hop diabolo off the string, place both sticks in one hand, then whip the string to catch the diabolo. Any whip catch is ok. Printed Trick
7. Stick Grind (5 seconds): [VIDEO]
Hop the diabolo on one stick and grind for 5 seconds. Printed Trick
8. Backside: [VIDEO]
Toss the diabolo. Sweep the string coming from one stick over the axle and under the diabolo. After doing this the string will be crossed in the same way as if you caught the diabolo cross handed. Any dismount. Printed Trick
9. Behind the Body Catch: [VIDEO]
Toss the diabolo and catch it on the string behind your body.
10. Chinese Suicide: [VIDEO]
Do a trapeze to the right. Point the left stick at the diabolo along the line of spin and let go. The handstick should  make a complete circle around the diabolo and right stick and back to your left hand . Printed Trick
11. Around the Leg (3 times) : [VIDEO]
Toss the diabolo around one leg 3 times. Printed Trick
12. Coffee Grinder (3 grinds) : [VIDEO]
Do a backside mount. Move the left stick above the diabolo horizontally. Move the right stick so its string moves behind the left stick and lays just ahead of the handle. Pull right stick toward you making a triangle. Keeping the right stick parallel to ground and axle, 'poke' it into triangle below. Move the right stick out against the right side of triangle and then into a clockwise movement under the diabolo and around back. This is the grind of coffee grinder. Do 3 grinds and end with any dismount. Printed Trick
13. Propeller: [VIDEO]
Do an Inverse Trapeze on the right stick. Place the right stick onto the diabolo in line with the spin. Now let go of the right stick so it travels around the diabolo. Catch the stick after it makes one revolution. Printed Trick
14. Infinite Suicide (3 reps): [VIDEO]
Wrap the string around the axle of the diabolo with your right stick. As you go underneath the diabolo, let go of the left stick. As the left stick gets about 180 degrees around tug the right stick upwards and rewrap the diabolo. Do 3 repetitions and catch the left stick. Any dismount. Printed Trick
15. Genocide: [VIDEO]
Do a backside mount. Swing the diabolo to the right. As the diabolo swings past your right side, throw the right handstick to the right. The right handstick will make a circle and the diabolo should leave the string in an upward toss. Catch the diabolo as it falls on the right side of the swinging string. The diabolo will force the stick to quickly make a circle around the diabolo creating a wrap around its axle. Catch the right handstick as it swings around. Any dismount. Printed Trick
16. Mini Genocide: [VIDEO]
Do a backside mount to the right, allow the diabolo to swing to the left to gain momentum, as the diabolo swings back to the right side of your body, just as swings beyond your right side, release the right stick. As you release the stick, grab the middle of the string, which will force the stick to swing in a full circle, releasing and then recapturing the diabolo. Allow the stick to make a full revolution around the diabolo and then catch the stick. Any dismount.
17. Whip Catch to Duidide: [VIDEO]
Do a whip catch. Use the momentum of the whip catch to let both sticks go in a full circle around the diabolo. Catch both sticks and do any dismount.
18. Monorail: [VIDEO]
Do an over arm string wrap. Toss the diabolo straight up, as the diabolo comes down recapture it with the left stick's string. The diabolo swings back under the arm and goes into a reverse string wrap orbit. After twice around the arm the diabolo ends up on your left on the right stick's string. Dismount by tossing rightward back from the right stick to the right stick. Do a string unwrap exit.
19. Kyocide: [VIDEO]
Do a right hand axle wrap to the inside. Lift the diabolo up and over the right hand stick so that it rests on the outside. Swing the diabolo clockwise and up onto the inside of the right string. Raise your right hand up above your left and drop the formation into the string that comes from your left stick. This will put you in a backside mount. Use the momentum from this to let the diabolo swing to the right and release your right stick as if you were doing a mini-genocide. After you grab the middle of the string, allow the diabolo to travel up and onto the segment of string between your left stick, and your right hand which is gripping the string. Let the diabolo bounce up off of this segment as the right stick continues to do it's full revolution and let it recapture the diabolo.
20. Excalibur: [VIDEO]
Get into excalibur and sustain excalibur for 5 seconds. You will be considered to be in the excalibur style when your diabolo reaches a minimum angle of 60 degrees from upright. A dismount is not needed for this trick.