The latest updates. 1. Registration goes up on the 30th. Save money register now at http://www.WorldYoYoContest.com 2. We have confirmed bus transport for Lucky's BBQ. So this year not only is the food free (while it lasts) thanks to Yomega, but the transport is free too. We will have a 50 seat bus running about every 15 minutes. One last detail to confirm and it is all set up. It will run from 4:30 to 10:30, so do make sure you get back early enough to fit on the busses. You will want to because as soon as you get back Mark Hayward will be hosting the wheel of penalty. 3. To clarify, we will have a seed rules in effect, a better version will be posted soon but it boils down to this.
A. If you have a national seed and you want to use it, you must get in contact with us. by July 10th. Don't get in touch with us and you don't get to use your seed. People who took first place in the 2011 WYYC are also seeded. We know who you are, but we'd really like to know if you plan to compete. B. We had a rule last year, that will go forward for this year that if we get more than 10 seeds in a division, we have the option of running a preliminary to narrow down the seeded players that get into the final round automatically to 10. This rule is in effect because at some point in the few years or two we expect there to be a potential of 30 seeds per division. We do not expect this rule to be used this year, and the head judges can decide not to use it. Also, if we do decide to use it, we will let you know at least a week in advance the contest. Keep in mind this will probably only effect 1A in the near future, but it will be on the books so we can deal with the unexpected. Mostly we want people to get ready for the idea that seeds can be narrowed down. There are two other things about this you need to know. 1. if you won the previous years WYYC you are in the final round, you will never have to do this seeded preliminary. 2. If you don't make it directly into the final round you are automatically put in the final preliminary round, so with a seed you are not out, you get a 2nd chance. 3. If this rule goes into effect, anyone who seeded, even if they do not make it to the finals still gets a medal if they are at the WYYC to compete. They have done an amazing thing and they need to be recognized, and they will. Why? Well we can't judge 40 people in the final round. It is just too much. We want to keep the ability for walk up players to compete, and not to limit it just to seeded players. We still want the seeds to be valuable, and we think we are keeping them as valuable by doing this. We also want to encourage more countries to run major national contests. This is one of the major parts of the seeding process, and the success of this growth is what we are dealing with here.
4. Flags: We are running out of wall space for all the flags, so we thought we'd making hanging the flags a reward for the country. It has been proposed that the flags that are hung, are the flags of countries that have had a contestant achieve the final top 3 in any division of the modern World Yo-Yo Contest. By winning for your country you also win the country's flag to be represented at future WYYC's. I'm going from memory here, but I think this means that we will have flags of Brazil, Japan, Germany, USA, Singapore and Canada. If I have forgotten any country, please get in touch with us by replying to this e-mail. 5. Do you want to teach a workshop, we still are looking for some workshop leaders. I think that's it for now. More will come soon I'm sure. We are approaching being a month out, it is getting very close. See you in Orlando. Best wishes, Gregory Cohen Chairman 2012 WYYC.