Competition Play Explained

Types of Tricks Used in Yoyo Play

String Tricks

The name for the group of tricks where the player touches the yoyo string at multiple points with one or both hands, using their fingers to alter the shape of the string during tricks.


Single-A play (one yoyo only) where a performance is put together by linking tricks and combinations of tricks together in one smooth, unbroken sequence.

Off string

Performing tricks with a yoyo that is not connected to its string.


A style of yoyo play where the string is tied to a small counterweight rather than being attached to the player’s finger.


A version of freehand play using a counterweight that is free to slide along the string rather than being tied to the end.


An advanced trick style where the finger loop of the yoyo string is opened up and used to perform tricks.

Categories of Competition Yoyo Play

A / Single A

Each competitor performs a combination of tricks linked together in one smooth, fluid series. Each competitor is allowed to use one yoyo only.

AA / Double A

Similar to Single A but the player uses two yoyos and primarily does looping tricks.

AAA / Triple A

Similar to Single A but the player uses two yoyos and primarily does string tricks.

4A / Off-String

As the name suggest, in this competition format the yoyo is not connected to its string. Usually the yo is thrown up and caught on the string on the way back down, a trick is performed and then the string is thrown into the yoyo gap allowing the yo to be wound back up.

5A / Counterweight division

This competition category involves tying a small counterweight to the end of the yoyo string rather than attaching it to the player’s finger.

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