We know it has been a while since we provided an update, we apologize about that, however, unfortunately with the ups and downs of the pandemic, there really has not been any opportunity to make any decision and provide any update.

Now that we are entering 2021, and a very different changed world, we want to start looking at how we may be able to resume the NEO this year. The pandemic has brought us many challenges and many opportunities.  We have seen the rise in virtual events out of necessity, and they have shown their benefit. We still have a love for our live event and are hoping with the introduction of the vaccination this year, that we can hold the NEO this year in a modified “in-person” format.

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Descriptions of event


This event is an Official Competitive Event Sanctioned & Governed by the United States Breaking Association/World Breaking Association

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1.Materials and Spacers: Boards must be purchased on site from Supply Committee. Carpenter pencil spacers will be provided.

2.Techniques:  Hand technique only (palm, knife-hand or chop, hammer fist, etc.). Technique must be a downward strike.

3.Weight divisions: See “General: Divisions” above.

4.Stations: One station will be used. Boards will be set on a block base. Competitors may set up as many boards as they wish. Competitors will be required to ensure the safety of fellow competitors and spectators as outlined in “General: Safety” above.

5.One Strike Only! Competitor has one attempt to break the boards.

6.Time Limits: Competitor will have a maximum of 5 minutes to set up. Time starts when the competitor signals he/she is ready, time stops when the competitor signals to the ring coordinator that his/her set-up is complete. Additional time will be counted if a set-up is to be significantly altered as determined by the ring coordinator. A deduction of 1 board will be taken off the competitor’s total break for every 15 seconds over the allotted time. Deductions will begin after the 5-minute mark.

7.Judging: Judges will count the number of boards broken to determine the winner. The competitor who breaks the most (or, in the event of a tie, has the highest percentage broken) is the winner.

Ties: In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the highest percentage broken. Example:     Competitor “A” breaks 10 out of 10; competitor “B” breaks 10 out of 12. Competitor “A” broke at 100%; competitor “B” broke at 83%. Competitor “A” is the winner. If more than one competitor has the same percentage broken after their initial break, there will be a break off to determine the winner. If there is a tie created by more than one competitor breaking 100% of their stack (example: 2 competitors break 10 out of 10), the competitor that broke the amount first is the winner.

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