Announced by Lucas Garron on

The WRC invites the WCA Community to discuss and send feedback on a new draft version of the WCA Regulations for early 2019. This version is not final, and we welcome suggestions on any aspect of the set of changes.

If there are no major issues, we plan to send a final draft to the WCA Board for approval at the beginning of March. (See Motion 14.2019.1 for details about the process.)

The changes listed in this summary are publicly available at https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/posts/call-for-feedback-wca-regulations-2019-draft. You can review all individual changes in this comparison on GitHub. If you do not want to open all the individual changes, you can click on "Files changed" to see the full textual changes to the Regulations and Guidelines. All changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Round format changes:

Competition organization changes:

  • Scramble signatures should be used for all competitions in 2019 (commit | discussion | discussion | discusssion)
    • Scramble signatures are planned to become mandatory in 2020.
  • The WCA Delegate must not give scramblers (or anyone else) access to scramble sequences for any group before it has begun. (commit)
    • Note that TNoodle 0.14.0 includes scramble set PDFs with individual passcodes to help with this.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Team Leader for the WCA Marketing Team (WMT), which has been led by the WCA Board since its creation. The WMT is an Advisory Committee of the WCA responsible for developing and managing the WCA Brand, seeking sponsorships, supporting the distribution of WCA Competition Gear, and marketing WCA Merchandise.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

Our newly formed WCA Advisory Council (WAC) is looking for members to help with their mission!

What is the WAC and what do they do?
The biggest task of the WAC is to be an intermediary between the community and the WCA Staff - to give the community a voice when important topics are being discussed. The Community Representatives will be a vital part of that process. More information about the main functions of the WAC can be found here: WCA Motion 20.2019.01

The council will have 2 sub-teams - Community Representatives and WCA Representatives. This announcement is for Community Representatives, who will make up the majority of the council and will not be members of WCA Staff, meaning that anyone except WCA Staff can apply. If you have never held a formal position in the WCA before, this an exciting opportunity to contribute towards making the WCA even better!

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Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Starting from January 2019, the WDC will issue a public overview of its activities every month, in order to give a better perception of the work of the Committee to the Community.
We realize that our work is mostly behind the scenes and that it’s based on confidentiality, which is something that can easily lead to the spreading of false rumors and confusion. The WDC would like to establish a routine in its communication towards the WCA Community, to avoid misunderstanding and disinformation and to provide some insight about its activities.

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Announced by Rui Reis on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Council Leader. Daniel Sheppard has been appointed as the Leader of the WCA Advisory Council (WAC).

Daniel was selected by the WCA Board, in accordance with Section 4.1 of our Motion 20.2019.0 about WCA Councils.

We wish Daniel the best of luck in fulfilling his new role!

Daniel Sheppard was among the three applicants who applied and his candidacy document (and the others) can be found here if you are interested in viewing them.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The successful passing of the WCA Data Protection Policy v1.1 established the WCA Data Protection Committee (WDPC) that is in need of a leader. The WCA Data Protection Committee is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is responsible for all matters relating to Data Protection including, but not limited to the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and other Data Protection and Privacy regulations worldwide.

The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered. Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 7 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:
- Strong leadership skills
- Good knowledge of Data Protection and GDPR
- Attention to detail
- Excellent communication skills

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until February 5th, 2019, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

The candidacy documents must be in PDF format, and must include:
1. Brief personal introduction.
2. Summary of activities done for the WCA.
3. Ambitions as the WDPC Leader.

Candidates are additionally asked to send a copy of their applications which can be made public at the end of the application period.

The rights and duties of the WDPC are can be found in the WCA Data Protection Policy v1.1.

Following the application period, the WCA Board will make a selection by voting and will announce the new Leader, after confirmation among Senior Delegates and sitting Committee/Team Leaders by voting, as described in Section 4 of WCA Motion 10.2019.0.

Thank you in advance for your candidacies and support!

Announced by Ethan Pride on

The WCA World Championship 2019 will take place on July 11 - 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Check out the WCA World Championship 2019 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Rui Reis on

There will be an appointment of our first WCA Council Leader. The successful passing of the proposed amendments to the Motions established the WCA Advisory Council through WCA Motion 20.2019.1. The WAC is an Advisory Council of the WCA which is responsible for building and maintaining bilateral communication between the WCA Community and the WCA Staff.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 8 hours per week on average to work for the Council. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge of the WCA structure
  • A strong connection to the WCA Community

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until January 31st, 2019, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

Dear WCA Community,

Thank you all for another great year for cubing! It has been a successful year for the WCA and we would like to share our achievements of 2018 with you.

Ten new countries held WCA competitions and we welcomed over 25,000 new competitors to the WCA. Throughout the year, 85 world records, 271 continental records, and 4,039 national records were broken.

The greatest change for the WCA as an organization this year was becoming recognized as a non-profit organization in October! We also established two new Teams, the WCA Marketing Team and the WCA Competition Announcement Team whose work helps the WCA run smoothly. Additionally, 53 new Delegates delegated their first competition this year.

Within our Committees and Teams, there have been 1,148 competition results posted by the WCA Results Team, 1,196 competition announcements posted by the WCA Board, the WCA Quality Assurance Committee, and later the WCA Competition Announcement Team, about 27 investigations opened by the WCA Disciplinary Committee, 130 Instagram and 166 Facebook posts published by the WCA Communication Team, and 1,106 pull requests merged by the WCA Software Team! So much to keep up with throughout the year!

With the help of our community, we anticipate more growth and organizational adjustments into 2019. We also look forward to celebrating cubing together at World Championship 2019 in July! Thank you for another great year and for all the volunteers that keep our organization running. We could not do it without everyone’s help and support. Happy New Year!

Announced by Lauren Clement on

After the recent voting, the proposed amendments to the Motions have been approved. The new complete set of Bylaws and Motions can be found on our Documents page and a final set of the included changes can be found here. The Motions to be in force from January 1, 2019 have been compiled:

*Motions affected by other changes too are listed separately.

Announced by Daniel James on

Vicenzo Guerino Cecchini won the WCA South American Championship 2018 with an average of 7.74 seconds. Iuri Grangeiro Carvalho finished second (8.52) and Juan Pablo Huanqui finished third (8.62).

South American records: Antonio Gabriel Freitas da Silva‎ 3x3x3 Cube 5.58 (single).

Announced by Lucas Garron on

When TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 was released last week, we announced that TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5 would briefly remain an officially permitted version. Since a week has passed, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5 is now officially retired, leaving TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 as the only official scramble program.

Please see last week's TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 announcement for details.

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Lucas Garron on

TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5:

  • The generated .zip folder now contains a nested .zip file called ... Computer Display PDFs.zip. This contains the scramble set PDFs, each encrypted with a unique passcode that can be found in ... Computer Display PDF Passcodes - SECRET.txt. Please read the directions at https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/#scramble-secrecy if you are a Delegate.
  • The other files in the .zip folder have been rearranged to highlight the existence of the computer display PDFs.

Upcoming competitions should use TNoodle-WCA-0.14.0 to generate new scrambles, when possible.
However, since there are no changes that directly affect competitors since the previous version, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5 will briefly remain an officially permitted version. (Competition scrambles for the coming week that have already been generated using TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5 can still be used.)

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Chenxi Shan (单晨曦) on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Lucas Garron will replace Laura Ohrndorf as the Leader of the WCA Regulations Committee (WRC). Lucas was already working as a member of the WRC.

Lucas was selected by the WCA Board and approved in a voting among the current Committee/Team Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2017.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We wish Lucas the best of luck in fulfilling his new duty!

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Lucas Garron was the only applicant and his candidacy document can be found here if you are interested in viewing it.

Announced by Alexander Cohen on

The New Hope Open Winter 2019 will take place on January 20, 2019 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States. Check out New Hope Open Winter 2019 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Alexander Cohen on

The Oklahoma Open 2019 will take place on January 12, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma, United States. Check out Oklahoma Open 2019 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

The WCA Disciplinary Committee (WDC) has been facing a rise in the number of investigations concerning competitors trying to achieve a personal advantage by cheating (or attempting to cheat) during blindfolded events.

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Announced by Rui Reis on

It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that the World Cube Association has been recognized as a Non-Profit Organization! We have just received the Determination Letter from the Internal Revenue Service of the United States that confirms we are exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

We would like to seize this moment to thank every one of you for your dedication towards our organization and our Mission through the years. It has been a long way since this journey began, but the best is yet to come!

Announced by Rui Reis on

The WCA Competition Announcement Team (WCAT) is seeking members to help them with our mission of announcing competitions!

The qualities of members we are seeking include:
- A sense of detail.
- Service mindedness.
- Sticking to protocol, and can help your fellow Delegates announce their competition in a reasonable time.
- Familiarity with the regulations and WCA Competition Policies.

The expected workload is 4-6 hours per week. More info of the policy of WCAT can be found here: WCA Competition Announcement Policy Version 2.0

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

As a result of our recent application period, a new Senior Delegate has been appointed. For the Africa region, the Board received the application of Philippe Virouleau and he has been appointed to the position.

The appointment is effective immediately. You may find his application here.

We want to thank Philippe for his willingness to help the WCA and the Speedcubing Community even more than he currently does now. Good luck to the new Senior Delegate in his role!

Announced by Chenxi Shan (单晨曦) on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Henrik Buus Aagaard will become the Leader of the WCA Competition Announcement Team (WCAT).

Henrik was selected by the WCA Board and approved in a voting among the current Committee/Team Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2017.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We wish Henrik the best of luck in fulfilling his new duty!

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Henrik Buus Aagaard was among the five applicants we had and his candidacy document (and the others) can be found here if you are interested in viewing it.

List of the other candidates who applied:
- Jacob Ambrose
- Clément Cherblanc
- Abhijeet Ghodgaonkar
- Sam Spendla

Announced by Rui Reis on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Regulations Committee Leader, since Laura Ohrndorf recently stepped down as the Leader of the WCA Regulations Committee. We thank Laura for all her hard work leading this Committee for the past years!

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 10 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Expert knowledge of Regulations
  • Analytical thinking
  • Excellent communication skills

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until October 23rd, 2018, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

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Announced by Lucas Garron on

TNoodle-WCA-0.13.5 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following change has been made since TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4:

  • Fix a bug where Skewb scrambles could be shorter than the 11 moves they should be.

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Announced by Rui Reis on

Dear WCA Community,

As most of you know Red Bull has created their own series of speedcubing competitions in 2018 without the involvement of the WCA.

Their series has finished for this year with their finals in Boston, but they will surely continue for future seasons too. Regarding the 2019 season, we are in talks with them about a possible cooperation between the two parties. So far nothing has been decided, the negotiations have not yet started, but we wanted to inform you that we are in communication with Red Bull right now.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

As a result of our recent application period, two new Senior Delegates have been appointed. For the Asia Japan region, the Board received the application of Yohei Suzuki and he has been re-appointed for the position. For the Europe West region, the Board received the applications of Laura Ohrndorf and Lorenzo Vigani Poli. After deliberation, they decided to appoint Laura Ohrndorf for the position.

No applications were received for the regions of South America & Middle America and Africa, so the WCA Board will assume these roles until suitable replacements are found.

In North America, a new system is being implemented to enhance the senior delegate role for the region. The documentation and explanation of this system is here.

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