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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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The successful passing of the WCA Competition Announcement Policy Version 2.0 established the WCA Competition Announcement Team that is in need of a leader. The WCA Competition Announcement Team (WCAT) is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is responsible for approving and announcing WCA Competitions.

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 8 hours per week on average to work for the Team. The qualities expected of candidates are:
1. Strong leadership skills
2. Attention to detail
3. Good knowledge of Regulations and policies
4. Excellent communication skills

Due to the time-sensitive nature of this work, the Leader of this committee must be very responsive to email, mostly within 24 hours. The WCAT will need to process approximately 40 requests per week, which generates 150-200 emails.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that the WCA Board of Directors has a new member: Chris Wright!

An anonymous election took place among the WCA leaders and delegates in accordance with Motion 5.2018.1 who approved Chris’s application. We are glad to bring Chris onto the WCA Board and we wish him luck in his new position.

These changes have become effective immediately.

Chris’s application can be viewed to all interested in seeing it here.

Announced by Rui Reis on

We are informing you that the winning candidate to host the WCA World Championship 2019 is Melbourne, Australia!

We believe that their plan was the strongest among the four candidates and that their team will lead to a successful championship next year.

Thank you to the applicants from Brest, Belarus and Beijing/Guangzhou, China for their submissions. You can view all of the application documents here.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Ethics Committee (WEC) is seeking qualified members to help them with their mission!

What does the WEC do?
The WEC's role is to ensure that all the procedures followed by the WCA Staff and External Staff abide by its Code of Ethics, and to perform independent investigations if the conduct of any of these members is not compliant with said Code of Ethics. Such investigations can be requested by any Registered Speedcubers, for whom the WEC is a confidant. This committee also functions as the board of appeal if anyone involved disagrees with a decision made by the WCA Disciplinary Committee.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Marketing Team (WMT) is seeking members in order to accomplish its mission.

The applications are open to everyone; it’s not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be considered. As the selection process of a Leader for the WMT has not been successful, the selection process will be conducted by the WCA Board of Directors as allowed per Section 5.3 of the WCA Bylaws.

What does the WMT do?
The WMT is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is responsible for developing and managing the WCA Brand, seeking sponsorships, supporting the distribution of WCA Competition Gear, and marketing WCA Merchandise.

The qualities expected of candidates are:
- Marketing background
- Trustworthiness
- Social media knowledge
- Fluent English
- Communication skills

The rights and duties of the WMT can be seen in WCA Motion 10.2018.1.

The application period is open for candidates to submit their candidacy document from now until September 9th, 2018, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

Candidacy documents must be in PDF format, and must include:
- A brief personal introduction
- Summary of activities done for the WCA
- Ambitions as a member of the WCA Marketing Team

Upon reception it will be confirmed if documents are in good order or if there are deficiencies.

After the application period, the WCA Board will make their selections and the new members will be announced once candidates have accepted the positions.

Thank you for your candidacies and support!

Announced by Lauren Clement on

We regret to announce that we could not appoint a Team Leader for the WCA Marketing Team (WMT).

The WCA Board, Leaders, and Senior Delegates could not agree on a suitable applicant for the position so it will not be filled for now.

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Announced by Baiqiang Dong (董百强) on

Max Park won the WCA Asian Championship 2018 with an average of 6.58 seconds. Seung Hyuk Nahm (남승혁) finished second (6.65) and Bill Wang finished third (6.98).

World records: Max Park‎ 5x5x5 Cube 42.36 (average), 6x6x6 Cube 1:13.82 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:17.10 (average).

Asian records: Makoto Takaoka (高岡誠)‎ Square-1 7.90 (average), Seung Hyuk Nahm (남승혁)‎ 5x5x5 Cube 41.12 (single), 5x5x5 Cube 45.77 (average), Wong Kin Lok (黃健樂)‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:37.92 (average), Yi-Fan Wu (吳亦凡)‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:28.72 (single).

Oceanian records: Feliks Zemdegs‎ 7x7x7 Cube 1:54.54 (single), 7x7x7 Cube 2:02.31 (average), Jack Cai‎ 3x3x3 Blindfolded 19.20 (single), Tomoya Firman‎ 3x3x3 Multi-Blind 25/27 54:50 (single).

Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Walker Welch will become the new Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee (WEC). Walker was already working as a member of the WEC.

Walker 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 Walker the best of luck in fulfilling his new duties!

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Walker Welch was one among five applicants for the position and all candidacy documents can be found here for anyone interested in viewing them.

List of the other candidates who applied:
- Joseph Blas
- Abhijeet Ghodgaonkar
- Callum Goodyear
- Chris Krueger

Announced by Sébastien Auroux on

Mats Valk won the WCA European Championship 2018 with an average of 7.24 seconds. Sebastian Weyer finished second (7.36) and Philipp Weyer finished third (7.37).

World records: Daniel Rose-Levine‎ 3x3x3 With Feet 22.22 (average), Juan Pablo Huanqui‎ Megaminx 29.49 (single).

European records: Amos Nordman‎ Megaminx 36.09 (average), Ciarán Beahan‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:32.71 (average), Ádám Barta‎ 3x3x3 Blindfolded 24.06 (average).

South American records: Juan Pablo Huanqui‎ Megaminx 34.25 (average), Megaminx 33.55 (average), Pedro Alejandro Condo Tellez‎ 4x4x4 Cube 28.81 (average), 4x4x4 Cube 28.69 (average), 5x5x5 Cube 44.81 (single), 5x5x5 Cube 42.40 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:32.36 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:40.81 (average).

Announced by Thaynara Santana de Oliveira on

The application period for WCA World Championship 2019 has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted their application documents! Here are the list of the cities that applied:

Beijing or Guangzhou, China
Brest, Belarus
Melbourne, Australia

The selection team will be the Board members: Olivér Perge (process leader), Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol, and Bob Burton.

The selection process will consist of individual evaluations of the applications, interviews with the applicants, and finally a vote by the selection team. The goal is to come to an agreement about the winning applicant, so that we can proceed with confidence that the competition will be successful and a positive experience for all who attend.

Once the selection is finalized, another announcement will be made before the end of August.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The successful passing of the recent amendments to the Motions has established the WCA Marketing Team that is in need of a leader. The WCA Marketing Team (WMT) is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is 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 Lucas Garron on

When TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 was released last week, we announced that TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 would briefly remain an officially permitted version. Since a week has passed, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 is now officially retired, leaving TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 as the only official scramble program.

Please see last week's TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 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-0.13.4 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3:

  • Multiple Blindfolded rounds are no longer generated with a default number of puzzles. The person generating scrambles for a competition will have to pick a sufficiently high number based on expected competitors.
  • TNoodle no longer generates extra scrambles for Fewest Moves in the JSON data for the scrambles.
  • The Fewest Moves sheet translation for Korean has been updated.
  • Event names on the legacy scramble UI now match the Regulations.
  • A "scramble group" is now called a "scramble set", to avoid confusion with competitor groups.
  • A broken favicon link in the new UI has been fixed.

Upcoming competitions should use TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 to generate new scrambles, when possible.
However, since there are no changes that directly affect competitors since the previous version, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 will briefly remain an officially permitted version. (Competition scrambles for the coming week that have already been generated using TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 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 Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Ethics Committee Leader, as Hippolyte Moreau recently stepped down as the Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee. We thank Hippolyte for his work getting the WEC established in the past months.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We hereby announce that as of June 30, 2018, the WCA Board of Directors is reduced to three members. Luis J. Iáñez’s term has officially ended, and Pedro Santos Guimarães and Ron van Bruchem stepped down from their positions as Board members.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Chris Wright will replace Chris Hardwick as the Leader of the WCA Financial Committee (WFC), and thus as the WCA Treasurer. Chris Wright was already working as a member of the WFC, and will step down as a member of the WCA Ethics Committee.

Chris Wright 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 thank Chris Hardwick for the great work he has done for the WCA, and wish Chris Wright the best of luck in fulfilling his new duties.

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

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCT is seeking a new member to help with graphics design for social media posts and other projects!

The application is open to all WCA members. You do not have to hold a current position to be considered. This position is directed to those with graphic design experience and duties once on the team will mainly focus on that type of work.

What does the WCT do?
- Answers daily inquires to the WCA through emails and the contact page on the WCA website.
- Manages official WCA social media platforms through frequent & engaging posts
- Works with other WCA leaders to improve the WCA website and communications to the community
- The rights and duties of WCT from our By-laws can be found here.

Workflow Outline
- Social media posts are planned at least 1 week in advance and are posted when members are available.
- Internal emails regarding other WCT projects are answered within 48 hours and other work may come from those projects that take various amounts of time.
- Time commitment per week is between 4-10 hours.
- Must be familiar with Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, or equivalent programs

Characteristics we are looking for
- Creativity: We always need ideas of new social media series or unique ways to expand to other platforms. You will be required to think about this and suggest ideas when you can. With your graphic design experience, you will help us with designing visually compelling posts.
- Social media knowledge: You should be familiar with many social media platforms and their basic functions. While you may not have used them personally, you will have to post to them as the WCA and should know what type of content goes on each.
- Fluent English: Our posts on most social media platforms are in English and we answer most emails in English. We do welcome those that are fluent in other languages alongside English.
- Communication skills: You will be responsible for designing social media posts that are appropriate and convey the mission of the WCA.
- Patience: You should keep friendly communications within our email and social media interactions.

To apply, please include:
- A brief personal introduction
- Your involvement with the WCA
- Your motivation for applying to the WCT
- 2-3 designs that you have created to highlight your design style
- An example design for a WCA posting about the first competition in a new country

Please send the application in PDF format to lmclement55@gmail.com from now until June 3, 2018, 23:59 UTC to be considered.

There may be an additional interview requested of candidates with the leader following application submission. The week after the application period, the team will make a selection and the new member(s) will be announced once candidates have accepted the positions.

Thank you for your candidacies and support!

Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

The WCA South American Championship 2018 will take place on December 15 - 16, 2018 in Poá, SP, Brazil. Check out the WCA South American Championship 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Board of Directors are accepting applications for WCA World Championship 2019.

Please discuss with the Delegates in your country whether this is something you are willing and able to pursue. Bear in mind that organizing a competition of this size takes a significant amount of time and effort before and during the competition.

If you are interested, send your application documents privately to albertopdrf.wca@gmail.com before 23:59 UTC of July 15th, 2018. Documents must be sent in PDF format in two versions: one full version with all the details for the application, and another version with sensitive details - if any - removed to make public.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Committee Leader. Chris Hardwick is stepping down as the Leader of the WCA Financial Committee, and thus as the WCA Treasurer.

Chris has done a great work as the Leader of the WFC and as the Treasurer of the WCA, and we thank him for all his hard work and dedication all this time, as well as wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 6 hours per week on average to work for the Committee.
The qualities expected of candidates are:
- Basic knowledge of the structure and workflow inside the WCA.
- Experience on financial matters, especially bookkeeping and tax filing.
- Proficiency in English.
- A reasonable daily availability to deploy the duties.
- Team management capabilities.

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until May 8th, 2018, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org)

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Announced by Sébastien Auroux on

Martin Fronescu won the U.R.A. Spring of Colors 2018 with an average of 8.68 seconds. Sorin Turculeț finished second (10.53) and János Bereczki finished third (10.78).

Announced by Bob Burton on

The WCA Asian Championship 2018 will take place on August 17 - 19, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. Check out the WCA Asian Championship 2018 website for more information and registration.