Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Finance Committee (WFC) Leader, as Chris Wright is stepping down from this position. We would like to thank Chris Wright for the work he has done leading the Committee.

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:

  • 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

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Announced by William Gan Wei Ren (颜伟仁) on

Unfortunately, we are here to announce that the date for the WCA Asian Championship 2020 has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak within the region. The organization team and the WCA Board are currently working together on finding a suitable date for this championship later in the year.

Please stay tuned for future updates, thank you for your kind understanding.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The Board of Directors would like to receive applications for WCA Continental Championships 2022 for the following regions:
1. Asia
2. Europe
3. North America

(Note that the application period for other continents will open later this year.)

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 board@worldcubeassociation.org between March 1st, 2020, 00:00 UTC and May 31th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. 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 Daniel Vædele Egdal on

WCA European Championship 2020 will take place on July 16 - 19, 2020 in Almere - Amsterdam, Netherlands. Check out the WCA European Championship 2020 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The Board of Directors would like to receive applications for WCA World Championship 2021.

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 board@worldcubeassociation.org between 00:00 UTC of January 1st, 2020 and 23:59 UTC of March 31st, 2020. 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 Daniel Vædele Egdal on

WCA North American Championship 2020 will take place on June 25 - 28, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Check out the WCA North American Championship 2020 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are extremely excited to be partnering with Cubelelo to introduce official WCA Merchandise! Cubelelo will be our merchandise partner for the Southeast Asia & India region. We are starting off by releasing a t-shirt that you can currently purchase on Cubelelo's website.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

After recent voting by WCA staff members, the proposed amendments to the Motions have been approved by a good majority. The Motions are effective as of January 31, 2020, and a summary of the included changes has been compiled below:

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Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

For this last Digest of 2019, we want to summarize everything achieved by the WCA Disciplinary Committee over the year that ended a month ago.

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Announced by Rui Reis on

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

Wilson was selected by the WCA Board and approved in a vote among the current Committee Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2019.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We thank Henrik for the work he has done as the leader for the WCAT, and wish Wilson Alvis best of luck in fulfilling his new duties.

The new Leader has already been already promoted. Wilson Alvis was among the two applicants who applied and the candidacy documents can be found here if you are interested in viewing them.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Results Team (WRT) is looking for new devoted and trustworthy team members!

Do you like numbers? Are you the type of person quickly spotting typos or inconsistencies in restaurant menus that others miss? Does it drive you crazy when people lack precision with data? If yes, then you might be a very good fit for the WRT!

The qualities that you should bring to become a WRT member include:
- You must be very responsive and be willing to work on WRT tasks regularly.
- You should have a good sense of detail and you must be able to handle data precisely and consciously.
- Since the WRT operates on the WCA results database, you have to be a very trustworthy and reliable member of the WCA community. Ideally, you are already a WCA staff member or you have a recommendation from one.
- You should have a basic understanding of what a (relational) database is.
- Existing experience with SQL (MySQL) and programming are beneficial, but not strictly mandatory.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

Dear WCA Community,

We had another successful year of cubing and developing the WCA as an organization in 2019! We would like to take this moment to share the highlights of what we have accomplished this year with all of your help.

WCA competitions were introduced to eight new countries and there were over 27,750 new people who competed officially for the first time. This year, our competitors broke barriers and achieved 61 world records, 205 continental records, and 3,760 national records.

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Announced by Lucas Garron on

New WCA Regulations and Guidelines are in effect as of January 1, 2020. Please see the original announcement for details.

Announced by Alexandre Henrique Afonso Campos on

TNoodle-WCA-0.15.1 is now available on the Scrambles page.

Changes since the previous version:

  • Update rotations in the Fewest Moves sheet to match 2020 regulations.
  • Removing 3x3x3 With Feet from events.

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

Dear WCA Community,

The WRC would like to inform you about the versions of the WCA Regulations and Guidelines, which are going into effect January 1, 2020.

You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. You can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the Regulation and Guidelines, where all changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Simplifications

  • Clock pins are allowed to be distinguishable. (commit | discussion)
  • Fewest Moves: only the 18 basic moves, <x, y, z> rotations, and wide moves are allowed in solutions (no bracket rotations). (commit | discussion)
  • The name for "combined round" has changed to "cutoff round". (commit | discussion)

Accountability

  • Required: scramble signatures. Either the scrambler or a scramble checker must certify that the puzzle is scrambled correctly for each attempt. Although competitions must make a full effort to use scramble signatures for all attempts, results cannot be disqualified solely for a missing scramble signature. (commit | commit | discussion)
  • Strongly recommended: the WCA Delegate should record a reason for each granted extra (e.g. on the back of the score sheet). (commit)
  • Strongly recommended: organizers should attach O-rings (or equivalent) to all timer buttons to prevent accidental resets. (commit | discussion)

Miscellaneous

  • 3x3x3 With Feet will no longer be an official event. (announcement | commit | discussion)
  • Fewest Moves solutions are considered public. (commit | discussion)
  • Multi-Blind: if a duplicate cube is found and during an attempt, the cube may be re-scrambled using an extra scramble. (commit | discussion)
  • Clock stands may be used to place the Clock vertically at the solving station at the beginning of the attempt. (commit | discussion)
Announced by Rui Reis on

The WCA Competition Announcement Team (WCAT) is seeking new members to help them with their mission! Applications are open to everyone and community members not currently holding a WCA position are encouraged to apply.

The daily tasks of a WCAT member include:

  • Reviewing and announcing competition submissions with accuracy and correctness.

  • Handling change requests to competitions.

  • Debating and voting with the rest of the Team.

The official rights and duties of the WCAT are documented in WCA Motion 10.2019.1.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Daniel Vædele Egdal will become the new Leader of the WCA Quality Assurance Committee (WQAC). Daniel was already working as a member of the WQAC.

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Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the month of November 2019.

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Announced by Lucas Garron on

Dear WCA Community,

After a full year of feedback and review, the WRC and the WCA Board have come to the conclusion that 3x3x3 with Feet should be removed from the list of official WCA events as previously planned, on January 1, 2020. Although it is clear that some people will be significantly impacted, there has not been a significant change in participation in the event throughout 2019. 3x3x3 with Feet remains the least popular speedsolving event by a significant margin, and concerns from organizers about hygiene and logistics remain.

We know that this outcome is disappointing for many community members, and understand the frustration that removing an event from the official list will have a significant impact on its popularity. However, any competition is still welcome to hold it as an unofficial event, and organizers may allow competitors with medical considerations to compete using feet during 3x3x3 Speed Solving. (See Guideline 5b+ and Regulation 2s.)

We also welcome suggestions to bridge the gap between unofficial and official events. For example:

  • Making it easy to sign up for unofficial events during official registration.
  • Having a standard place for unofficial results from WCA competitions.

We would also like to take this time to apologize for the flaws in the process used for this decision. We have learned greatly from the community's feedback, and will prioritize a clear and transparent process for event changes in the future.

Lucas Garron
WRC leader
On behalf of the Regulations Committee

Announced by Lorenzo Vigani Poli on

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the month of October 2019.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Quality Assurance Committee (WQAC) is seeking new members to help them with their mission! Applications are open to everyone and community members not currently holding a WCA position are encouraged to apply.

What does the WQAC do?
The WQAC is responsible for developing and ensuring quality standards within the WCA. This includes producing educational material for the WCA Community and ensuring that Staff Members throughout the organization maintain the required skills for their positions. The WQAC will be highly involved in the work that WCA Delegates perform and will look into quality concerns in various communities.

The official rights and duties of the WQAC are documented in WCA Motion 10.2019.4.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Competitions Announcements Team (WCAT) Leader, as Henrik Buus Aagaard has resigned. We would like to thank Henrik for the work he has done leading the team. The WCAT is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is responsible for approving and announcing WCA competitions.

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:
- Strong leadership skills
- Attention to detail
- Very good knowledge of the WCRP
- Excellent communication skills

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Announced by Rui Reis on

With the terms of Board Members Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol and Bob Burton coming to an end, an anonymous election took place on November 9th, 2019. The election was done according to the WCA Motion: Election of Directors.

The Board received the applications of:

  • Bob Burton
  • Henrik Buus Aagaard

We are happy to announce that the election was successful and that both Bob Burton and Henrik Buus Aagaard were respectively re-elected and elected members of the WCA Board of Directors.

We want to thank Alberto for the all the things he has done for the WCA. We wish him all the best in his future activities!

These changes have become effective immediately.

Henrik’s and Bob’s applications can be viewed here.

Announced by Rui Reis on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Senior Delegate for Oceania - Edward Hollingdale. We would like to thank Tim McMahon for his service as Senior Delegate for the region.

Edward was selected by the WCA Board by voting among them, following Section 4 of our Motion about Senior Delegates.

We wish Edward Hollingdale the best of luck in fulfilling his new duties. His term as Senior Delegate begins today (Nov 1, 2019).

The application document of Edward can be found here if you are interested in viewing it.

Announced by Rui Reis on

Dear Community,

The WCA has recently partnered with Guinness World Records (GWR) in order to acknowledge WCA World Records as Guinness World Records! You can see the page for cubing records on the GWR website here and the page of the partnership with the WCA here.

When a new WR happens, the WCA Communication Team will contact the record breaker for them to obtain an official certificate and the GWR website will be updated.

We are really happy about this collaboration and look forward to the many records that will be broken in the future!