WCA regulations 2007: Final!

Ron (2007-02-01 18:14:27 +0000)
Fellow cubers, Today we finalised the WCA competition regulations 2007. The document can be found on the WCA site: [url:1benepxv]http://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations[/url:1benepxv] The new regulations must be used for all WCA competitions starting today. Main changes for competitors are: [list:1benepxv] - OK for good solves - PENALTY for solve with a penalty - NO FINISH for disqualifications and incomplete solves - competitor must sign for PENALTY and NO FINISH - multiple blindfolded solving is now an official event - overtime for inspection down to 1 (penalty) and 3 (disqualification) [/list:u:1benepxv] Main changes for competition organisers and officials are: [list:1benepxv] - definition of the official events - removed Siamese cube and Rainbow cube as official events - speedblindfolded solving is not an official event (nor was it before) - other events may be held, but will be unofficial - clearer definitions of the tasks of the officials - clearer definitions of when penalties must given - new option for cases where there are not enough judges/scramblers - competitions must have at least 12 competitors to be eligible as official (old version: 10 competitors) - improved procedures for competitors with a disability [/list:u:1benepxv] We want to thank all WCA members who gave feedback. Kind regards, Ron van Bruchem
magicmania (2007-02-03 23:20:21 +0000)
I'm translating it into Korean, however, where is 1c5? After 1c4, it jumped over 1c5 and went to 1c6.
Ron (2007-02-04 11:19:15 +0000)
Hi Choi Ilkyoo, Yes, please translate to Korean. I invite everyone to translate to their own language. You are right about 1c5/6. I corrected it. Thanks, Ron
magicmania (2007-02-05 03:04:24 +0000)
Hello - Sorry about the following chunks of questions, but questions occured when I was translating the new regulations. Hope it could be modified in this version, if not, at least it will be in the next one. :D [quote:211n8dsf]1d) Each event must have one main judge. 1d1) The main judge for an event is responsible for making sure that the regulations are followed. 1d2) Decisions on disqualification of a competitor for an event, as described in other articles. 1d3) The main judge for an event must not compete in the event. 1d4) The main judge may decide to start a round later than scheduled, but only earlier than scheduled with a clear announcement to all competitors. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> Shouldn't it be clarified if one may be, or not be, a main judge for more than one event? [quote:211n8dsf]1h1) Option 1: The competiting judges/scramblers must compete before all other competitors, with the scrambling/judging done by non competiting judges/scramblers. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> The order of judge/scramble is different in the second one, why not unify it? [quote:211n8dsf]3a) Cube puzzles are puzzles similar to Rubik's Cube which enable sequential movement of the sides to solve the puzzle, like a 3x3x3 cube, 4x4x4 cube, Megaminx or Square-1. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> Not to be picky, but it is sure that "Rubik's" is actually a brand name. What if this regulation bugs other cube puzzle making companies? [quote:211n8dsf]8c) A closed competition may be open to: persons with a specific nationality citizens of specific geographical areas members of specific clubs students / employees of specific organisations. No other distinctions are allowed to declare a competition closed.[/quote:211n8dsf] -> If a closed competition is allowed for only these three cases, why not change the may to a must? [quote:211n8dsf]9b) Official speed solving events and formats of WCA are: 2x2x2 Cube format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) 3x3x3 Cube format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) 4x4x4 Cube format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) 5x5x5 Cube format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) Magic format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) Clock format 'Best of', 'Mean of 3' (preferred format for final) Square-1 format 'Best of', 'Mean of 3' (preferred format for final) Megaminx format 'Best of', 'Mean of 3' (preferred format for final) Master Magic format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) Pyraminx format 'Best of', 'Average of 5' (preferred format for final) [/quote:211n8dsf] -> Why not change the order of the puzzles so that Master Magic is right after Magic? I think that's more natural in a way that people usually group {2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5}, {Megaminx, Pyraminx}, {Magic, Master Magic} and so on. [quote:211n8dsf]9e) Other events may be held during a competition, but will be unofficial and therefore not part of the official results of the competition. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> I think it should be clarified that WCA will not recognize it, but other groups such as the national association or the group itself do make it official. [quote:211n8dsf]9f1) All timed results under 10 minutes, and corresponding averages are measured in hundredths of a second, with averages rounded to the nearest hundredth of a second (.004 becomes .00, .005 becomes .01). 9f2) All timed results over 10 minutes, and corresponding averages are measured in seconds, with averages rounded to the nearest second (0.4 becomes 0, 0.5 becomes 1). 9f3) All counted results and averages are measured in natural numbers, with averages rounded to the nearest tenth (.04 becomes .0, .05 becomes .1). [/quote:211n8dsf] -> What is the difference between 'timed results' and 'counted results'? Need to shrink the confusions as much as possible. [quote:211n8dsf]9f6) In 'Best of x' rounds competitors get x attempts, with the best attempt counting. There may be a combined time limit, example: 30 minutes for 'Best of 1' or 'Best of 2'. 9f7) In 'Best of x' rounds a DNF or DNS is the worst result of a competitor, if all results are DNF and/or DNS the best result of the competitor is DNF. 9f12) In 'Best of' rounds the order in the results is based on the best result per competitor, with lower meaning better. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> Why are the two 'best of x', and the other just 'best of'? I think unifying these will to positive. [quote:211n8dsf]11f) The main judge, organisation team and WCA delegate must not support their decisions with video or photograph analysis. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> Is this a 'must not'? Can't understand why, .. [quote:211n8dsf]A3b1) When the judge and the competitor mutually agree in a reasonable period that the competitor is ready to begin the inspection, the judge says "OK?". A3b2) When the competitor replies with "OK", the judge uncovers the puzzle after 1 second. At the same time the judge starts the stopwatch. A3d1) When the inspection time reaches 10 seconds, the judge calls '10 seconds'. A3d2) When the inspection time reaches 15 seconds, the judge calls 'STOP'. [/quote:211n8dsf] -> What are the difference between the single quotes and double quotes? If the double quotes mean that it has to be said "OK" without exception, I think that's a bit too strict. I guess it will more natural to let people use their own language.
Ron (2007-02-05 19:41:45 +0000)
Hi Choi Ilkyoo, Thanks again for the feedback. [quote:25sihyuu]Shouldn't it be clarified if one may be, or not be, a main judge for more than one event?[/quote:25sihyuu] Yes, a main judge can be main judge for more than 1 event. The regulations do not prohibit it. [quote:25sihyuu]1h1) .... The order of judge/scramble is different in the second one, why not unify it? [/quote:25sihyuu] OK, corrected. [quote:25sihyuu]3a) ... Not to be picky, but it is sure that "Rubik's" is actually a brand name. What if this regulation bugs other cube puzzle making companies? [/quote:25sihyuu] Yes, Rubik's is a brand name. We cannot just say Cube or 3x3 Cube, because the puzzle is actually called Rubik's Cube. We have to tell which puzzle we mean. On the other hand: we allow all brands of puzzles. [quote:25sihyuu]8c) ... If a closed competition is allowed for only these three cases, why not change the may to a must?[/quote:25sihyuu] I think the current text is OK. We used 'may' the selection between options is 'or'. Only the latest part "No other distinctions are allowed to declare a competition closed." is a must. [quote:25sihyuu]9b) ... Why not change the order of the puzzles so that Master Magic is right after Magic? I think that's more natural in a way that people usually group {2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5}, {Megaminx, Pyraminx}, {Magic, Master Magic} and so on. [/quote:25sihyuu] I changed order to alphabetical. [quote:25sihyuu]9e) ... I think it should be clarified that WCA will not recognize it, but other groups such as the national association or the group itself do make it official.[/quote:25sihyuu] I think we should leave that up to the national organisations. It should not be part of the WCA regulations. [quote:25sihyuu]9f1) ... 9f2) ... 9f3) ... What is the difference between 'timed results' and 'counted results'? Need to shrink the confusions as much as possible. [/quote:25sihyuu] Timed results are results with times. Counted results are results that are counted, like fewest moves. [quote:25sihyuu]9f6) ... 9f7) ... 9f12) ... Why are the two 'best of x', and the other just 'best of'? I think unifying these will to positive. [/quote:25sihyuu] OK, updated all to 'Best of x' [quote:25sihyuu]11f) The main judge, organisation team and WCA delegate must not support their decisions with video or photograph analysis. Is this a 'must not'? Can't understand why, ..[/quote:25sihyuu] Yes, we explicitly do not want video analysis for decisions. We have seen many occasions where for example someone reset the timer before the judge wrote the result down. Then some other person comes to judge with a picture of the timer display before the reset. We should not use these pictures. It is simply a DNF. In case of doubt, competitor receives replacing attempt. [quote:25sihyuu]A3b1) ... A3b2) ... A3d1) ... A3d2) ... What are the difference between the single quotes and double quotes?[/quote:25sihyuu] OK, changed all text to single quote. [quote:25sihyuu]If the double quotes mean that it has to be said "OK" without exception, I think that's a bit too strict. I guess it will more natural to let people use their own language.[/quote:25sihyuu] Yes, I agree, but it is important that the texts for the different options (OK, PENALTY, NO FINISH) do not sound similar, because then people hear differently. In international competitions the English version must be used. Again, thanks for the feedback. Please next time give your feedback for draft versions. :-) Ron
OlivérNagy (2007-03-03 17:28:10 +0000)
I'm redy with the Hungarian translation. Thanks Ron for publishing it! While translating I found something: I've got a problem with this: 1g3) [i:3ghwsi47]No changes must be made to the score sheets, without the consent of the main judge[/i:3ghwsi47] It is OK, but I think the competitor must know all the changes made in his score sheet, and not only the main judge and the score taker! So I think this will be correckt: 1g3) [i:3ghwsi47]No changes must be made to the score sheets, without the consent of the main judge, [color=red:3ghwsi47]and without consulting with the competitor.[/color:3ghwsi47][/i:3ghwsi47]
OlivérNagy (2007-03-08 08:04:58 +0000)
Just a question: [quote:28mk0m4u]B1e) If it is clear that the competitor will exceed 10 minutes, then the judge should use a stopwatch instead of a StackMat timer. In case the competitor solves under 10 minutes, then 10 minutes will be his result. [/quote:28mk0m4u] I do not understand the reason of this! In this case (or I can say in evry case) why the competitos just nead to use StackMat too? Why do someone choose to only use stopwatch, insted of use the stopwatch and the StackMat? And in this case this is the only regulation we nead: [quote:28mk0m4u]B1d) If it is uncertain that the competitor will stay under 10 minutes, then the judge should use a stopwatch in addition to the StackMat timer. In that case the StackMat time counts for times under 10 minutes, and the stopwatch time for times over 10 minutes. [/quote:28mk0m4u]
OlivérNagy (2007-03-08 08:20:12 +0000)
[quote:d1p0up7r]9b) Clock format 'Best of x', [color=red:d1p0up7r]'Mean of 3' [/color:d1p0up7r](preferred format for final) [/quote:d1p0up7r] Why this format? Because it is not the metter of time, I think! Just look at the format of the 5x5x5! [quote:d1p0up7r]5x5x5 Cube format 'Best of x', [color=red:d1p0up7r]'Average of 5' [/color:d1p0up7r](preferred format for final) [/quote:d1p0up7r] Why cannot we use the same 'Average of 5' at the clock and maybe at some other events too? like: Square-1! Because my problem is, that there are a lot of people who do 1 DNF while solving the clock, and because of this, they do not have an avarage! If the regulations changes I'm sure that the WR will be broken soon! There are at least 3 Hungarians who can do better avarege than the WR, but the last competitions they always do 1 DNF! Or the another solution of this problem, is to otcome with a penalty (+2 sec) if only one clock (from the 18) is missaligned! Because I can aske, why we give +2 sec. penelty in the cubes and do not in other puzzles?
StefanPochmann (2007-03-08 16:47:18 +0000)
[quote="OlivérNagy":2pirfnq1]There are at least 3 Hungarians who can do better avarege than the WR, but the last competitions they always do 1 DNF![/quote:2pirfnq1] Matyas, Zoltan and [url=http://worldcubeassociation.org/results/e.php?i=clock&regionId=Hungary:2pirfnq1]who's the third?[/url:2pirfnq1] And DNFs aren't the reason they didn't break the 9.74 average record yet, they have just [url=http://worldcubeassociation.org/results/e.php?i=clock&regionId=Hungary&show=100%2BResults:2pirfnq1]one single solve[/url:2pirfnq1] better than that. But yes, I'd like it to be average-of-5, too. Allowing one of the 18 clocks to remain wrong is like allowing two 3x3 edges to remain flipped (because it takes several moves to solve), so that's not good.
OlivérNagy (2007-03-08 17:12:46 +0000)
[quote="StefanPochmann":3gkmuu1r] Matyas, Zoltan and who's the third?[/quote:3gkmuu1r] I meen there are a lot of Hungarians who can solve the clock wery fast, but they cannot reach a competition, or in a competition they cannot reach an avarage! This is the Hungarians unofficial clock records: [url:3gkmuu1r]http://www.rubikkocka.hu/pages/clocknemhivnormal.htm[/url:3gkmuu1r] I'm shure, lot of competitors whant to change this regulation!
Ron (2007-03-10 08:01:03 +0000)
@Olivér Thanks for your feedback. Regulations: [quote:3sxf89gy]B1e) If it is clear that the competitor will exceed 10 minutes, then the judge should use a stopwatch instead of a StackMat timer. In case the competitor solves under 10 minutes, then 10 minutes will be his result. [/quote:3sxf89gy] Question: [quote:3sxf89gy]In this case (or I can say in evry case) why the competitos just nead to use StackMat too? [/quote:3sxf89gy] Answer: The regulations say the judge should use a stopwatch INSTEAD OF a Stackmat timer. For example if you do 5x5 blindfolded and we all assume you will pass 10 minutes. But somehow you miraculously solve it in 9 minutes. If you did not also use the Stackmat (see article B1d) then 10 minutes will be your result. We do not allow handclocked times under 10 minutes. [quote:3sxf89gy]1g3) No changes must be made to the score sheets, without the consent of the main judge, and without consulting with the competitor.[/quote:3sxf89gy] Thanks, I will use this for next version. [quote:3sxf89gy]Quote: 9b) Clock format 'Best of x', 'Mean of 3' (preferred format for final) Why this format? [/quote:3sxf89gy] There are two reasons for this. 1) historical: it has been like this from the beginning. Since Clock is not a main event, we do not think it is necessary to change it. 2) popularity: for a competition we have to choose which events and formats fit in the time schedule. For the popular events we try to save more time than for the less popular events. The Clock event is not popular enough to justify more time. On a side note: - all competitors have the same handicap (all solves must not be DNF) - if you put down an unsolved puzzle, then this is your own fault, you should be more careful - some other sports are far less forgiving than ours (for 100 meter dash you have only attempt) Thanks, Ron