Coach Pigeon 2018

Jun 23, 2018
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Odeum Expo Center

1033 North Villa Avenue, Villa Park, IL 60181

North Hall


The Organizers

Blake Thompson, Eric Zhao, and Ryan Jew
WCA Delegate
Ryan Jew

The registration fee will be $27 per competitor and there is a competitor limit of 275. Registration will open on March 9th, 2018 at 6pm CST, and will close on June 17th, 2018 or when the competitor limit is reached. Competitors MUST register and pay online in order to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted. ALL SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND FOR FREE.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 275 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $27 (United States Dollar).

Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us and we will work it out.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before June 14th, you are eligible for a refund for half of your fee on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

Competitors may register for 3x3 and 2x2 only on the day of the competition at a cost of $27. This must be done between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Andy Denney won with an average of 8.01 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Kennan LeJeune finished second (8.27) and Blake Thompson finished third (8.97).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Andy Denney 7.30 8.01 United States 7.437.309.178.458.16
2x2x2 Cube Andy Denney 1.20 1.48 United States 1.731.501.221.203.72
5x5x5 Cube Blake Thompson 1:00.91 1:07.96 United States 1:00.911:09.381:09.331:05.171:09.61
6x6x6 Cube Gabriel LaForte 1:56.89 2:09.11 United States 2:09.602:20.841:56.89
3x3x3 One-Handed Christopher Olson 14.02 15.99 United States 16.4814.5716.9114.0217.00
Pyraminx Dominic Heising 3.24 4.25 United States 3.594.045.113.24DNF
Event Number of Rounds Cutoff Time Limit
2x2 2 None 1:00
3x3 3 None 10:00
5x5 2 2:15 3:15
6x6 1 3:30 5:00
Pyraminx 2 0:13 0:45
3x3 One-Handed 1 0:35 1:30
Time Event Cutoff/Time Limit Format Proceeding
7:45-8:00 New Competitors Tutorial Make sure to attend if this is your first competition!
8:00-9:15 Pyraminx Combined First Round 0:13/0:45 Best of 2 / Average of 5
9:15-10:00 6x6 Combined Final 3:30/5:00 Best of 1 / Mean of 3
10:00-11:15 5x5 Combined First Round 2:15/3:15 Best of 2 / Average of 5
11:15-12:15 3x3 One-Handed Combined Final 0:35/1:30 Best of 2 / Average of 5
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 3x3 Round 1 10:00 Time Limit Average of 5
3:00-4:30 2x2 Round 1 1:00 Time Limit Average of 5
4:30-5:15 3x3 Round 2 10:00 Time Limit Average of 5 Top 80
5:15-5:35 Pyraminx Final 0:45 Time Limit Average of 5 Top 16
5:35-6:05 5x5 Final 3:15 Time Limit Average of 5 Top 12
6:05-6:25 2x2 Final 1:00 Time Limit Average of 5 Top 16
6:25-6:45 3x3 Final 10:00 Time Limit Average of 5 Top 16


  • For events formatted as an Average of 5, the Cutoff is the time that the competitor must beat in at least one of the first two attempts in order to complete an average. If the Cutoff is not achieved, the format of the event becomes a Best of 2, meaning that competitor may not complete the last 3 solves of the average.
  • For events formatted as an Mean of 3, the Cutoff is the time that the competitor must beat in the first attempt in order to complete a mean. If the Cutoff is not achieved, the format of the event becomes a Best of 1, meaning that the competitor may not complete the last 2 solves of the mean.
  • The Time Limit is the maximum amount of time allowed to complete each attempt.
  • The WCA Regulations contain more in-depth descriptions of the Cutoff and Time Limit.
  • The number of competitors who proceed to the next round is based on the rankings from the previous round of the respective event.

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CubeDepot will be sponsoring and vending at this competition!

The 2 closest airports are Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW).

Thanks to the Courtyard Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook Area, we have set up a room block at a hotel extremely close to the Odeum itself! Reserve a room in the block here for only $99.

There WILL be free breakfast provided at the hotel for people booking it through our room block. If less than 10 rooms are picked up in the block, everyone will receive individual breakfast coupons. If there are 10 or more rooms in the block picked up, there will be a private breakfast time scheduled. If that is the case, more information will be released closer to the event itself!

A link will be posted here to check results as they are being posted!

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, Saturday morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

Q: What is the competition like?

A; Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing, Cubes! Of course in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?

A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be automatically placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what you situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

If you are a first time competitor, please read this section carefully. If you are a returning competitor, please skip to the next section.


There are multiple things a first-timer must know before competing. All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. Please read our other tab for more information.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition. Huge thanks to Olivér Perge and Niki Placskó for the document!


Please read this section carefully. We will have a change in organization for Coach Pigeon 2018 modeled off of Hungarian competitions in Europe. When you arrive, you will receive a card with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have staff assignments on your lanyard. Every competitor is expected to help out this competition. The card will look somewhat like the following:
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* S - scrambling
* R - running
* J - judging

Please note that everyone is expected to help only during the events they are registered for, and everyone need only help for one group per event. If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

There will be a concessions stand at the event! We will update this page with a menu once its available.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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