CubeIowa 2018

Apr 14, 2018
Ames, Iowa, United States


2176 232nd Lane - Ames, IA 55014
CubeIowa 2018 website
Joshua Beck and Kristin Wiley
WCA Delegate
Brandon Mikel

CubeIowa 2018 Organizers

Competitor Limit
Entry Fee
$20 (United States Dollar)

There is a 150 Person Competitor Limit for this competition. Please register early to ensure a spot on the competitor list.
This competition is on and indoor soccer field! While we will have plenty of chairs and tables, feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy the amazing space we have!

The venue will offer lunch and snacks at it's concession stand. You can also eat any food you have with you at the concessions area. If you don't wish to eat there, Ames has plenty of food options, most within a 10 minute drive of the venue.


3x3 - 4 Rounds - No cutoff (Final is head to head) - 10 minute time limit
3x3 One Handed - 2 Rounds - 50 second cutoff, 2 minute time limit
2x2 - 2 Rounds - No cutoff - 10 minute time limit
3x3 Blindfolded - 1 Round - 10 minute cumulative time limit
4x4 - 1 Round - 1 minute 30 second cutoff - 3 minute time limit

Tentative Megaminx - 1 Round

Event Time
New Competitor Tutorial 8 - 8:15 AM
3x3 Round 1 8:15 - 9:45 AM
2x2 Round 1 9:45 - 10:45 AM
3x3 One Handed Round 1 10:45 - 12 PM
Lunch 12 - 12:30 PM
3x3 Blindfolded 12:30 - 1:15 PM
3x3 Round 2 1:15 - 2 PM
Tentative Event Megaminx If time allows, will fill 30 minutes to an hour
4x4 Combined Final 2 - 3:15 PM
3x3 Round 3 3:15 - 3:45 PM
One Handed Final 3:45 - 4:15 PM
2x2 Final 4:15 - 4:30 PM
3x3 Final Head to Head 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Clean Up 5:30 - 6 PM

This competition will be on an indoor, turf, soccer field! While we wil have chairs and tables available, we encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets! It really makes for a cool event when everyone can relax and just enjoy the day!

SportsIowa is just west of Ames Iowa, down Highway 30 about a minute.

Ames has plenty of hotels, all within a 10 minute drive of the venue.

This venue does not allow food on the turf, although closed lid drinks will be allowed.
There will be a concessions area where you can purchase food or eat some that you brought with you, and Ames has many other food options all within 10 minutes of driving.

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 a 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 competitors 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!

We are currently looking for a vender for this competition, this page will include information about vending specifics as soon as we have found one!