First State 2018

Jul 14, 2018
Newark, Delaware, United States

University of Delaware - Newark Campus - Clayton Conference Center

100 David Hollowell Drive Newark, DE 19716

The Ballroom

First State 2018 website
Billy Burier, Eric Zhao, and Ishaan Lal
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski and Keaton Ellis
Competitor Limit
Entry Fee
$25 (United States Dollar)

The registration fee will be $25 per competitor and there is a competitor limit of 200. Registration will open on May 1st, 2018 at 8pm EST, and will close on July 4th, 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.

Registration period

Online registration opened and will close .

Registration requirements

Before You Register

All prospective registrants need a WCA account. Competitors can create their own WCA account by clicking here and entering the required information. For returning competitors (i.e. have competed before), you will need to claim your WCA ID.
The competition's delegates will assist competitors trying to connect their WCA account with their WCA ID. Please contact us via email if you have any trouble.

How to Register Online

The competitor limit for this competition is 200.
Prospective competitors register by:
1. Signing into their WCA account;
2. Clicking "Register" on the left side of this webpage, selecting the events they would like to compete in, and submitting their registration;
3. Paying the registration cost of $25.00. (The registration cost is the same, regardless of how many events are selected.)

How to Pay for Registration Online

Payment is processed through Stripe.
Click on the "Register" tab on the left side of the webpage to register and pay all in one place!

Withdrawing Registration

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us via email.
If you withdraw your registration before registration closes, you are eligible for a 50% refund for half of your registration cost.
If you withdraw your registration after registration closes (due to reaching the maximum number of competitors, or reaching July 4th), you are eligible for a 50% refund on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. There will be no refunds issued on or after July 7th. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

To staff at this competition, you must complete this application.

Staff will be given a (busy) schedule to follow throughout the competition. Staff for this competition will be limited to approximately 20 applicants.

Your $25 registration fee will be refunded AFTER the event if your application is accepted, but you must register and pay for the competition to be eligible for the refund. Anyone who does not register for the competition will not be able to compete.

Benefits for staffing at this competition include refunded registration fee, and free lunch on the day of the competition.

* 3x3 (3 rounds)
* 4x4 (1 round)
* 5x5 (2 rounds)
* Megaminx (2 rounds)
* 3x3 Blindfolded (1 round)
* 4x4 Blindfolded (1 round)
* Skewb (2 rounds)

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit Format Proceeding
8:15 4x4 Blindfolded Final 60:00 Cumulative Best of 3
9:30 New Competitors Tutorial (Make sure to attend if this is your first competition!)
9:45 3x3 Round 1 10:00 Average of 5 Top 64
11:15 3x3 Blindfolded Final 10:00 Cumulative Best of 3
12:00 Lunch
12:30 4x4 Combined Final 1:15 2:30 Best of 2/Average of 5
1:45 5x5 Combined Round 1 2:05 3:15 Best of 2/Average of 5 Top 16
3:00 Skewb Round 1 1:00 Average of 5 Top 16
4:00 Megaminx Combined Round 1 2:00 3:00 Best of 2/Average of 5 Top 16
4:45 3x3 Round 2 2:00 Average of 5 Top 16
5:30 Megaminx Final 3:00 Average of 5
5:50 5x5 Final 3:15 Average of 5
6:10 Skewb Final 1:00 Average of 5
6:30 3x3 Final 2:00 Average of 5


  • 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!

Once registration fills and the groups are made, they will be posted here!

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. There is a video here for the basic overview of the rules.

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. Changes in organization have been made modeled off of Hungarian competitions in Europe. When you arrive, you will receive a lanyard 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

There are many restaurants within a few minute drive of the venue. Competitors are free to go and get food whenever they are able to!

We will have a room block set up at the Courtyard by Marriott Newark-University of Delaware. More details to be released soon!

Parking will be available at the Clayton Parking Lot for $8!