Heartland Championships 2017

Aug 5 - 6, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Gymnasium of the University of Iowa - Des Moines

2500 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA 50321, USA

The gymnasium is located in the activity center. On a map, you can see its large blue roof.

Heartland Championships 2017 website
Joshua Beck and Kristin Wiley
WCA Delegate
Walker Welch
Competitor Limit
Entry Fee

There is a 180 person competitor limit for this competition. Please register early to ensure a spot as a competitor.

Please read the Heartland Regional Titles Tab for information and eligability for regional titles.

Day Event: Rounds: Cutoff/Time Limit:
3x3 3 Rounds WCA Time Limit
2x2 2 Rounds 2:00 TL
4x4 Combined Final 1:30 Cutoff / 3:00 TL
OH Combined Final 1:00 Cutoff / 1:30 TL
3BLD Combined Final 15min Combined Limit
Pyraminx 2 Rounds :40 Cutoff / 2:00 TL
Skewb Combined Final :40 Cutoff / 2:00 TL
Square-1 Combined Final 0:45 Cutoff / 2:00 TL
Conference Room
FMC 1 Attempt 1 hour
MBLD 1 Attempt 1 hour
5BLD Combined Final 1 hour
6x6 Combined Final 4:00 Cutoff / 6:00 TL
7x7 Combined Final 5:30 Cutoff / 10:00 TL
Megaminx Combined Final 2:15 Cutoff / 3:00 TL
Clock Combined Final :40 Cutoff / 1:30 TL
Time Event: Time: Event:
Main Stage Side Stage
8:00 - 8:30 Set-up / New Competitor Tutorial
8:30 - 10:00 3x3 Round 1 also occuring on side stage 3x3 Round 1
10:00 - 10:30 2x2 Round 1 10:00 - 10:30 3x3 Round 1
10:30 - 11:15 2x2 Round 1 also occuring on side stage 2x2 Round 1
11:15 - 12:15 Pyraminx Round 1 11:15 - 12:15 Square-1 Combined Final
12:15 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 2:00 4x4 Combined Final also occuring on side stage 4x4 Combined Final
2:00 - 2:45 3x3 Round 2 also occuring on side stage 3x3 Round 2
2:45 - 3:45 Skewb Combined Final 2:45 - 3:45 One-Handed Combined Final
3:45 - 4:15 One-Handed Combined Final also occuring on side stage One-Handed Combined Final
4:15 - 5:00 3x3 Blindfolded Combined Final also occuring on side stage 3x3 Blindfolded Combined Final
5:00 - 5:20 2x2 Finals 5:00 - 5:20 Pyraminx Finals
5:20 - 5:45 3x3 Finals
5:45 Awards

Sunday Conference Room Schedule:
9:40 Setup & Tutorial (Review/ Q&A)
10:00 - 11:00 6x6 Combined Final
11:00 - 12:15 5BLD
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 FMC Single Attempt
2:00 - 3:00 MBLD
3:00 - 4:00 7x7 Combined Final
4:00 - 4:45 Clock Combined Final
4:45 - 5:45 Megaminx Combined Final
5:45 - 6:00 Cleanup & Awards

SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. (Based on in registration)

Outside food is allowed in the venue. Please utilize appropriate trash recepticles at all times.

A concession stand serving hot and cold food/ snack items will be open from 10am til 2pm on Saturday only.

We are not accepting applications for staff at this time. We would love to have you attend the competition regardless. If you have any questions about staffing, please use the contact tab on the main page of the website.
Happy Cubing!

We appreciate your interest in staffing the Heartland Championships.

Your $30 registration fee will be waived upon official registration, completion of the staff application, and $10 payment is received. We will contact further about payment after your application has been received.

(Register like normal, except for payment, then fill out the application. We will notify you within 2-4 days if you have been accepted onto staff. If you have, we will send you a link to pay your reduced entry fee. Otherwise just pay like normal.)

Perks of being on staff:
- Discounted registration fee
- Lunch for each day helping on staff
- Staff shirt (to be determined)

Thank you CubeDepotUSA for generously providing a $500 prize pool for this competition!
Thank you QiYi MoFangGe for providing additional prizes for competitors!
Thank you YouCanDoTheCube.com for providing gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Shop for your QiYi MoFangGe Puzzles here: Cube Depot USA
Find out more about QiYi MoFangGe here: http://www.qiyitoys.net/en/
Rubik's based YouCanDoTheCube supports the WCA!


This Competition will have Regional Titles for these States in the USA.
- Colorado
- Iowa
- Kansas
- Minnesota
- Missouri
- Nebraska
- North Dakota
- South Dakota

The top 3 finishers for each event from these states will be recognized with a Regional Award and Title.

To be eligible to win these titles, you must claim your residency in one of these states before August 1st. To do this, you must provide proof of one of the following:

  1. The competitor's driver's license, passport, or state ID from an eligible state. (This option required for competitors 18 and older.)
  2. A current (2016-17) school ID with parent/guardian's driver's license, passport, or state ID from an eligible state.

Please email clear scans/pictures of the necessary information to email walkerewelch@gmail.com and we will confirm with you that you are placed on the eligibility list for Heartland Champion titles.

Any competitor found to be falsifying this information to become eligible for a title may be barred from earning future regional titles.

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 12 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 schedule 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 Cubecomps.com 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 competition. 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: Can I have fun at this event?

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

Des Moines International Airport and hotel accommodations are 10 minutes south of the venue. Five nearby hotels & motels:

  • Motel 6 - 4817 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321 - (515) 287-6364

  • Days Inn & Suites - 1901 Hackley Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315 - (515) 256-0603
    (Group rate available, ask for the Rubik's cube competition rate when reserving.)

  • Hampton Inn - 5001 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321 - (515) 287-7300

  • AmericInn Hotel & Suites - 1920 Hackley Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315 - (515) 285-5180

  • Quality Inn & Suites - 5231 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321 - (480) 568-4516