North Carolina Championship 2020


Date
Sep 26 - 27, 2020
City
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Venue

NC State Fairgrounds

Address
1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Details

Gov. James E. Holshouser Building

Organizers
Cady Shields, Carson Claud, Roxana Johnson, and Zachary Ochs
WCA Delegates
Cady Shields, Jacob Ambrose, and Katie Hull
Contact

NC Championship Organizers

Download all the competition's details as PDF here.
Information

This competition is the State Championship for North Carolina, USA. Winners in each event from North Carolina will receive an award and the title of North Carolina State Champion.

Every competitor must read the Competitor Information Tab prior to registering.

Please always include your name and competition name in any email that you send to us.
Please read all tabs prior to the competition and regularly check your email for updates from us. All contact will be made via the email address you provided when you set up your WCA account.
Registrations have to be approved manually. Please allow up to 48 hrs for your name to appear on the competitor's list.

If you are competing in Multi-Blind you must submit your cubes at 4:40pm on Saturday

Events
Main event
Number of times bookmarked
50
Registration period

Online registration will be open from to .

Registration requirements
Create a WCA account here if you don't have one.
If this is not your first competition, associate your WCA ID to your WCA account here.
Register for this competition here.
There is a competitor limit of 200 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $50 (United States Dollar).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 70% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators can attend for free.

Registation Instructions

  • To register for this competition, you must pay in full in advance through Stripe. Your registration is not complete until you pay.
  • If you are having payment problems, please contact the organizers for an alternative payment method.
  • If you have already competed in a WCA competition and have not already claimed your WCA ID, please do so here before registering.
  • Every competitor must read the Competitor Information tab prior to registering.
  • If you do not properly register such as improper name, improper date of birth, or representing a forgein country without documentation, your registration will be deffered. In all of the above cases, the organizers will email you before accepting the registration to confirm the information provided.

Changes to Registration

  • If you want to change your registration, please email the organizers with your name stating what you want to do. Changes in registrations will be honored until registration closes on September 18th at 8pm.
  • If you can no longer attend the competition, please email the organizers with your name and that you want to cancel your registration. Partial refunds can be issued until August 26th at 8pm.

Waitlist Policy

  • After the competition reaches 200 competitors, a waitlist will be created. You must pay to be placed on the waitlist. If you are at the top of the waitlist and someone cancels their registration, you will receive an email from the organizers. You must confirm your registration within 24 hours of receiving the email to compete. If no response is heard from you, the next person on the waiting list will be offered your spot. The last day to get off the waitlist will be September 20th at 11:59pm.
  • After the competition, all competitors on the waiting list will recieve a refund for the registration cost minus processing fee.
  • If the competition reaches its competitor limit and when registration closes, no additional registrations will be accepted. No exceptions.

Staff
If you are interested in being on staff, please see the "Staff Application" tab.

Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 4:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
6x6x6 Cube Combined Final Bo1 / Mo3 8:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 5:30.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 15:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Bo1 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Clock First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Megaminx Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 6:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Skewb First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Square-1 Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:30.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

You are viewing the schedule for the venue NC State Fairgrounds.
The schedule is displayed in the timezone America/New_York.

Schedule for Saturday (September 26, 2020)

From 07:25 AM
To 07:30 AM
You MUST arrive at 7:30am to compete in 4BLD and/or 5BLD
Holshouser Building
From 07:30 AM
To 09:15 AM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
Venue Quiet Time (Holshouser Building)
Format
Bo3
Time limit
1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
From 07:30 AM
To 09:15 AM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
Venue Quiet Time (Holshouser Building)
Format
Bo3
Time limit
1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
From 09:15 AM
To 09:30 AM
Competitor Check-In for Saturday
Holshouser Building
From 09:30 AM
To 09:45 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Holshouser Building
From 09:45 AM
To 10:45 AM
5x5x5 Cube Combined Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
5:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
From 10:45 AM
To 11:35 AM
6x6x6 Cube Combined Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo1 / Mo3
Time limit
8:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
From 11:35 AM
To 12:25 PM
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo1 / Mo3
Time limit
10:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 5:30.00
From 12:25 PM
To 01:25 PM
Lunch
Holshouser Building
From 01:25 PM
To 02:10 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Venue Quiet Time (Holshouser Building)
Format
Bo3
Time limit
15:00.00 cumulative *
From 02:10 PM
To 02:55 PM
Megaminx Combined Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
6:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
From 02:55 PM
To 03:45 PM
Square-1 Combined First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:30.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 03:45 PM
To 04:40 PM
Clock First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 04:40 PM
To 04:55 PM
Submit Multi Cubes
Holshouser Building
From 04:55 PM
To 05:25 PM
Snack Break
Holshouser Building
From 05:25 PM
To 06:35 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
Venue Quiet Time (Holshouser Building)
Format
Bo1
Time limit
1 hour
From 06:35 PM
To 07:50 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
Venue Quiet Time (Holshouser Building)
Format
Bo1
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

Schedule for Sunday (September 27, 2020)

From 07:30 AM
To 07:45 AM
Competitor Check-In for Sunday
Holshouser Building
From 07:45 AM
To 08:00 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Holshouser Building
From 08:00 AM
To 09:20 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 64 advance to next round
From 09:20 AM
To 10:10 AM
Pyraminx First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 10:10 AM
To 11:00 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 11:00 AM
To 12:00 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 45.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 12:00 PM
To 01:00 PM
Lunch
Holshouser Building
From 01:00 PM
To 01:50 PM
Skewb First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 01:50 PM
To 02:50 PM
4x4x4 Cube Combined First round
Holshouser Building
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 02:50 PM
To 03:40 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 03:40 PM
To 03:55 PM
Square-1 Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:30.00
From 03:55 PM
To 04:10 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 04:10 PM
To 04:25 PM
Skewb Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 04:25 PM
To 04:45 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
4:00.00
From 04:45 PM
To 05:00 PM
Pyraminx Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 05:00 PM
To 05:15 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 05:15 PM
To 05:30 PM
Clock Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 05:30 PM
To 06:00 PM
Snack Break/Buffer
Holshouser Building
From 06:00 PM
To 07:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Holshouser Building
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 07:00 PM
To 07:20 PM
Awards
Holshouser Building

Location: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 "Gov. James E. Holshouser Building"
This address is the address of the Fairgrounds, NOT the address of the building. Please see the maps below to see where the Holshouser Building is.
Parking: There is parking on the premises. Most GPS systems will bring you to gate 11 (marked as a star on the map). We suggest coming in through Gate 9 off Trinity Road (marked in blue). The Holshouser Building is circled in red. Plenty of parking is available, however please follow any instructions fairgrounds staff give you regarding parking. See the Parking Map below:
Room Details: The competition will be held in the Gov. James E. Holshouser Building.
Lunch: Lunch will not be provided, however there are many restaurants within walking and driving distance of the venue, you can see a map of them here.
We are looking into getting a food truck. We'll update this page if that happens.
Hotels: We are looking into getting a hotel block. We will update here and send out an email if that happens. For now here are some hotels near the venue.

Competitor Check-In
At Competitor Check-In you will receive your nametag and t-shirt if you ordered one.
-Saturday Check-In will be at 9:15am (after bigBLD)
-Sunday Check-In will be at 7:30am. If you already checked in on Saturday, you do not have to check in again on Sunday.

  • If you are competing in 4BLD and/or 5BLD you must arrive by 7:30am Saturday (even if you are only doing one of the events)
  • If you are not competing on Saturday, you do not have to come. However you are more than welcome to come watch!
  • Competition t-shirts are available for purchase via the T-Shirts tab. Shirts will be distributed during Competitor Check-In

No extra shirts will be ordered so if you want a one you must pre-order one.

Multi-Blind Cube Submission
If you are competing in 3x3x3 Multi-Blind you must submit your cubes at 4:40pm on Saturday. If you need to use some of your multi-blind cubes for FMC, we can work that out, but please talk to use first. You can email us here: NC Championship Organizers

Venue Quiet Time
During blindfolded events and 3x3 Fewest Moves will be Venue Quiet Time. These events require a lot of concentration and we want to respect those competing. During Venue Quiet Time we will ask that if you are inside the venue that talking and any other noise is kept to a minimum. If you are causing a distraction to those competing you will be asked to leave. The times of Venue Quiet Time are clearly labelled on the schedule.

Expectations and Clarifications

  • You are expected to be familiar with the WCA Regulations and Guidelines. Article A is most important for speedsolving events
  • You are expected to help judge. You must judge for at least one group of every event you compete in.
  • If you want a refresher on how to compete or judge you can read the WCA Competitor Tutorial.
  • You must NOT talk about scrambles or what specific algorithm(s) you did while the event is still in progress. This is considered cheating and grounds for disqualification (Regulation 2g3)
  • Make sure all screens of any cameras or phones you have on the table are facing away from you and do not touch them during the attempt, otherwise this will result in a DNF (Regulation 2i2). Electronic/bluetooth cubes (ex. Giiker cube, GOcube, GAN356i) are not permitted under the same regulation.
  • Please treat the venue with respect, pick up any trash, and leave the venue better than how you found it.
  • We are not responsible for your belongings or puzzles. Keep track of your own belongings/puzzles and be respectful of others and their belongings.

Spectators/Families

  • Spectators (parents, siblings, friends) are allowed to come watch for free. No prior registration required.
  • Flash photography is NOT allowed in the venue as it is very distracting.
  • It would be wonderful if we could get some volunteer help from the parents. This would require either being present at the judging tutorial or to have someone teach you how to judge later in the day. Judge for however long you'd feel like. It's an excellent way to make the time fly by!

North Carolina State Champion Eligibility
If you think you may have a chance at being crowned North Carolina Champion in any event, please bring some form of ID with address or proof of residency in North Carolina.

Live Results & Schedule

  • You can find live results for the competition on WCA Live. A few days after the competition the results will be uploaded to WCA officially.
  • We reserve the right to alter the schedule in any way. We may alter the number of competitors proceeding to the next round. We may eliminate a round altogether. This all depends on if we run ahead or behind of the planned schedule.
  • We may start a round early. Please make sure you are at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to an event you are competiting in.
  • We will be using regulation 9p3 for all final rounds. If you are not present when a final starts, you will be withdrawn from that final.

People You Should Know
Your organizers for the competition are Cady Shields, Carson Claud, Roxana Johnson, and Zachary Ochs.
Your delegates for this competition are Cady Shields, Jacob Ambrose, and Katie Hull. Ask them if you have any questions throughout the day!

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

Even though this competition is a State Championship, 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:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/

This video will help explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know. It is highly suggested that parents watch this video as well.

A written competitor tutorial can be found here.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial in the 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!

Additionally:

  • Please bring some for of identification. This will be used to verify your name, birthday, and nationality. (something like a passport or school ID).
  • Please be familiar with all of WCA's regulations, most importantly Article A. If you have any questions about the regulations, feel free to ask us.
  • In each event we will have rounds. We will take the top competitors on to the subsequent rounds. After a round is completed results will be entered into WCA Live. Your name will be highlighted if you made it to the next round.
  • Each round will be divided into groups to help them run more efficiently. We will call the groups in order, along with a last call. Please come bring your solved puzzle up and wait in the competitor waiting area whenever your group is called. We are allowed to deny you the ability to compete if you do not come up by the last call.

Click the FAQ tab to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

We are working on getting shirts for the competition through Custom Ink. We will update this tab and send out and email once we have the order open.
Shirts will be distributed during Competitor Check-In.
No extra shirts will be ordered. So if you want one you must pre-order one.

Q: I don't live in North Carolina, can I still compete at this competition?
A: Absolutely! This competition is open to anyone. The only caveat being that you would not be eligible to be crowned "North Carolina Champion."

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete.

Q: What are some examples of puzzles that are not allowed?
A: Electronic cubes (such as Giiker or Gan360i), carbon fiber stickers, significantly damaged stickers, faces missing stickers (note: completely stickerless cubes are allowed), and/or cubes missing pieces. Please see Article 3 of the regulations for more details.

Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Yes, this competition is open to the public. No prior registration or tickets for spectators is needed. When you register it will ask you how many guests you are bringing, this just lets us make sure there are enough seats for everyone.

Q: Who is eligible for North Carolina State Champion?
A: Those who can provide proof of residency in North Carolina are elible to be crowned State Champion—i.e., those who live here are eligible.

Q: I have a question, who should I contact?
A: If you have any questions about this competition please email the organizers and be sure to include your name in the email: NC Championship Organizers

Q: What is the average 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! There will be competitors of all ages present.

Q: How fast do you have to be to compete?
A: If you can solve the standard 3x3x3 Cube in under 10 minutes, then you should compete! Other events often have cutoffs or time limits. Please see the Events Tab to learn about those events.

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. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into groups, 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 the competition, go to WCA Live to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about the 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the competitors list yet?
A: Please allow up to 48 hours for your name to appear on the competitors list. Make sure you pay the registration fee. You must also pay to be put on the waitlist. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us.

Q: Are there age or gender 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!

If you are interested in being on staff please fill out this application: https://forms.gle/2GeTyZPU7SCG3dga7
Please pay the registration fee. If you are chosen to be on staff you will be refunded after the competition.

We hope to be able to provide staff with lunch and competition t-shirts. There may be additional staff perks depending on registration numbers.

Live results can be found on WCA Live.

The Group Sheet for the competition will be uploaded here before the competition.

Results from the competition will be submitted and uploaded officially to WCA within a week after the competition.

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified about future North Carolina competitions, please fill out this form.
Anyone can join the mailing list, we encourage parents/guardians to join as well. This mailing list is run by local Delegates and therefore is not official.

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).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced across rounds (see Guideline A1a2++).

Cutoff

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

Format

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.