ODU Big Blue Spring 2020

Apr 11, 2020
Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Webb University Center at Old Dominion University

1300 W 49th St, Norfolk, VA 23529

North Cafeteria (inside Webb University Center)

Maggie Jordan
WCA Delegate
Cady Shields

ODU Big Blue Spring Organizers

Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

All net proceeds will go to Engineers Without Borders, a group of engineers who benefit underserved communities.
3x3x3 Cube Finals will be held head-to-head if time permits.

If time permits we may add an additional round of 4x4 (Top 12) or 3x3 OH (Top 12) before 3x3 Finals.
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.

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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 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
Registration fees won't be refunded under any circumstance.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators can attend for free.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you want to cancel your registration, please email the organizers with your name stating you want to cancel your registration.
  • To change your registration please email the organizers. These requests will be honored until registration closes.
  • After the competition reaches 100 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.
  • After the competition, all competitors on the waiting list will recieve a refund for the registration cost minus processing fee. The last day to get off the waitlist will be April 9th at 11:59pm.
  • If the competition reaches its competitor limit and when registration closes, no additional registrations will be accepted. No exceptions.
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 36 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 1:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:30.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 6:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 20:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (April 11, 2020)

From 08:00 AM
To 08:30 AM
Competitor Check-In
North Cafeteria
From 08:30 AM
To 09:00 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
North Cafeteria
From 09:00 AM
To 10:30 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
North Cafeteria
Time limit
Top 36 advance to next round
From 10:30 AM
To 11:30 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
North Cafeteria
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 11:30 AM
To 12:15 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
North Cafeteria
Time limit
20:00.00 cumulative *
From 12:15 PM
To 01:15 PM
North Cafeteria
From 01:15 PM
To 02:15 PM
4x4x4 Cube Combined Final
North Cafeteria
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
From 02:15 PM
To 03:15 PM
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final
North Cafeteria
Bo1 / Mo3
Time limit
1 attempt to get < 6:00.00
From 03:15 PM
To 03:50 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
North Cafeteria
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 03:50 PM
To 04:40 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined Final
North Cafeteria
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
From 04:40 PM
To 05:00 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
North Cafeteria
Time limit
From 05:00 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
North Cafeteria
Time limit
From 06:00 PM
To 06:30 PM
North Cafeteria

Address: 1300 W 49th St, Norfolk, VA 23529

Directions: https://www.odu.edu/about/visitors/directions

Room Details: The competition is in the North Cafeteria

Parking:Free parking garage! 49th Street Stadium Garage 4904 Bluestone Avenue on floors 3-5 ONLY (ticketing will be suspended from 6:15 am to 7:00 pm)

Lunch: Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, etc. is in/around Webb University Center. You can see a map of food here.

Hotels: https://www.odu.edu/about/visitors/lodging

All Competitors

  • Please arrive between 8:00am and 8:30am to check-in.
  • You are expected to be familiar with the WCA Regulations and Guidelines. Article A is most important for speedsolving events
  • If you have already competed in a WCA competition and have not claimed your WCA ID, please do so here before registering for this competition.
  • 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 Competition Tutorial.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • We may use regulation 9p3 for all final rounds. If you are not present when a final starts, you will be withdrawn from that final.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your delegates for this competition is Cady Shields. Ask them if you have any questions throughout the day!

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:

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.

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!

* 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.

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), cubes missing pieces. Please see Article A of the regulations for more details.

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. 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 say of the competition, go to WCA Live 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 competitors list yet?
A: 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 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!

We are selling t-shirts! If you would like one, please pre-order using the link below. If you would like to order multiple, please fill out multiple forms. T-shirts are $20 each. After filling out the form, it will direct you to a PayPal/credit card link. You must pre-pay online! No extra shirts will be ordered.


T-Shirts will be distributed during Competitor Check-In.
All net proceeds will go to Engineers Without Borders, a group of engineers who benefit underserved communities.

This competition is sponsored by

They will provide gift cards to the podium winners of the competition.

The Cubicle will be vending at this competition! Please contact The Cubicle if you have questions regarding vending.

Notice Photography: By being in attendance at this competition, competitors, spectators and other attendees consent to images of their likeness being captured and used by the Cubicle in marketing materials and on social media platforms.

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).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a combined 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.