Pretzel Mania 2023


Date
Feb 25 - 26, 2023
City
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Venue

Lancaster County Convention Center

Address
25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603
Details

Freedom Hall B

Contact
Organization team
Organizers
Eric Zhao, Ishaan Lal, Kobe Balin, Luke Galioto, and Saransh Grover
WCA Delegates
Blake Thompson, Dana Yi, Keaton Ellis, Mason Langenderfer, Nathan Dwyer, Nick Silvestri, Rich Tayag, Saransh Grover, Stephen Griggs, and Will Callan
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.
Information

REGISTRATION:

Any requested changes to registration before the deadline will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us and we will work it out.

Please read the "Competitor Information" tab before registering.

Events
Main event
Number of times bookmarked
137
Registration period

Online registration opened and will close .

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 450 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $70 (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 50% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until by contacting the organization team.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.


Please keep in mind that registrations are approved manually after payment, so your registration may not be approved immediately.
Your registration is not complete until your registration fee has been paid.
All competitiors must read the "Competitor Information" tab.

WAITLIST INFORMATION:
If the competitor limit of 450 has been reached, you can still register and pay the registration fee to secure a spot on the waitlist. During the registration period, any competitor can cancel their registration and allow the first person on the waitlist to take their spot. If you find that you cannot make it to the competition after registering, please contact us so that we can maximize attendance.
All registrants still on the waitlist after the registration period will have their registrations deleted, and will be fully refunded.
We may completely close registration if the waitlist becomes very large.

SPECTATORS
Spectators are permitted for this competition. There is no formal process to registering as a spectator; you are simply welcome to show up at no cost.

Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00 Top 50 advance to next round
Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00 Top 50 advance to next round
Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00 Top 50 advance to next round
Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
Megaminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:45.00 Top 50 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Skewb First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (February 25, 2023)

From 08:30 AM
To 09:00 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Freedom Hall
From 09:00 AM
To 10:15 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:15 AM
To 11:30 AM
5x5x5 Cube First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
Proceed
Top 50 advance to next round
From 11:30 AM
To 12:30 PM
Megaminx First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:45.00
Proceed
Top 50 advance to next round
From 12:30 PM
To 01:30 PM
Lunch
Freedom Hall
From 01:30 PM
To 03:30 PM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 03:30 PM
To 04:30 PM
Pyraminx First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 04:30 PM
To 06:00 PM
4x4x4 Cube First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:30.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:15.00
Proceed
Top 50 advance to next round

Schedule for Sunday (February 26, 2023)

From 08:30 AM
To 09:45 AM
3x3x3 One-Handed First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
Proceed
Top 50 advance to next round
From 09:45 AM
To 10:45 AM
Skewb First round
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:45 AM
To 12:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 12:00 PM
To 12:20 PM
5x5x5 Cube Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
From 12:20 PM
To 12:50 PM
Lunch
Freedom Hall
From 12:50 PM
To 01:10 PM
Megaminx Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 01:10 PM
To 01:30 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:30.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:15.00
From 01:30 PM
To 01:45 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
From 01:45 PM
To 02:30 PM
Skewb Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 02:30 PM
To 03:15 PM
Pyraminx Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 03:15 PM
To 04:15 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 04:15 PM
To 05:15 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Freedom Hall
Format
Ao5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 05:15 PM
To 05:45 PM
Cleanup & Awards
Freedom Hall

ALL COMPETITORS MUST READ THIS TAB BEFORE REGISTERING

For First-Time Competitors

All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. This video gives a basic overview of the rules.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition.

For All Competitors

When you arrive, you will receive a card with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have judging/scrambling assignments on your card. Every competitor is expected to help out during the event(s) they are registered for. The card will look like the following:

Image description

If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

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:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPL3eV-A0ww&t=2s

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&A:

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 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 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!

The registration fee for this competition is $70.00. The WCA Stripe payment system is being used for this competition. You will be prompted to pay following registration. You are not considered registered until you compete. Any requested changes to registration before the deadline will be honored before registration is closed.

If you paid but don't see your name on the registration list within 48 hours, please email the organizers.

You must register and pay online to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted under any circumstances. We realize this may not be ideal for some people, but this allows us to have an exact count of people attending and lets us use staff resources more effectively the day of the competition. Spectators may attend for free.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before February 3rd you are eligible for a 50% refund. 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 35 applicants.

Your $70 registration fee will be refunded 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 waived registration fee, hotel room rebate of $25 per staff member per day., and free lunch on both days of the competition.

TBD

TBD

The official hotel for this competition will be Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. There is a room block available where you will be able to book rooms for a discounted rate of $179. Link to book a room in the block here!

There will be discounted parking at the garage next door, $10 if you are parking overnight, and $7 if you are only there for the day. The $10 discounted rate will automatically be charged to your room, and we will be giving out tickets for the $7 discounted parking! You will need both your original ticket and the discounted ticket to receive the rate.

The nearest airports are Lancaster Airport - LNS and Harrisburg International Airport - MDT.

If the registration limit is reached, then we will open a waitlist that prospective competitor can join by paying their registration fee (which will be refunded after the waitlist deadline of February 3rd, 6:59PM EST is reached).

More information will be included here if the registration limit is reached.

TBD

Given that this is a large competition, we want to make sure that everyone has multiple means for keeping track of which groups are ongoing. In addition to announcing groups over the microphone, we will have a texting service that all competitors and parents can sign up for to receive these updates through their mobile device(s). Link TBD

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).

Cutoff

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

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