UCSD Spring 2023

Apr 2, 2023
San Diego, California, United States

UC San Diego

Price Center, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Ballroom West B


Jacob Liu, Ruby Lu

Jacob Liu and Ruby Lu (卢红)
WCA Delegates
Arthur Adams and Elijah Brown
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This competition is recognized as an official World Cube Association competition. Therefore, all competitors must be familiar with the WCA Regulations. If you are new to competing, please refer to the New Competitors.

It will take place in West Ballroom B (second floor) of UC San Diego's Price Center.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
This competition is over, click here to display the registration requirements it used.
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 $12 (United States Dollar).
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 on the Register tab.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Any spectator can attend for free.

How to Withdraw Registration with Refund
Registered competitors withdraw their registration by emailing the organization team the following:
1. Statement of intent to withdraw registration with refund
2. Name (and WCA ID, if applicable) of the competitor
3. IMPORTANT: Confirmation of registration payment and name of payer

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Max Park won with an average of 6.32 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Eric Yang finished second (8.03) and Mulun Yin (阴目仑) finished third (8.13).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Max Park 5.20 6.32 United States 6.036.747.595.206.18
4x4x4 Cube Max Park 17.82 21.25 United States 20.2921.8521.6017.8224.01
6x6x6 Cube Max Park 1:03.86 1:08.93 United States 1:03.861:14.431:08.50
3x3x3 Blindfolded Graham Siggins 20.37 20.93 United States 21.2121.2120.37
3x3x3 One-Handed Max Park 7.91 10.03 United States 8.4410.7010.947.9112.34


Showing up to compete!

  • Since you have registered online, there is no need to check in upon arrival. You are free to come at any time during the competition; just make sure that you are on time for your first event!
  • You will be called up in groups for your event(s). See the Groups tab for more information.
  • If you miss the last call for an event, you will not be able to compete in that event. Missing an event does not bar you from competing in subsequent events (but does bar you from competing in subsequent rounds of events you missed).


  • Spectating is free and open to the public.
  • Photography and videography will be permitted, however there shall be NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY. This can be very distracting for competitors!
  • During the competition, please stay at least 1.5 meters away from the solving stations. Again, this is very distracting.
  • Schedule is tentative to change. If any changes are made to the competition or schedule, they will be clearly announced to all competitors in an email.
  • All competitors will be assigned judging roles. See Groups & Staffing for more information.
  • Please provide adult supervision for children under 12 years of age. Thanks!

Parking Information:

We recommend parking in the Gilman parking structure. Parking is $2 an hour, with an $8 daily maximum. See visitor parking info. Please park only in designated visitor parking areas. Cars parked in spots marked "24/7 Reserved" may be ticketed or towed.

Getting to UCSD (Gilman Parking Structure):

  • From the North/South:
  • Interstate 5 South Exit LA JOLLA VILLAGE DRIVE
  • Go west on La Jolla Village Drive
  • Turn right at Villa La Jolla Drive to enter the UC San Diego campus
  • Proceed straight until you reach the Gilman Parking Structure, at the corner of Villa La Jolla Drive and Gilman Drive

Walking from Gilman Parking Structure:

  • Head north on Russell Drive
  • Turn left on Lyman Lane
  • Price Center will be on the right
  • The West Ballroom B is located on the second floor

Gilman parking structure - Google Maps
Price Center - Google Maps
Map of the Price Center


There are many options for food in the lower levels of the Price Center. Here is a list of places to eat on campus.

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 explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know, however, it is still required that they are familiar with the full set of regulations above.

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: Yes! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete. Please refer to section 3 of the WCA Regulations for more information on what puzzles are okay to use in competition. If you have any questions, please reach out!

Q: What is the competition like?

A: Competitions are a ton of fun! Competitions are a great opportunity to meet new cubers, make new friends, and be able to compete and get official times recognized by the World Cube Association. Competitions can be as social of an event as you would like them to be. The community is extremely welcoming and you can always sit at any table and strike up a conversation with another cuber. They are great places to try new cubes as well, just in case you are looking to get a new main cube! Once you walk into the venue, you will most likely see your nametag at a check-in table. If you are a first-timer, you will be asked to verify your information on your registration (name, DOB, country). Once you grab your nametag, go ahead and find a seat and start cubing! There will be a competitor/judge tutorial, which can be found on the schedule. After that, we will begin with the first event and will be calling events up by group. Your group numbers can be found on the back of your nametag. After you compete in an event, you will most likely also be expected to help judge another group (typically the following group). Competitions are very self-sufficient, so we rely heavily on the assistance from other cubers and parents like you! Your assigned helping groups should also be listed on the back of your nametag. Once you are done competing in your event, you can go back to your table and continue to socialize! To see if you made it to the next round of an event, you can check your results.

Q: How do I find results?

A: For the day of competing, WCA Live will have all of the results manually entered throughout the day. Once on WCA Live, scroll to the competition in question and you're good to go! After the competition, official results will be posted typically within a few days to a week after the competition happens.

Q: How do I get a WCA ID?

After official results are posted after the competitions (see question above), you will receive an email with information on your WCA ID.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you registration fee in order to be eligible to be placed on the competitor list. If the competitor limit has been reached by the time your registration is completed, you will be placed onto a waitlist, which is listed in the order of when competitors pay. If you are not advanced from the waitlist before the waitlist closes (date found on Register tab), you will be issued a full refund.

Q: What is the typical 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: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All competitors compete in the same groups.

Q: Is there anything else I should know before attending my first competition?

A: Yes! Attending your first competition can come with a lot of nerves, so try and focus on having fun and meeting new people. If you aren't as fast as Max Park or Feliks Zemdegs, just remember that all cubers faster than you have been at your speed at some point! I also point people to Mats Valk's WCA Profile since he started competing when he averaged well over a minute and now averages 6-7 seconds. People often do slightly worse in competition than at home too, so don't beat yourself up if you don't do as well as you had hoped! Once you lock in your first set of results, you'll have new personal records to break and goals to achieve at every new competition! If you plan on bringing any of your own puzzles, we highly recommend marking them somehow (sharpie mark under a center cap or something similar) or keeping them in a box/bag. It happens far too often that many cubers bring a bunch of puzzles, put them on a table unattended, and accidentally take someone else's puzzle, thinking it was theirs. It's easy to lose track of a single puzzle, especially since so many of them look the same at first glance!

To ensure the safety of attendees, we ask attendees to follow these guidelines:

  • All attendees are recommended to wear face-coverings at all times, but not required to.
  • Please DO NOT attend the competition if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • It is strongly recommended that you recieve a COVID-19 vaccination before competing. This is not a requirement, but is encouraged for those who are eligible.

More details on UCSD's campus masking policies.

By registering for this competition you agree that you understand and will follow all the information listed above.


All Competitors:
For each event, we divide the competitors into separate "groups" to help the event run efficiently. Please be ready when your group is called.

We are assigning each competitor a group for every event they are registered for. Shortly before the event, we will post which group(s) you've been assigned to, above (and send an email with them). When you arrive, you will also receive a nametag with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event.

Staffing Assignments:
You may also receive assignments for helping with judging, running, and scrambling. For each event you sign up for, you will be assigned to help out for one group of that event, and we may ask for extra help in addition to assigned staff. We encourage all competitors to help out in order to keep the competition running smoothly.

This competition will be sponsored by TheCubicle! They will be providing gift-card prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in every event, and will also be providing small giftcards for all new competitors.


Want to stay connected with the West Coast community? Join the West Coast Cubing Community Discord Server! Speak with other competitors from NorCal, SoCal, Nevada, Hawaii, and Tijuana and keep in touch with fellow competitors and meet new ones! Find out about competition discussion as it happens in real time, and even announcements for competitions before registration opens!

Click here to be directly taken to the Discord Server!

We also have our SoCal Cubing Facebook Group and WCA Forum thread for California.

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 cutoff 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.

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