Unorthodox Blocks Colorado 2023

Jul 22, 2023
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States

Douglas County Libraries, Highlands Ranch

9292 Ridgeline Blvd Highlands Ranch, CO

Competition will be in Event Hall A&B

Organization team
Miles Walcott and Orrin Simpkins
WCA Delegates
Elizabeth Cutting, Raymos Castillo, and Stone Amsbaugh
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This is not a normal competition, as it has a focus primarily on extra events that are not recognized by the WCA. Please take note of this.

Join us in Colorado for a one of a kind competition where, with the exception of 3x3, all events are extra events!

Before registering, please make sure to read all tabs about the extra events. It is also important to read the tabs about competitor info and COVID-19 safety aswell.

There is a competitor limit of 45 competitors, so make sure to get a spot quickly. We also ask if you do register to bring a maximum of 1 guest due to the size of the venue. Once the competitor limit is reached and you submit your registration afterwards, you will be put on the waiting list. If someone cancels registration, the next person up will be accepted. Once registration has closed, no one from the waitlist will be accepted anymore.

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 45 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $30 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 75% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.

The majority of the events at this competition are non-WCA puzzles. As such, registration for those events must take place seperately.

Registration info for these events will be emailed to registered competitors at a later date.

We look forward to having fun solving Unorthodox Blocks with you all!

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Jack Bellomy won with an average of 7.31 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Stone Amsbaugh finished second (10.04) and Kaemon Vita finished third (10.27).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Jack Bellomy 5.27 7.31 United States 5.276.428.708.896.80

Group Assignments

Before the competition, you will receive a card/nametag with personalized information, such as what group you will be competing in for each event, as well as judging/running/scrambling assignments in an email. We will also have printed versions available at the competition. We will be relying on competitors to help by judging whenever they are not competing, especially with our small competition size. Judging is very easy, and is a great way to make time fly!

We will provide a judging and competitor tutorial at the beginning of the day, right before the start of 3x3. This will allow anyone with questions about how to judge to be properly prepared when they are expected to help. Spectators are encouraged to learn how to judge; you do not need to know how to cube in order to be a great judge. Having enough judges ensures that we stay on schedule and are able to leave on time. We will need help judging for the second/final rounds of events as we can not assign staff for those in advance, so if you're free during those rounds and willing to help, we'd greatly appreciate it!

COVID Safety

Masks are highly encouraged during this competition, and may become required if the COVID situation worsens.
Competitors and spectators should NOT attend the competition if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. If this applies to you, please contact the organizers in advance so that you can be issued a full refund.
Competitors are asked to bring no more than one guest, and to arrive alone if possible.
When not competing, competitors and spectators should attemps to socially distance whenever possible by keeping 3 feet away from others.

Additional rules may be added as deemed necessary by the organizers, the WCA Board, or the local or state government.


This competition is primarily comprised of extra events, or in other words, puzzles that are not currently sanctioned by the in the WCA! We will have one round of 3x3, and the rest of our events must be registered for seperately. Please see the "Extra Events Registration" tab for the registration form.

Below is a list of every unofficial event we will be holding, as well as the regulations we will be using for them. All regulations are copied from this archive of (which is no longer operational)

2x2x3 Tower
A2a) Regulations based on 3x3x3 Cube.
A2b) Acceptable misalignment for puzzle:
A2b1) At most 45 degrees for 2x2 sides.
A2b2) At most 90 degrees for 2x3 sides.

Mirror Blocks:
A6a) Regulations based on 3x3x3 Cube.
A6b) Legality of the puzzle:
A6b1) The puzzle must not have a logo.
A6b2) All sides of the puzzle must be clearly identifiable from each other (i.e. have distinct thicknesses on each side).
A6b3) All stickers / pieces of the puzzle must be the same color with no way of distinguishing one color from another.
A6c) Scrambling procedures:
A6c1) The scrambler holds the cube with the biggest corner in the up-front-left position and the thickest layer as the up face.

3x3x3 Team-Blind
A7a) Regulations based on 3x3x3 Cube.
A7b) This is a team event, there are 2 members in a team.
A7c) Before the attempt, the competitors decide who will solve the puzzle (solver) and who will instruct them (caller).
A7c1) They must tell the judge who does what before each attempt.
A7d) The solver puts on a blindfold before inspection and doesn't remove it until the end of the solve (the timer is stopped). Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF).
A7e) Unlike 3x3x3 Blindfold event, no sight blockers will be placed between the solver and the cube. Because of this, the solver should place the cube so that the blindfold is clearly obstructing the line of sight. Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF).
A7e1) The Extra Events Organizer may disqualify an attempt for any suspected activity.
A7f) Both competitors may touch the cube during inspection.
A7g) After the solver starts the timer, only the solver may touch the cube and the timer. Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF).
A7h) Physical contact between the competitors is not allowed. Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF). Exception: If no physically suggestive actions have been applied (+2 seconds) may be assigned instead, at the discretion of the judge.
A7h1) If more than one physical contact between the competitors happened penalty is only disqualification of the attempt (DNF).
A7j) Both competitors may talk at any time.

Master Pyraminx
A9a) Regulations based on Pyraminx.

Face-Turning Octahedron
A12a) Regulations based on Skewb.

Redi Cube
A14a) Regulations based on Skewb.

A15a) Regulations based on Megaminx.
A15b) Kilominx has no centers.
A15c) If the puzzle state is wrong after scrambling, It is necessary to correct the puzzle state.

3x3x3 Rescramble
B3a) Regulations based on 3x3x3.
B3b) Two cubes given: one scrambled, one solved.
B3c) Goal: match the scramble on solved cube.
B3d) Competitor can touch bouth cubes. Can't turn scrambled.

Mirror Blocks Blindfolded
B4a) Regulations based on Mirror Blocks and 3x3x3 Blindfolded.
B4b) Solving procedures:
B4b1) There is no memorization phase.
B4b2) The competitor dons the blindfold before the start of the attempt.
B4b3) While blindfolded the competitor starts the timer following WCA Regulations, removes the cover from the cube and begins their attempt.
B4b4) The blindfold must remain donned for the duration of the whole attempt.

2-Man Mini Guildford Challenge
C2a) Set of puzzles: 3x3x3 Cube; 2x2x2 Cube; 4x4x4 Cube; 5x5x5 Cube; 3x3x3 OH; Clock; Megaminx; Pyraminx; Skewb; Square-1.
C3b) This is a team event, there are 2 members in a team.
C3c) Competitors starts solve after timer starts.
C3d) Only the last solver can stop the timer.
C3e) If one competitor touched unsolved puzzle then no-one else can touch it before it solved.
C3e1) Penalty: disqualification of the attempt (DNF). Exception: If no moves have been applied, a time penalty (+2 seconds) may be assigned instead, at the discretion of the judge.

These are the cutoffs and time limits for each of the extra events at this competition. If you're not sure what these mean, check out Regulations 9g and A1a4.

2x2x3 Tower
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 45 seconds
Time Limit: 2:00

Mirror Blocks
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 2:00
Time Limit: 4:00

Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 1:30
Time Limit: 4:00

Redi Cube
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 1:00
Time Limit: 3:00

Master Pyraminx
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 2:00
Time Limit: 4:00

Face Turning Octahedron
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 2:00
Time Limit: 3:30

3x3 Team Blindfolded
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 2:00
Time Limit: 5:00

Mirror Blocks Blindfolded
Format: bo3
Time Limit: 20:00 cumulative

2-man Mini Guilford Challenge
Format: bo1/mo3
Cutoff: 4:00
Time Limit: 7:00

3x3x3 Rescramble
Format: bo2/ao5
Cutoff: 2:00
Time Limit: 3:30

Please read the other two extra event tabs before this one.

Registration for extra events will be through this Google Form:

Once you've submitted that form, fill out these two forms to select your partner for the team events (if you're competing in them)

3x3x3 Team-Blind:
2-Man Mini Guildford Challenge:

Please do not fill out these forms until you have an approved registration through the WCA website. Yes, we're checking. We will delete responses that are submitted before registration opens.

If you run into any problems with the forms, please contact the organization team.

This event is open to cubers of any age and experience. For those of you new to cubing, welcome! We just ask that you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: Are there any restrictions on competing?
A: Nope! Outside of the restriction on spectators, anyone of any skill can compete in this competition, including first-timers. As long as you know how to solve the cube, go ahead and sign up!

Q: Do spectators have to pay?
A: No! All spectators are let into building for free, but please keep your number of guests to a reasonable number to assure enough space for everyone.

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: Yes! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete. We heavily discourage borrowing or sharing other people's cubes at the competition.

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 to find information about current events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: When you register, make sure you have paid the registration fee. Afterwards, your registration must then be manually accepted, so please wait at least 24 hours before contacting us. You should receive an email when your registration is accepted.

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 cube!

Q: Are there age divisions?
A: No! All competitors are on an equal playing field.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us by using the contact links on the general info page!

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If someone drops out, the next person in line will take their spot.

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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).


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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