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If you are a Rubik’s cube enthusiast, you may have considered participating in a Speed Cube competition. Regardless of your level of skill or experience, there are rules laid down by the World Cube Association that participants need to abide by at official events.
The rules and guidelines may vary depending on specific events. For example, solving the Rubik’s clock has its own rules, as does blindfolded solving. This article takes a look at the rules set by the World Cube Association for official events, as well as the more general rules that should be followed at all Rubik’s cube competitions.
Rules Pertaining to Officials and Judging
As per the rules set by the WCA, an official competition should have some form of adjudication. In fact, for the event to be considered official, part of the jury must include a delegate from the WCA itself. The delegate helps to ensure that the competition and its judging follow all relevant regulations stipulated by the WCA.
Although there can be several judges, each event has to have a minimum of one judge. In addition, the competitors themselves may be called upon to be a judge. A competitor can only be exempted from this regulation if there are extenuating factors or if there is a ‘legitimate reason’ for not judging; for example, being asked to judge a puzzle that the competitor is not familiar with.
Rules and Regulations for Competitors
The WCA has a set of regulations regarding who is allowed to compete in its events. To begin with, any individual can compete in a WCA-sanctioned event, provided they follow the rules and don’t have a sanction imposed on them by the WCA at the time of competing. Competitors below the age of 18 must obtain consent from their parents in writing prior to the start of the competition, and supply supporting documents.
It’s important to note that the WCA keeps a registry and database of competitors in its events. Someone who has already competed in a WCA event and wishes to participate in a subsequent competition must provide personal information upon enrolment that is consistent with their current profile with the WCA. If your details have changed since you last competed, you should contact the WCA and inform them of this change prior to your next competition.
In international events, competitors represent the country they are citizens of. The WCA delegate at the event is responsible for validating the citizenship of the competitors. At the time of the event, you should have a passport or another document on your person which proves your citizenship.
Statutes Related to Cubes
If you want to compete in an event sanctioned by the WCA, you must submit your cube for evaluation. The cube should function normally and have an approved color scheme in order to qualify. Competitors in WCA events may not use puzzles that have electrical components or those that can connect to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Colorblind and blind competitors may use puzzles with textured surfaces or patterns if it is deemed medically necessary. Competitors who are not blind or color blind are not permitted to use modified cubes, as they may give them an edge.
Rules Related to Scrambling
Scrambling is performed by a designated scrambler. The scrambling patterns are generated by a computer prior to the commencement of the competition. Computer-generated sequences are checked before they are applied to the puzzle. This is to ensure that the scrambles adhere to the rules laid down by the WCA.
There are specific scrambling orientations for different kinds of puzzles and patterns. Scramblers must verify that they have scrambled the cube properly before allowing the competition to begin.
The WCA rules allow for different events like speed solving, blindfolded solving, one-handed solving, fewest moves solving, clock solving, and multi-blind solving. Each of these solving genres has its own set of rules and regulations to ensure the competition is conducted fairly and properly.
Double Check All of the Rules before an Event
For a Rubik’s cube competition to be considered official, it needs to follow the rules and regulations set by the WCA. These rules may change from time to time, and temporary rules may come into place as well. This may happen in response to different global events or circumstances or in response to changing manufacturing standards. To ensure that your event is recognized as official, make sure to follow all these regulations. This will help ensure the credibility of your event or competition