2020-09-21 22:45 Tianyu Zhao

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Ethics Committee (WEC) Leader, as Callum Goodyear is stepping down from this position. We would like to thank Callum for the work he has done leading the Committee.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 6 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Proactivity
  • Clear background
  • Trustworthiness
  • Independence
  • Accountability

The application period is open for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until October 10th, 2020, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

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2020-09-19 12:00 Chen Kang

It is hereby announced that, given the complex situation during COVID-19, Cubing China temporarily stop announcing any non-WCA competitions.
The period of validity is until December 31st, 2020.

2020-09-13 01:03 Tianyu Zhao

The WCA Software Team (WST) is looking for new contributors!

The WST plays a central role in the WCA by developing, scaling, and maintaining the software solutions that help the organization handle the continuous community growth.
Some examples of such software solutions are:

  • The WCA website, that you are probably browsing on a regular basis.
  • TNoodle, the scrambles library and its frontend, used by all Delegates during competitions.
  • WCA Live, which is the main platform for score taking and getting live results during competitions.

All WST projects are open source and hosted on the organization's GitHub: https://github.com/thewca/.
As such, anyone willing to help can do so: it is not a requirement to hold a current position in the WCA to be contributing.

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2020-09-04 22:59 Tianyu Zhao

The WCA Ethics Committee has recently concluded an investigation into contracts being signed on behalf of the WCA. We found that sometimes venue contracts are written in a way that does not represent what the WCA is or does. For those of you who organize competitions and acquire competition venues with a Delegate, we would like to take this opportunity to show you 5.4 of the Code of Ethics.

“WCA Staff must not sign contracts on behalf of the WCA without prior approval of the WCA Board.”

We will be making a minor update to this point to specify that mention of the WCA in a contract should never be made without written permission from the WCA Board of Directors. This is because the WCA does not organize competitions, and therefore contracts should not make the WCA seem like an organizing body.

Thank you for your understanding,
The WCA Ethics Committee

2020-08-19 14:00 Tianyu Zhao

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Advisory Council (WAC) Leader, as Daniel Sheppard is stepping down from this position. We would like to thank Daniel for the work he has done leading the Council.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 5 hours per week on average to work for the Council. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good knowledge of the WCA structure
  • A strong connection to the WCA Community

The application period for candidates to submit their candidacy documents is from now until September 26th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. Interested candidates can send the application privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

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2020-07-24 23:16 Tianyu Zhao

Dear WCA Community,

The WCA Regulations Committee would like to inform you about a new version of the WCA Regulations and Guidelines, which are going into effect August 1, 2020.

The WRC has been working on a new WCA Regulations and Guidelines amendment in conjunction with the WCA Board of Directors. This amendment is meant to complement the WCA Competition Safety Policy and to guarantee safer conditions in WCA Competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. You can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the Regulation and Guidelines, where all changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Here is a summary of the changes in the new version of the Regulations and the Guidelines (discussion):

  • A new article Y is added to the Regulations which complements the Safety Policy. It is expected that the changes will be reverted once it is safe to do so.
  • WCA Delegates can impose additional requirements on attendees like wearing masks or not having COVID symptoms, if it is necessary and if it is clearly announced before the competition (Regulations Y3 and Y3a through Y3d).
  • The competitor resets the timer instead of the judge. The judge reminds the competitor to do so (Regulation Y7d1).
  • Competitors who behave unsafely might be disqualified by the WCA Delegate (Regulation 2k3) and requested to leave the venue (Regulation 11h).
  • Some additions that make the Regulations more inline with the Safety Policy:
    • Competitors should bring their own pens (Regulation Y4), judges may bring their own stopwatches (Regulation Y5).
    • Competitors, without touching the scoresheet, must sign the result recorded by their judge using their own pen (Regulation Y7e1).
    • There should be fixed seats and there shouldn’t be a Competitor Area if unnecessary (Regulations Y6a, Y7a).
    • The competitor places the puzzle inside the cover after the attempt (Regulation Y7f).

2020-06-22 11:52 Chenxi Shan

We thank you for your patience as the Board has been discussing and receiving input from Leaders and Seniors regarding the current COVID-19 situation.
The WCA is proud to present our new Competition Safety Policy with which we are asking all Staff members and competitors to familiarize themselves as competitions are reintroduced to their local communities. All competitions must adhere to this policy until it is revoked by the WCA Board.
The safety of our competitors and Staff are paramount to ensure that competitions will be successful into the future. Although competitions may look different, we still hope to celebrate the joy of cubing together as we can. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about the safety policies.

2020-09-04 22:44 Tianyu Zhao

With the term of Board Member Chris Wright coming to an end, an anonymous election took place on September 1st, 2020. The election was conducted according to the WCA Motion: Election of Directors.

The Board received the applications of:

  • Callum Goodyear
  • Saransh Grover

We are happy to announce that the election was successful and that both Callum Goodyear and Saransh Grover were elected members of the WCA Board of Directors.

We want to thank Chris for all the things he has done for the WCA. We wish him all the best in his future activities!

These changes have become effective immediately.

Callum’s and Saransh’s applications can be viewed here.

2020-07-21 12:46 Tianyu Zhao

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winning candidates to host the upcoming World Championship 2021 and Continental Championships 2022:

World Championship 2021 will be held in Almere, Netherlands.
Asian Championship 2022 will be held in Semey, Kazakhstan.
European Championship 2022 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
North American Championship 2022 will be held in Toronto, Canada.

An additional thank you to the applicants from Vladivostok, Russia for their submission for the World Championship. You can view the application documents for the World Championship here and for the Continental Championships here.

2020-07-09 20:26 Tianyu Zhao

Application submissions are now closed for World Championship 2021 and Continental Championships 2022. Thank you to all who submitted their offers! The cities listed were submitted and will be selected by the Board of Directors.

2021 World Championship:
Almere, Netherlands
Vladivostok, Russia

2022 Asian Championship:
Semey, Kazakhstan

2022 European Championship:
Copehnagen, Denmark

2022 North American Championship:
Toronto, Canada

The candidacy documents will be made public after the decisions are finalized.