The World Cube Association (abbreviated as WCA) is the ruling and organizing entity for speedsolving Rubik's Cube and other puzzles. Although the WCA has no real legal status, it is regarded by all top speedcubers as the official organization for cubing competitions and records.
The WCA was founded by Ron van Bruchem and Tyson Mao, who were also the first members of the WCA Board, the governing body of the WCA. Gilles Roux joined as a board member in October, 2004, and Masayuki Akimoto in September, 2005. Gilles Roux retired from the board in November, 2008, and Masayuki Akimoto retired in the beginning of 2012. In July 2012, Sébastien Auroux and Tim Reynolds joined as board members.
Requirements for an official competitionEdit
The following is taken from the official WCA regulations. The following things are necessary for an official competition:
- The WCA Board must approve the competition.
- The WCA regulations must be followed.
- There must be a WCA delegate (appointed by WCA Board) attending the competition.
- The competition must be clearly announced, and should be announced at least a month before the competition starts.
- The competition must have at least 12 competitors.
- The competition must be accessible for the public.
- The Stackmat timer (at least Generation 2) must be used for time measurement.
Official results can only be set at WCA-official events. Because of this, non-WCA-official competitions tend to receive much less interest.
List of official eventsEdit
As of 2013, WCA recognizes the following 17 official events:
- 3x3 Speedsolve
- 4x4 Speedsolve
- 5x5 Speedsolve
- 2x2 Speedsolve
- 3x3 Blindfolded
- 3x3 One-Handed
- 3x3 Fewest Moves
- 3x3 with Feet
- Rubik's Clock
- 6x6 Speedsolve
- 7x7 Speedsolve
- 4x4 Blindfolded
- 5x5 Blindfolded
Former official eventsEdit
- Rainbow Cube (removed in 2009)
- Siamese Cube (removed in 2009)
- Rubik's Magic (removed in 2013)
- Rubik's Master Magic (removed in 2013)