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Frequently Asked Questions About WCA Competitions

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I have a related question. Sometimes when judging, the competitor has their hands already on the timer at 8 seconds. When I was new to judging, I felt that if I call 8 seconds just as they start to solve, I might distract them, so I would not call it. However, occasionally the competitor pauses with their hands on the the timer for 2-3 seconds. If I did not call 8 seconds, what should I do?

I once asked a delegate and he said if I miss 8 and they pause, call 9 or 10, but that might be even more distracting. These days, I just always call 8 seconds regardless, but I'm curious what other people think.
I was the same. I'd not call if they had their hands on the timer but I had a couple of competitors pausing so now I just call it. I figure people should be expecting it.
There was a video of dodgy judging recently where a judge kept calling time after the solve had started.
 
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Question: 3x3 event is not scheduled on the 1st day of my first event, only 2nd day. Can I still get official 3x3 results on the 1 st day?
I imagine the events being people competing each other, but I've seen a lot of youtube videos where speedcubers get official results with a judge, with people walking around as if it wasn't a scheduled event, but I'm probably mistaking?
 
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Question: 3x3 event is not scheduled on the 1st day of my first event, only 2nd day. Can I still get official 3x3 results on the 1 st day?
I imagine the events being people competing each other, but I've seen a lot of youtube videos where speedcubers get official results with a judge, with people walking around as if it wasn't a scheduled event, but I'm probably mistaking?
Many competitions have a heat system for all events. For example, you might be in heat 4 for 3x3. If 3x3 were scheduled for 1 PM to 3 PM and there were 12 heats, your heat would probably be called at around 1:30. People walking around might be competitors who are waiting for their turn or competitors who are not competing in that heat.
 
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Many competitions have a heat system for all events. For example, you might be in heat 4 for 3x3. If 3x3 were scheduled for 1 PM to 3 PM and there were 12 heats, your heat would probably be called at around 1:30. People walking around might be competitors who are waiting for their turn or competitors who are not competing in that heat.
Okay, so if I'm only interested in the 3x3 event, I should only meet up on day 2. Thanks; it's a long train ride, so I save a lot of time.
 
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Okay, so if I'm only interested in the 3x3 event, I should only meet up on day 2. Thanks; it's a long train ride, so I save a lot of time.
You should contact the competition Organizers to be sure accommodations can be made. They'll confer with the delegate to be sure you don't need to be present for Check In. Be sure to let them know when you expect to arrive.

I'm guessing this is going to be your first competition. What you've seen in the YouTube videos is part of the story. It'll all make much more sense once you're actually there. There are always people walking around doing something at a comp.
 
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Am I required to know how to solve all of the puzzles in all of the events? I know that's probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find an answer anywhere else. I ask this question mainly because I don't know how to do some of the events like megaminx, OH, and Blindfolded and all that stuff. I probably am going to learn that stuff but would it be possible to walk in without that knowledge and do the competition?
 
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Absolutely! You only sign up for the events you want to compete in. If you don't know how to solve a megaminx, don't sign up for it and there will be no expectation of you solving it. The events listed for a competition are the events available and people choose to compete in whichever events they want to.
 
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Hey everyone !
I'd like to organize a comp, and I'm currently 15 yo.
I was just wondering if there is an age limit, or a minimum age you need to have to organize a comp ?
 
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Hey everyone !
I'd like to organize a comp, and I'm currently 15 yo.
I was just wondering if there is an age limit, or a minimum age you need to have to organize a comp ?
I don't think so. Source: I'm 16 and also trying to organize a comp. Get in touch with the closest delegate to you and they can help you out, but I reccomend trying to do as much of it yourself as possible so that they're more likely to want to help (i.e. figure out where and when you'd want to hold it, approx. number of competitors, which events you'd want to hold, etc)
 
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