Call for Applicants – WMT Members (April 2020)

The WCA Marketing Team (WMT) is seeking members to help in the following areas:
– WCA Gear Team (US residents only)
– Graphic design for WCA merchandise and other projects (open for all graphic designers)
– Acquiring sponsorship and merchandising

The application is open to all WCA members. Potential applicants do not have to hold a current position to be considered.

What does the WMT do?
– Coordinates with Speed Stacks to manage and distribute WCA competition gear.
– Launches WCA merchandise in regions all over the world.
– Works on free downloadable templates for organisers and delegates that increase WCA’s branding at competitions.
– Works on acquiring sponsorship for the WCA.
– Works and assists organisers around the world with sponsorships and maintaining the WCA brand in their region.

The official rights and duties of the WMT are documented in WCA Motion 10.2018.1.

Characteristics we are looking for:
Communication skills and email ethics: You should be able to write a professional, concise email to answer delegate/client questions.
Patience: You should keep friendly communications within our email and internal interactions.

Requirements for WMT members in general:
– Familiarity with marketing professionally or out of interest.
– Familiarity in dealing with merchandising/sponsorships/vendor management.
– Time commitment per week of 5-10 hours.
– FOR GRAPHICS APPLICANTS: Must be familiar with Adobe Illustrator or equivalent programs

Platforms we communicate on:
– Email for all official communication
– Slack for internal discussions
– Zoom/Hangouts for meetings
– Trello for managing gear team orders

Additional information for WMT Gear Team members:
– Open for US residents only
Distribution of competition equipment is one of the most important tasks since we have to ensure that delegates around the world are well equipped with equipment for their competition. Due to restrictions on international shipping, US members need to be willing to receive the package and repost it on behalf of the WMT Gear Team.
– Primary tasks involve receiving equipment orders, re-pack the equipment for international shipping, and make routine trips to the post office.

Applications should be sent to Somya Srivastava (ssrivastava@worldcubeassociation.org) from now until April 27, 2020, 23:59 UTC to be considered.

The application must be in PDF format, and should include the following:
– A brief personal introduction
– A description of any previous involvement with the WCA
– Motivation for applying to the WMT
– The specific team they would like to work in within the WMT

Anyone with questions about the positions or applying can contact Somya Srivastava (ssrivastava@worldcubeassociation.org).

Thank you for your interest and support!

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WDC Digest – Beginning of 2020

Dear WCA Community,

Here you can find some noteworthy updates about the activity of the Disciplinary Committee over the first three months of 2020.

The main case we investigated greatly affects the Turkish Community. An unfortunate situation occurred during İzmir Open 2020, where a WCA Staff Member physically assaulted a competitor as a consequence of a heated discussion. Because of this, WCA Delegate İskender Aznavur has been demoted by the WEC and banned from WCA Competitions for 5 years by the WDC. İskender’s ban began on the 6th of February and he decided to appeal the ruling shortly after, contacting the WCA Board. In the end, the Board concluded that the investigation by the WDC and WEC was appropriately conducted and concluded.

The competitor involved in this incident, Ahmet Güzel, has been banned for 3 months for failing to respect İskender’s official ruling on a Regulations issue and for the language he used towards a WCA Official. Ahmet’s ban was made official and communicated to him on the 9th of February and he accepted the ruling.

Given the importance of the decisions taken by the WEC and WDC, we have decided to publish the report of the investigation. The document can be found here.

To conclude this Digest, we would like to remind everyone to make sure they fully understand the WCA Regulations and competition procedures. If you have any questions or are unsure about how to do something, please do not hesitate to ask the Delegate(s) of the competition. In addition, if you think the competition results are being compromised in any way or if you see suspicious behavior, find the nearest Delegate immediately and report the incident.

We would also like to remember that Delegates represent the WCA and the Regulations during official competitions, and every competitor should accept their decisions and follow their instructions without protesting. If you believe a Delegate is not acting in accordance with the Mission, Spirit, and Regulations of the WCA you should report them to the Ethics Committee (WEC). Creating a scene at the competition is not an appropriate way to handle the situation.

Thank you all for your help in supporting the WCA Spirit and Mission.

Lorenzo Vigani Poli
WDC Leader
On behalf of the Disciplinary Committee

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Cancellation of WCA European Championship 2020

With great regret, we have to announce the cancellation of WCA European Championship 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the uncertain circumstance, the competition will not be rescheduled for a later date in this year. Competitors who are registered for this competition will be issued refunds over the next couple of weeks.

You will find more information on the WCA European Championship 2020 Website.

We appreciate the community’s kind understanding during this unsure time.

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WCA Forum Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of the WCA Forum, a project that the WCA Advisory Council has worked hard to create for the community!

The WAC hopes to use this tool to improve the connection between WCA Staff and the Community. It is a space for all WCA members to join together to discuss topics such as competitions, records, regulations, and more. This is also a great place to connect with others in your regional community. Most importantly for the WCA, this is a place where everyone gets to have their say as we make changes to our organization for the future.

We invite you to log in, explore the site, and get involved in some conversations. Thank you for your continued support of our organization!

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COVID-19 Situation Update (2020-03-30)

Given recent escalations of the COVID-19 situation over the past couple weeks and to support the global effort to slow the spread of the virus, the Board has unanimously agreed to extend competition restrictions.

All competitions already announced where the first day of the competition is May 31, 2020 or earlier will be cancelled with immediate effect. In addition, new competitions will only be approved if the first date of the competition is June 1, 2020 or later.

We are encouraged by the initiatives being seen within the community such as online competitions, virtual meets and live streams. We wholeheartedly support and encourage these and are urging more WCA Staff to get involved with these events to support the community. Please keep checking our website for more announcements about these events.

We hope everyone in the community is staying safe by following the directives of their local governments and the World Health Organization. Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times.

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