Update on COVID-19

Dear WCA Community,

Following the classification of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the WCA Board of Directors wants to communicate that we are in the process of drafting a policy and recommendations for the holding of WCA Competitions.

In the meantime we urge all community members to read and follow the advice of the WHO, especially in relation to attendance at Competitions.

WHO COVID-19 Site
Protecting yourself
Travel advice

Be mindful of the amount of misinformation on social media and please refer to the guidance by WHO and information recommended by your local governments or health organisations.

Please also be aware that different countries and governments have different and ever changing restrictions in place. Keep yourself up to date and abide by any restrictions and recommendations for your country and any country you are travelling to.

We are committed to the health and safety of our Staff, Community, and the general public. We all have a responsibility to minimize, where possible, the spread of the virus.

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Call for Applicants – WFC Leader (February 2020)

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

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 7 hours per week on average to work for the Committee. The qualities expected of candidates are:

  • Basic knowledge of the structure and workflow inside the WCA
  • Experience on financial matters, especially bookkeeping and tax filing
  • Proficiency in English
  • A reasonable daily availability to deploy the duties
  • Team management capabilities

The application period for candidates to submit their candidacy documents is from now until March 15th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. Interested candidates can send the application privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org).

The candidacy documents must be in PDF format, and must include:

  • Brief personal introduction.
  • Summary of activities done for the WCA.
  • Ambitions as the WFC Leader of the WCA.

Candidates are additionally asked to send a copy of their applications which can be made public at the end of the application period.

The rights and duties of the WFC can be found in WCA Motion 10.2017.3.

After the application period, the WCA Board will make a selection by voting and will announce the new Leader, after confirmation among Senior Delegates and sitting Committee/Team Leaders by voting, as described in Section 4 of WCA Motion 10.2020.0.

Thank you for your candidacies and support.

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Postponement of the WCA Asian Championship 2020

Unfortunately, we are here to announce that the date for the WCA Asian Championship 2020 has been postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak within the region. The organization team and the WCA Board are currently working together on finding a suitable date for this championship later in the year.

Please stay tuned for future updates, thank you for your kind understanding.

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Applications for Continental Championships 2022

The Board of Directors would like to receive applications for WCA Continental Championships 2022 for the following regions:
1. Asia
2. Europe
3. North America

(Note that the application period for other continents will open later this year.)

Please discuss with the Delegates in your country whether this is something you are willing and able to pursue. Bear in mind that organizing a competition of this size takes a significant amount of time and effort before and during the competition.

If you are interested, send your application documents privately to board@worldcubeassociation.org between March 1st, 2020, 00:00 UTC and May 31th, 2020, 23:59 UTC. Documents must be sent in PDF format in two versions: one full version with all the details for the application, and another version with sensitive details – if any – removed to make public.

Within your application documents, please include at least the following information:

When would you like to hold your Continental Championship 2022?
1a. Possible dates
1b. Number of days of the competition.
1c. Overlap with international holiday periods of schools.

Where would you like to hold your Continental Championship 2022 in your country?
2a. City should be interesting to visit for foreigners with opportunities for sightseeing.
2b. Ease of international, national, and local travel.
2c. Availability of hotels/apartments with different price categories.
2d. Venue, venue size, and venue setup (stage, audience, tables to practice, side rooms).
2e. Technology available like internet, video streaming, lighting, sound equipment.
2f. Number of competitors and spectators that can be hosted.

What would the organization team and staff look like?
3a. Core team members.
3b. Experience of the core team.
3c. Involvement of other parties.
3d. Quantity and quality of local volunteers (guideline is 20% of competitors should staff).
3e. Required support by foreign Delegates.

What would be the overall budget for the competition?
4a. Cost (venue, venue services, stage, equipment, decorations, website, badges/lanyards/giftpacks, prizes).
4b. Income (registration fees, sponsoring, local government).

Here is an example document with a non-exhaustive list of topics that need to be arranged and budgeted for a large competition.

Once the application period is over, the WCA Board of Directors will interview applicants, consult other WCA Staff members, and vote in order to decide where each 2022 Continental Championship will take place. If any Director will be involved in a team that sends in an application, they will be replaced in the selection process by another person (for example a Senior Delegate or a Committee/Team Leader).

We are looking for a competition that can reinforce our concept of large WCA competitions, boosting the professionalization of our organization and able to offer the competitors the best possible experience and the world the best possible show.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we look forward to viewing your applications!

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