CubingUSA Southern Championship 2018

Apr 27 - 29, 2018
Houston, Texas, United States

Westin Galleria Houston

5060 West Alabama Houston, TX 77056

The venue will be held in the Woodway I room on the Fourth Level.


Southern Champ Organizers

Eric Zhao, Ryan Jew, and Zachary White
WCA Delegates
Ryan Jew, Seth Talbot, Shonathon Collins, and Zachary White

This competition is supported by CubingUSA as the Southern Regional Championship of 2018.
The following states are eligible for the title of Southeast Champion: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Please go through the other tabs on the website for more information. If you have any other questions, feel free to send us an email!

Main event
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There is a competitor limit of 300 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $50 (United States Dollar).

Any requested changes to registration before April 21st will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us and we will work it out.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before April 12th, you are eligible for a refund for half of your fee on the condition that there is someone on the waitlist willing to take your spot. There will be no refunds issued after April 21st. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

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Dylan Miller won with an average of 8.41 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Jason Lee finished second (8.47) and Jeff Park finished third (8.73).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Dylan Miller 6.26 8.41 United States 6.7510.9212.657.556.26
2x2x2 Cube Jason Lee 2.35 2.90 United States 2.354.582.583.492.62
4x4x4 Cube Kevin Hays 28.34 30.57 United States 28.3431.1331.9331.7528.84
5x5x5 Cube Kevin Hays 46.79 49.19 United States 51.1646.7951.5049.4147.01
6x6x6 Cube Kevin Hays 1:32.44 1:45.17 United States 1:38.342:04.741:32.44
7x7x7 Cube Mahith Bandi 2:52.60 2:54.76 United States 2:52.602:57.592:54.10
3x3x3 Blindfolded Jeff Park 23.82 DNF United States DNFDNF23.82
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Azhar Virani 46 51.00 United States 465750
3x3x3 One-Handed Shonathon Collins 14.50 14.87 United States 14.5214.5015.3214.7716.33
Megaminx Dylan Miller 1:05.68 1:15.74 United States 1:19.661:09.301:05.681:19.401:18.52
Pyraminx Seth Talbot 4.23 5.03 United States 5.9410.294.764.394.23
Skewb Riley Norrid 2.73 3.51 United States 7.642.733.173.354.00
Square-1 RJ Gohn 12.12 14.04 United States 15.8912.1213.4813.0915.56
4x4x4 Blindfolded Josh Weimer 4:00.52 DNF United States DNFDNF4:00.52
5x5x5 Blindfolded Timothy Goh 6:16.30 DNF United States DNF6:16.30DNF
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Timothy Goh 22/25 58:24 United States 17/17 39:4822/25 58:24DNS
3x3x3 With Feet Timothy Goh 52.43 55.91 United States 58.5952.4356.5552.601:07.71
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 13.00 Top 15 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
5x5x5 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
6x6x6 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 6:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00 Top 6 advance to next round
Final Mo3 10:00.00
7x7x7 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 8:00.00 1 attempt to get < 5:00.00 Top 6 advance to next round
Final Mo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 6 advance to next round
Final Bo3 5:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 35.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
Pyraminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 13.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Skewb First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 13.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 8 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo3 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
3x3x3 With Feet Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00

The Westin Galleria has been amazing in their help on finding a venue for our Regional Championships. They have also generously offered a discounted room rate of $119 for all competitors attending the event! You can book a room for it at this link!

Event Format Round Cutoff Time Time Limit Competitors
3x3x3 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 10:00
Round 2 10:00 Top 64
Final 10:00 Top 16
2x2x2 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 0:13 1:00
Final 1:00 Top 12
4x4x4 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 1:15 2:00
Final 2:00 Top 12
5x5x5 Cube Average of 5 Round 1 2:00 3:00
Final 3:00 Top 12
6x6x6 Cube Mean of 3 Combined Final 4:00 6:00
7x7x7 Cube Mean of 3 Combined Final 5:00 8:00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Best of 3 Round 1 10:00 Cumulative
Final 5:00 Cumulative Top 6
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Mean of 3 Final WCA Limits 1 Hour **
3x3x3 One-Handed Average of 5 Round 1 0:35 1:00
Final 1:00 Top 12
3x3x3 With Feet Average of 5 Combined Final 2:00 3:00
Megaminx Average of 5 Combined Final 2:00 3:00
Pyraminx Average of 5 Round 1 0:13 1:00
Final 1:00 Top 12
Skewb Average of 5 Round 1 0:13 1:00
Final 1:00 Top 12
Square-1 Average of 5 Round 1 0:45 1:30
4x4x4 Blindfolded Best of 3 Final 1 Hour**
5x5x5 Blindfolded Best of 3 Final 1 Hour**
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Best of 3 Final WCA **

** See schedule page for more information on MBLD, 4BLD, 5BLD and FMC.

Cutoff- Rounds with a cutoff will have an additional best of 2 (best of 1 for 6x6 and 7x7) format where competitors will have 2 attempts to achieve a time under the cutoff. If the comeptitor does, then they will be awarded more attempts in order to compelete the average.
Cumulative Limit (C)- The total time allowed for all attempts combined.
Time Limit - Any attempt in the round exceeding this time will be awarded a DNF. For "WCA" time limits, it is dependent on the regulations for that event.

Note: This schedule is TENTATIVE. The organizers reserve the right to adjust the schdule as necessary.

Friday, April 27th

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
6:00pm-7:00pm 3x3 Feet Combined Final 2:00 3:00
7:15pm-8:30pm Quiet Hour** 1 hour

Saturday, April 28th

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
8:30-9:30 4x4 Combined First 1:15 2:00
9:30-10:15 3x3 One-Handed Combined First 0:35 1:00
10:15-11:00 Pyraminx Combined First 0:13 1:00
11:00-11:45 Megaminx Combined Final 2:00 3:00
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:30 2x2 Combined First 0:13 1:00
2:30-3:15 Square-1 Combined Final 0:45 1:30
3:15-4:15 5x5 Combined First 2:00 3:00
4:15-5:00 Skewb Combined First 0:13 1:00
5:00-5:45 Dinner
5:45-6:25 3x3 Blindfolded Combined First 10 minutes cumulative
6:25-7:45 Quiet Hour** 1 hour

Sunday, April 29th

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
7:45-9:00 Quiet Hour** 1 hour
9:00-11:00 3x3 Round 1 10:00
11:00-12:00 6x6 Combined Final 4:00 6:00
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:30 7x7 Combined Final 5:00 8:00
1:30-2:15 3x3 Round 2 Top 64
2:15-2:45 4x4 Final Top 12
2:45-3:05 Skewb Final Top 12
3:05-3:45 5x5 Final Top 12
3:45-4:05 Pyraminx Final Top 12
4:05-4:30 3x3 One-Handed Final Top 12
4:30-4:50 2x2 Final Top 12
4:50-5:10 3x3 Blindfolded Final Top 6
5:10-6:30 3x3 Final (Head to Head) Top 16
6:30 Awards

Tentative Rounds

The following rounds may happen if the organizers determine there is enough time for them. Please pay attention to announcements.

Time Slot Event # Advancing
After Megaminx Round 1 Megaminx Round 2 Top 8
After Skewb Round 1 Square-1 Round 2 Top 8
After 6x6 Round 1 6x6 Round 2 Top 6
Before 3x3 Finals 7x7 Round 2 Top 6
Before 3x3 Finals, After 7x7 Round 2 4x4 Round 3 Top 6

** During a Quiet Hour, the competitor may choose from the following options:
1. 1 attempt of MBLD
2. 1 FMC attempt
3. 1 cumulative hour of 4BLD and 5BLD
Note: The competitor may choose a different option for each Quiet Hour.

Sponsors will be announced soon!

This is the first annual CubingUSA Southern Championship, part of a series of Regional Championships supported by CubingUSA. The goal of these competitions is to allow competitors from all over the country to compete for regional titles. The Southern region is comprised of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

While only residents of the southern states are eligible to win the title of Southern Champion, residents of any state or country are welcome to compete. This competition also serves as a Nationals qualifying competition, so your results could enable you to compete at CubingUSA Nationals 2018.

Find out more about CubingUSA and Regional Championships

This competition will take place on April 27-29, 2018, at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas. You may be familiar with the Westin Galleria from the 4 previous WCA competitions held at this venue, including the Southern Championships last year.

As this is the Southern Championship, we will be recognizing Southern Champions for each event. We will recognize as the Southern Champion the top finisher from one of these states:
New Mexico

We ask that competitors expecting to have a chance at a Southern Champion title bring proof of residence (current driver's license or school ID, etc.)

More information regarding eligibility can be found here.

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, Saturday morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

Q: What is the competition like?

A; Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing, Cubes! Of course in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?

A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be automatically placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what you situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

If you are a first time competitor, please read this section carefully. If you are a returning competitor, please skip to the next section.


There are multiple things a first-timer must know before competing. All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. Please read the other tab specifically for new competitors.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition. Huge thanks to Olivér Perge and Niki Placskó for the document!


Please read this section carefully. We will have a change in organization for this competition modeled off of Hungarian competitions in Europe. When you arrive, you will receive a lanyard with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have staff assignments on your lanyard. Every competitor is expected to help out this competition. The card will look somewhat like the following:
Image description

* S - scrambling
* R - running
* J - judging

Please note that everyone is expected to help only during the events they are registered for, and everyone need only help for one group per event. If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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