Pretzel Mania 2023
- Feb 25 - 26, 2023
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
- 25 South Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603
Freedom Hall B
- Organization team
- Eric Zhao, Ishaan Lal, Kobe Balin, Luke Galioto, and Saransh Grover
- WCA Delegates
- Blake Thompson, Dana Yi, Keaton Ellis, Mason Langenderfer, Nick Silvestri, Patrick Ponce, Pierce Tickle, Rich Tayag, Saransh Grover, Stephen Griggs, Will Callan, and Zachary Garber
- Download all the competition's details as PDF .
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There is a competitor limit of 450 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $70 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until by contacting the organization team.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Please keep in mind that registrations are approved manually after payment, so your registration may not be approved immediately.
Your registration is not complete until your registration fee has been paid.
All competitiors must read the "Competitor Information" tab.
If the competitor limit of 450 has been reached, you can still register and pay the registration fee to secure a spot on the waitlist. During the registration period, any competitor can cancel their registration and allow the first person on the waitlist to take their spot. If you find that you cannot make it to the competition after registering, please contact us so that we can maximize attendance.
All registrants still on the waitlist after the registration period will have their registrations deleted, and will be fully refunded.
We may completely close registration if the waitlist becomes very large.
Spectators are permitted for this competition. There is no formal process to registering as a spectator; you are simply welcome to show up at no cost.
Click here to display the highlights of the competition.
Patrick Ponce won with an average of 6.91 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Christopher Sun finished second (6.97) and Zayn Khanani finished third (7.31).
North American records: Nicolas Naing Megaminx 29.06 (average).
|3x3x3 Cube||Patrick Ponce||6.23||6.91||United States||6.23||6.57||6.23||8.74||7.94|
|2x2x2 Cube||Will Callan||1.03||1.72||United States||1.79||1.59||1.03||1.78||1.87|
|4x4x4 Cube||Patrick Ponce||23.71||24.31||United States||24.16||23.71||24.31||26.84||24.46|
|5x5x5 Cube||Patrick Ponce||44.12||45.19||United States||44.12||45.88||44.48||47.81||45.21|
|3x3x3 One-Handed||Patrick Ponce||10.86||11.40||United States||12.13||12.00||10.92||11.27||10.86|
|Megaminx||Nicolas Naing||26.54||29.06||NAR||United States||31.00||26.54||28.47||29.70||29.00|
|Pyraminx||Kyle Meade||1.48||1.99||United States||1.48||2.33||1.85||1.78||3.70|
|Skewb||Zayn Khanani||1.64||2.75||United States||1.77||4.27||1.64||2.23||4.24|
|3x3x3 Cube||First round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|2x2x2 Cube||First round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|4x4x4 Cube||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||2:30.00||2 attempts to get < 1:15.00||Top 51 advance to next round|
|Final||Bo2 / Ao5||2:30.00||2 attempts to get < 1:15.00|
|5x5x5 Cube||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||4:00.00||2 attempts to get < 3:00.00|
|3x3x3 One-Handed||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||2:00.00||2 attempts to get < 1:00.00||Top 50 advance to next round|
|Final||Bo2 / Ao5||2:00.00||2 attempts to get < 1:00.00|
|Megaminx||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||4:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:45.00||Top 50 advance to next round|
|Pyraminx||First round||Ao5||2:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Skewb||First round||Ao5||2:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
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ALL COMPETITORS MUST READ THIS TAB BEFORE REGISTERING
For First-Time Competitors
All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. This video gives a basic overview of the rules.
In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition.
For All Competitors
When you arrive, you will receive a card with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have judging/scrambling assignments on your card. Every competitor is expected to help out during the event(s) they are registered for. The card will look like the following:
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.
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 Cubecomps.com 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!
The registration fee for this competition is $70.00. The WCA Stripe payment system is being used for this competition. You will be prompted to pay following registration. You are not considered registered until you compete. Any requested changes to registration before the deadline will be honored before registration is closed.
If you paid but don't see your name on the registration list within 48 hours, please email the organizers.
You must register and pay online to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted under any circumstances. We realize this may not be ideal for some people, but this allows us to have an exact count of people attending and lets us use staff resources more effectively the day of the competition. Spectators may attend for free.
If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us. If it is before February 3rd you are eligible for a 50% refund. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.
To staff at this competition, you must complete this application
Staff will be given a (busy) schedule to follow throughout the competition. Staff for this competition will be limited to approximately 35 applicants.
Your $70 registration fee will be refunded if your application is accepted, but you must register and pay for the competition to be eligible for the refund. Anyone who does not register for the competition will not be able to compete.
Benefits for staffing at this competition include waived registration fee, hotel room rebate of $25 per staff member per day., and free lunch on both days of the competition.
Groups are available at https://www.competitiongroups.com/competitions/PretzelMania2023
You can check the live results for this event here:
The official hotel for this competition will be Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. There is a room block available where you will be able to book rooms for a discounted rate of $179. Link to book a room in the block here!
There will be discounted parking at the garage next door, $10 if you are parking overnight, and $7 if you are only there for the day. The $10 discounted rate will automatically be charged to your room, and we will be giving out tickets for the $7 discounted parking! You will need both your original ticket and the discounted ticket to receive the rate.
The nearest airports are Lancaster Airport - LNS and Harrisburg International Airport - MDT.
The registration limit has been reached. A waitlist that prospective competitor can join by paying their registration fee (which will be refunded after the waitlist deadline of February 3rd, 6:59PM EST is reached).
The (mostly-)current waiting list can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MZOHc0gldxADi1myibw7xa9DQRsgRhIFDGUvHqj3ySs/edit?usp=sharing
This competition is sponsored by TheCubicle! They will be providing gift cards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each event. Additionally, each first-time competitor will receive a $5 gift card to TheCubicle!
Given that this is a large competition, we want to make sure that everyone has multiple means for keeping track of which groups are ongoing. In addition to announcing groups over the microphone, we will have a texting service that all competitors and parents can sign up for to receive these updates through their mobile device(s). Link available here: https://www.dropofftable.com/competition/PretzelMania2023/alerts
Please note that registration has been closed, as we currently have a waitlist of 40+ paid individuals. If we near the end of this list (~10 paid individuals remaining), then we will re-open registration.
If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
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.