World Inter-University Cube Relay 2016-2017

Welcome to the sixth year of Inter-University Cube Relay! Japanese universities kicked things off later than usual this year, competing head-to-head in a relay competition at Circle Open 2017 Spring on March 4, 2017.

Universities have long been centers of competitive cubing, and many top cubers are university students. Which school will claim the title of this year? Tell your schoolmates!

Please use the accompanying Speedsolving thread or Facebook event page for questions.

The Contest

Universities have long been centers of competitive cubing, and many top cubers are university students. This naturally raises the question: Which university has the best cubing team in the world?

This unofficial contest is inspired by a relay event held at Tokyo University Open 2011: see the video. Following a proposal by the WCA delegate, Kei Suga, and a push by Tyson Mao, we are holding a worldwide inter-university cubing relay competition under a common set of rules. You are encouraged to include this as an unofficial event in official WCA competitions.

Register your team by 04/30/2017 (soft deadline). Submit your result by 05/31/2017.

The Rules

By submitting your result, you indicate your compliance with the following rules.

  • Don't be a jerk! This is an unofficial contest.


  • Each team must compete under a single school (an education institution). This can be at any level, from elementary school to university.
  • Each school may send multiple teams.
  • Each team must consist of 4 (different) cubers who will solve 4 cubes in a relay, one after another.
  • Each member must be a currently enrolled (undergraduate or graduate, not alumnus) student or faculty (post doc, instructor, professor, Dan Knights, etc.) employed by the school.
  • No participant may compete under multiple schools or on multiple teams.
  • Alumni are still encouraged to form unofficial teams!

Relay Format

  • The format is best of 1. This one attempt must be filmed and made available to the organizer, preferably on YouTube. (It may be kept unlisted, but it will be linked on the results page.)
  • At any given time, only one cuber may turn only one cube. Don't try anything tricky.
  • The team has 1 inspection period of 15 seconds, during which time all four cubers are allowed to inspect their cube.
  • The first cuber should start the timer by the end of the inspection period. The other cubers may not continue to touch the cube, except to shift its position (without any rotation) on the table. (They can look at the cube. I don't see how you can stop this.)
  • After finishing their respective solve, the first three cubers must high-ten (or low-ten) the next cuber before the next cuber can start.
  • You must use a StackMat timer. Penalities from the WCA regulations apply to each member of the team, viewing the hand-off as starting/stopping the StackMat.

The Scrambles

These are the only scrambles for the 2016-2017 school year.

Scrambles (PDF file)

Thanks to Yuki Tanaka for sending me these scrambles, used in the head-to-head Inter-University Relay at Circle Open 2017 Spring.