The Regulation Cable Set
Speedcabling is performed with short, medium, and long cables. In the United States,
where the sport originated, these cables are of length 7, 14, and 21 feet. International
speedcabling competitions utilize 2, 3, and 7 meter cables.
There are two events that are typically conducted. In 2-2-2 competition,
the contestant's set consists of two of each cable. In 4-4-4 competition there are four of
each type of cable.
CAT-5 Ethernet cables are to be used. Contestants may use any cable they wish,
as long as it is capable of carrying 100Mb/s prior to competition. During competition,
the colors red, blue, and yellow are used for the short, medium, and long cables resepectively.
The process of bundling the cables must be applied uniformly and methodically, to ensure
the integrity of our sport. During official competition bundling may only be performed by certified bundlers.
The first step in bundling is the establishment of the figure-8. The set is stretched out, with
the cables unentwined and approximately colinear. One set of ends is grabbed in one hand.
With the other, the cables are smoothed and a figure-8 of one meter in length is formed.
Establishment of the figure-8 (drawing by Tetsuo Kanai)
The second step is the tangling process, which is performed at a laundromat or
similar facility. The figure-8 structure is placed into a dryer, on high heat setting, for exactly three minutes.
When performed correctly, the set becomes denser and more entangled.
The final step is the cooling period. The bundle must be allowed to cool until it
regains room temperature. Then the competition can begin!
The bundles are placed on a table at waist height. The beginning of time is sounded
by the referee. The contestants begin cabling. A wire is considered separate
when it is in contact with no other wires. Each contestant must separate each wire,
and demonstrate its separation by holding the wire above their head.
The full body of the cable must be held above the head to complete a separation.
This requirement is in place so that separation will be visually clear
to the referee. The last cable must also be held above the head in this manner.
After each separation, the separated wire must be placed on the floor.
If a non-separated wire touches the floor, the contestant is immediately disqualified.
The first contestant to separate all of their wires wins.
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