Volunteer at US Quidditch Cup 10

The volunteer sign-up form is now available for US Quidditch Cup 10.

Photos by: Briana Marian Photography and Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography

The volunteer sign-up form for US Quidditch Cup 10 is live! Interested volunteers must sign up through this form. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee you volunteer and/or officiating spots. Especially for officials, selection will depend on a number of factors, including experience, evaluations from this season, and availability.

Volunteers who work at least 3 hours per day will be given a free shirt and free admission to the event on days that they volunteer at least 3 hours. Volunteers who work at least 6 hours per day will be given a free meal and free admission.

The volunteer and officiating schedules will be released the week of March 27, 2017. Staff will contact interested photographers, writers, editors, field managers, and certified officials prior to that date. For all other volunteer positions, you will hear from staff in late March regarding your volunteer schedule.

A detailed description of opportunities is available below and also at this link.

Limited complimentary housing may be available for full-time (6-8 hours or willingness to officiate up to 6-8 games per day) certified officials, field managers, and photographers. Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee that you will receive housing, even if you meet the requirements described on the form. To request housing, please fill out the form here. US Quidditch Cup 10 staff will finalize housing for volunteers, if is is available, by early March.

Planning Staff

USQ is looking for additional volunteers to support the in-advance planning of US Quidditch Cup 10.  Please take a look at available opportunities here. Applications close at the end of the month. Planning staff volunteers receive free housing and ground transportation once they are on-site in Kissimmee, Florida. Select meals will also be provided.

On-Site Volunteer Role Descriptions

These roles are on-site only, and do not involve planning work in advance of the event.

Officials

Head Referee

The head referee is responsible for the safety of the players, spectators, and referees of the game, while also ensuring that the game is run fairly. The head referee must be able to keep control of their referee team, as well as the players on and off the field. They must be able to make quick and authoritative decisions in accordance with USQ Rulebook 10.

Head referees must be fully certified as head referees by US Quidditch. HRs will be compensated $20 per game.

Lead Assistant Referee

The lead assistant referee supervises the assistant referees. They (along with the other assistant referees) are responsible for off-quaffle play, including but not limited to: bludgers and beater play, chaser and keeper interaction away from the quaffle, and other situations outside of the view of the head referee (damaged equipment, downed players, etc.).

Lead assistant referees must be fully certified as lead assistant referees by US Quidditch. LARs will be compensated $10 per game.

Snitch Runner

The job of the snitch is to keep the snitch tail safe from the grasp of each team’s seeker. Snitching can be the most exciting position on a quidditch pitch, but it can also be the most difficult.

Snitch runners do not have to be certified for US Quidditch Cup, but USQ will strongly favor certified snitches for all games. Certified snitches will be compensated $8 per game.

Hospitality

Guest Services Volunteer

Guest services volunteers will be a resource for guests on-site: answering questions about quidditch, directing them to where to go, etc.

If you have good customer service skills, this position will be good for you.

Exhibit Docent

Exhibit docent volunteers will help monitor the quidditch history exhibit, as well as answer questions guests may have about its contents.

If you are assertive, have good customer service skills, and are familiar with quidditch, this position will be good for you.

Youth Quidditch

Youth quidditch volunteers will be in charge of our youth quidditch pitch: teaching the kids (and adults!) all about how to play quidditch, setting up scrimmages, showing them drills, etc.

If you like to work with children, have patience, and have familiarity with quidditch, this position will be good for you.

Children’s Activities Volunteer

Children’s activities volunteers will lead crafts and engage with children through additional activities.

If you enjoy working with children, this position will be good for you.

Color Announcer

Color announcer volunteers watch and comment at assigned games focusing on humor and spectator engagement.

If you have a strong sense of comedic timing, have family-friendly improv experience, and can think on your feet, this position will be good for you.

Play by Play Announcer

Play-by-play announcer volunteers watch and comment on assigned games focusing on the gameplay aspects of the match.

If you can follow quidditch games easily and explain the action well, this position will be good for you.

Team Services

Team services volunteers will be a resource for teams on-site: answering player questions, directing teams to where they need to be, etc.

If you have good customer service skills and are familiar with quidditch, this position will be good for you.

Ticket Booth

Ticketing volunteers will be posted at the entrance of the facility in order to check that guests have their tickets to gain entrance to the park, as well as to sell tickets to guests who have yet to purchase them.

If you have good customer service skills, this position will be good for you.

VIP Services

VIP services volunteers will be working directly with our VIP guests, including answering questions, managing admission to VIP area, and helping to provide a great onsite experience for our valued guests.

If you have good customer service skills, this position will be good for you.

Logistics

Runner

Runners are the go-to volunteers on site at the event. They will be responsible for picking up scorecards at the end of a game slot, running replacement equipment to a field in an emergency, refilling water, and taking care of any other quick fixes that may come up.

Runners must be able to walk/run quickly, carry potentially heavy objects, and be willing to help in any way possible.

Security

Security volunteers will be responsible for ensuring the security of restricted areas throughout the weekend by manning the entrances to those areas.

If you are assertive and willing/able to act as a bouncer for the tournament planning staff, this position will be good for you.

Set-Up

Set-up volunteers will assist the tournament staff in getting the tournament set up and ready to go for the weekend on Friday, April 7 and/or preparing the fields and hospitality areas on the event dates.

You must be available during the day on Friday, April 7 or early morning on the days of the event to be a set-up volunteer.

Tear Down

Tear-down volunteers will assist the tournament staff in breaking down the tournament site on Monday, April 10 and/or breaking down the fields and hospitality areas on the event dates.

You must be available during the day on Monday, April 10 or a the conclusion of gameplay on the days of the event to be a tear-down volunteer.

Marketing

Merchandise Booth

Merchandise sales volunteers will assist USQ’s staff with the USQ merchandise booth. They will help organize inventory, explain and showcase offerings to customers, and do other things to assist DFTBA staff with the selling of merchandise. DFTBA staff will be handling point-of-sale transactions including cards and all cash.

If you have good customer service skills, this position will be good for you. Experience in sales is a bonus!

Feature Writer

Generate feature articles during the event. Interview players, captains, volunteers, and other key stakeholders.

If you have strong writing skills, this position will be good for you.

Feature Editor

Assist in preparing articles for publication.

If you have a strong grasp of the English language, enjoying editing both for SPAG and flow, and have good attention to detail, this position will be good for you.

Photographer

Take high quality pictures during the event.

If you have previous experience shooting quidditch or other sports, this position will be good for you.

General Marketing Volunteer

General marketing volunteers will be responsible for updating content on USQ’s social media outlets during the event and providing additional support to the marketing team as needed.

If you have previous experience taking photos for and engaging through social media, this position will be good for you.

Volunteers

Field Manager

Field Managers are vital to the tournament running smoothly throughout the weekend. They are the eyes and ears of the field staff coordinators and are responsible to relaying real-time information to the staff to ensure that their field is fully staffed and running on time according to the schedule.

Field managers must be NON-PLAYING volunteers. They are extremely well-organized and are capable of doing what it takes to keep their field running on time.

Volunteer Check-In

Volunteer check-in volunteers will assist with checking in volunteers in the morning, as well as throughout the day. They’ll ensure that all volunteers have the materials they need for their volunteer position(s), and know when and where they are to report throughout the day.

If you have good customer service skills, this position will be good for you.

Floater

The floater is very similar to the logistics runner position, except that floater volunteers can also potentially fill in for missing volunteers in specific volunteer roles. Otherwise, floater volunteers will work with the runner volunteers to help take care of any immediate needs of the tournament.

Floaters must be able to walk/run quickly, carry potentially heavy objects, and willing to help in any way possible.

For questions about volunteering at US Quidditch Cup 10, plus contact the USQ Events Department at events@usquidditch.org.

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