Round Rock, Texas to host US Quidditch Cup 11

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US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for 2017-18 regional and national championships. Additional information about US Quidditch Cup 11 and event registration requirements for all events is available after the list of events below. More details on adjustments to USQ gameplay and event policies for 2017-18 season will be available next week.

US Quidditch Cup 11

Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
In partnership with Round Rock CVB
April 14-15, 2018

US Quidditch Cup 11 will be held on April 14-15, 2018 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. The facility has 10 full size soccer fields (five natural grass and five synthetic turf). Two of the fields are championship style with video scoreboards and bleachers. The clubhouse building overlooks both championship fields and has an upstairs, climate controlled space with private balconies and restrooms that will be used for our VIP lounge. There are numerous indoor restrooms on-site as well as shaded seating areas.

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Round Rock is located approximately 30 minutes north of Austin and is known as “the sports capital of Texas.” The Austin area is home to two national championship winning teams: Texas Quidditch (2013, 2014, and 2015) and Texas Cavalry (2017). In the 2016-17 season, Texas had more teams registered with USQ than any other single state in the league.

“We are honored to host the players, families and fans in Round Rock for the US Quidditch Cup in April 2018!” Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nancy Yawn said. “How exciting that the year of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, the Sports Capital of Texas gets to announce that the magical, competitive quidditch national championships will be held here!”

As previously announced, there will be a divisional split at this tournament as well as at all USQ regional championships: a collegiate division and a community division. Collegiate teams will compete only against other collegiate teams and community teams will compete only against other community teams. There will not be separate events for collegiate and community teams; they will compete at the same regional and national championships. Additional information about the gameplay format as well as bid allocation will be available in August.

Full information about US Quidditch Cup 11, including team, press, and volunteer registration, as well as tickets, will be available in the fall.

USQ hosts eight regional championships that crown regional champions and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. All official teams in the region are able to attend their regional championship. The event dates and locations are available chronologically below.

For all regional championships, the average driving team is based on the addresses for teams registered at the start of the 2016-17 season.

Great Lakes Regional Championship

Kalamazoo, Michigan
River Oaks County Park
In partnership with Discover Kalamazoo
October 28-29, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 3 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 56 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees.

Midwest Regional Championship

Madison, Wisconsin
Breese Stevens Field
In partnership with Madison Area Sports Commission
November 4-5, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 30 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 44 degrees. Average low: 28 degrees.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Consol Energy Turner Valley Complex
In partnership with Visit Monroeville and SportsPITTSBURGH
November 11-12, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 4 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

Northeast Regional Championship

Rochester, New York
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Monroe County Sports Commission
November 18-19, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northeast Regional Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 8 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 37 degrees.

In the 2017-18 season staff will focus on developing more relationships with interested host cities in the Northeast region, with the goal of holding the event in more geographically diverse areas within the region. USQ spoke with many cities about hosting the tournament during this bidding cycle. We’ve been looking into factors that have kept these and other cities from bidding and are actively working on diversifying our connections in the region.

South Regional Championship

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Munny Sokol Park North
In partnership with Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports
February 10-11, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 40 minutes. For teams in Florida, the average driving time is 8 hours and 31 minutes. For teams outside of Florida, it’s about 4 hours and 20 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 61 degrees, Average low: 38 degrees.

Northwest Regional Championship

Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College or Lacey Regional Athletic Complex
In partnership with Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau
February 17-18, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 33 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 49 degrees. Average low: 33 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship

Wichita Falls, Texas
GWFSA Soccer Complex & Memorial Stadium
In partnership with Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
February 24-25, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 55 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: On some fields
Historical Weather: Average high: 59 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

West Regional Championship

Tri-Valley, California
Dublin Sports Grounds or Emerald Glen Park
In partnership with Visit Tri-Valley
March 3-4, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 59 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes at Dublin Sports Grounds; No at Emerald Glen Park
Historical Weather: Average high is 66 degrees. Average low is 43 degrees.

The Bid Process

Throughout the year, Executive Director Sarah Woolsey and Events Director Mary Kimball correspond with cities, introducing them to our sport and bid process and talking with them at USQ events USQ’s location coordinator, Joe Pickett, meets with cities at trade shows, such as National Association of Sports Commissions, TEAMS and Connect Sports Marketplace. USQ also invites cities to USQ-hosted events, giving them the chance to see quidditch in person.

The new bid manual will be released later this fall.

US Quidditch Cup 11 Bid Comparison

During the bid review process, Lubbock recommended a different facility for our national championship than what was originally proposed, the West Rec Grass and Turf Complex Fields at Texas Tech University. Located across the street from the school’s main campus, the complex has natural grass and synthetic turf fields, field lights, and permanent indoor buildings.

Both finalists had the following in common:

  • Located in Texas
  • Available for both weekends (April 14-15 and 21-22, 2018)
  • Field lighting on all fields
  • Permanent indoor restrooms
  • Indoor climate-controlled administrative space
  • Free parking adjacent to the fields
  • Several options for teams village location that are close to gameplay fields
  • All hotels within 15 minutes of the fields
  • Synthetic turf and natural grass fields available
  • Hospital within a 5 minute drive of the fields

We decided on Round Rock primarily because of the facility. The facility has additional field space, as well as more amenities on-site that are similar to previous national championship hosts, like Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many of the on-site resources will help us address some of the feedback we received after US Quidditch Cup 10, such as ample indoor restrooms, the inclusion of more permanent shade structures on-site, and a clubhouse that we can use for a VIP lounge.

Round Rock is approximately 30 to 45 minutes north by car from the Austin airport, which is the closest airport to fly into. The fastest way to the fields is via a toll road, SH 130. Taking the interstate is free but there is a higher possibility of heavy traffic. As previously mentioned, all hotels are within 15 minutes of the fields.

USQ will continue to monitor the discriminatory gender-based legislation that the Texas Legislature may consider during the upcoming special session. Both Round Rock and Wichita Falls are aware of our opposition to such bills. For more information, read our statement here.

Regional Championship Registration

Team registration for all regional championships will open in August. To register, teams must complete all steps by the deadlines listed below.

Team Registration Deadlines

To be eligible to compete, all teams must:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Register for the event on the calendar.
  3. Sign up for hotel accommodations, as required per the stay and play policy.
    1. In the 2017-18 season, USQ staff will work directly with teams and our partners on hotels for USQ hotels. Information on how this process will work will be available in August.
  4. Fill out the referee crew form. Like at US Quidditch Cup 10, USQ is requiring teams to send us the names of people who may help fill referee assignments at all regional championships. Teams will be asked to provide a combination of head referees, lead assistant referees, assistant referees, and snitch referees, similar to the 2016-17 season, with the exact details to be announced in August. While all officials must hold the minimum certification level required for their role, teams are discouraged from listing certified head referees in the SR and AR spots.
  5. Complete pre-regional championship season requirements. For these requirements to count all games must have scores submitted to USQ by the deadlines listed below.
    1. For teams with a fall regional: you must play at least three games against two teams at one event at least two weeks before regionals.
    2. For teams with a spring regional: you must play at least five games against three teams in two events at least two weeks before regionals.
    3. To see more information on this policy, click here.

The deadlines for regional championship requirements use the same structure as last season. Requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be completed no later than three weeks prior to the regional championship. Season play requirements, number 5, must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the regional championship. USQ is adjusting the specific deadlines from last season in order to align team registration with the end of the business week so staff can better support team leaders in meeting requirements, and to provide teams a full weekend to complete season play requirements.

Great Lakes Regional Championship, October 28-29, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

Midwest Regional Championship, November 4-5, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, November 11-12, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm ET

Northeast Regional Championship, November 18-19, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

South Regional Championship, February 10-11, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Northwest Regional Championship, February 17-18, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Southwest Regional Championship, February 24-25, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

West Regional Championship, March 3-4, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer registration for all regional championships will open by mid-September.

Please note that USQ may have limited free housing available for select volunteers on a case-by-case basis. We are prioritizing housing for certified head referees, snitch runners, and field managers. Priority will be given to those who are traveling from out of region and non-playing.

Press Registration

Press registration for all regional championships will open in August.

Tickets

As in previous seasons, regional championships are free for spectators to attend.

Please email Events Director Mary Kimball at events@usquidditch.org with any questions.

Outsider’s View on Quidditch

Photo by Quinn Wilson

Written by Eric Davis

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful Kissimmee Saturday morning volunteering at the US Quidditch Cup 10. However, I had never seen the sport before in my life. I play highly competitive travel kickball for cash prizes across the country, so I am no stranger to obscure sports. Quidditch is derived from the Harry Potter book series where wizards fly around on broomsticks in a clear parody of popular British sports rugby, cricket, and soccer. I never read the books, nor remember the movies very well, so that’s about all I knew going into the tournament. If you’re reading this because you’re a fan of the wizarding world and are expecting a bunch of Harry Potter puns, even a batch of Felix Felisis won’t help for the rest of your read.

I arrived early in the morning to volunteer for a shift with my girlfriend. We didn’t really know what to expect, or even how the sport was played, but we had heard good things. Upon arrival there were very helpful signs posted in the ground that explained the general rules of the game. There is a headband coding system for the players, as certain roles can’t do certain things (more about that in a bit). The sign also gave a breakdown of the different balls/objects utilized. There is a quaffle – a mildly deflated volleyball – which is thrown through 3 different vertical hoops of varying sizes to score points. There are 3 bludgers, dodgeballs used to “beat” your opponents to force them to return to their own set of scoring rings, kind of like a reset. Those become very strategic on when and who to beat. There is also a “snitch” that comes out after 17 minutes of game time,  an actual human being that has to be caught by one of the teams’ seekers to end the game. There is a TON going on and it was quite hard to understand for the first game.

After a while, it  all started to make sense, though. There is a green headband worn by the keeper, that player can defend incoming shots and also join in with the offense. The white headbands are worn by chasers, who throw the volleyball, quaffle, around to each other and try to throw it through the rings. There were black headbands worn by the beaters, and they were the only ones who could throw the dodgeballs. After the snitch comes out, there is one player per team that wears a yellow headband, called the seeker,who attempts to snatch a dangling object that is near the snitch’sbutt.

It sounds crazy, and it sure is a spectacle to watch. Keep in mind ALL of this is happening while the players hold on to brooms in between their legs. It didn’t seem to slow them down much, running with a broom like that. Oh, and it’s a full contact, mixed gender sport. There were some HUGE tackles that I saw which really amped up the excitement for me.

The snitch/seeker battle was like its own event while the whole game was going on around it. The game “cannot end until the snitch is caught, and even then the game could continue if the catch results in a tie. Which by the way, is when the seeker grabs hold of the ball-shaped tail attached to the snitch’s shorts. Catching the snitch is worth 30 points, which really seemed to matter when teams seemed to score between 80 and 100 points. While the entire field is full of bludgers and quaffles flying around, tackles being made, and players running around, the 2 seekers are trying to grab the snitch for themselves while also keeping the other seeker from catching it. Keep in mind, it’s a FULL CONTACT sport, and the seekers have one hand on a broom the whole time. The snitch plays by no rules and is wearing bright yellow and gold from head to toe. The snitch is pulling the seekers’ brooms, which makes them have to reset. They are also throwing them to the ground, outrunning them, slapping hands away.  It was very intense! There may not be a more exciting moment in all of sports than when a team is trailing by 20 points and their seeker catches the snitch to both end the game and gain 30 points in a dramatic come from behind victory. The team would erupt and typically the seeker would be lifted up on the teammates shoulders. Very impressive stuff.

I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours at the 10th US Quidditch Cup and I’m excited to attend another event; maybe as a player this time around, who knows. The quidditch people have created a great sport with an awesome event. If you ever have the opportunity to watch it being played, I HIGHLY recommend you take a few minutes and watch.

Texas Cavalry wins US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Isabella Gong

Texas Cavalry went undefeated on day one of US Quidditch Cup 10. They were the second seed coming out of pool play, and beat Mizzou Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 120*-50, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number four ranked team Texas State University – San Marcos 80*-60 in a game that lasted 30 minutes and 30 seconds.

The snitch for the championship match was Gabe Garcez, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the closing ceremonies. Head referee was USQ 2016-17 Referee of the Year Alex Amodol.

Read the full game recap here.

Sixty teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida on April 8-9, 2017. The full score sheet and rankings from day one can be found here. The full score sheet for day two can be found here. To view photos taken at the event, click here. Video footage from the livestream on fields 1 and 2 will be available to view later this month.

The recipients of the team awards were:

Best Uniform: BosNYan Bearsharks

Best Chant: Gulf Coast Gumbeaux

Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Lone Star Quidditch Club

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! If you fill out the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win free USQ merch. Please note that you must fill out the survey by Sunday, April 23 to be eligible to win. Ten winners will be selected on Monday, April 24.

Referee evaluations may be submitted by coaches, players, other referees, spectators, or event staff. Please use this form to submit a review for any referee (including head referees, assistant referees, or snitch referees). Please use this form to submit a snitch evaluation. If you have any other feedback or more lengthy thoughts after the event, we encourage you to reach out to us at events@usquidditch.org.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Texas Cavalry and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Experience Kissimmee for their support of US Quidditch Cup 10.

Cavalry’s Stampede: Texas Cavalry Triumphs Over Texas State- San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Final

Written by Michael Pascutoi

In a match that at times seemed both underwhelming and a testament to the continued dominance of Southwest quidditch, tournament favorite Texas Cavalry defeated Texas State-San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals 80* – 60.

The roads each team took to the final differed greatly. Texas Cavalry faced little resistance over the course of the weekend, stampeding each of its pool play opponents with out of range wins. In bracket play, Cavalry rode its methodical offense on the back of its veteran quaffle carriers and Cole Travis’ beating, catching every snitch with no games in-range. After systematically taking down two of the top college programs in the country, the RPI Remembralls and Mizzou Quidditch, Cavalry entered the final poised to bring the championship back to Texas.  

Texas State’s struggle to the finals was indicative of the team’s improvement over the course of the year. After playing the most games of any US Quidditch Cup 10 qualified team this year, Texas State entered as one of the top college teams in the country, though with more losses than other college contenders Mizzou Quidditch, Arizona State, or the University of Texas. During pool play, Texas State had no difficulty scoring, but also gave up more points to opponents than any other pool winner. Defensive struggles aside, Texas State then played three straight snitch-range games to reach the final four against UCLA, District of Columbia Quidditch Club, and Bowling Green State University. A matchup with a surging BosNYan Bearsharks squad in the semifinals turned into a rout when star quaffle player David Foxx sustained a game-ending injury, then was solidified by the strong quaffle play of Craig Garrison, Christian Rodriguez, and Jenna Bollweg.

Two vastly contrasting teams lined up to face each other as twilight settled on the main field of Austin-Tindall Park. A deep, systematic Texas State squad built around a star beater in Johnson was facing one of the most experienced teams in league history, built around a chasing line consisting of keeper Augustine Monroe and a talented plethora of chasers including recent Team USA player Kaci Erwin and alternates Marty Bermudez and Aryan Ghoddossy. Two quick goals by Monroe were offset by a drives by Garrison and Rodriguez to even the score at 20.  Both sides played a slow, efficient style in bringing up the ball, waiting for beaters to clear paths while ball carriers advanced only to pass backwards to waiting teammates if an option to drive wasn’t present. Offensive opportunities were limited due to tough defense from both teams, and the score sat at 40-30 in favor of Texas State fifteen minutes in.

Cavalry made a noticeable strategic change by switching Monroe to beater, partnering him with Travis as snitch on pitch play began and allowing Texas State alum Tyrell Williams to take over the game as keeper. A series of long, uneventful quaffle possessions were punctuated by brilliant displays of beater play on both sides. Thirty minutes into the game, with the score standing at 60-50 in favor of Texas State, a missed Texas State beat opened a hole for Cavalry seeker Josh Andrews to have ten free seconds with snitch Gabe Garcez, ultimately resulting in Andrews lying on the ground exhausted, snitch tail in hand.

As the final whistle indicated the catch was good for Cavalry, the team stormed the field as a demoralized Texas State squad looked on. Three players on Cavalry – Monroe, Ghoddossy, and Shelby Manford – were winning their fourth championship, while Erwin, Bermudez, and utility player Freddy Salinas were hoisting the trophy for the third time as active players. Texas State, while runners up for the second time in four years, played a fantastic game and will likely be the top collegiate team entering next season, while Cavalry undoubtedly will continue to build chemistry under the leadership of Monroe. After one of the most interesting tournaments in USQ history, the 2016-17 USQ season is officially in the books. Congratulations to all 60 teams for participating, Texas State on their fantastic run to the finals, and Texas Cavalry on being the US Quidditch Cup 10 champions.

Thoughts on the BosNYan Bearshark – Texas State Match

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

Believe it or not, these teams have a bit of history. Okay, maybe only a little bit. Texas State beat Emerson to make it to the World Cup VII final three years ago in North Myrtle Beach. While there may have been a lot of turnover since then, this is something of a rematch for Texas State’s Tessa Lantsberger, Jackson Johnson, Steven Grawlinki, and Austin Springs LeFoy, and BosNYan’s Leeanne Dillmann, Tyler Trudeau, David Fox, Jake Hines, and CJ Junior.

BosNY lost key player David Foxx to an injury early on in the game and Tyler Trudeau to a second yellow card several minutes into snitch on pitch play. Between the loss of these key players and Texas State’s control of the game’s tempo from snitch on pitch onward, this match ended much like it’s World Cup 7 counterpart.

However, that’s not to say that the Bearsharks took this loss lying down. The BosNYan beater core, especially the pairing of Leeanne Dillmann and Stanford Zhou or their double male set, had flashes of dominance on-pitch against their Texas State counterparts. Their chasers also showed the ability to match Texas State physically, a noticeable difference from the Emerson loss three years prior.

Photo by Nikki Smith

Christian Rodriguez of Texas State ultimately pushed the game out of snitch range with four consecutive goals or assists. His targets varied from a cherry picker by the right hoop, a player behind the hoops ready to dunk, or the hoops themselves.

The score was 110-40 in favor of Texas State when Anthony Hawkins tookthe pitch and 120-40 when the seekers joined him a minute later. Bobcats, but not the Bearsharks, were smelling the blood in the water.

Texas State’s beating kept BosNYan seekers from having a chance at the snitch, but Hawkins was throwing both snitches into the ground regardless of the score. Texas State played seeker by committee and gave Hawkins many looks while BosNYan kept sending in Rob Walsh, who was either too small to get around Hawkins or limited by suffocating beater pressure from Texas State.

Photo by Nikki Smith

A highlight of the match was the fancy footwork Texas State’s Craig Garrison and BosNYan’s Team USA chaser Julia Baer displayed when marking up one another. Yes, folks; a dance fight broke out in the US Quidditch Cup 10 final. Quidditch might be gravitating towards a more serious paradigm, but whimsyness isn’t quite gone from quidditch yet.

The Bearsharks, unfortunately, are done for the day. Community team rival Texas Cavalry will be joining them in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals. As with three years prior, we have a final with two top Texas teams and a defeated Boston squad which almost made the final game.

Mizzou v. Rochester United

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography

Written by Kelsey Peterson

The second half of the Elite 8 round featured a matchup between Mizzou Quidditch and Rochester United. Both teams seemed well-matched, favoring similar styles of offense and defense. Mizzou and Rochester relied heavily on their beaters to clear lanes and create chaos for their ball carriers to skirt around. Both Mizzou’s and Rochester’s beaters were aggressive right out of the gate, maintaining their intensity late into the game. That being said, practically every beater in the game was guilty of making wild beats from midfield and attempting trick shots to knock balls out of other players’ hands. Otherwise, defense from both teams was scrappy at best, resulting in several collisions, scuffles over loose balls, and a rotating door on both penalty boxes.

Quaffle play vacillated between slow walk-ups and wild fast breaks. Mizzou keeper Jacob Parker scored Mizzou’s first goal shortly after brooms up, with Rochester United responding with a goal less than a minute later. Such was the pattern for the majority of the game. Almost like clockwork, both teams would meander up the field until one side finally scored, sending the other into a frenzy to match goals.

The game was tied 60-60 when seekers entered play. Shortly after, though, Parker received his second yellow card for illegal contact and was subsequently removed from the game. Parker’s exit stalled Mizzou’s momentum, allowing Rochester to put 20 more points up on the board. But, at just under 19 minutes, Dom Stelzer deftly caught the snitch to edge out a 90*-80 victory for Mizzou.

Texas Cavalry vs. RPI Quidditch

Written by Sam Doughton

Texas Calvary coasted its way to its first-ever semifinal appearance, utilizing suffocating beater play coupled with effective quaffle drives to easily defeat RPI Quidditch 150*-50 in the quarterfinals of US Quidditch Cup 10.

Calvary rushed out to an early three goal lead thanks to their beater line and keeper Augustine Monroe. The Calvary beaters consistently beat the point beater in the RPI defense, giving Monroe space to drive and either score or pass the ball off to a teammate for an easy dunk.

RPI was able to pull one back about five minutes into game with a tough shot at the top of the key under pressure, but Calvary quickly struck back with another drive and dish. RPI snagged a drive and dish of its own, but Monroe once again stepped up for Calvary, taking on the whole defense for the close-range score after bludger control was lost by RPI and the remaining beater was taken out by the Cavalry line, making the score 50-20.

Cavalry never led by fewer than 30 points the rest of the game, as the team continued its formula of blocking off the lone RPI beater from making a play on the ball as Cavalry’s quaffle players blew past the point defenders on the drive, leading to easy scores. RPI was able to snag a goal off a delayed penalty and off a deflection, but Cavalry was too disruptive in the beater game to allow RPI to stay in snitch range.

By the time the snitch was released, Cavalry led 100-40 and began a patient game of waiting as its beater line focused on snitch play. Defensive seeking and some good snitch-on-pitch beating from RPI kept Cavalry from getting a ton of time alone with the snitch for most of the period, but snitch runner Jaxon Matheny also was physically dominating Cavalry’s seekers during the play. The snitch play also left opening, as Cavalry scored twice on no bludger drives and RPI grabbed a goal off an assist to its chaser by the hoops.

With the score at 120-50, Cavalry caught the snitch off a difficult backhanded grab. The snitch runner had the Cavalry seeker by the broom with the seeker’s back to him, when the Cavalry seeker stretched around with his left arm and grabbed the tail to secure the 150*-50 win.

With the victory, Cavalry moves onto the semifinals of US Quidditch Cup 10. Cavalry will face Mizzou Quidditch, who defeated Rochester United 90*-80 in the quarterfinal on pitch 1.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Quidditch Club Boston

Written by Cameron VomBaur

The BosNYan Bearsharks’ incredible US Quidditch Cup 10 run continued with a 100*-70 win over local rival Quidditch Club Boston in the quarterfinals. After an out-of-range victory over Lone Star Quidditch Club in the previous round, the Bearsharks are making their presence known as a competitive force despite being a “fun-first” team.

With five former QC Boston players on the Bearsharks’ roster and plenty of other Northeast veterans, there was a high degree of familiarity between the two community squads. However, after two out-of-range wins for Boston in the fall, it seemed clear that QC Boston and Rochester United were the true contenders among the Northeast. On the biggest stage, though, it was BosNYan that advanced to the semifinals.

Just as during its Lone Star match, BosNYan began the game with an explosive run, bursting to a 30-0 lead at the hands of Tyler Trudeau’s thunderous top-hoop slams and dominant beater play. But unlike Lone Star, QC Boston found its groove, taking back a two-goal lead at one point through a plethora of offensive weapons, including Stew Driflot, Jayke Archibald, and Harry Greenhouse. Max Havlin began to take the game over from former championship beating partner Kyle Jeon, and for a brief moment, it looked as though BosNYan might not have enough gas left in the tank to hold on to a winnable game. However, a few successful offensive possessions, featuring clean passing around the hoops, gave the Bearsharks a 70-70 game at the close of the seeker floor.

The quaffle game slowed down tremendously after the 18th minute, with neither side willing to risk trading blows and letting the game get out of range. During the match, there were perhaps only two or three offensive possessions per side, with none of them holding real threats of scoring. Effectively, the teams agreed to a three-on-three game with their beaters and seekers to determine the winner.

With the snitch on pitch, QC Boston quickly began to own the game, with Havlin’s expertise on full display. Highly accomplished seekers Driflot and Greenhouse got extended periods of time alone with the snitch, unhindered by beats or defensive seekers, but were unable to make the grab.

After a lengthy delay for the snitch to be replaced, the Bearsharks took control of the snitch game. Now, it was David Fox who had time alone with the snitch, and he didn’t let the game slip away. With a dramatic diving catch to propel BosNYan into the semifinals with a 100*-70 win.

Texas State University Bobcats – San Marcos vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club

Written By Sam Doughton

Texas State University Bobcats used an athletic chasing line and dominating snitch-on-pitch beating to triumph over District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) 160*-100 in the Sweet 16 of US Quidditch Cup 10.

In a matchup between the Southwest regional finalist and a Mid-Atlantic regional power, both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in the opening minutes, before Texas State struck with a drive and dish from keeper Craig Garrison to TJ Martinez for the game’s first goal. This started a five-goal run for the Bobcats, as Texas State got fast breaks off of beater play in their own half, forcing no bludger situations that allowed quaffle players Stephen Vigil, Craig Garrison, and Terencio Martinez to finish at the hoops.

With Texas State up 50-0, DCQC was not ready to quit. A long shot from keeper Erik Morlock while being contested got off just before the beat flew in. Morlock’s shot rimmed through the hoop for DCQC’s first goal of the game. Morlock scored again under a minute later, when he received a lob from the right side of the hoops and slammed it through to make it 50-20.

Texas State roared back with two more goals, one off a DCQC penalty, to make the score 70-20. Afterward, Texas State received a penalty, leading to a player-up opportunity for DCQC, which was executed by former Team USA chaser Bernardo Berges slunging the quaffle through the small hoop to score. Berges came down the field a possession later and scored again with the shot, this time through the middle hoop to make it 70-40.

Texas State had a player-up opportunity of its own about a minute before the seeker floor, with Tim Nguyen dunking to put Texas State just out of snitch range, but DCQC got a goal of its own with a push-through shot next to the hoops to put the game in range just seconds before the seekers were released to make the score 80-50.

With the snitch on pitch, Texas State’s beaters kept DCQC from getting up close to the snitch, either to catch or to defend from the Bobcat seeker. Both teams had multiple cards doled out during the time frame, but the game stayed tight throughout snitch play, with Texas State working through no bludger situations and DCQC picking up the pace to stay in range. The use of a four-male chasing line proved effective in keeping DCQC in the game down the stretch.

With the score at 130-100, Texas State seeker Steve Gralinksi pulled the snitch with a smooth diving move to secure the win for the Bobcats. Texas State will face Great Lakes regional champion Bowling Green State University Falcons in the Elite Eight. The Falcons knocked off three-time national champion Texas Quidditch in the Sweet 16.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Cameron VomBaur

In a thrilling Sweet Sixteen matchup, BosNYan Bearsharks took a stunning 160*-80 upset win over Lone Star Quidditch Club, tabbed by many to be among the true contenders to capture the championship at US Quidditch Cup 10. The match featured many of the players involved in last year’s Lone Star/Quidditch Club Boston semifinal at US Quidditch Cup 9, with five former Boston players now playing for the first-year Bearsharks.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

BosNYan imposed its will from the start of the game, with two dunks from Tyler Trudeau and two more goals from David Fox and Julia Baer. The Bearsharks sprinted to a 40-0 lead before a Luke Langlinais fast break brought the score to 40-10 at the six-minute mark. The gap would never be wider than four goals or closer than two until the snitch came onto the pitch.

Lone Star struggled greatly with obtaining and keeping bludger control. Leeanne Dillmann especially, with partners Kyle Jeon and Leslie Hargett, held control very well against the Lone Star’s much-heralded aggressive beaters. This was especially impressive given how often they pressed forward to beat out opposition to clear lanes for a series of powerful drives from BosNYan’s ball carriers.

Trudeau put on a clinic, scoring seven of the Bearsharks’ 13 goals, and assisting on two more. He was practically unstoppable once he reached the keeper, powering through double-teams from Lone Star’s usually-stingy chaser defense. Zack Gindes also managed a handful of goals, including two from broken plays cleaned up by his quick hands and hustle.

For Lone Star, goals were sourced fairly diversely. Mathieu Gregoire paced his team with three goals, but Lone Star’s famously deep quaffle player rotation did excellently in spreading the ball around. Unfortunately for them, the Bearsharks’ cerebral bludger play, Trudeau’s length at the hoops, and Fox’s crushing tackles at the top of the offense led to many possessions coming up empty.

Once the snitch came onto the pitch, chaos broke out. Lone Star was finally able to start consistently gaining bludger control with the Team USA tandem of Tyler Walker and Michael Duquette, and while they didn’t totally take control of the game, they were able to consistently create opportunities for seeker Blake Fitzgerald to secure the win. However, once again, BosNYan’s beaters came to their rescue.

While Lone Star focused heavily on seeker play to prevent a Bearsharks catch, BosNYan’s beaters excelled at owning the seeker game while also making defensive stops to push the gap further and further. Eventually, after a Fox goal to bring the score to 110-70, seeker Jonathan Ruland for Lone Star caught the snitch, which would have spelled a heart-wrenching 110-100* loss, had it not been for an impending call that invalidated the disastrous catch.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

Given another chance to pull the game back in range, Langlinais scored on a blazing fast break, 110-80. However, BosNYan’s beaters chipped in to the quaffle game for two more Gindes goals to push the game to a five-goal difference, the first gap of such size all match. Soon thereafter, Jeon subbed in at seeker and made a standing catch in seconds to end the game before Lone Star could make another attempt to bring it back into range, 160*-80.