Gameplay format and bid allocation for US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Brianna Marian Photography

The US Quidditch Cup 10 gameplay format and bid allocation structure are announced below.

Gameplay Format

US Quidditch Cup 10 will feature a 60-team pool play preliminary format.

The pool play structure rewards teams for stronger play during the season by basing the preliminary stage of gameplay on how well they did during the season. Teams will also know the schedule for all of their preliminary games before the event begins.

There will be 12 pools of 5. Teams will be put into pools based on the pot system. The top 12 teams according to the USQ rankings will be put into pot 1. The next 12 teams (ranked 13-24 of competing teams) will be in pot 2, and so forth for five total pots. Each pool will have one team from each of the five pots, randomly selected. For example, a team from pot 1 will be randomly selected and placed into pool 1. Then another team from pot 1, of the remaining 11 teams, will be randomly selected and placed into pool 2.

Following pool play on Saturday, the top 3 teams in each pool will advance to Sunday’s 36-team single elimination bracket.

Bid Allocation

Bids will be allocated based on the number of registered teams in a region as of September 30 at 11:59pm ET, in addition to the performance of teams at US Quidditch Cup 9. For more on the precise method that will be used, see below.

Due to performance at US Quidditch Cup 9, regions earned initial auto-bids for the next championship. Teams that advanced to the round of 16 or further earned a full bid for their region.

Great Lakes: 2
Mid-Atlantic: 2
Midwest: 0
Northeast: 4
Northwest: 1
South: 0
Southwest: 5
West: 2

Each team will qualify through one of the eight regional championships.

The auto-bid will be awarded to the region the team is competing in as of September 30 at 11:59pm ET. In most cases, this will be the team’s general region. However, if a team applies for a regional transfer waiver by September 30 and the request is approved, the auto-bid would move with them to the region whose championship they are competing in. If a team applies for a regional transfer after September 30, the auto-bid will remain with their original region.

Huntington-Hill Method

This season, USQ used the Huntington-Hill method of apportionment in determining bid allocation, which is used by the United States House of Representatives in determining its seats. The Huntington-Hill method ensures that each region is represented at the US Quidditch Cup according to the size of the region.

Using this method, we first determine a standard divisor, found by dividing the number of registered teams by the available number of available event bids. We then calculate a standard quota for each region, which represents the number of bids each region would receive if the bids were an exact representation of the region’s size. Unfortunately, ¼ of a team cannot receive a bid to represent their region at the event so some rounding must occur, which is why using this mathematical method is necessary.

If a region’s standard quota is less than the geometric mean of the integers between which it is located, a region is allocated the lower of those integers; if the region’s standard quota is greater than the geometric mean of the integers, it is allocated the higher of the integers.

If the total sum of all of those initial quotas adds up to the total number of bids, the initial quotas are used; otherwise, a modified divisor is used in place of the standard divisor so that the modified quotas sum correctly and those modified quotas are then used.

Further reading on the Huntington-Hill method can be found from the Mathematical Association of America.

For questions about the gameplay format or bid allocation, please contact Events Manager Mary Kimball at

US Quidditch Cup 10 in Kissimmee, Florida

US Quidditch is excited to announce the site and date for US Quidditch Cup.


Kissimmee, Florida
Austin-Tindall Regional Park
In partnership with Experience Kissimmee
April 8-9, 2017

US Quidditch Cup 10 will be held on April 8-9, 2017 at the Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Sixty of the league’s top quidditch teams will compete at this event in order to be crowned the national champion.

“We are excited to welcome US Quidditch to Kissimmee’s Austin-Tindall Regional Park and to cheer on the athletes competing in the US Quidditch Cup 10,” said John Poole, Kissimmee Sports Director of Marketing and Development. “Our destination is home to unrivaled entertainment options and located minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.” In 2013, Kissimmee was the location for the International Quidditch Association’s World Cup (now called US Quidditch Cup) with over 1,600 athletes from around the world descending upon the destination.

Tickets will go live November 1, and registration information for teams who qualify through regional championships will be available in mid October. USQ recognizes that teams in the Northwest and West regions have often had higher travel costs than other regions for the national championship. To help alleviate costs for these teams, USQ is creating a grant program that will help offset the team registration fee. Information about the grant program will be available later this fall.

For a full list of all USQ events for the 2016-17 season, click here.

Photo by Rebecca Martin.

Q.C. Boston takes home first US Quidditch Cup title

Q.C. Boston defeated Rochester United 140-130* (OT) to take home the title of national champion in Columbia, South Carolina.

Q.C. Boston and Rochester United went into overtime after the Rochester United seeker Cody Keefer caught the snitch at 20:15, tieing the game at 90-90. With 30 seconds left on the clock in overtime, Q.C. Boston keeper (and U.S. National team member) Jayke Archibald scored, bringing the game to 140-130 and crowning Q.C. Boston the first new U.S. national champion in four years. The game was a re-match of the Northeast Regional Championship final from November 2015.

The snitch for the championship match was Anatoly Gunning, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the closing ceremonies. Head referee was USQ 2015-16 Referee of the Year Erin Mallory.

Q.C. Boston finished the tournament 9-0, winning their first national championship. The win marks the first time a regional champion has won the national title.

US Quidditch is excited to announce the winners of the Team Awards. Thank you to all who voted!

Best Uniform: The Fighting Farmers of America

Best Chant: The Fighting Farmers of America

Xander Manshell Sportsmanship Award: Appalachian Apparators Quidditch

60 teams participated in US Quidditch Cup 9. The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here. A list of media coverage is available here. To view photos taken at the event, click here. Video footage from the livestream on pitch 1 will be available to view later this week.

Do you have any feedback about the event?  The general event survey is available here, and more detailed feedback forms will be sent out soon. 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

“I’m proud of all the teams who competed this weekend to show how incredible our sport is. The passion and athleticism on display at the event demonstrated to spectators old and new why quidditch is so engaging and amazing. I also want to thank all of our officials, volunteers, and staff for working tirelessly to make the event a success. I can’t wait to see some of these same teams competing next year at US Quidditch Cup 10” says Sarah Woolsey, USQ Interim Executive Director and Events Director.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Q. C. Boston 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 and hard work help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Columbia Regional Sports Council, Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, and Lexington County for their support of USQ and US Quidditch Cup 9. For more information on quidditch and how you can start a team, click here.

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang photography.

Last night’s championship match between Rochester United and @qcboston was packed! #latergram #QuidditchCup9

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Snitches take a lap before the finals at #QuidditchCup9.

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How to watch day 2 of US Quidditch Cup 9

The four play-in games are almost done, and the round of 32 starts soon! To follow along, check out the bracket schedule here. The livestream is showing all games on pitch 1 today. Watch it here. Led by Brad Woznicki from Buckeye Cable Sports Network, we’ll be providing play by play and color commentary starting with the first game through the championship match.

Photos by Monica Wheeler and Jessica Lang. 

#MyQuidCupJourney in Columbia, South Carolina

By Eric Andres, Guest Writer

So far, US Quidditch Cup 9 hasn’t disappointed with the level of talent, intensity and spirit throughout Saturday’s gameplay. Preparation for the sport’s highest level of competition may seem straightforward every year, but each team’s #MyQuidCupJourney is an integral part to their philosophy and work ethic. The veteran University of British Columbia Thunderbirds have committed years to competing with the best U.S. teams. UBC Chaser Elizabeth Benoy has been looking forward to proving that they’re still a USQ-level team, given that they outstretched California State Berkeley in overtime.

“We can compete with the best,” says Benoy. “So far, I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

With old teams come the new, as Utah State Quidditch Club makes their first appearance on the national stage after a roller coaster of a first season.

“Our biggest focus was fundraising at first,” says chaser Sierra Whipple-Padgen. Many times, USQ teams find the monolith task of raising travel funds to be their biggest competition. However, USQC mounted an enormous effort that resulted in $10,000 over four weeks of fundraising. On Saturday, Utah State defeated one of the oldest opponents in quidditch. But once you pay your way, is it worth it?

“This is amazing, I absolutely love it.” says Whipple-Padgen, inspired to find how friendly the community was. Citing unknown players from teams on the other side of the country walking right up and complementing her play, she knows how supportive it can be. “It’s incredible. I love it. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.”

Whether they’re coming from a legacy program or a brand new institution, quidditch teams know that sacrifice and hard work pay off in big ways. Keep following #MyQuidCupJourney for more thrilling accounts of what it takes to make it to nationals and succeed, no matter the score.

Photo by Jessica Lang.

Snapchat Live Story

Snapchat is covering US Quidditch Cup 9 with a Live Story on April 16 and 17, 2016.

Live Stories allow Snapchatters at the same event or location to contribute their unique perspectives through video and photo Snaps to one collective Story, capturing the real story, straight from the fans and people at the event. A team at Snapchat curates the thousands of submitted Snaps and packages them into a brief video that can be broadcast globally to millions of users right on their phone.

If you’re at the event, it’s easy to submit your Snaps to the Live Story – simply take a photo or video Snap, tap send and choose to submit to the US Quidditch Cup 9 Live Story. After you take your Snap, swipe left to find cool geofilters. If your Snap is selected by the team at Snapchat, it will be included in the Live Story and available for all Snapchatters to see globally for 24 hours.

Learn more about Snapchat Live Stories!

Volunteer schedule now available

The volunteer schedule for US Quidditch Cup 9 is available to view here.

Please note:

  • The first few color-coded tabs show the individual schedules for each volunteer department. The shifts by name tabs are sorted alphabetically by first name, so you can easily see when you are working. The final tab shows the full volunteer schedule including which games are happening – all volunteer shifts listed here are identical to what are listed on the color-coded tabs.
    • One important note for non-playing assistant and snitch referees: please be sure to check the purple volunteers tab for your name in addition to the gameplay tab. This year we will be having on-call referees during each game. These referees should report to volunteer headquarters ten minutes before the beginning of the scheduled game and wait to receive assignments. If all fields have brooms up you will be released at that time.
  • All volunteers who receive free admission (if you are working three or more hours) will be emailed a ticket later this week from Eventbrite. Please have this ticket either printed or accessible via smartphone when you arrive.
  • Even if you have a ticket, you still have to check in at the volunteers tent at least 15 minutes before your shift!
  • Volunteer lunch will be served to those who volunteer 6 hours per day on Saturday and Sunday from 12-2pm.
  • If you need to make a change to your assignment, please email
  • Volunteers may not consume any alcohol during their shift, and are discouraged from consuming any alcohol until they have completed all volunteer shifts for the day. You must abide by the alcohol policies listed here.
  • Training sessions will be held via conference call for all non-gameplay volunteers. Please email us at if you believe that you did not receive this email.

#MyQuidCupJourney – the Volunteer

Featured here is Isabella Gong, photographer and player since fall 2012. She’s played with Penn Quidditch and the Philadelphia Honey Badgers. She was a beater her first year and now plays as a chaser. Quidditch made her the athlete she is today.

At US Quidditch Cup 9 (USQC9), Gong will be leading the photo team, ensuring that as many games as possible have photography coverage. She’ll also be taking pictures of her own.

Gong is one of the many volunteer photographers who have helped to propel the sport forward through professional, high quality sports photography. This #MyQuidCupJourney shows the effect of their hard work. “Having professional-looking photos helps legitimize the sport, increase publicity, increase interest, and hopefully, inspire new players. Quidditch has completely changed my life and I know it can change many more if people know about it,” Gong explains. “I think not many people realize that the people that run these events are volunteers and we do all we can for a better future of quidditch. It is absolutely rewarding and one of my guilty pleasures is after I upload an album and let all the Facebook notifications roll in, I love reading the comments.”

At USQC9, photographers will be working tirelessly to capture the pivotal moments of some of the most anticipated matches of the year. Working alongside hundreds of volunteers, their contributions are essential.

Photo by Kevin Freeman. #MyQuidCupJourney gives a firsthand account of what it takes to compete at the highest level. Part of our national championship since World Cup VII in 2014, it showcases the best in the sport. To see the first two entries, the Chaser and Referee, click here and here.

Download the official US Quidditch Cup 9 app

The app, powered by Guidebook, has everything you need to know about attending US Quidditch Cup 9.

We encourage all players, volunteers, and spectators to download the app here or use the box below to send a download link to your phone. The app is free.

The app has the full event schedule, including all games. It has details on vendors, teams, tickets, and more. USQ will be using the app to send reminders throughout the weekend of April 16 and 17. If you don’t wish to download the app, it is available as a website here. The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via the website.

Pools and Day 1 Schedule

Announcing the pools for US Quidditch Cup 9!

Pool 1

Ball State
Fighting Farmers

Pool 2

Lone Star Q.C.
British Columbia
Central Michigan

Pool 3

Bowling Green
Boston University
S.V. Skrewts
Lock Haven

Pool 4

Rochester United
Lake Effect Maelstrom
Crimson Elite

Pool 5

Boise State
New York University
Sam Houston
Michigan State

Pool 6

Oklahoma State
Tennessee Tech
Penn State

Pool 7

Texas Cavalry
Miami (FL)
Utah State

Pool 8

Q.C. Boston
Arizona State
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
Ohio University

Pool 9

L.A. Gambits
Texas A&M
The Warriors
Ohio State

Pool 10

Rain City
Southern Storm
S.V. Vipers

Pool 11

Lost Boys
Texas State
Miami (OH)
George Mason

Pool 12

North Carolina
Northern Arizona
Illinois State
Texas Tech

You can view the full day 1 gameplay schedule here.