US Quidditch Cup 10 in Kissimmee, Florida

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

US QUIDDITCH CUP 10

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 events@usquidditch.org.

“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.

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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!
https://support.snapchat.com/en-US/ca/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 events@usquidditch.org.
  • 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 events@usquidditch.org 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
Missouri
Rutgers
Emerson

Pool 2

Lone Star Q.C.
Maryland
British Columbia
California
Central Michigan

Pool 3

Bowling Green
Boston University
inTennsity
S.V. Skrewts
Lock Haven

Pool 4

Rochester United
Kansas
Lake Effect Maelstrom
Virginia
Crimson Elite

Pool 5

Boise State
New York University
U.C.L.A.
Sam Houston
Michigan State

Pool 6

Michigan
Oklahoma State
Tennessee Tech
Penn State
R.I.T.

Pool 7

Texas Cavalry
D.C.Q.C.
Miami (FL)
Utah State
Syracuse

Pool 8

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

Pool 9

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

Pool 10

Rain City
Texas
Appalachian
Southern Storm
S.V. Vipers

Pool 11

Lost Boys
Texas State
Tufts
Miami (OH)
George Mason

Pool 12

North Carolina
R.P.I.
Northern Arizona
Illinois State
Texas Tech

You can view the full day 1 gameplay schedule here.

#MyQuidCupJourney – the Referee

Featured here is Alex Amodol, referee and player since fall 2012. He’s played chaser and beater with the Philadelphia Honey Badgers, the Warriors and the Rogues, as well as rocked the black and white ref stripes.

At US Quidditch Cup 9 (USQC9), he’ll be busy head reffing, but will make time to cheer on the Warriors, too. Amodol will also enjoy the company of his fellow referees from all over the country.

This #MyQuidCupJourney quote speaks to the importance of confidence when reffing high-stakes games. “Some games handle themselves. The calls come easily, you are on your ‘A’ game, and watching the footage later does not make you cringe repeatedly,” Amodol explains, “And then there are those nightmare games. Stoppages come far too often, tempers flare up and you just feel drained at the end of them.” Those are the games where you need to trust your training, and your skillset. You need to trust you are prepared for anything.

At USQC9, the pressure is on. Our referees are prepared…are you?

Photo by Isabella Gong. #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 entry, the Chaser, click here.