Gameplay Information for US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by: Janelle Hutchinson

The gameplay format, pools, and bracket structure for US Quidditch Cup 10 are announced below.

Pools for USQC10

The pools for the US Quidditch Cup 10 are as follows:

Pool 1:

Texas Quidditch
Ball State Cardinals
University of California Los Angeles
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
RIT Dark Marks

Pool 2:

Bowling Green State University
BosNYan Bearsharks
Cal Quidditch
Virginia Quidditch Club
Tribe

Pool 3:

Florida’s Finest
Texas A&M Quidditch
Ohio State Quidditch
Appalachian Apparators Quidditch
Anteater Quidditch

Pool 4:

The Lost Boys
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
District of Columbia Quidditch Club
New York Quidditch Club
inTENNsity

Pool 5:

Los Angeles Gambits
Penn State University Nittany Lions
Boston University Quidditch
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
SHSU Quidditch

Pool 6:

Rochester United
Lake Erie Elite
Oklahoma State University
The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
Marquette University Quidditch

Pool 7:

Mizzou Quidditch
Boise State Abraxans
Crimson Elite
The Southern Storm
The Silver Phoenix

Pool 8:

Arizona State University
Lone Star Quidditch Club
University of Miami
Macaulay Honors College Marauders
Richmond Ravens

Pool 9:

Texas State University – San Marcos
Rutgers University Quidditch
Utah State Quidditch Club
University of Rochester Thestrals
Miami University (OH) Quidditch

Pool 10:

Maryland Quidditch
RPI Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Silicon Valley Skrewts
Baylor University

Pool 11:

Texas Cavalry
The Warriors
Michigan Quidditch Team
Tufts University Tufflepuffs
Illinois State Firebirds

Pool 12:

QC Boston
Kansas Quidditch
Carolina Heat Quidditch Club
University of Texas at San Antonio
Indiana University Quidditch Club

The pools can also be seen on the USQC10 website here.

The original ranked list was divided into twelve pots by seed, and each pool had one team randomly drawn from each pot. Additionally, the pools were drawn to ensure that no pool had two teams from within the same region. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here.  

Gameplay Schedule for USQC10

The full gameplay schedule for Saturday’s pool play can be found here.

Bracket for USQC10

On Sunday, the top three teams in each pool make the single-elimination 36-team bracket.

As it was last season, teams will be seeded into the bracket with consideration to their placement in pool play. The teams who finish first in their pool will be compared against each other according to our tiebreakers (as listed below) for the top 12 spots in the bracket. The teams who place second in their pools will be compared against each other for spots 13-24, and the teams who place third in their pools will be compared against each other for spots 25-36.

Gameplay Management for USQC10

Gameplay for US Quidditch Cup 10 will be primarily managed by Sarah Woolsey, Executive Director of US Quidditch. Woolsey started volunteering with the league as a gameplay coordinator in 2011, and currently manages the league’s year-round gameplay team. She will be assisted onsite by several volunteers, including David Pastula, who co-managed gameplay at World Cup 8. Onsite management of gameplay policies will be in accordance with plans discussed and developed in partnership with the year-round gameplay team.

To ensure gameplay integrity throughout the event, a number of systems will be implemented. Automated spreadsheets, developed by gameplay volunteers and used at previous nationals championships, will be used to calculate tiebreakers, and statistics will be double checked for accuracy as well. Multiple staff members will review each scorecard and ensure that score entry is accurate to avoid any errors.

For questions about US Quidditch Cup 10, please contact events@usquidditch.org.

Why We Play: USQ to Produce Documentary at US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by: Will Michels

Written by: Michael Pascutoi

USQ is proud to announce it is finalizing preparations for the development of a documentary to be filmed at US Quidditch Cup 10. Entitled Why We Play, the documentary will focus on the unique nature of quidditch, the sport’s development over time, and the devotion of its player-base.  

About Why We Play

Why We Play is a full-length documentary produced by USQ that will follow both pre-determined and developing storylines from throughout the weekend of US Quidditch Cup 10. USQ will be assisted by the MU Film Crew, based out of the University of Missouri, as well as several volunteers from the quidditch community. Taking inspiration from a variety of sports documentaries of the last 25 years, the production team will use interviews of players, volunteers, and spectators at the tournament along with other footage to craft the final product. Filming will begin the Thursday before US Quidditch Cup 10 and continue through the tournament, ending with a final round of interviews on Sunday night long after the final snitch has been pulled.

A Documentary Made By the Community

I wish I could say it was possible for a single individual to understand the diverse nature of our sport, the evolution of quidditch, and the nuances of our community, but as with every other sport, that is far from reality. USQ is openly inviting members of the community to share their stories regarding quidditch. Interview stations will be available on April 8 and 9 for players to have the option of being interviewed regarding their quidditch experiences.  

Likewise, any individuals who wish to volunteer to assist with the documentary are invited to submit a form below, as we are looking for individuals with experience in journalism and film to join the production team. Please fill out the link here if you are interested in taking part, and we will follow up by the following day with additional details.

Michael Pascutoi is the increasingly sleep deprived editorial coordinator for US Quidditch.  Please send all inquiries to mikedcriss@usquidditch.org or via carrier pigeon.

 

New Details about US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Will Michels.

Promo Video

Video produced by US Quidditch. Filmed and edited by Lemonlight Media.

Qualifying Teams

Congratulations to the following teams for qualifying for US Quidditch Cup 10! Learn more about each team here. Important information for teams is available at the end of this article.

Anteater Quidditch
Appalachian Apparators Quidditch
Arizona State University
Ball State Cardinals
Baylor University
Boise State Abraxans
BOSNYan Bearsharks
Boston University Quidditch
Bowling Green State University
Cal Quidditch
Carolina Heat Quidditch Club
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
Crimson Elite
District of Columbia Quidditch Club
Florida’s Finest
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
Illinois State University Firebirds
Indiana University Quidditch Club
inTENNsity
Kansas Quidditch
Lake Erie Elite
Lone Star Quidditch Club
Los Angeles Gambits
Macaulay Honors College Marauders
Marquette University Quidditch
Maryland Quidditch
Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
New York Quidditch Club
Ohio State Quidditch
Oklahoma State University
Penn State University Nittany Lions
QC Boston
Richmond Ravens
RIT Dark Marks
Rochester United
RPI Quidditch
Rutgers University Quidditch
SHSU Quidditch
Silicon Valley Skrewts
Texas A&M Quidditch
Texas Cavalry
Texas Quidditch
Texas State University – San Marcos
The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
The Lost Boys
The Silver Phoenix
The Southern Storm
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
The Warriors
Tribe
Tufts University Tufflepuffs
University of California Los Angeles
University of Miami
University of Rochester Thestrals
University of Texas at San Antonio
Utah State Quidditch Club
Virginia Quidditch Club

We are excited to reveal new information about our national championship! Here’s the down low on how to book hotels if you’re coming as a spectator, how to buy discounted theme park tickets, how to watch the livestream, and more!

Spectator Accommodations

Looking for where to stay in Kissimmee? We’ve got you covered with discounted rooms at three different hotels. Please use this link for booking hotels. Click on the “Individual Reservation” button and use the code BOOK-NOW.

Note: per the Stay and Play policy, teams will be required to stay in the USQ-approved accommodations through the Traveling Teams website.

The rates below are good for Wednesday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Teams are also staying at these hotels.

Holiday Inn Express Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South

$159.00  – 2 queen beds, up to 4 people in a room
17.36 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
3484 Polynesian Isle Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: 407-997-1700

Perks:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Laundry

Check In 3PM – Check Out 11AM

Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration

$108.00 – 2 double beds, up to 4 people in a room
19.94 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747
Phone: 407-396-7000

Perks:

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Laundry

Resort Fee: $10 per day
Breakfast available for $12 per person per day
Check In 4PM – Check Out 11AM

Champions World Resort

$75.00*  – 2 double beds, up to 4 people in a room
26.32 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
8660 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee FL 34747
Phone: 407-396-4500

Uncover Kissimmee’s hidden secret at Champions World Resort. located 3.5 miles from the Walt Disney World® Resort. Relax in our 4-acre nature and jogging park, featuring three separate ponds with sandy beaches, lounge chairs, picnic areas with grilles and tranquil seating areas. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy our multi-purpose sports fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball, fitness center and kid’s playground. All rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, safes, hair dryers and irons & ironing boards. Scheduled transportation to all major theme parks and the Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall is available as well!

Check In 3PM – Check Out 11AM

* 1 night room and tax due March 16th, 2017 or when you reserve – Remaining balance due at check in

The deadline for cancellations to individual reservation with no charge is 30 days prior to one’s arrival date at 2PM (EST). Reservations cancelled after this deadline will be subject to a $35 cancellation fee.

Reservations at the hotels above that are cancelled or changed after 2PM (EST) on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 may also be subject to a penalty charged by the hotel unless otherwise noted.

Discounted Theme Park Tickets

Our partners at Experience Kissimmee have secured exclusive ticket discounts to some of Orlando’s favorite attractions. Book discounted tickets here!

Afterparty

Some of you may remember that we held an exclusive afterparty at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when we were last in Kissimmee for World Cup VI in 2013. Unfortunately, that park has been booked for the weekend of US Quidditch Cup 10 for over a year, and we are unable to hold an afterparty there. In lieu of throwing an official afterparty, we encourage teams to take advantage of the theme park discounts offered above. If you prefer a more relaxing atmosphere, join US Quidditch Cup 10 staff and US Quidditch volunteers at Splitsville in Disney Springs after the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 9! We will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party in honor of the incredible individuals who do so much to support US Quidditch throughout the season. Information on discounted food and bowling packages for teams will be available later this month.

Entertainment

Do you face paint, juggle, or do close-up magic? USQ is looking for entertainers to interact with players and spectators in exchange for a small stipend. Fill out the application here if you are interested!

Livestream

This year, we will be running a fully produced livestream on two fields, working in conjunction with the Student Life Film Crew from the University of Missouri. Fans can now watch double the matches. As with previous livestreams, there is no cost to watch. Alll game film will be uploaded after the event on USQ’s YouTube channel. Subscribe to USQ’s livestream channel here to be notified every time we go live on April 8 and 9.

Partners and Vendors

Over the last several months, we’ve added several new partners for US Quidditch Cup 10. Many of them will be on-site at the Fan Festival, your one stop shop for all fan activities at our national championship. A special thanks goes out to Experience Kissimmee, who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in support of USQ.

Flying Cauldron – Reed’s Soda will be on-site at the Fan Festival providing spectators and players with free samples of their delicious butterscotch non-alcoholic beer.

Harry Potter Alliance – Support HPA’s annual book drive, Accio Books! Run by local chapter Central Florida Slug Club, HPA merch will also be available to purchase.

Peterson’s Broomsticks – Peterson’s Broomsticks offers high quality, durable, and affordably priced equipment for quidditch players and teams around the world. Their booth offers all the equipment a quidditch team might need, including brooms, hoops and bases, snitch uniforms, headbands, playbooks, and mouthguards.

KT Tape – Our partner since 2015, KT Tape will be vending on-site, selling their line of athletic tape.

Savage Ultimate – the official merchandise provider of Major League Quidditch, stop by their booth to check our MLQ’s gorgeous jerseys and other quidditch apparel.

Rumble and Roar – Selling custom made wands.

Transfiguring Adoption – Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit that develops media and resources to nurture growth in foster & adoptive families. TA cares for kids by giving a HOOT about their caregivers. Two of our tools that we provide parents to help combat past trauma in kids are our Harry Potter discussion guide and Guide to Magical Creatures Around Your Home that provides playful activities for bonding. All profits provide tools like their Harry Potter discussion guide to foster parents.

Xtreme Entertainment – the animals are coming back! Come say hello to an Eurasian Eagle Owl, Bearded Dragon Lizard, Boa Snake plus a mini alligator and a mini crocodile. Please note that the animals will be at the Fan Festival on Saturday, April 8 only.

Wizard Brooms – Brooms of all shapes and sizes for the Witch or Wizard “on the go.” We provide the one-of-a-kind Artisan Made Brooms…You provide the magic!

Additionally, SMG will be selling a variety of food and beverage on-site, including beer and wine for those attendees who are 21+. Please note that all attendees are expected to abide by the tournament’s alcohol policies, which will be posted later this month.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now for $10-$25 at this link! VIP tickets are currently $115. VIPs receive free food and drink all weekend, including complimentary alcoholic drink tickets! Additional VIP perks include:

  • VIP swag bag, featuring an exclusive VIP t-shirt
  • Free parking that’s close to the fields
  • Access to the VIP lounge, a climate controlled tent at the center of the action
  • Staff dedicated to your enjoyment of the event
  • Priority seating on pitch 1 on Sunday, April 9

For Teams

Livestream Questionnaire

As with US Quidditch Cup 9, teams are asked to fill out the livestream questionnaire. It will help the announcers better cover your team when you are on USQ’s livestream, and also help with additional media coverage. Please use the template here. Email the questionnaire to events@usquidditch.org with the subject line [USQC10 Livestream] TeamName, replacing TeamName with the name of your team. We ask that teams submit their questionnaires by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Team Rental Rental

We will once again be helping teams rent tents for placement in the teams village. Information on prices, sizing, and sidewall availability will be released next week.

Registration

For teams who qualified at West Regional Championship, the first four registration requirements must be completed by tonight (Friday, March 10) at 11:59pm ET. For teams who qualified at Northwest Regional Championship, that deadline is next Friday, March 17 at 11:59pm.

All teams will be required to fill out the referee crew form by Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:59pm. Teams are being asked to provide a crew of certified officials consisting of one lead assistant referee, two assistant referees, and one snitch referee. Please note that all members of a crew must be certified for the position they are put down for. They should be certified by the time the team submits the form. Teams may submit more than one referee crew.

Additionally, all teams must complete the season play requirement (at least eight games against a minimum of four different official teams at three different events) no later than Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm ET. Teams who do not complete the season play requirement will not be considered fully registered, and will be disqualified from the event. Games played at regional championships do not count toward this total.

Please keep in mind that official matches must be submitted to the USQ Events Calendar no later than two weeks before the match date, so teams who still need to complete season play requirements should schedule official matches to meet these requirements, and submit the event to the calendar, as soon as possible.

For questions about US Quidditch Cup 10, please contact events@usquidditch.org.

Team Registration Updates for US Quidditch Cup 10

Like at US Quidditch Cup 9, USQ is requiring teams to send in the names of people who may help fill referee assignments. Teams are being asked to provide one lead assistant referee, two assistant referees, and one snitch referee. Other updates on team registration are also available.

Team Referee Crews

All teams will be required to fill out the referee crew form by Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:59pm. Teams are being asked to provide a crew of certified officials consisting of one lead assistant referee, two assistant referees, and one snitch referee. Please note that all members of a crew must be certified for the position they are put down for. They should be certified by the time the team submits the form. Teams may submit more than one referee crew.

Staff will make all efforts to keep the individuals in each crew together. However, crews may need to be separated for various reasons, such in the case of conflict of interest. We recommend that teams check the volunteer schedule closely when it is released the week of March 27 to double check team referee crew assignments.

January 27, 2017 Deadline

By this Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:59pm, teams who qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10 at fall regional championships must complete the following requirements:

  1. Submit the event registration form.
  1. Request attendance to the event on the events calendar. Note: As with all official games, each team’s roster of up to 21 players must be submitted through the USQ website no later than 24 hours before the start of the event.
  1. Pay the non-refundable tournament registration fee, which is $450*. This can be done either by mailing a check or paying via PayPal.

To pay by check, it should be made out to US Quidditch, Inc. and mailed to PO Box 79304 Charlotte, NC 28271. The check must be postmarked by the team’s registration deadline. To pay via Paypal, use the form on this page.

*Please note that a $25 processing fee will be included if you choose to pay with PayPal.

Also, a grant program for team registration fees for West and Northwest teams will be available. Information on that grant program will be announced the week of January 30, 2017.

  1. Register for hotel accommodations through USQ’s travel partner, Traveling Teams, as required per the stay and play policy. Teams are required to book a minimum two night stay for all players for the event. The reservation request must be submitted by the team’s registration deadline. The confirmation email the team receives upon submitting the request should be emailed to events@usquidditch.org.

For the registration fee, if a team is marked as pending on the registration status spreadsheet then it means that USQ has received confirmation that the payment has been sent, but we have not yet received the fee yet. As teams who pay by check can mail the check in this Friday, provided it is postmarked on that date, we may not mark off teams as fully registered until the week of January 30 or February 6, depending on where the check is coming from and when it is received and processed.

All information about team registration requirements is available on the Team Registration page of the US Quidditch Cup 10 website.

For questions, please contact Events Director Mary Kimball at events@usquidditch.org.

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.

Team Registration and Tickets Now Live for US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography. The new website for US Quidditch Cup 10 is now live. Information on team registration and tickets is now available.

Website

View the new website here!

Team Registration

All this information is also available here on the US Quidditch Cup 10 website.

Teams must qualify through one of the regional championships in order to be eligible to compete in the event.

Teams must complete ALL of the following five requirements to be fully registered for US Quidditch Cup 10. The steps may be completed in any order, but the first four requirements must be completed by the deadline listed for the team’s region. The fifth deadline is the season play requirement, which all teams must complete no later than Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm ET.

Teams will be required to provide referees during the event, as per previous USQ events. Specific requirements on the number of slots to be filled by teams’ certified referees (ex. snitch referee, assistant referee) and other positions (ex. goal judge, scorekeeper, timekeeper) will be provided to teams no later than one month before the event.

To see your team’s current registration status, please view this spreadsheet.

Note: As a reminder to all teams, the USQ Stay and Play policy applies to this event. The policy requires that in order to participate in a particular event, teams are required to book hotel rooms in one of several tournament-approved hotels through our travel planner. The only exception to this rule is for teams whose official mailing address is within 100 miles of the tournament site address, using the shortest driving distance as reported by Google Maps.

DEADLINES FOR FIRST FOUR TEAM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Great Lakes, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions –  Friday, January 27 at 11:59pm ET

South region – Friday, February 24 at 11:59pm ET

Southwest region – Friday, March 3 at 11:59pm ET

West region – Friday, March 10 at 11:59pm ET

Northwest region – Friday, March 17 at 11:59pm ET

Teams who fail to meet their deadline will be disqualified from the event.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

The following four steps MUST be completed before your region’s deadline:

  1. Submit the event registration form.
  2. Request attendance to the event on the events calendar. Note: As with all official games, each team’s roster of up to 21 players must be submitted through the USQ website no later than 24 hours before the start of the event.
  3. Pay the non-refundable tournament registration fee, which is $450*. This can be done either by mailing a check or paying via PayPal. To pay by check, it should be made out to US Quidditch, Inc. and mailed to PO Box 79304 Charlotte, NC 28271. The check must be postmarked by the team’s registration deadline.   
    To pay via Paypal, use the form linked on this page.
    * Please note that a $25 processing fee will be included if you choose to pay with PayPal. Also, a grant program for team registration fees for West and Northwest teams will be available. The specific amount is TBA and will be available in 2017.
  4. Register for hotel accommodations through USQ’s travel partner, Traveling Teams, as required per the stay and play policy. Teams are required to book a minimum two night stay for all players for the event. The reservation request must be submitted by the team’s registration deadline. The confirmation email the team receives upon submitting the request should be emailed to events@usquidditch.org.
    The hotels offered are:
    –  Holiday Inn Express Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South, $159.00/night, 17.36 miles from fields
    –  Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration, $108.00/night, 19.94 miles from fields
    – Red Lion Hotel Orlando Kissimmee Maingate, $89.00/night, 22.69 miles from fields
    –  Park Inn Resort & Conference Center Orlando, $119.00/night, 23.32 miles from fields
    –  Ramada Kissimmee Gateway, $107.00/night, 23.37 miles from fields
    If you have questions about hotels, please contact Michael McGill. He is a Client Services Manager at Traveling Teams. He can be reached at michael@travelingteams.com or (866) 468-3268 x884.
    Please note that teams may be subject to additional deadlines for required hotel information, including rooming lists. Teams are responsible for complying with all additional hotel deadlines as communicated by Traveling Teams.

SEASON PLAY REQUIREMENT

Additionally, all teams must complete the season play requirement no later than Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm ET. Teams who do not complete the season play requirement will not be considered fully registered, and will be disqualified from the event.

  1. Complete the full season play requirements: play at least eight games against a minimum of four different official teams at three different events by Sunday, March 26 at 11:59pm ET. Games played at regional championships do not count toward this total.

Please keep in mind that official matches must be submitted to the USQ Events Calendar no later than two weeks before the match date, so teams who still need to complete season play requirements should schedule official matches to meet these requirements, and submit the event to the calendar, as soon as possible.

Please also note that a certified tournament director must be present and organize every official match.

TEAM QUESTIONNAIRE – OPTIONAL

To help facilitate the accurate dissemination of information for marketing and the livestream, we ask that teams fill out a questionnaire, similar to what was asked of team’s last season. The questionnaire will be available in 2017. Teams are asked to fill it out by Friday, March 17, 2017. Filling out the questionnaire is optional. However, it will greatly increase the quality of coverage for teams by the media and on the USQ livestream.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale here! Full information on what will be available for fans onsite is here. Early bird pricing is available through December 24, 2016. Ticket prices are:

  • Early Bird One Day Kid Pass: $8.00
  • Early Bird Weekend Kid Pass: $12.00
  • Early Bird Adult One Day Pass: $15.00
  • Early Bird Adult Weekend Pass: $20.00
  • Early Bird VIP Weekend Pass: $99.00

From December 25, 2016-April 2, 2017, ticket prices are:

  • Pre-Sale One Day Kid Pass: $10.00
  • Pre-Sale Weekend Kid Pass: $14.00
  • Pre-Sale Adult One Day Pass: $19.00
  • Pre-Sale Adult Weekend Pass: $25.00
  • Pre-Sale VIP Weekend Pass: $115.00

From April 3, 2017 onward, ticket prices are:

  • General Admission One Day Kid Pass: $12.00
  • General Admission Weekend Kid Pass: $16.00
  • General Admission Adult One Day Pass: $20.00
  • General Admission Adult Weekend Pass: $30.00
  • General Admission VIP Weekend Pass: $155.00

Volunteer

The sign-up form will be available in mid-December. Contact eventvolunteers@usquidditch.org and we’ll email you when the form is up. In the meantime, check out what volunteer positions we’re looking for here.  

For any questions about US Quidditch Cup 10, please contact Events Director Mary Kimball at events@usquidditch.org.

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 events@usquidditch.org.

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.

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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