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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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. 

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 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.

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.

Brooms at USQC9

Athletes competing at US Quidditch Cup 9 will play on custom made Everlour brooms from Peterson’s Broomsticks. Used at eight regional championship events this year, the brooms are yellow with black grip and have the commemorative “Quidditch Turns Ten” logo on the end.

The other gameplay equipment is as follows:

Brooms: Peterson’s Everlour
Note: Teams may NOT elect to provide their own brooms – all players must use the USQ provided Peterson’s Everlour brooms for all games at the event.
Quaffles: Baden Matchpoint Size 5 Volleyballs
Bludgers: Regulation 8.5 inch Dodgeballs
Hoops: Peterson’s
Snitch Shorts: Peterson’s

Want to own one of the these brooms? US Quidditch is selling our stock of clean, used brooms onsite at US Quidditch Cup 9. Our game-used brooms are $15 each and are available for pick-up only on Sunday, April 17 after 2:00pm at the USQ merchandise tent. Please note that not all brooms will be available at that time, as games will still be going on. USQ will have clear pick-up instructions posted online and at the merchandise tent. Limited quantity available! Pre-orders close Thursday, April 14 at 5:00pm EST or until we sell out, whichever comes first. If online pre-orders don’t sell out, attendees may stop by the USQ merchandise tent on Saturday, April 16 to place a pre-order in person.

Broom pre-orders have closed. A limited number of used USQ brooms will be available to purchase at the USQ merch tent.

Those wishing to purchase a brand new USQ broom may do so through Peterson’s Broomstick here.

For full information on how to purchase a broom, click here.

Photo by Kevin Peterson.

#MyQuidCupJourney – the Chaser

#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. Featured here is Lee Hodge, third-year chaser for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch, along with Erin Mallory, chaser for District of Columbia Quidditch Club, head referee, and formerly with Maryland Quidditch.

The accompanying quote, “What you call pressure, I call pure adrenaline” speaks to an athlete’s constant chase of a challenge. Hodge himself admits he loves high-pressure matches, which he prepares for through film analysis and going to the gym five times a week. Mallory echos Hodge’s dedication and drive. A superstitious player, she listens to the same pump-up playlist and does the same warm-up before important matches.

Both Hodge and Mallory will put their training to the test in April.For many others, too, US Quidditch Cup will be the final exam assessing their athletic prowess and preparation.

Photo by Sofia de la Vega.

Harry and the Potters to perform at US Quidditch Cup 9

The official house band for US Quidditch’s national championship is returning for US Quidditch Cup 9! Harry and the Potters has been a part of quidditch since World Cup IV in 2010. Their show at US Quidditch Cup is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 in the afternoon. The exact time will be announced in early April.

In addition to music, they also will bring their sandwich-making skills to the US Quidditch Cup. Be on the lookout for the Golden Snitchwich: a peanut butter and Golden Graham sandwich that you can catch in your mouth, just like Harry Potter did in his first quidditch match. This blast of protein and carbs is the perfect combination for players looking for a boost of energy now and later. Free Snitchwiches for life are offered to the first seeker to catch the snitch in their mouth. (Editor’s note: not a real offer! please don’t try this in a real match!) More at catchitinyourmouth.com.

Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released 3 full length albums and played nearly 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards and pizza places all over the world. Their high energy live show has been legend for nearly a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list noting, “the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America… The Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this.”

They are hailed as the founders of the wizard rock, a sub-genre of music boasting nearly 1000 bands playing songs about the Harry Potter books. In 2005, they co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that has pioneered fan activism. They were profiled in the 2008 documentary, We Are Wizards and they appear on a Trivial Pursuit card in Sweden.

Follow Harry and the Potters online at their website, on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Photos by Nicole Harrig.