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Round Rock Will Host US Quidditch Cup 12

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US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for the 2018-19 regional championships and national championship. More details on adjustments to USQ gameplay, event, and membership policies for the 2018-19 season will be available later this summer.

US Quidditch Cup 12
Regional Championships 2018-19 Season
Super Regional Championships
Dates
Great Lakes Regional Championship
Northeast Regional Championship
Midwest Regional Championship
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
West Regional Championship
South Regional Championship
Southwest Regional Championship
Volunteer, Tickets, And More
The Bid Process
US Quidditch Cup 12 Bid Comparison
Regional Championship Registration

US QUIDDITCH CUP 12

Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
In partnership with Round Rock CVB
April 13-14, 2019

US Quidditch Cup 12 will be held on April 13 and 14, 2019 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. Round Rock hosted US Quidditch Cup 11 this past April, which had 63 collegiate and 24 community teams competing. Over 4,000 athletes, fans, officials, and volunteers attended.

“We are incredibly thrilled, proud and honored to host the US Quidditch Cup 12 here in the Sports Capital of Texas! We enjoyed true collaboration with US Quidditch tournament organizers as we prepared for and hosted the event at our new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex this past year, and we look forward to a continued partnership,” said Nancy Yawn, director of the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the City of Round Rock Sports Management and Tourism Department. “The Central Texas community loves quidditch, and we look forward to hosting players, families and fans in Round Rock for the national championship tournament again in 2019.”

Additional information about US Quidditch Cup 12, including team, press, and volunteer registration, as well as tickets, will be available in the fall.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018-19 SEASON

USQ hosts regional championships that crown regional champions in each division and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. As part of membership benefits, all official teams may attend their regional championship with no event registration fee. The event dates and locations are available chronologically below. For all regional championships, the average driving team is based on the addresses for teams registered at the start of the 2017-18 season.

SUPER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

As announced last summer, USQ requires a minimum regional size for each division. In the 2018-19 season, the minimum will increase from three teams to five teams. If a region does not have five teams fully registered in a division by 11:59pm ET on September 30, 2018, there will be no regional for that division in that region. Teams in that region and division will be required to attend an  assigned super regional championship instead.

Super regional championships are a combined event where teams from both regions in a pairing will compete jointly at the assigned event. Those teams will be competing for the same pool of US Quidditch Cup 12 bids.

A super regional championship is division-based. If one division has sufficient teams in both regions in a pairing, that division will take place independently and separately at each of those events. If either region does not meet the team minimum in a division, then both regions in the pairing will have a combined super regional championship for that division at the assigned event.

Regions have been paired together for super regional championships. The pairings are:

  • Great Lakes and Midwest, with Great Lakes hosting in the 2018-19 season
  • Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with Mid-Atlantic hosting in the 2018-19 season
  • Northwest and West, with West hosting in the 2018-19 season
  • South and Southwest, with Southwest hosting in the 2018-19 season

If a team cannot attend their designated regional championship due to extreme circumstances, a team may submit apply for a regional transfer waiver. Please see the link to the policy for additional details.

As mentioned above, teams have until the bid allocation registration deadline to sign-up and count for their region’s minimum in their division. However, due to its smaller size, the Northwest region will not have a specific regional championship in the 2018-19 season, with teams instead participating in a super regional championship with teams from the West.

More information about bid allocation will be available in August. Please note that gameplay policies page will be updated later this summer. While policies like those mentioned in the article last summer may be similar, the content from the older article may not still be current beyond what we’ve specifically called out here.

DATES

For fall regional championships, date availability outside of the last weekend in October and the first weekend in November was limited and restricted our flexibility with scheduling. For those reasons, we have decided to host fall regional championships over two weekends: October 27-28 and November 3-4. During each of those weekends, two different regional championships will take place simultaneously in two different cities. Event dates have been selected so that regions that are paired for a super regional championship will not both have their events on the same weekend. Spring regional championships will not overlap in this way.

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Bloomington, Indiana
Karst Farm Park
Through Hoosier Sports Corporation – Visit Bloomington
October 27-28, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 hours and 0 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 63 degrees. Average low: 41 degrees.

Please note that Karst Farm Park is a soccer complex.

NORTHEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Rochester, New York
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Rochester, NY Sports Commission
October 27-28, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northeast Regional Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 59 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 56 degrees. Average low: 38 degrees.

MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tuma Soccer Complex
Through GO Cedar Rapids
November 3-4, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 27 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 46 degrees. Average low: 28 degrees.

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Howard County, Maryland
Troy Park
Through Visit Howard County
November 3-4, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 20 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 55 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees

WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Placer Valley, California
Maidu Regional Park
Through Placer Valley Tourism
February 9-10, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: West Regional Championship in 2013 and 2015
Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 43 minutes. This is an average for teams in both the West and Northwest regions.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 68 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees.

As mentioned above, this tournament will be a super regional championship with teams from the collegiate and community divisions of both the Northwest and West region in attendance. While other tournaments may also host a super regional division, this is the only event that will be confirmed as a super regional before the October 1 bid allocation date.

SOUTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Polk County, Florida
Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, Florida
Through Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing
February 16-17, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: 2016 South Regional Championship
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 48 minutes. For teams in Florida, the average driving time is 2 hours and 39 minutes. For teams outside of Florida, it’s about 7 hours and 39 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 75 degrees. Average low: 51 degrees.

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Arlington, Texas
Harold Patterson Sports Complex
Through Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
February 23-24, 2019

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 3 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 60 degrees. Average low: 38 degrees.

VOLUNTEER, TICKETS, AND MORE

Want to get more information about our events? Fill out the form below and we will email you when more information is available for officials, volunteers and spectators.

THE BID PROCESS

This season, USQ took a big step forward in our bid process. Executive Director Sarah Woolsey and Events Director Mary Kimball began attending trade shows, like National Association of Sports Commissions and TEAMS, and handling direct outreach with new partners. Previously, Joe Pickett, USQ’s long time location coordinator, attended these conferences on USQ’s behalf and communicated with cities in the first stages of the bidding process. Once all bids were submitted, other USQ staffers in the events department (Kimball and Woolsey in recent years) would review bids, chose finalists, conduct site finalists, and select the final locations. Beginning in the 2018-19 season, Pickett will serve as a bidding consultant, and Woolsey and Kimball will directly oversee the entirety of event bidding. We are thankful to the work that Pickett has done over the years. His contributions to the sport cannot be understated.

The next full bid manual will be released later this summer. It will cover events in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Preliminary information on what cities can expect is available here. Questions about bidding on USQ events should be directed to bidding@usquidditch.org.

US QUIDDITCH CUP 12 BID COMPARISON

Both Columbia and Round Rock had the following in common:

  • Previous experience hosting US Quidditch Cup
  • Field lighting on all fields
  • Fencing around the entire facility
  • Permanent indoor restrooms
  • Indoor climate-controlled administrative spaces
  • Free parking adjacent to the fields
  • Option for teams village location that is close to gameplay fields
    • One of the points of feedback from teams following US Quidditch Cup 9 in Columbia was the distance of the teams village from the fields. Columbia presented a different location in their bid this time around that would put teams adjacent to the playing fields, within the fenced boundary of the complex.

We received a lot of positive feedback following US Quidditch Cup 11 in Round Rock. In particular, players, officials, and volunteers loved the facility. We had great spectator turnout, and the tournament was the second largest quidditch event ever held, following World Cup V in New York City in 2011.

USQ remains committed to providing a safe space for all athletes, fans, officials, and volunteers, particularly including people of color and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. The safety of these attendees is put into heavy consideration when evaluating bids, and USQ staff looks at many aspects of a city’s level of inclusivity and safety, including local, regional, and state laws, indexes that measure equality and other issues, local partnerships, and community feedback. The city of Round Rock has been a very supportive partner in this regard. After each national championship, we use a variety of methods to gather feedback from players, spectators, staff, officials, and volunteers. As part of this season’s feedback process, we paid particular attention to the opinions of people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals, both those on our staff and in the broader community. We’d like to thank these individuals for their invaluable feedback, and we are always open to to hearing more opinions from the community.

The Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is an extremely high quality facility that has everything we need to host a top-notch tournament. It has a lot of well maintained fields, ample parking, field lighting, and the entire complex is fenced in. There are also many hotels within 10-15 minutes of the fields. It is cheaper for teams on the West Coast to fly into the Austin airport than it is to go to many parts of the East Coast. Our staff will continue to work on cultivating relationships with cities who share our values, and we encourage anyone with specific safety concerns about any of our event locations to reach out to Sarah Woolsey at sarah.woolsey@usquidditch.org.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION

Team registration for all regional championships will open in the summer. More information on the required steps and deadlines will be available in August.

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

Winners of US Quidditch Cup 11

Photo by: Miguel Esparza

University of Rochester Thestrals won the Collegiate Division and Texas Cavalry won the Community Division at US Quidditch Cup 11.

Collegiate Division

The University of Rochester Thestrals went 3-1 on day one of US Quidditch Cup 11. They were the sixth seed coming out of swiss, and beat Kansas Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 130*-80, to advance to the championship match. University of Rochester ultimately defeated the number one ranked team Texas Quidditch 100*-90.

Photo by: Shirley Lu.
University of Rochester vs Texas Quidditch in the collegiate championship match. Photo by: Shirley Lu.

The snitch for the collegiate championship match was Anthony Hawkins. Head referee was USQ 2017-18 Referee of the Year Austin Pitts.

Photo by: Miguel Esparza.
University of Rochester Thestrals with the college division championship medals and trophy. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

Community Division

Texas Cavalry went undefeated in pool play, and were the top seed overall coming into the bracket. They beat BosNYan Bearsharks in the semi-finals, 90*-30, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number two ranked team Lone Star Quidditch Club 90*-30.

Photo by: Miguel Esparza.
Texas Cavalry vs Lone Star Quidditch Club in the community division championship match. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

The snitch for the community championship match was Rob Snitch, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the Medal and Trophy Ceremony. Head referee was Ramare Hopkins.

Photo by: Miguel Esparza
Texas Cavalry with the community division championship medals and trophy. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

Recap

87 teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas on April 14-15, 2018. US Quidditch Cup 11 was one of the largest quidditch events in history, the largest national championship since World Cup V in New York City. Scores can be found here. Video footage from the livestream is available here. Additional games were streamed here, and will be moved to USQ’s primary YouTube channel soon.

Snapchat covered the tournament with an Our Story. It will be available to view soon.

The recipients of the team awards were:

Best Uniform: The Fighting Farmers of America
Best Chant: BosNYan Bearsharks
Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Utah State Quidditch Club

Photo by: Mary Kimball
Texas Quidditch, the runner-up in the collegiate division. Photo by: Mary Kimball

Feedback

Do you have any feedback about the event? We encourage players, spectators (including VIP pass holders), officials, volunteers, and staff to fill out our event survey here! If you fill out the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win free USQ merch. Please note that you must fill out the survey by Sunday, April 29 to be eligible to win. Ten winners will be selected on Monday, April 30.

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.

Photo by: Mary Kimball
Lone Star Quidditch Club, the runner-up in the community division. Photo by: Mary Kimball

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate the University of Rochester and Texas Cavalry on becoming the first champions in the newly created collegiate and community divisions. Thank you to all competing teams and players, volunteers, officials, and staff for your exceptional sportsmanship and contributions to making this event a success. We extend a special thanks to the City of Round Rock and the staff at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for their tremendous support of US Quidditch Cup 11.

Collegiate Bracket

Photo by Jessica Lang

The collegiate bracket play schedule is now available here!

Teams with the following records made bracket play: 4-0, 3-1, and 2-2.

Teams who are 2-2 play in the first two rounds of the day, 9:00 AM or 9:45 AM. Teams who are 4-0 or 3-1 play in the fourth and fifth rounds of the day, 11:15 AM or 12:00 PM.

The community bracket will be available after all games in the final 10:30 AM pool play round have finished.

Follow the Action

Follow the action from Round Rock, Texas this weekend during US Quidditch Cup 11, including livestreamed games.

Schedule

A general schedule of games is available here.

Livestream

A number of games will be live-streamed this weekend. Fans can watch every game at the championship pitch on our YouTube channel. The Eighth Man will also be live-streaming games on Pitch 5 through their Facebook page.

Instagram

Get a front row prospective to everything happening this weekend at US Quidditch Cup. Follow  us on Instagram and the event hashtag (#USQuidditchCup11) to make sure you don’t miss out on a second of the action.

Twitter

Keep up with the action on Twitter. Make sure to follow @USQuidditchCup11 and @LiveWithUSQ. Use the hashtag #USQuidditchCup11 to see teams and players’ updates.

Scores

The Scores section of the website, linked here, will update automatically with new score information. We’ll also be tweeting scores and updates all weekend from @USQScores.

Snapchat

Snapchat is covering the US Quidditch Cup 11 with an Our Story that will air on April 16. Our Stories allow Snapchatters at the same event or location to contribute their unique perspectives through video and photo Snaps to one collective narrative, 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 to millions of users right on their phone.

If you’re at the event, it’s easy to submit your Snaps to the Our Story – simply take a photo or video Snap, tap send and choose to submit to the US Quidditch Cup 11 Our 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 Our Story and available for all Snapchatters to see for 24 hours.

Youth Quidditch

Youth Quidditch is included with the price of admission, and the are programs for elementary, middle, and high school students on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be sharing photos and videos from the Youth Quidditch pitch all weekend!

Saturday Schedule

1:00 PM: Youth quidditch programming begins
1:10-1:40 PM: Quidditch 101: Flying for First Years
1:55-2:25 PM: All Ages Scrimmages
2:40-3:00 PM: Quidditch 101: Seeking and Snitching
3:10-3:30 PM: Quidditch 101: You’re a Keeper!
3:45-6:30 PM: All Ages Scrimmages

Sunday Schedule

11:30 AM: Youth quidditch programming begins
11:40 AM-12:10 PM: Quidditch 101: Flying for First Years
12:25-12:55 PM: All Ages Scrimmages
1:10-1:40 PM: High School Scrimmages
1:55-4:15 PM: All Ages Scrimmages

Vendors

We have several vendors taking part in the event this weekend. The vendors range from merchandising, to henna tattoos, to all kinds of food, and you can find them on our event’s website here.

US Quidditch Cup 11 Pools, Flights, and First Round Matchups Announced

Photo by Quinn Wilson

The community pools and collegiate flights for US Quidditch Cup 11 have been determined, and the initial schedule has been shared.

To see additional information about the gameplay formats and event schedule, please see this USQC11 gameplay update article from March 23.

The officials and volunteer schedule will be shared by Wednesday, April 11. This schedule will include pitch assignments for the first four rounds of play.

Community Division

Community teams will compete in pool play first, then moving into a bracket. Teams have been placed into four (4) pools of six (6) based on the USQ standings.

Community team players who coach in the collegiate division were scheduled to avoid conflicts between games of those two teams. This was based on coaches who were certified at the time the flights were drawn on Monday, April 2.

Pools

Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Pool A

Pool play games will be Saturday at 9:00am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm, and 6:45pm, as well as Sunday at 10:30am.

  • Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • District of Columbia Quidditch Club
  • Gainesville Siege
  • Los Angeles Gambits
  • Nomads (NW)

Pool B

Pool play games will be Saturday at 9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, and 7:30pm, as well as Sunday at 10:30am.

  • Lake Erie Elite
  • Philadelphia Honey Badgers
  • Quidditch Club Boston
  • Texas Cavalry
  • The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
  • Twin Cities Quidditch Club

Pool C

Pool play games will be Saturday at 10:30am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm, and 8:15pm, as well as Sunday at 10:30am.

  • Lone Star Quidditch Club
  • Rain City Raptors
  • Rochester United
  • Silicon Valley Skrewts
  • Southern Storm
  • The Warriors

Pool D

Pool play games will be Saturday at 11:15am, 2:30pm, 5:45pm, and 9:00pm, as well as Sunday at 10:30am.

  • 290 Bluebonnets
  • Florida’s Finest
  • Nomads Quidditch (MA)
  • Ohio Glory
  • The Fighting Farmers of America
  • The Lost Boys

Schedule

SATURDAY

  • 9:00am – Pool A
    • A1vA6 – Nomads (NW) vs. Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
    • A2vA3 – Los Angeles Gambits vs. Bosnyan Bearsharks
    • A4vA5 – Gainesville Siege vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
  • 9:45am – Pool B
    • B1vB6 – Quidditch Club Boston vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers
    • B2vB3 – Texas Cavalry vs. Lake Erie Elite
    • B4vB5 – Twin Cities Quidditch Club vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
  • 10:30am – Pool C
    • C1vC6 – The Warriors vs. Silicon Valley Skrewts
    • C2vC3 – Rochester United vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club
    • C4vC5 – Southern Storm vs. Rain City Raptors
  • 11:15am – Pool D
    • D1vD6 – The Lost Boys vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
    • D2vD3 – Florida’s Finest vs. Ohio Glory
    • D4vD5 – Nomads Quidditch (MA) vs. 290 Bluebonnets
  • 12:15pm – Pool A
    • A1vA2 – Nomads (NW) vs. Los Angeles Gambits
    • A3vA5 – Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
    • A4vA6 – Gainesville Siege vs. Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • 1:00pm – Pool B
    • B1vB2 – Quidditch Club Boston vs. Texas Cavalry
    • B3vB5 – Lake Erie Elite vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
    • B4vB6 – Twin Cities Quidditch Club vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers
  • 1:45pm – Pool C
    • C1vC2 – The Warriors vs. Rochester United
    • C3vC5 – Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. Rain City Raptors
    • C4vC6 – Southern Storm vs. Silicon Valley Skrewts
  • 2:30pm – Pool D
    • D1vD2 – The Lost Boys vs. Florida’s Finest
    • D3vD5 – Ohio Glory vs. 290 Bluebonnets
    • D4vD6 – Nomads Quidditch (MA) vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
  • 3:30pm – Pool A
    • A1vA5 – Nomads (NW) vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
    • A2vA6 – Los Angeles Gambits vs. Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
    • A3vA4 – Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. Gainesville Siege
  • 4:15pm – Pool B
    • B1vB5 – Quidditch Club Boston vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
    • B2vB6 – Texas Cavalry vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers
    • B3vB4 – Lake Erie Elite vs. Twin Cities Quidditch Club
  • 5:00pm – Pool C
    • C1vC5 – The Warriors vs. Rain City Raptors
    • C2vC6 – Rochester United vs. Silicon Valley Skrewts
    • C3vC4 – Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. Southern Storm
  • 5:45pm – Pool D
    • D1vD5 – The Lost Boys vs. 290 Bluebonnets
    • D2vD6 – Florida’s Finest vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
    • D3vD4 – Ohio Glory vs. Nomads Quidditch (MA)
  • 6:45pm – Pool A
    • A1vA4 – Nomads (NW) vs. Gainesville Siege
    • A2vA5 – Los Angeles Gambits vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
    • A3vA6 – Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • 7:30pm – Pool B
    • B1vB4 – Quidditch Club Boston vs. Twin Cities Quidditch Club
    • B2vB5 – Texas Cavalry vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
    • B3vB6 – Lake Erie Elite vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers
  • 8:15pm – Pool C
    • C1vC4 – The Warriors vs. Southern Storm
    • C2vC5 – Rochester United vs. Rain City Raptors
    • C3vC6 – Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. Silicon Valley Skrewts
  • 9:00pm – Pool D
    • D1vD4 – The Lost Boys vs. Nomads Quidditch (MA)
    • D2vD5 – Florida’s Finest vs. 290 Bluebonnets
    • D3vD6 – Ohio Glory vs. The Fighting Farmers of America

SUNDAY

All Sunday community pool play games will be played at 10:30am.

  • A1vA3 – Nomads (NW) vs. Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • A2vA4 – Los Angeles Gambits vs. Gainesville Siege
  • A5vA6 – District of Columbia Quidditch Club vs. Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • B1vB3 – Quidditch Club Boston vs. Lake Erie Elite
  • B2vB4 – Texas Cavalry vs. Twin Cities Quidditch Club
  • B5vB6 – The Long Beach Funky Quaffles vs. Philadelphia Honey Badgers
  • C1vC3 – The Warriors vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club
  • C2vC4 – Rochester United vs. Southern Storm
  • C5vC6 – Rain City Raptors vs. Silicon Valley Skrewts
  • D1vD3 – The Lost Boys vs. Ohio Glory
  • D2vD4 – Florida’s Finest vs. Nomads Quidditch (MA)
  • D5vD6 – 290 Bluebonnets vs. The Fighting Farmers of America

Collegiate Team Flights

The Collegiate Championship will be a Swiss-Style tournament. Teams will compete in four (4) flights of sixteen (16) teams, playing four (4) games each on Saturday.

Flights

Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Flight A

Saturday games will be at 9:00am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm, and 6:45pm.

    • Anteater Quidditch
    • Ball State Cardinals
    • Boston University Quidditch
    • Cal Quidditch
    • Creighton Quidditch
    • Emerson College Quidditch
    • James Madison University Quidditch
    • Kansas Quidditch
    • Louisiana State University
    • New York University Quidditch
    • Ohio University Quidditch Club
    • SHSU Quidditch
    • Texas State University – San Marcos
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
    • University of Florida Quidditch Club
    • Flight A has 15 teams. One flight was randomly drawn to have one fewer team, due to a team dropping from the event. If a 64th team is attending to the attending list by the end of this week, they will be added as the 16th team in Flight A. If there are only 15 teams in the flight at the time of the event, one team in each round receive a bye and a 150*-0 win on their record each round. The “null” team will have a 0-150* loss for each bye.

 

 

Flight B

Saturday games will be at 9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, and 7:30pm.

  • Baylor University
  • Brandeis Quidditch
  • Florida State Quidditch
  • Grand Valley Quidditch
  • Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen
  • Miami University (OH) Quidditch
  • Minnesota Quidditch
  • Mizzou Quidditch
  • Northern Arizona University Narwhals
  • Richmond Quidditch
  • Sun Devil Quidditch
  • Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club
  • The Silver Phoenix
  • UTSA Club Quidditch
  • Virginia Quidditch Club
  • West Virginia Mountaineers

Flight C

Saturday games will be at 10:30am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm, and 8:15pm.

  • Arizona State University
  • Austin Quidditch
  • Central Michigan Quidditch Club
  • DeathRow Quidditch Team
  • Duke University Quidditch
  • Maryland Quidditch
  • Michigan State Quidditch
  • Nearly Headless Knights
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Penn State University Nittany Lions
  • RPI Quidditch
  • SIUE Quidditch Club
  • Texas Tech Quidditch
  • Tufts University Tufflepuffs
  • University of Rochester Thestrals
  • Utah State Quidditch Club

Flight D

Saturday games will be at 11:15am, 2:30pm, 5:45pm, and 9:00pm.

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Harvard Horntails
  • Lock Haven University Quidditch
  • Macaulay Honors College Marauders
  • Marquette University Quidditch
  • Michigan Quidditch Team
  • Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech
  • RIT Dark Marks
  • San Marcos Sharknados
  • SJSU Quidditch
  • Texas A&M Quidditch
  • Texas Quidditch
  • Tulane University
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Miami
  • University of Northern Colorado

First Match-Ups

Generally, teams were matched for the first round based on their seeding in the flight by what pot they were in. Adjustments were made by one or two slots to avoid teams matching up against an opponent from their same region in the first round.

Flight A

Saturday 9:00am

  • 1 seed vs. 16 seed – Texas State University San Marcos vs. N/A [Texas State will receive a 150*-0 bye for the first round. If a 64th collegiate team is added this week, Texas State will face that team in the first round.]
  • 2 seed vs. 14 seed – Kansas Quidditch vs. Anteater Quidditch
  • 3 seed vs. 13 seed – Ball State Cardinals vs. Emerson College Quidditch
  • 4 seed vs. 15 seed – New York University Quidditch vs. Creighton Quidditch
  • 5 seed vs. 12 seed – Boston University Quidditch vs. University of Florida Quidditch Club
  • 6 seed vs. 11 seed – Cal Quidditch vs. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
  • 7 seed vs. 9 seed – Ohio University Quidditch Club vs. Louisiana State University
  • 8 seed vs. 10 seed – SHSU Quidditch vs. James Madison University Quidditch

Flight B

Saturday 9:45am

  • 1 seed vs. 16 seed – Virginia Quidditch Club vs. Sun Devil Quidditch
  • 2 seed vs. 15 seed – Mizzou Quidditch vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
  • 3 seed vs. 14 seed – Miami University (OH) Quidditch vs. Brandeis Quidditch
  • 4 seed vs. 13 seed – Northern Arizona University Narwhals vs. Baylor University
  • 5 seed vs. 11 seed – Florida State Quidditch vs. The Silver Phoenix
  • 6 seed vs. 12 seed – UTSA Club Quidditch vs. Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen
  • 7 seed vs. 10 seed – Richmond Quidditch vs. Grand Valley Quidditch
  • 8 seed vs. 9 seed – Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club vs. Minnesota Quidditch

Flight C

Saturday 10:30am

  • 1 seed vs. 16 seed – Maryland Quidditch vs. DeathRow Quidditch Team
  • 2 seed vs. 15 seed – Arizona State University vs. Austin Quidditch
  • 3 seed vs. 14 seed – University of Rochester Thestrals vs. Oklahoma State University
  • 4 seed vs. 13 seed – Penn State University Nittany Lions vs. SIUE Quidditch Club
  • 5 seed vs. 12 seed – Central Michigan Quidditch Club vs. Texas Tech Quidditch
  • 6 seed vs. 11 seed – RPI Quidditch vs. Michigan State Quidditch
  • 7 seed vs. 10 seed – Tufts University Tufflepuffs vs. Nearly Headless Knights
  • 8 seed vs. 9 seed – Duke University Quidditch vs. Utah State Quidditch Club

Flight D

Saturday 11:15am

  • 1 seed vs. 14 seed – Texas Quidditch vs. Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech
  • 2 seed vs. 16 seed – University of Miami vs. Tulane University
  • 3 seed vs. 15 seed – University of California Los Angeles vs. San Marcos Sharknados
  • 4 seed vs. 13 seed – RIT Dark Marks vs. Marquette University Quidditch
  • 5 seed vs. 12 seed – Michigan Quidditch Team vs. SJSU Quidditch
  • 6 seed vs. 11 seed – Texas A&M Quidditch vs. Lock Haven University Quidditch
  • 7 seed vs. 9 seed – Bowling Green State University vs. Macaulay Honors College Marauders
  • 8 seed vs. 10 seed – Harvard Horntails vs. University of Northern Colorado

Gameplay Updates for US Quidditch Cup 11

Photo by: Madison Vaughn

Gameplay Formats

Collegiate

As announced in August, the Collegiate Championship will be a Swiss-Style tournament. Teams will compete in four (4) flights of sixteen (16) teams, playing four (4) games each on Saturday.

In a Swiss-style tournament, teams of equal skill are paired against each other in each round. For example, after each team has played one game, each team with a 1-0 record will compete against another team with a 1-0 record, and each team with a 0-1 record will compete against another team with a 0-1 record. After each team has played two games, each 2-0 team will play another 2-0 team, each 1-1 team will play another 1-1 team, and each 0-2 team will play another 0-2 team, etc. Teams will only compete against other teams in the same flight.

The first match of the day will be determined in advance, based on USQ standings. Higher ranked teams will be initially matched against lower ranked teams within the same flight. Pairs of teams, by rank, will randomly draw an initial opponent out of the lower ranked corresponding pair. For example, the 1st ranked team within a flight will play either the 15th or 16th ranked team in their flight, and the 2nd ranked team within the flight will play the other. Teams seeded 3rd and 4th will draw from the 13th and 14th teams, etc.

On Sunday, teams will compete in a 44 team bracket. All teams that end Saturday 4-0, 3-1, or 2-2 will move on to bracket play. Teams that went 2-2 on Saturday will first compete in a play-in round before entering the 32-team single elimination bracket.

Due to the Swiss format, we are adjusting the tiebreakers that will be used onsite for the collegiate division. Teams with the same win record will first be compared based on Strength of Victory, followed by Strength of Schedule, then Record Before Snitch Catch, and the remainder of the normal tiebreakers from that point (Quaffle Points Against, Quaffle Points For, Snitch Catch Percentage, and coin flip).

Strength of Victory will be calculated by the average win percentage of the opponents that a team beat. Strength of Schedule will be calculated by the average win percentages of all opponents a team faces. When calculating the win percentage of your opponents, games against your team are removed from the calculation.

Explanations of the other tiebreakers can be found here.

Community

Community teams will compete in pool play first, then moving into a bracket. Teams will be placed into four (4) pools of six (6) based on the USQ standings. The 24 teams will be put into a ranked list based on USQ standings, and then divided into six pots by seed. Each pool will have one team randomly drawn from each pot.

Teams will compete in 5 pool play games, with four (4) played on Saturday, and one (1) pool play game played on Sunday.

When the initial gameplay information for US Quidditch Cup 11 was announced in August, the format for the community division was 3 pools of 8 teams. Based on feedback from community teams after regional championships, we have adjusted that format to be 4 pools of 6 teams.

On Sunday, teams will be seeded into a 12-team single elimination bracket based on their performance in pool play. The top 3 teams from each pool will advance, with the winner of each pool receiving a bye to the quarterfinals.

The community division will use the standard USQ tiebreakers.

Live Flights & Pool Presentation

The season play requirements deadline is Sunday, April 1 at 11:59pm ET. At that time, the rankings will freeze and be used to determine team placement into flights and pools. Regional diversity will be preserved where possible.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 9:00pm ET, there will be a live presentation of the flights and pools for USQC11. This presentation will include the assignment of all teams to their flight or pool, as well as the first round match-ups for collegiate teams.

After the presentation, an article will be immediately shared on the USQ website with the flight and pool draws, and the specific schedule for the first round match-ups and the community pool play games. Collegiate teams will know what game slots they are playing in on Saturday, although they will only know the opponent for their first match in advance.

Watch live on YouTube here.

Additional Gameplay Information

The general gameplay schedule for the event is posted below.

Information for teams on when they will have more details about the schedule for their team referee crew will included in the announcement of the detailed gameplay schedule.

As announced after US Quidditch Cup 10, we have been reviewing our onsite disciplinary procedures, and made adjustments before regional championships this season. Additional information about onsite disciplinary processes for USQC11 will be shared with teams before the event.

If you are interested in signing up to referee, snitch, or volunteer at the event, please fill out this form by Sunday, April 1 at 11:59pm ET.

If you have questions on any of this information, please email the USQ Gameplay Department at gameplay@usquidditch.org.

Gameplay Schedule

The final event and gameplay schedule will be released on Tuesday, April 3, after the live presentation is complete. The specific gameplay schedule will be based on the flight and pool draws.

When possible, staff will take into account community players who also coach a collegiate team, however it may not be possible to accommodate all of those individuals in the schedule. If you have questions or concerns about this, please email events@usquidditch.org.

General Gameplay Schedule

SATURDAY

9:00am – Round 1: Flight A & Pool A

9:45am – Round 1: Flight B & Pool B

10:30am – Round 1: Flight C & Pool C

11:15am – Round 1: Flight D & Pool D

12:15pm – Round 2: Flight A & Pool A

1:00pm – Round 2: Flight B & Pool B

1:45pm – Round 2: Flight C & Pool C

2:30pm – Round 2: Flight D & Pool D

3:30pm – Round 3: Flight A & Pool A

4:15pm – Round 3: Flight B & Pool B

5:00pm – Round 3: Flight C & Pool C

5:45pm – Round 3: Flight D & Pool D

6:45pm – Round 4: Flight A & Pool A

7:30pm – Round 4: Flight B & Pool B

8:15pm – Round 4: Flight C & Pool C

9:00pm – Round 4: Flight D & Pool D

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Collegiate Bracket: Play in (21-44) (1)

9:45 AM – Collegiate Bracket: Play in (21-44) (2)

10:30 AM – Community: 5th pool play game (all pools)

11:30 AM – Collegiate Bracket: Round of 32 (1)

12:15 PM – Collegiate Bracket: Round of 32 (2)

1:00 PM – Community Bracket: Play in (5-12)

1:45 PM – Collegiate Bracket: Round of 16

2:30 PM – Community Bracket: Quarterfinals

3:15 PM – Collegiate Bracket: Quarterfinals

4:15 PM – Community Bracket: Semifinals

5:00 PM – Collegiate Bracket: Semifinals

6:15 PM – Community Bracket: Finals

7:00 PM – Collegiate Bracket: Finals

Update on competing teams

Earlier today, George Mason University Quidditch informed USQ staff that they will be unable to attend US Quidditch Cup 11. As outlined in the bid allocation process description last summer, USQ is currently in the process of offering GMU’s bid to the remaining teams in the region in the order of their finish at the regional.

That order is:

Stockton University Ospreys
Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
Salisbury University Quidditch Club
NC State Club Quidditch
Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU
Johns Hopkins Quidditch Club
Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club

This list does not include the two Mid-Atlantic teams who earned at large bids, Lock Haven University Quidditch and West Virginia Mountaineers.

Each team on this list will be offered the bid, in order starting with Stockton University, until one of these teams accepts the bid. If no teams in the Mid-Atlantic region accept the bid, it will be treated as an additional at large bid instead of being offered to another region.

USQ will announce which team has accepted the bid once that has been finalized.

Update on security at US Quidditch Cup 11

We are saddened to hear of the recent bombings in the Austin area, and we understand concerns that attendees may have leading up to US Quidditch Cup 11. We are committed to ensuring that everyone is able to have a safe and enjoyable experience at nationals. In light of these recent tragic events, we want to explain some of the heightened security measures that will be in place onsite to ensure the safety of all attendees.

The safety of all of our attendees is our main priority. We are working closely with the City of Round Rock and the Round Rock Police Department on our safety and emergency plans to ensure  that they are as effective as possible. Event staff are implementing a number of safety policies, including but not limited to the following:

  • Enforcing a strict no weapons policy at the facility
  • Conducting bag checks at each entrance to the facility
  • Working with police officers onsite on public safety and law enforcement issues
  • Briefing all onsite staff and volunteers on safety and emergency procedures
  • Bringing additional security staff onsite where necessary
  • Creating multiple open lines of communication onsite where players, officials, volunteers, and spectators can alert staff to any safety concerns or other event feedback
  • Developing additional policies and procedures internally in partnership with our event partners and industry best practices

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Executive Director Sarah Woolsey at sarah.woolsey@usquidditch.org or 704-962-5099.

US Quidditch Cup 11 At Large Bids Allocated

Photo by: Paulina M. Pascual

At large bids have been awarded to 27 teams for US Quidditch Cup 11.

As announced in the US Quidditch Cup 11 bid allocation article, teams qualified through either one of the eight regional championships or the at large bid process. US Quidditch Cup 11 will take place on April 14 and 15, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas.

Both the community and collegiate divisions have at large bids. At large bids have been awarded directly to teams based on the USQ standings as of 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Upon confirmation of the standings, the top 16 eligible college teams and the top 11 eligible community teams in the USQ standings have been offered bids to US Quidditch Cup 11. To be eligible for an at large bid, teams were required to complete additional season play requirements. To learn more about the at large bid allocation process, please see this article.

COMMUNITY TEAMS

In the community division, there are 11 at large bids available. 16 teams submitted the at large bid interest form by the March 9 deadline. Of those teams, 15 teams completed season play requirements and were eligible for an at large bid.

The following community teams have been offered a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11. This list is alphabetical.

  • Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Gainesville Siege
  • Lake Erie Elite
  • Nomads Quidditch (NC)
  • Philadelphia Honey Badgers
  • Rain City Raptors
  • Rochester United
  • Southern Storm
  • Silicon Valley Skrewts
  • The Fighting Farmers of America

COLLEGIATE TEAMS

In the collegiate division, there are 16 at large bids available. 17 teams submitted the at large bid interest form by the March 9 deadline. Of those teams, 16 teams completed season play requirements and were eligible for an at large bid.

The following collegiate teams have been offered a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11. This list is alphabetical.

  • Anteater Quidditch
  • Austin Quidditch
  • Baylor University
  • Brandeis Quidditch
  • DeathRow Quidditch Team
  • Emerson College Quidditch
  • Grand Valley Quidditch
  • Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen
  • Lock Haven University Quidditch
  • Michigan State Quidditch
  • Oklahoma State University
  • SJSU Quidditch
  • San Marcos Sharknados
  • Sun Devil Quidditch
  • Tulane University
  • West Virginia Mountaineers

Please contact gameplay@usquidditch.org with questions about the bid allocation process. Please contact events@usquidditch.org with general questions the event.

Vault 713: A Reading Challenge for US Quidditch Cup 11

Photos by: Will Michels

From January 4 to April 15, readers 13 and under can participate in Vault 713. Read for fun for 7 hours and 13 minutes (433 minutes total) and win a prize – a discounted $10 weekend pass for US Quidditch Cup 11! Download a reading log here. Copies of the reading logs will also be available at the Round Rock Public Library.

More Information

To participate, you need to read for fun for 7 hours and 13 minutes (433 minutes total). You can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count.

Use the reading log to keep track of your reading! List what you read and the time you spent reading. Have a parent or teacher initial this log every time you read. When you reach your goal, have your parent/guardian initial the form. Then, bring it to the entrance of US Quidditch Cup 11, held at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, on April 14 and 15. You will be eligible to get a discounted weekend pass for $10, so you can see all the games, learn how to play the sport, and more!