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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.

Maryland Quidditch wins Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. Maryland Quidditch defeated the Warriors 110*-70 on Sunday, November 20 to take home their third Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship title in Fruitland, Maryland.

The University of Maryland team went undefeated on day one of Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and was the top seed coming out of pool play. They beat University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch in the semi-finals, 140*-50, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. In the final, Maryland defeated the Warriors in a fast paced match that lasted 21 minutes and 26 seconds. The final score was 110*-70, with a snitch grab by Maryland seeker Brandon Hutton. Head referee Austin Pitts oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Erin Mallory. The snitch runner was Ricky Nelson.

19 teams participated in the regional championship, which took place at Fruitland Recreational Park in Wicomico County, Maryland November 19-20, 2016. The final standings will be available later this week. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Appalachian Apparators Quidditch
District of Columbia Quidditch Club
Duke University Quidditch
George Mason Club Quidditch
James Madison University Quidditch
Lock Haven University Quidditch
Maryland Quidditch
Penn State University Nittany Lions
Philadelphia Honey Badgers
Richmond Quidditch
Richmond Ravens
Rutgers University Quidditch
Stockton University Ospreys
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
The Warriors
Villanova Quidditch
Virginia Quidditch Club
West Virginia Mountaineers
Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU

The full score sheet from day one can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

The full score sheet for day two can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! 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.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Maryland Quidditch 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 help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism for their support of Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found hereREGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSMIDWEST

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSMIDWEST

Mizzou Quidditch wins Midwest Regional Championship

Mizzou Quidditch defeated Kansas Quidditch 190*-110 to take home their first Midwest Regional Championship title in Nevada, Iowa.

Mizzou went undefeated on day one and was the second seed coming out of pool play. They beat defending regional champions Minnesota in the semi-finals, 210*-110, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday evening. Mizzou defeated Kansas in an exciting final match that lasted 26 minutes and 6 seconds. The final score was 190*-110, with a snitch grab by Mizzou seeker Dominic Stelzer. Head referee Alec Powers oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Richard Crumrine. The snitch runner was Hisham Abad.

On Saturday, many young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Illinois State University team for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. The team led drills and scrimmages to eager groups of children.

13 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Five teams representing five different states qualified for US Quidditch Cup 10. Their names are in bold below. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Anarchs Quidditch
Chicago United Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Illinois State University Firebirds
Kansas Quidditch
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
SIUE Quidditch Club
Southern Illinois University Quidditch
TC FROST
University of Northern Colorado

The full score sheet from day one can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

The full score sheet for day two can be found here, and is embedded immediately below.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! 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 atevents@usquidditch.org.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Mizzou Quidditch 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 help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for their support of Midwest Regional Championship.

Bowling Green State University wins Great Lakes Regional Championship

Photo by Jessica Jiamin Lang Photography. Bowling Green State University defeated the Ball State Cardinals 170*-90 to take home their first Great Lakes Regional Championship title in Dayton, Ohio.

Bowling Green went undefeated on day one and was the top seed coming out of pool play. They beat Ohio State Quidditch in the semi-finals, 90*-50, securing their spot in the championship match on Sunday afternoon. Bowling Green defeated Ball State in an exhilarating final match that featured intense seeker vs snitch play. The final score was 170*-90, with a snitch grab by seeker and former Team USA player (2014) Sam Roitblat. Head referee Michael Clark-Polner oversaw the final match, with support from lead assistant referee Dylan Meyer. The snitch runner was the 2016-17’s season “Most Fly Snitch” award recipient Anatoly Gunnin.

On Sunday, several young people were introduced to the sport of quidditch. USQ would like to thank the Bowling Green and Ohio State teams for their assistance in teaching youth quidditch. Both teams participated in games and served as snitch runners and scorekeepers.

17 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings will be available later this week. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete for the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

Ball State Cardinals
Bowling Green State University
Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
Eastern Michigan Quidditch
Falcon Warriors Quidditch Club
Grand Valley Quidditch
Indiana University Quidditch Club
Lake Erie Elite
Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Michigan State Quidditch
Ohio State Quidditch
Ohio University Quidditch Club
Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
Toledo Quidditch
University of Dayton Quidditch
Wooster Scottish Nationals

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! 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.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Bowling Green State University 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 help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Dayton Conventions & Visitors Bureau and Dayton Children’s Hospital for their support of Great Lakes Regional Championship.

QC Boston wins Northeast Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. In a rematch of the final game from US Quidditch Cup 9, QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60 to take home their second Northeast Regional Championship title in Rochester, New York.

The national champions from US Quidditch Cup 9 went undefeated on day one, securing a win in the semi-finals against BOSNYan Bearsharks on day two that solidified their place at the finals. QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60, with a snitch grab by seeker Stewart Driflot. Head referee Ethan Sturm oversaw the final match. The snitch runner was Ricky Nelson.

23 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings are available below. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

1. QC Boston
2. Rochester United
Tied 3. BOSNYan BearsharksRPI Quidditch
Tied 5. University of Rochester ThestralsNew York Quidditch ClubRIT Dark MarksTufts University Tufflepuffs
Tied 9. Boston University QuidditchMacaulay Honors College Marauders
Tied 11. SUNY Geneseo, Brandeis Quidditch
Tied 13. Emerson Community Quidditch, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Harvard Horntails, Hofstra
University Flying Dutchmen
Tied 17.University of Massachusetts Amherst Crabs, Skidmore Quidditch,University of Massachusetts Lowell Riverhawks, Stony Brook Quidditch
Tied 21.New York Badassilisks, Grove City Legion of Broom, New York Pigeons

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

Do you have any feedback about the event? Please fill out our event survey here! 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.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate QC 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 help to make the event possible. Special thanks to Monroe County Sports Commision for their support of Northeast Regional Championship.

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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How to watch day 2 of US Quidditch Cup 9

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

Photos by Monica Wheeler and Jessica Lang. 

#MyQuidCupJourney in Columbia, South Carolina

By Eric Andres, Guest Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Jessica Lang.