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#MyQuidCupJourney – the Referee

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

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

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

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

Photo by Isabella Gong. #MyQuidCupJourney gives a firsthand account of what it takes to compete at the highest level. Part of our national championship since World Cup VII in 2014, it showcases the best in the sport. To see the first entry, the Chaser, click here.

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.

University of Miami wins South Regional Championship

University of Miami defeated the Southern Storm 110*-50 to take home the South Regional Championship in Auburndale, Florida.

16 teams participated in the regional championship, and the final standings are listed below. Four teams, listed below, are US Quidditch Cup 9 qualifiers and will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot at Columbia, South Carolina in April 16 and 17, 2016.

inTENNsity
Tennessee Tech Quidditch
The Southern Storm
University of Miami

Rankings and the full score sheet from the tournament will be available soon.

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.

“I was very excited to see teams improve from last year’s regionals to this year in terms of gameplay. South teams are overall a happy and wonderful group. It was great to work with them to make this year the most successful we’ve ever had,” said Tournament Director Jackie Ross.

Congratulations to @umiamiquidditch! #SRC2016 #quidditch

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“I’m proud of all of our competing teams and the volunteers who worked together to make this event a success, even despite some inclement weather. The sportsmanship and competition that all of the teams demonstrated is a testament to the region. Thank you especially to our city and facility partners who worked tirelessly with us on this event,” said Sarah Woolsey, USQ Events Director.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate University of Miami 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 Central Florida Sports Marketing for their support of USQ and the 2016 South Regional Championship.

Boise State Abraxans wins Northwest Regional Championship

Boise State Abraxans defeated Rain City Raptors 140*-80 to take home the Northwest Regional Championship in Salem, Oregon.

Nine teams participated in the regional championship, and the final standings are listed below. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 9 qualifiers and will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot at Columbia, SC in April 16 and 17, 2016.

In the interest of providing further clarification, teams who elected not to play in matches on Sunday will not receive forfeits for the matches they elected not to play. This is in keeping with the post from Saturday, and in light of the extenuating circumstances posed by the field conditions.

After matches concluded on Saturday, the three teams that qualified for US Quidditch Cup 9 bids are, in order: Boise State Abraxans, Rain City Raptors, and University of British Columbia. The Boise State Thestrals are the first alternate to receive a USQC bid as they were the fourth and final team to compete in the revised championship round robin.

The full list of finishers at Northwest Regional Championship (NWRC) is as follows:

1. Boise State Abraxans
2. Rain City Raptors
3. University of British Columbia
4. Boise State Thestrals
5. Western Washington Wyverns
6. British Columbia Quidditch Club
Tie-7. Moscow Manticores at the University of Idaho
Tie-7. Portland Augureys
9. Big Sky Flyers Quidditch

Also, in light of concerns that we have received from teams, USQ would like to emphasize that the unique situation presented by the field quality at NWRC differed from other weather-related tournament schedule changes, such as the break in gameplay at the Midwest Regional Championship (MWRC) to accommodate blizzard conditions on site. USQ has heard from players who expressed concern that teams were encouraged to play in the snow at MWRC, while teams at NWRC were permitted to restructure the tournament to accommodate the mud.

These events differed in two important respects: (1) the teams at NWRC suggested to tournament staff that they be given the option to voluntarily remove themselves from competition for USQC bids to allow the allotment of nationals bids to take place with the least effects due to field conditions, which is what allowed the significant restructuring of the event; and (2) the field quality at NWRC decreased over time as more games were played, necessitating moving up the most competitive games of the tournament, while the field quality at MWRC increased once the worst of the blizzard had passed. USQ acknowledges that quidditch is an outdoor sport and teams at NWRC faced muddy field conditions just as teams at MWRC faced snowy field conditions; none of these conditions were unsafe except for the blizzard conditions at MWRC, during which play was stopped. Competition for USQC bids at NWRC was shifted up to accommodate the decreasing field quality; while competition for bids at MWRC remained on the original timeline after the stoppage in play because it was not necessary to reschedule otherwise.

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.

“Thank you to the competing teams, referees, snitches, and volunteers for their patience and hard work this past weekend. Despite the field conditions, we had a great weekend of quidditch. Thank you also to our city and facility partners. They were very supportive on site and getting the word out to the community, resulting in great spectator turnout both days,” said Mary Kimball, Events Manager for USQ and Tournament Director for NWRC.

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Boise State Abraxans 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 Travel Salem and the Capital Futbol Complex for their support of USQ and the Northwest Regional Championship.

Tickets to US Quidditch Cup 9 are now on sale

On April 16 and 17, 2016, the top 60 quidditch teams from around the country will descend on Columbia, South Carolina to determine the sport’s national champion. After a decade of quidditch, will an old powerhouse come out on top, or will a new team surge to the title?

Tickets range from $10-28, with a special VIP pass available for $115.  Purchase tickets here.

Photo by Michael E. Mason.