Gameplay Updates for US Quidditch Cup 11

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Gameplay Formats


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 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 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

General Gameplay Schedule


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


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

Gameplay Information for US Quidditch Cup 10

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

Pools for USQC10

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

Pool 1:

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

Pool 2:

Bowling Green State University
BosNYan Bearsharks
Cal Quidditch
Virginia Quidditch Club

Pool 3:

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

Pool 4:

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

Pool 5:

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

Pool 6:

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

Pool 7:

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

Pool 8:

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

Pool 9:

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

Pool 10:

Maryland Quidditch
RPI Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
Silicon Valley Skrewts
Baylor University

Pool 11:

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

Pool 12:

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

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

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

Gameplay Schedule for USQC10

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

Bracket for USQC10

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

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

Gameplay Management for USQC10

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

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

For questions about US Quidditch Cup 10, please contact

Pools and Day 1 Schedule

Announcing the pools for US Quidditch Cup 9!

Pool 1

Ball State
Fighting Farmers

Pool 2

Lone Star Q.C.
British Columbia
Central Michigan

Pool 3

Bowling Green
Boston University
S.V. Skrewts
Lock Haven

Pool 4

Rochester United
Lake Effect Maelstrom
Crimson Elite

Pool 5

Boise State
New York University
Sam Houston
Michigan State

Pool 6

Oklahoma State
Tennessee Tech
Penn State

Pool 7

Texas Cavalry
Miami (FL)
Utah State

Pool 8

Q.C. Boston
Arizona State
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
Ohio University

Pool 9

L.A. Gambits
Texas A&M
The Warriors
Ohio State

Pool 10

Rain City
Southern Storm
S.V. Vipers

Pool 11

Lost Boys
Texas State
Miami (OH)
George Mason

Pool 12

North Carolina
Northern Arizona
Illinois State
Texas Tech

You can view the full day 1 gameplay schedule here.