Round Rock, Texas to host US Quidditch Cup 11

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US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for 2017-18 regional and national championships. Additional information about US Quidditch Cup 11 and event registration requirements for all events is available after the list of events below. More details on adjustments to USQ gameplay and event policies for 2017-18 season will be available next week.

US Quidditch Cup 11

Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
In partnership with Round Rock CVB
April 14-15, 2018

US Quidditch Cup 11 will be held on April 14-15, 2018 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. The facility has 10 full size soccer fields (five natural grass and five synthetic turf). Two of the fields are championship style with video scoreboards and bleachers. The clubhouse building overlooks both championship fields and has an upstairs, climate controlled space with private balconies and restrooms that will be used for our VIP lounge. There are numerous indoor restrooms on-site as well as shaded seating areas.

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Round Rock is located approximately 30 minutes north of Austin and is known as “the sports capital of Texas.” The Austin area is home to two national championship winning teams: Texas Quidditch (2013, 2014, and 2015) and Texas Cavalry (2017). In the 2016-17 season, Texas had more teams registered with USQ than any other single state in the league.

“We are honored to host the players, families and fans in Round Rock for the US Quidditch Cup in April 2018!” Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nancy Yawn said. “How exciting that the year of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, the Sports Capital of Texas gets to announce that the magical, competitive quidditch national championships will be held here!”

As previously announced, there will be a divisional split at this tournament as well as at all USQ regional championships: a collegiate division and a community division. Collegiate teams will compete only against other collegiate teams and community teams will compete only against other community teams. There will not be separate events for collegiate and community teams; they will compete at the same regional and national championships. Additional information about the gameplay format as well as bid allocation will be available in August.

Full information about US Quidditch Cup 11, including team, press, and volunteer registration, as well as tickets, will be available in the fall.

USQ hosts eight regional championships that crown regional champions and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. All official teams in the region are able to attend their regional championship. 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 2016-17 season.

Great Lakes Regional Championship

Kalamazoo, Michigan
River Oaks County Park
In partnership with Discover Kalamazoo
October 28-29, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 3 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 56 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees.

Midwest Regional Championship

Madison, Wisconsin
Breese Stevens Field
In partnership with Madison Area Sports Commission
November 4-5, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 30 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 44 degrees. Average low: 28 degrees.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Consol Energy Turner Valley Complex
In partnership with Visit Monroeville and SportsPITTSBURGH
November 11-12, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 4 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

Northeast Regional Championship

Rochester, New York
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Monroe County Sports Commission
November 18-19, 2017

Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northeast Regional Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 8 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 37 degrees.

In the 2017-18 season staff will focus on developing more relationships with interested host cities in the Northeast region, with the goal of holding the event in more geographically diverse areas within the region. USQ spoke with many cities about hosting the tournament during this bidding cycle. We’ve been looking into factors that have kept these and other cities from bidding and are actively working on diversifying our connections in the region.

South Regional Championship

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Munny Sokol Park North
In partnership with Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports
February 10-11, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 40 minutes. For teams in Florida, the average driving time is 8 hours and 31 minutes. For teams outside of Florida, it’s about 4 hours and 20 minutes.
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 61 degrees, Average low: 38 degrees.

Northwest Regional Championship

Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College or Lacey Regional Athletic Complex
In partnership with Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau
February 17-18, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 33 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: No
Historical Weather: Average high: 49 degrees. Average low: 33 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship

Wichita Falls, Texas
GWFSA Soccer Complex & Memorial Stadium
In partnership with Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
February 24-25, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 55 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: On some fields
Historical Weather: Average high: 59 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.

West Regional Championship

Tri-Valley, California
Dublin Sports Grounds or Emerald Glen Park
In partnership with Visit Tri-Valley
March 3-4, 2018

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 59 minutes
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes at Dublin Sports Grounds; No at Emerald Glen Park
Historical Weather: Average high is 66 degrees. Average low is 43 degrees.

The Bid Process

Throughout the year, Executive Director Sarah Woolsey and Events Director Mary Kimball correspond with cities, introducing them to our sport and bid process and talking with them at USQ events USQ’s location coordinator, Joe Pickett, meets with cities at trade shows, such as National Association of Sports Commissions, TEAMS and Connect Sports Marketplace. USQ also invites cities to USQ-hosted events, giving them the chance to see quidditch in person.

The new bid manual will be released later this fall.

US Quidditch Cup 11 Bid Comparison

During the bid review process, Lubbock recommended a different facility for our national championship than what was originally proposed, the West Rec Grass and Turf Complex Fields at Texas Tech University. Located across the street from the school’s main campus, the complex has natural grass and synthetic turf fields, field lights, and permanent indoor buildings.

Both finalists had the following in common:

  • Located in Texas
  • Available for both weekends (April 14-15 and 21-22, 2018)
  • Field lighting on all fields
  • Permanent indoor restrooms
  • Indoor climate-controlled administrative space
  • Free parking adjacent to the fields
  • Several options for teams village location that are close to gameplay fields
  • All hotels within 15 minutes of the fields
  • Synthetic turf and natural grass fields available
  • Hospital within a 5 minute drive of the fields

We decided on Round Rock primarily because of the facility. The facility has additional field space, as well as more amenities on-site that are similar to previous national championship hosts, like Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many of the on-site resources will help us address some of the feedback we received after US Quidditch Cup 10, such as ample indoor restrooms, the inclusion of more permanent shade structures on-site, and a clubhouse that we can use for a VIP lounge.

Round Rock is approximately 30 to 45 minutes north by car from the Austin airport, which is the closest airport to fly into. The fastest way to the fields is via a toll road, SH 130. Taking the interstate is free but there is a higher possibility of heavy traffic. As previously mentioned, all hotels are within 15 minutes of the fields.

USQ will continue to monitor the discriminatory gender-based legislation that the Texas Legislature may consider during the upcoming special session. Both Round Rock and Wichita Falls are aware of our opposition to such bills. For more information, read our statement here.

Regional Championship Registration

Team registration for all regional championships will open in August. To register, teams must complete all steps by the deadlines listed below.

Team Registration Deadlines

To be eligible to compete, all teams must:

  1. Fill out the registration form.
  2. Register for the event on the calendar.
  3. Sign up for hotel accommodations, as required per the stay and play policy.
    1. In the 2017-18 season, USQ staff will work directly with teams and our partners on hotels for USQ hotels. Information on how this process will work will be available in August.
  4. Fill out the referee crew form. Like at US Quidditch Cup 10, USQ is requiring teams to send us the names of people who may help fill referee assignments at all regional championships. Teams will be asked to provide a combination of head referees, lead assistant referees, assistant referees, and snitch referees, similar to the 2016-17 season, with the exact details to be announced in August. While all officials must hold the minimum certification level required for their role, teams are discouraged from listing certified head referees in the SR and AR spots.
  5. Complete pre-regional championship season requirements. For these requirements to count all games must have scores submitted to USQ by the deadlines listed below.
    1. For teams with a fall regional: you must play at least three games against two teams at one event at least two weeks before regionals.
    2. For teams with a spring regional: you must play at least five games against three teams in two events at least two weeks before regionals.
    3. To see more information on this policy, click here.

The deadlines for regional championship requirements use the same structure as last season. Requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be completed no later than three weeks prior to the regional championship. Season play requirements, number 5, must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the regional championship. USQ is adjusting the specific deadlines from last season in order to align team registration with the end of the business week so staff can better support team leaders in meeting requirements, and to provide teams a full weekend to complete season play requirements.

Great Lakes Regional Championship, October 28-29, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

Midwest Regional Championship, November 4-5, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, November 11-12, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm ET

Northeast Regional Championship, November 18-19, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:59pm ET

South Regional Championship, February 10-11, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Northwest Regional Championship, February 17-18, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Southwest Regional Championship, February 24-25, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

West Regional Championship, March 3-4, 2018

  • Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
  • Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer registration for all regional championships will open by mid-September.

Please note that USQ may have limited free housing available for select volunteers on a case-by-case basis. We are prioritizing housing for certified head referees, snitch runners, and field managers. Priority will be given to those who are traveling from out of region and non-playing.

Press Registration

Press registration for all regional championships will open in August.

Tickets

As in previous seasons, regional championships are free for spectators to attend.

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

Bowling Green State University v University of Texas

Written by Matt Dwyer

This afternoon spectators found an exciting matchup between the Great Lakes Regional Champion Bowling Green State University, and three-time national champion University of Texas. The teams have only met once prior: a Final Four matchup at World Cup VI, coincidentally also in Kissimmee. Bowling Green was coming off a gauntlet of difficult games, exhausted. Texas had an easier path, and was able to dispatch the Falcons easily en route to winning its first title.

The lead up to today’s game was much different than it was four years ago. Both teams did very well on Day 1, and were seeded high enough to not have exceedingly difficult matchups to reach the Sweet 16. With sun high overhead and a clear sky, the rematch was set.

Bowling Green came out firing immediately and pushed the pace against Texas’s defense. Beater Max McAdoo ran wild around the pitch, clearing lanes for the Falcon’s chasing core to drive and score.  Bowling Green put Texas back on its heels, and took an early 30-0 lead in this fashion. The Longhorns, however, were not going to move over so easily. Showing some superior speed and athleticism, Texas chasers were able to dodge beats and drive through defenders to score or pass to a teammate. Though this play worked occasionally, Bowling Green’s physical tacklers and tight man coverage often took away chances for drives and passes.

Bowling Green continued its up tempo play into the middle of the game, constantly pressing Texas into its own keeper zone and attempting to force turnovers. Texas was prepared for the press however, and used open space to spread the Bowling Green beaters, making it difficult to actually force the turnover.  Unfortunately running the press was tiring in the hot Floridian sun, and McAdoo needed to substitute.  Like a switch, Texas beater Eddie Molina regained bludger control and dominated beater play. Texas began to play its beaters very aggressively, creating easy lanes for its keeper and chasers to drive.  However, Bowling Green keeper Daniel Daugherty still pushed the pace, avoiding beaters to find open chasers behind the hoops or take a long shot.

Though Texas was controlling the beater game more and was getting three times the number of offensive rebounds, it was still difficult for its offense to score. Many shots sailed wide or were picked off by the Falcons. With a more solid beating defense though, the Longhorns were able to consistently stay within snitch range throughout the match. Once snitch was on pitch, Texas, down 30, completely locked down the snitch. Using both a defensive seeker and Molina at beater, Bowling Green’s seeker Sam Roitblat was not able to get near the snitch. Focusing on the quaffle game instead, Bowling Green continued to keep the Longhorns at the edge of snitch range, shutting down effective passing at the hoops with beater help.

Oftentimes, a snitch catch happens in a split second decision; one wrong step, one late dive. In this case, it was one missed beat. Molina’s defense of the snitch ended as he missed a crucial beat on Roitblat, allowing him a chance at the snitch. On a dive, Roitblat catches, the Falcons up 30. Bowling Green wins the match 110*-50, and moves on to their third Elite Eight appearance in the team’s history.