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.

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

Round Rock, Texas to host US Quidditch Cup 11

Photo by US Quidditch

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.