How to follow US Quidditch Cup 10 this weekend

Photo by Will Michels.

Follow live updates from Kissimmee, Florida this weekend during US Quidditch Cup 10, including livestreamed games.

Feature Articles

Like at World Cup 8, we’ll be postings features and analysis about many of the games and storylines on Saturday and Sunday. Articles will be posted on the US Quidditch Cup website here.

Instagram

Get a first hand perspective on the moments that make US Quidditch Cup special on USQ’s Instagram account.

Livestream

We are doing a fully produced livestream on two fields this year. Watch all games from field 1 and 2 on USQ’s livestream channel. Subscribe to be notified every time we go live. Additional games will be livestreamed through the Eighth Man’s livestream channel. The schedule on Saturday for the Eighth Man channel is:

9:00am
BosNYan vs Cal
Apparators vs. Florida’s Finest
Southern Storm vs. Crimson Elite

9:40am
Minnesota vs Baylor
UNC vs Texas

10:20am
LA Gambits vs SHSU
Tufts vs Warriors

11:00am
Southern Storm vs Boise State
Lake Erie Elite vs Rochester United
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux vs DCQC

11:40am
UCLA vs UNC
Michigan vs Cavalry

1:00pm
UTSA vs Carolina Heat

2:20pm
Ball State vs UN
Rutgers vs Ball State

3:00pm
University of Miami vs Lone Star

3:40pm
DCQC vs NYQC

5:00pm
Apparators vs Texas A&M

5:40pm
Lake Erie Elite vs Long Beach Funky Quaffles
UMD vs Minnesota
Penn State vs SHSU

6:20pm
Rochester United vs Oklahoma State
Lost Boys vs DCQC

7:00pm
Michigan vs Tufts
UCLA vs RIT

7:40pm
Crimson Elite vs Mizzou

Twitter

Follow games on Twitter on the various Quidditch Post accounts. Check out @quidditchpost and the Quidditch Post’s Facebook page for a schedule for which accounts to follow.

Score Updates

The website will update automatically with new score information. We’ll also be tweeting scores and updates all weekend from @USQScores. The hashtag for the event is #QuidditchCup10. The feed is embedded below.

Snapchat

Snapchat is covering the US Quidditch Cup 10 with an Our Story on April 9th. Our Stories allow Snapchatters at the same event or location to contribute their unique perspectives through video and photo Snaps to one collective narrative, capturing the real story, straight from the fans and  people at the event. A team at Snapchat curates the thousands of submitted Snaps and packages them into a brief video that can be broadcast to millions of users right on their phone. If you’re at the event, it’s easy to submit your Snaps to the Our Story – simply take a photo or video Snap, tap send and choose to submit to the US Quidditch Cup 10 Our Story. After you take your Snap, swipe left to find cool geofilters. If your Snap is selected by the team at Snapchat, it will be included in the Our Story and available for all Snapchatters to see for 24 hours.

Learn more about Snapchat Our Stories! https://support.snapchat.com/en-US/a/post-live-story

Why We Play: USQ to Produce Documentary at US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by: Will Michels

Written by: Michael Pascutoi

USQ is proud to announce it is finalizing preparations for the development of a documentary to be filmed at US Quidditch Cup 10. Entitled Why We Play, the documentary will focus on the unique nature of quidditch, the sport’s development over time, and the devotion of its player-base.  

About Why We Play

Why We Play is a full-length documentary produced by USQ that will follow both pre-determined and developing storylines from throughout the weekend of US Quidditch Cup 10. USQ will be assisted by the MU Film Crew, based out of the University of Missouri, as well as several volunteers from the quidditch community. Taking inspiration from a variety of sports documentaries of the last 25 years, the production team will use interviews of players, volunteers, and spectators at the tournament along with other footage to craft the final product. Filming will begin the Thursday before US Quidditch Cup 10 and continue through the tournament, ending with a final round of interviews on Sunday night long after the final snitch has been pulled.

A Documentary Made By the Community

I wish I could say it was possible for a single individual to understand the diverse nature of our sport, the evolution of quidditch, and the nuances of our community, but as with every other sport, that is far from reality. USQ is openly inviting members of the community to share their stories regarding quidditch. Interview stations will be available on April 8 and 9 for players to have the option of being interviewed regarding their quidditch experiences.  

Likewise, any individuals who wish to volunteer to assist with the documentary are invited to submit a form below, as we are looking for individuals with experience in journalism and film to join the production team. Please fill out the link here if you are interested in taking part, and we will follow up by the following day with additional details.

Michael Pascutoi is the increasingly sleep deprived editorial coordinator for US Quidditch.  Please send all inquiries to mikedcriss@usquidditch.org or via carrier pigeon.

 

New Details about US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Will Michels.

Promo Video

Video produced by US Quidditch. Filmed and edited by Lemonlight Media.

Qualifying Teams

Congratulations to the following teams for qualifying for US Quidditch Cup 10! Learn more about each team here. Important information for teams is available at the end of this article.

Anteater Quidditch
Appalachian Apparators Quidditch
Arizona State University
Ball State Cardinals
Baylor University
Boise State Abraxans
BOSNYan Bearsharks
Boston University Quidditch
Bowling Green State University
Cal Quidditch
Carolina Heat Quidditch Club
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
Crimson Elite
District of Columbia Quidditch Club
Florida’s Finest
Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
Illinois State University Firebirds
Indiana University Quidditch Club
inTENNsity
Kansas Quidditch
Lake Erie Elite
Lone Star Quidditch Club
Los Angeles Gambits
Macaulay Honors College Marauders
Marquette University Quidditch
Maryland Quidditch
Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Minnesota Quidditch
Mizzou Quidditch
New York Quidditch Club
Ohio State Quidditch
Oklahoma State University
Penn State University Nittany Lions
QC Boston
Richmond Ravens
RIT Dark Marks
Rochester United
RPI Quidditch
Rutgers University Quidditch
SHSU Quidditch
Silicon Valley Skrewts
Texas A&M Quidditch
Texas Cavalry
Texas Quidditch
Texas State University – San Marcos
The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
The Lost Boys
The Silver Phoenix
The Southern Storm
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
The Warriors
Tribe
Tufts University Tufflepuffs
University of California Los Angeles
University of Miami
University of Rochester Thestrals
University of Texas at San Antonio
Utah State Quidditch Club
Virginia Quidditch Club

We are excited to reveal new information about our national championship! Here’s the down low on how to book hotels if you’re coming as a spectator, how to buy discounted theme park tickets, how to watch the livestream, and more!

Spectator Accommodations

Looking for where to stay in Kissimmee? We’ve got you covered with discounted rooms at three different hotels. Please use this link for booking hotels. Click on the “Individual Reservation” button and use the code BOOK-NOW.

Note: per the Stay and Play policy, teams will be required to stay in the USQ-approved accommodations through the Traveling Teams website.

The rates below are good for Wednesday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Teams are also staying at these hotels.

Holiday Inn Express Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South

$159.00  – 2 queen beds, up to 4 people in a room
17.36 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
3484 Polynesian Isle Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: 407-997-1700

Perks:

  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Laundry

Check In 3PM – Check Out 11AM

Radisson Resort Orlando Celebration

$108.00 – 2 double beds, up to 4 people in a room
19.94 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747
Phone: 407-396-7000

Perks:

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Laundry

Resort Fee: $10 per day
Breakfast available for $12 per person per day
Check In 4PM – Check Out 11AM

Champions World Resort

$75.00*  – 2 double beds, up to 4 people in a room
26.32 miles from Austin-Tindall Regional Park
8660 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee FL 34747
Phone: 407-396-4500

Uncover Kissimmee’s hidden secret at Champions World Resort. located 3.5 miles from the Walt Disney World® Resort. Relax in our 4-acre nature and jogging park, featuring three separate ponds with sandy beaches, lounge chairs, picnic areas with grilles and tranquil seating areas. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy our multi-purpose sports fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball, fitness center and kid’s playground. All rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, safes, hair dryers and irons & ironing boards. Scheduled transportation to all major theme parks and the Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall is available as well!

Check In 3PM – Check Out 11AM

* 1 night room and tax due March 16th, 2017 or when you reserve – Remaining balance due at check in

The deadline for cancellations to individual reservation with no charge is 30 days prior to one’s arrival date at 2PM (EST). Reservations cancelled after this deadline will be subject to a $35 cancellation fee.

Reservations at the hotels above that are cancelled or changed after 2PM (EST) on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 may also be subject to a penalty charged by the hotel unless otherwise noted.

Discounted Theme Park Tickets

Our partners at Experience Kissimmee have secured exclusive ticket discounts to some of Orlando’s favorite attractions. Book discounted tickets here!

Afterparty

Some of you may remember that we held an exclusive afterparty at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when we were last in Kissimmee for World Cup VI in 2013. Unfortunately, that park has been booked for the weekend of US Quidditch Cup 10 for over a year, and we are unable to hold an afterparty there. In lieu of throwing an official afterparty, we encourage teams to take advantage of the theme park discounts offered above. If you prefer a more relaxing atmosphere, join US Quidditch Cup 10 staff and US Quidditch volunteers at Splitsville in Disney Springs after the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 9! We will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Party in honor of the incredible individuals who do so much to support US Quidditch throughout the season. Information on discounted food and bowling packages for teams will be available later this month.

Entertainment

Do you face paint, juggle, or do close-up magic? USQ is looking for entertainers to interact with players and spectators in exchange for a small stipend. Fill out the application here if you are interested!

Livestream

This year, we will be running a fully produced livestream on two fields, working in conjunction with the Student Life Film Crew from the University of Missouri. Fans can now watch double the matches. As with previous livestreams, there is no cost to watch. Alll game film will be uploaded after the event on USQ’s YouTube channel. Subscribe to USQ’s livestream channel here to be notified every time we go live on April 8 and 9.

Partners and Vendors

Over the last several months, we’ve added several new partners for US Quidditch Cup 10. Many of them will be on-site at the Fan Festival, your one stop shop for all fan activities at our national championship. A special thanks goes out to Experience Kissimmee, who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes in support of USQ.

Flying Cauldron – Reed’s Soda will be on-site at the Fan Festival providing spectators and players with free samples of their delicious butterscotch non-alcoholic beer.

Harry Potter Alliance – Support HPA’s annual book drive, Accio Books! Run by local chapter Central Florida Slug Club, HPA merch will also be available to purchase.

Peterson’s Broomsticks – Peterson’s Broomsticks offers high quality, durable, and affordably priced equipment for quidditch players and teams around the world. Their booth offers all the equipment a quidditch team might need, including brooms, hoops and bases, snitch uniforms, headbands, playbooks, and mouthguards.

KT Tape – Our partner since 2015, KT Tape will be vending on-site, selling their line of athletic tape.

Savage Ultimate – the official merchandise provider of Major League Quidditch, stop by their booth to check our MLQ’s gorgeous jerseys and other quidditch apparel.

Rumble and Roar – Selling custom made wands.

Transfiguring Adoption – Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit that develops media and resources to nurture growth in foster & adoptive families. TA cares for kids by giving a HOOT about their caregivers. Two of our tools that we provide parents to help combat past trauma in kids are our Harry Potter discussion guide and Guide to Magical Creatures Around Your Home that provides playful activities for bonding. All profits provide tools like their Harry Potter discussion guide to foster parents.

Xtreme Entertainment – the animals are coming back! Come say hello to an Eurasian Eagle Owl, Bearded Dragon Lizard, Boa Snake plus a mini alligator and a mini crocodile. Please note that the animals will be at the Fan Festival on Saturday, April 8 only.

Wizard Brooms – Brooms of all shapes and sizes for the Witch or Wizard “on the go.” We provide the one-of-a-kind Artisan Made Brooms…You provide the magic!

Additionally, SMG will be selling a variety of food and beverage on-site, including beer and wine for those attendees who are 21+. Please note that all attendees are expected to abide by the tournament’s alcohol policies, which will be posted later this month.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now for $10-$25 at this link! VIP tickets are currently $115. VIPs receive free food and drink all weekend, including complimentary alcoholic drink tickets! Additional VIP perks include:

  • VIP swag bag, featuring an exclusive VIP t-shirt
  • Free parking that’s close to the fields
  • Access to the VIP lounge, a climate controlled tent at the center of the action
  • Staff dedicated to your enjoyment of the event
  • Priority seating on pitch 1 on Sunday, April 9

For Teams

Livestream Questionnaire

As with US Quidditch Cup 9, teams are asked to fill out the livestream questionnaire. It will help the announcers better cover your team when you are on USQ’s livestream, and also help with additional media coverage. Please use the template here. Email the questionnaire to events@usquidditch.org with the subject line [USQC10 Livestream] TeamName, replacing TeamName with the name of your team. We ask that teams submit their questionnaires by Friday, March 17, 2017.

Team Rental Rental

We will once again be helping teams rent tents for placement in the teams village. Information on prices, sizing, and sidewall availability will be released next week.

Registration

For teams who qualified at West Regional Championship, the first four registration requirements must be completed by tonight (Friday, March 10) at 11:59pm ET. For teams who qualified at Northwest Regional Championship, that deadline is next Friday, March 17 at 11:59pm.

All teams will be required to fill out the referee crew form by Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 11:59pm. Teams are being asked to provide a crew of certified officials consisting of one lead assistant referee, two assistant referees, and one snitch referee. Please note that all members of a crew must be certified for the position they are put down for. They should be certified by the time the team submits the form. Teams may submit more than one referee crew.

Additionally, all teams must complete the season play requirement (at least eight games against a minimum of four different official teams at three different events) 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. 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.

For questions about US Quidditch Cup 10, please contact events@usquidditch.org.