IQA World Cup

US National Team - World Cup 2016

The US National Team, a group of elite athletes and leaders, will represent the United States in Frankfurt, Germany next summer, at the IQA World Cup, July 23-24, 2016.

THE TEAM

The US National Team will be structured as follows:

Leadership

  • One non-playing Head Coach, who will also act as the team’s speaking captain on-site (must be coach certified)
  • One non-playing Assistant Coach (must be coach certified)
  • One Team Manager, a position filled by USQ Events Director, who will work closely with both team coaches

Players

  • 21 players, with at least one player from each USQ region
    • The proportions of players by region are not set in advance, because much will depend on team cohesion and the variety of players who try out for the team.
    • The selection of players will represent a diversity of positions, genders, and geography.
  • 7 alternate players will be selected to substitute if one of the original players cannot make the trip
    • 3 alternate chasers, with at least one minority gender
    • 2 alternate beaters, with at least one minority gender
    • 1 alternate keeper
    • 1 alternate seeker

Officials

  • One non-playing Head Referee
  • Two non-playing Assistant Referees (both head referee certified)
  • Two non-playing Snitch Runners

The team requirements are as follows:

  • All team members must be over 18 at the time of the event
  • All members must hold a valid US passport
  • All members must be a citizen of the United States
  • All members must have been an active USQ member during the 2015-2016 season
  • All players must agree to wear a mouthguard during all play abroad, regardless of the official international rules requirement
  • Must be willing and able to fund the entire trip on their own
    • US Quidditch will assist in the organization and hosting of a variety of fundraising events to help fund the team’s travel, but each individual must expect and be prepared to fund the trip by themselves. It is important for the team to be able to count on each team member’s attendance at the event, without worrying about last minute dropouts due to funding.

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

The 2016 US Quidditch National Team will be selected by a committee, similar to previous years.

This year, the committee will be structured as follows:

  • Team Manager, to fill Chairperson role in order to facilitate the process and to act as a tie-breaker vote
  • 4 USQ regional coordinators
  • 1 USQ gameplay coordinator
  • 3 community members (selected through application process; once on the committee, cannot apply for any role on the US National Team)

The two coach positions will join the committee for the selection of the players.

Committee Members will be expected to recuse themselves from any decisive votes or controversial discussions involving potential team or community members with whom they share a personal or team relationship.

USQ recognizes that this committee is large, and so to mitigate the difficulties with decision-making among such a large group, all members are expected to check and respond to emails daily and be available for meetings via Skype. Expected time commitment will vary with different stages in the process, but members should be prepared for a minimum of 5 hours per week, with a max of 15 hours at busier times. All members are expected to voice ideas, thoughts, and concerns respectfully and diplomatically, whether in writing or on a call. All discussions that take place within the committee will remain confidential. If a committee member fails to comply with any of these requirements, they may be removed from the committee and replaced.

In addition to the Chairperson role, a Secretary role will be chosen by the group from within the selection committee. This individual will be responsible for taking notes during meetings, as well as helping the Chairperson organize application materials. Additional administrative tasks will be delegated throughout the committee members as necessary.

THE PROCESS

The entire US National Team roster will be announced in March 2016 to ensure adequate time for the team to prepare for the event and a trans-Atlantic journey.

Selection Committee

  • Community members interested in joining the selection committee should fill out this form and submit the supplementary application information by December 11th at 11:59pm EST. Supplementary information should be emailed to nationalteam@usquidditch.org.
  • In addition to the application form, applicants should write an essay of 1000 words that explains their interest in the position, their qualifications, and their vision for the US National Team. This essay should be saved as a PDF under 2016SelectionCommittee_LASTNAME.

Coaches

  • Coaches interested in leading the team should fill out this form and submit the supplementary application information by January 11 at 11:59pm EST. Supplementary information should be emailed to nationalteam@usquidditch.org.
  • In addition to the basic application information, applicants should submit the following as a single PDF file saved as 2016Coach_LASTNAME:
    • Essay of 1000 words that explains their interest in the position (why they want this opportunity to represent the nation and the league), their qualifications, and their vision for the US National Team.
    • Proposal for team training/practice schedule and process leading up to the event.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Resume, no more than one page, detailing quidditch and related experiences.
    • Statement of intent of fundraising efforts, including personal finances, personal/professional networks, and commitment to raising funds not just personally but for the group.
    • OPTIONAL: One or two links to videos of team play, accompanied by a description of how the applicant’s coaching directly translated to what is seen on the field.
  • Applicants may be contacted for a follow-up interview.

Players

  • Players interested in joining the team should fill out this form and submit the supplementary application information by February 1 at 11:59pm EST. Supplementary information should be emailed to nationalteam@usquidditch.org.
  • In addition to the basic application information, applicants should submit the following as a single PDF file saved as 2016Player_POSITION_LASTNAME :
    • Brief essay of 500 words that explains why they want this opportunity to represent the nation and the league.
    • Letter of recommendation from a coach or captain of the team they compete for during the 2015-2016 season. (MLQ players from the 2015 season may include a letter of recommendation from their MLQ coach, but applicants should also include a letter of recommendation from their regular season coach.)
    • Statement of intent of fundraising efforts, including personal finances, personal/professional networks, and commitment to raising funds.
    • Links to three unedited films of full games, with documentation detailing the minutes and seconds of relevant appearances. *
  • Players will also be evaluated on the their activity throughout the season.

*Player video submissions will be accepted until February 29 at 11:59pm EST, as long as the rest of the materials, including at least one game film, are submitted by February 1. Priority will be given to video submissions included in the original application.

Officials*

  • Officials interested in representing the US national team at the event should fill out this form and submit the supplementary application information by February 29 at 11:59pm EST. Supplementary information should be emailed to nationalteam@usquidditch.org.
  • In addition to the basic application information, applicants should submit the following as a single PDF file saved as 2016Official_LASTNAME:
    • Essay of 500 words that explains why they want this opportunity to represent the nation and the league.
    • Resume, no more than one page, detailing quidditch and related experiences.
    • Statement of intent of fundraising efforts, including personal finances, personal/professional networks, and commitment to raising funds.
    • Links to three unedited films of full games, with documentation detailing the minutes and seconds of relevant appearances.
    • Officials will also be evaluated on the their activity throughout the season, including number of games officiated and reviews from those games.

* The two coaches on the Selection Committee will not review officials applications or take part in the decision-making process in order to ensure an officials team free from any apparent bias. USQ officials coordinators will weigh in on the process instead.

Questions about the process should be directed to nationalteam@usquidditch.org