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Event Locations Announced for USQ National and Regional Championships

US Quidditch is excited to announce the sites and dates for 2016-2017 regional championships and US Quidditch Cup.

US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for 2016-17 regional and national championships. Additional information about US Quidditch Cup 10 and event registration requirements for all events is available after the list of events below. A separate article on team requirements for the entire USQ season is available here.

US Quidditch Cup 10

Kissimmee, Florida
Austin-Tindall Regional Park
In partnership with Experience Kissimmee
April 8-9, 2017

US Quidditch Cup 10 will be held on April 8-9, 2017 at the Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Sixty of the league’s top quidditch teams will compete at this event in order to be crowned the national champion.

“We are excited to welcome US Quidditch to Kissimmee’s Austin-Tindall Regional Park and to cheer on the athletes competing in the US Quidditch Cup 10,” said John Poole, Kissimmee Sports Director of Marketing and Development. “Our destination is home to unrivaled entertainment options and located minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.” In 2013, Kissimmee was the location for the International Quidditch Association’s World Cup (now called US Quidditch Cup) with over 1,600 athletes from around the world descending upon the destination.

Tickets will go live November 1, and registration information for teams who qualify through regional championships will be available in mid October. USQ recognizes that teams in the Northwest and West regions have often had higher travel costs than other regions for the national championship. To help alleviate costs for these teams, USQ is creating a grant program that will help offset the team registration fee. Information about the grant program will be available later this fall.

Each USQ region hosts a regional championship to determine what teams qualify for the annual US Quidditch Cup. All official teams in the region are able to attend their regional championship and compete for an opportunity to be crowned the regional champion.

Northeast Regional Championship

Rochester, New York
Total Sports Experience
In partnership with Monroe County Sports Commission
October 29 and 30, 2016

The home of US Quidditch Cup 9 runner-up Rochester United, Rochester has been the host of Northeast Regional Championship since 2013. Total Sports Experience has over 40 acres of grass fields. In late October, Rochester has highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

Great Lakes Regional Championship

Dayton, Ohio
Thomas A. Cloud Park
In partnership with Dayton Conventions & Visitors Bureau
November 5 and 6, 2016

Located in Huber Heights, Thomas A. Cloud Park is 146 acres and has several grass soccer fields. Every May, the park hosts games for the annual adidas Warrior Soccer Classic, a massive multi-facility youth soccer tournament featuring over 500 teams. In early November, Dayton has highs in 50s and lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Midwest Regional Championship

Ames, Iowa
SCORE Recreational Athletic Complex
In partnership with Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
November 12 and 13, 2016

Ames is the most centrally located regional championship for the Midwest Region. SCORE Recreational Athletic Complex is in the nearby town of Nevada. At 58 acres, it features two full size soccer fields and a few smaller fields. It has permanent bathrooms and a pavilion on site. The Ames community has a history of hosting championship-level events, including Iowa Games Summer Sports Festival and USA Ultimate High School Central Championships. In mid November, the Ames area has highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Wicomico County, Maryland
Fruitland Recreational Park
In partnership with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism
November 19 and 20, 2016

A recreational park and sports complex, Fruitland just opened four brand new grass soccer fields. The park hosts a number of baseball, basketball, and lacrosse events throughout the year. It also has two concessions buildings, restroom facilities, and a large covered pavilion. In November, Wicomico County has highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

South Regional Championship

Columbia, South Carolina
Palmetto Health Fields at Saluda Shoals Park
In partnership with Columbia Regional Sports Council
February 11 and 12, 2017

Host of US Quidditch Cup 9, Columbia’s Saluda Shoals Park is a 400 acre riverfront park. The Palmetto Health Fields feature several grass soccer fields, including two championship style fields. In February, Columbia has highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

Southwest Regional Championship

Bryan-College Station, Texas
Veterans Park and Athletic Complex
In partnership with Bryan College Station Sports + Events
February 18 and 19, 2017

Home of Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station is located in southeastern Texas, about an hour and a half north of Houston. Veterans Park is about 10 minutes away from the university. In addition to 150 acres of soccer and baseball fields, the facility also has Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, which honors the service and sacrifices of all American veterans past, present and future. The facility has two turf and nine grass fields, all with field lights. In between the soccer field area is a large shaded pavilion. In February, Bryan-College Station has highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.

West Regional Championship

Peoria, Arizona
Pioneer Community Park
In partnership with City of Peoria
February 25 and 26, 2017

Located about 30 minutes northwest of Phoenix, Peoria has a robust sports community. Both the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres hold spring training there. Pioneer Community Park is a multi-use sports complex featuring ball fields, grass soccer fields, a dog park, a lake, and a shaded pavilion. The grass soccer fields have excellent drainage. In February, Peoria has highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s.

Northwest Regional Championship

Kennewick, Washington
Columbia Park
In partnership with Visit Tri-Cities
March 4 and 5, 2017

Located in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington, Columbia Park is a multi-use facility along the Columbia River. Featuring grass fields, it hosts several lacrosse and football events each year, including Three Rivers Shootout, a more than 40 team regional lacrosse tournament that happens each spring. Kennewick receives approximately seven inches of rain a year. In March, Kennewick has highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

The Bid Process

Throughout the year, USQ’s location coordinator, Joe Pickett, meets with cities at trade shows, such as TEAMS and Connect Sports Marketplace. Pickett also invites cities to USQ events, giving them the chance to see quidditch in person. Cities generally submit bids from fall through spring.

This season, our goal was to finish accepting bids in February, review in the spring, and announce events by June. We found this season that several cities wanted a chance to attend a spring regional championship or US Quidditch Cup before submitting a bid. In addition, as USQ starts holding events in new cities, we’re finding more variation in bid structure from our partners. This cycle, USQ observed that allotting more time to work with potential new cities who may have a different structure or relationship with facilities that could host our events resulted in positive, new partnerships. The new bid manual will be released later this fall. As with previous bid manuals, it will cover two seasons, 2017-18 and 2018-19. In the next bid manual, USQ will adjust the deadlines to be more reflective on our experiences the last two bid cycles.

US Quidditch Cup 10 Bid Analysis

All three finalists had the following in common:

  • Great grass quality

  • Lots of extra field space available in addition to pitch locations

  • Staff experienced with hosting large scale sporting events

  • Opportunity to expand the vendor village (a continued request from spectators)

  • Indoor space for tournament HQ

  • Alcohol allowed on-site, though each facility was different in how that could potentially be structured (for example, free-range versus a beer garden)

Here is a breakdown of amenities and details for each facility and city:

San Diego, California

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Kissimmee, Florida

West Coast location

Central location

Close to a major airport (Orlando)

Team/spectator experience: San Diego area is a major tourist destination

Team/spectator experience: Strong area amenities and resources for a large scale quidditch tournament

Team/spectator experience: Orlando area is a major tourist destination

Mild weather in spring

Mild weather in spring, tornado season begins in April

Warm climate in spring

Access to the facility isn’t restricted through fences, though USQ can control access with temporary barriers

Access to the facility isn’t restricted through fences, though USQ can control access with temporary barriers

Access to the facility is restricted through fences

Facility does not have field lights

Facility has field lights

Facility has field lights

Facility does not have permanent buildings on site (the HQ building is in a temporary trailer)

Permanent building on site featuring HQ space, bathrooms, concession stand, and locker rooms

Permanent building on site featuring HQ space, bathrooms, concession stand, and locker rooms

Minimal shade onsite

Shaded pavilions available  onsite

Shaded pavilions available onsite

No hardline internet available

No hardline internet is available, although facility owns WiFi hotspots that would be available to USQ

Hardline internet is available, helpful for a high quality livestream experience

Available for both weekends under consideration (April 8-9 and April 15-16)

Available for one weekend under consideration (April 15-16, which has both Easter and Passover holidays)

Available for one weekend under consideration (April 8-9)

Most expensive hotels out of the three finalist locations

 

Least expensive hotels out of the three finalist locations

 

Previous experience with quidditch

Previous experience with quidditch

We decided on Kissimmee for two main reasons:

  1. Facility amenities

In order to facilitate a quality event for both players and spectators, USQ requires a facility with field lights in order to run games in the evening on day one. On day two, fields lights are also needed to ensure proper lighting during the championship rounds of bracket play. When comparing the three bids, USQ created a hypothetical scheduling solution that would allow the tournament to run without having access to field lights. While achievable from a field space and daylight perspective (San Diego in particular has a large amount of fields), concerns about realistically being able to get the quality and quantity of officials and volunteers needed to effectively staff those games arose. In addition, such a compact tournament schedule would create a less-enjoyable schedule for spectators.

The most efficient hypothetical schedule required at least 10 fields. One of the biggest points of feedback received from both World Cup 8 and US Quidditch Cup 9 was the quality of referees and how scheduling was conducted. Improving referee quality and scheduling has been tasked as a main focus of improvement for the 2016-17 season. Using such a schedule would jeopardize the standard of officiating USQ is attempting to create, and was a factor in the decision making process.

The layout and facility features of Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee best fit the needs of the USQ national championship. It allows for an athlete's village and VIP experience that are centrally located to the gameplay pitches. The greater distance of the athlete's village and VIP experience from the fields was a big point of feedback from US Quidditch Cup 9. If USQ went with Tulsa, it would require the split up of gameplay pitches into two sections of the park making the tournament less accessible for players and spectators. Additionally, US Quidditch puts on a livestream at every national championship, receiving over 100,000 views at US Quidditch Cup 9. For the livestream to run consistently, it has to be on its own hardline ethernet network. Although Tulsa and San Diego do not have that available at the fields, Kissimmee does.

2. Date availability

In the bid manual, USQ listed both April 8-9 and April 15-16, 2017 as possible dates for US Quidditch Cup 10. In 2017, both Easter and Passover fall over the weekend of April 15-16. One of these holidays, Passover, overlapped during World Cup 8. During and after that tournament, USQ received feedback from players that indicated it was a challenge for them to observe the religious holiday while also trying to compete at the highest level. After discussions with USQ volunteers about these two holidays, USQ felt that April 8-9 was a more ideal choice. The Tulsa facility is unavailable that weekend as has already committed hosting to a very large soccer tournament.

USQ then looked at other options in Tulsa in April outside of April 8-9 and 15-16. The first weekend in April is too early for two reasons: first of all, those teams coming from areas with more harsh winter conditions would not get as much time to practice or participate in tournaments prior to the event. World Cup VII was held the first weekend of April in 2014, and USQ received feedback back then that it was too early for many of the competing teams and players. Secondly, teams with spring regionals would have less time to complete their registration requirements and fundraise to attend the event. After exploring options later in the month, USQ determined that going later is not an option due to the amount of colleges in the U.S. who start final exams in late April.

10th Anniversary Celebration

April 2017 will mark the 10th US Quidditch national championship. We want to celebrate! US Quidditch Cup 10 will be shine a spotlight on the best quidditch has to offer. It will feature over 150 competitive games, great food, youth quidditch clinics and demos, a fan festival, and more!

Did you compete in any of the previous nine national championships? We want to invite you to attend the 10th in Kissimmee! Additional details regarding discounted admission for athlete alums and a special alumni reception will be released in October.

USQ is expanding the exhibit this season to highlight quidditch around the world! How is quidditch in Malaysia going? Where does Quidditch México hold its national championship? What’s a troll in the dungeon? These facts and more will be explored in the World Celebration Exhibit.

New for this season, the fan festival will have the exhibit, food and merch vendors, Harry Potter themed programming, and more! Of course, the VIP experience will be available again, providing spectators with complimentary food and drink all weekend, a cool place to relax, and more!

Tickets will go on sale November 1. Stay in the loop by signing up for our email list!

Event Registration

Team registration for all regional championships is open now. To access all forms, click here, select the appropriate event, and click on [Event Name] - Player Information in the sidebar. Registration for hotel accommodations will be available in September. To view the status of team registrations, click here. Please report any errors or missing information to events@usquidditch.org. The status sheet will be updated daily, Monday-Friday at 12pm EST starting Tuesday, September 9.

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 through USQ's housing partner, Traveling Teams, as required per the stay and play policy.

  4. Fill out the referee crew form. Like at US Quidditch Cup 9, USQ is requiring teams to send us the names of people who may help fill referee assignments at all regional championships. Teams are being asked to provide two lead assistant referees, two assistant referees, and one snitch referee. For the AR and SR spots, please refrain from putting certified HRs there.

  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.

This season, we are adjusting the deadlines for regional championship requirements. 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 deadlines from last season in order to give staff more time to put together the gameplay and volunteer schedule for each event.

Northeast Regional Championship, October 29-30, 2016

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

Great Lakes Regional Championship, November 5-6, 2016

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, October 15, 2016  at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

Midwest Regional Championship, November 12-13, 2016

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, November 19-20, 2016

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:59pm EDT

South Regional Championship, February 11-12, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Southwest Regional Championship, February 18-19, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

West Regional Championship, February 25-26, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Northwest Regional Championship, March 4-5, 2017

  • Registration Requirements due: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

  • Season Play Requirements due: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer registration for all regional championships is open now. To access the sign-up form, click here, select the appropriate event, and click on [Event Name] - Volunteer Information in the sidebar. Please note that USQ may have limited free housing available for select volunteers. We are focusing housing on certified head referees, lead assistant referees, and snitch runners, along with field managers. Priority will be given to those who are out of region and non-playing.

Press Registration

Press registration for all regional championships is open now. To access the sign-up form, click here, select the appropriate event, and click on the link for press information in the main page. USQ requests that anyone covering the event, even if it’s for a team, sign up as press. Additional information on press passes and restrictions on site (such as who can shoot or film in the hard boundary) will be available two weeks before each regional championship.

Tickets

As in previous seasons, regional championships are free for spectators to attend. Tickets will go on sale November 1.

Registration for US Quidditch Cup 10

Information about team and volunteer registration for US Quidditch Cup 10 will be available in mid October.

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

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