Joint Team Development Program
This joint team development program is intended to help new teams develop. This program has been expanded for the 2021-2022 USQ season to assist returning teams in navigating their first post-COVID season. The plan has two main components: a foster program, whereby an established official college club may be permitted to have students from one single other college on its roster, and a joint team program, whereby up to three schools that currently don’t have official teams may compete together as one team. The joint team program has been expanded to allow schools with previously official teams to combine, provided they have evidenced need.
Application details are below.
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY DEFINITIONS
USQ will use the following definitions to evaluate eligibility for the two programs in the joint team development plan.
A squad is defined as a set of players who currently attend a single school as students.
A new squad is defined as a squad composed of students attending a school that did not have an official team during the previous season. A new squad may not participate in this program if there is already an existing squad at the school. For the 2021-2022 season, all collegiate squads will count as new squads due to being unofficial for the 2020-2021 season.
An established club is defined as a squad comprised of students attending a school that did have an official team during the previous season.
ESTABLISHED VS NEW
A squad that was a member of a joint team or was fostered by an established club during the previous season is still considered to be a new squad. An established club that fostered a team the previous season is still considered to be an established club. If a school that had an official team the previous season gains a second squad, both squads will be considered established clubs.
For both the foster program and the joint team program, the goal is for each participating new squad to end up with at least 14 players each. Once that happens, the squads will have to split off from each other and form independent teams in order to compete within USQ. However, barring violations of these programs’ policies, squads will not be separated mid-season. For the USQ 2021-2022 season, all college teams will count as new squads. Two squads may join at any time if both teams are at or below 14 playing members (defined by USQ Player Membership). Teams may not form a joint team after attaining a bid to US Quidditch Cup.
An established club may foster one new squad. By entering into the foster program, an established club and a new squad will be permitted to compete as one single college team.
FOSTER PROGRAM POLICIES
- New squads may not foster another squad.
- A new squad may not be fostered by an established club during a season if the new squad has at least 14 eligible players as determined when the baseline roster numbers are locked, as described in the application process below.
- An established club may foster a new squad for up to two consecutive seasons. Regardless of whether the foster program runs for one season or two, an established club must have at least one full season off between fostering different new squads.
- All players from the fostered squad must be included on a gameday roster for at least one tournament during the season.
- An established club may not foster a new squad if another established club of students attending the same school is either fostering a new squad or had done so the previous season.
JOINT TEAM PROGRAM
Up to three new squads may join together to form a joint team. A joint team may not be made up of students from more than three colleges.
JOINT TEAM PROGRAM POLICIES
A new squad may not join a joint team if the new squad has 14 or more players prior to when the baseline roster numbers are locked, as described in the application process below.
A new squad may continue to be part of the same joint team for a second season, despite attaining 14 players, if other squads in their joint team still have not attained 14 players, and no additional squads are added to the joint team for the new season.
Joint teams may add or release involved new squads between years. However, each new squad is limited to two consecutive years in the joint team program.
OVERALL PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS
New squads may not be fostered or be members of a joint team for more than two consecutive seasons. In addition, new squads may be part of a joint team in one season and fostered in the next or vice versa, but together this time must not add up to more than two consecutive seasons.
Exceptions to the requirements and restrictions of these programs will only be made for schools that require their squads to accept students from another school. Squads in that situation will then be allowed to continue to run as a joint team with that other school indefinitely, provided they re-acknowledge their status as a joint team every season. Please note that a squad must be recognized by its school, either as a club sport or recognized student organization, in order to be eligible for this exception. A squad that is not officially recognized by its school, and is thus not subject to the policies of that school, may not gain an exception in this manner.
To qualify for a second season in the joint team development plan, each new squad must apply for a joint team and will be expected to demonstrate attempts to increase membership size of each “new squad” to at least 14 members.
If a new squad fails to exhibit attempts to attain the necessary number of players to be a sole team, they may not be allowed to be a part of a joint team or be fostered for a second season.
If a new squad reaches its two season limit, or fails to qualify for a second season, all squads from that school must apply for a waiver by emailing email@example.com to continue existing as a joint team.
Please note that if a new squad is dissolved and another new squad is formed at the same college the second new squad shall be treated as though they are an extension of the first for the purposes of the requirements and restrictions of these programs, including but not limited to the two season participation maximum.
All proposals for joint development teams must be submitted to and approved by USQ prior to any of the involved squads participating in an official match during that season.
If USQ determines that any squads in the joint team development program intentionally waited to sign up players until after their baseline rosters were locked, signed up fake players, or signed up players who had no intention of playing, so as to circumvent any of the above standards, their leadership will be subject to discipline. The offending squad may also be eliminated from the program and be prohibited from competing with the other squads with whom they had a partnership.
USQ reserves the right to end a joint team during or after any season at its discretion, after a conversation with joint team leadership.
A team formed under the joint team development plan, either as part of the foster program or joint squad program, will only have to pay a single team registration fee of $350 after they have been approved, if they have not yet bought a team account on the USQ website. If two separate teams have each paid their team fee and registered on the USQ website, their team accounts will be suspended for the season and they will have a new team account created for them. The leftover funds from the purchase will be provided to the team in the form of 2 player codes and 1 trial membership.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are open now. Interested teams must submit one application. They will need the following information for both the foster program and the joint squad program:
- Name of all participating squads
- Contact information for all participating squads
- School name for all participating squads
- Status within their school for all participating squads (I.E. club sport, recognized student organization, grant recipient, not recognized by the school)
- Location of all participating squads
There is currently no specific maximum distance between squads who wish to participate in the program. However, USQ reserves the right to reject an application if it appears that the participating squads are so far away from each other that development benefits won’t apply (I.E. too far apart to regularly compete or practice together).
A joint team may be comprised of squads from more than one region. Teams in a joint team program will be assigned a region after their application has been approved, essentially going through the regional transfer waiver process. They may submit a request for a particular region within their application.
APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR FOSTER PROGRAM
The established club must include an essay of at least 500 words that speaks to why they are a good candidate to help develop another squad. The new squad must include an essay of at least 250 words that describes how they will attempt to grow the quidditch program at their own school.
APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR JOINT TEAM PROGRAM
The new squads must include an essay that is at least 250 words describing:
- How they plan to grow the quidditch program at their own schools.
- How they expect to divide leadership in the joint program.
- Who will have admin access to the new team for event and roster submission.
- Timeline of their season (including events and potential joint practices).
- Practices do not need specific dates and can be a general schedule (Ex: once a month).
EVALUATION OF APPLICATION
Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to growing quidditch at their school. They will clearly articulate how being a part of the foster program or the joint team program will lead to a successful USQ season. Applications that do not sufficiently demonstrate these qualities may not be approved.
Teams that register on the USQ website prior to their application approval are still required to wait for such approval before competing officially. USQ encourages teams and players to have funds available for these fees prior to approval, though, as everyone needs to be registered with the league before they may compete officially.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and will be rejected or provisionally approved on a rolling basis. Provisional approval does not mean a team may compete officially. Rather, it means that the application has been reviewed and will be fully approved pending final evaluation of the baseline roster numbers. Official approval will come after the baseline roster numbers have been submitted and approved.
Teams with pending applications and provisionally approved teams must submit their current rosters, including the school that each player attends, 1 week before an official match. On that date, each squad must provide an up to date list of their players to the USQ Gameplay Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Squads may submit their rosters slightly earlier than required if they do not anticipate any changes, but must update the list with membership if new players are confirmed before their deadline.
Submitted rosters will be reviewed by 72 hours after submission. At that point, the baseline roster numbers will lock. Once final approval is granted, the team must register with USQ immediately and all of the submitted players must be fully registered in time for the event roster submission deadline of their first event, which is 24 hours before that event.