US National Team

The US National Team (USNT) follows a standing team model. The staff consists of Michael Parada, USNT head coach; Ethan Sturm, USNT assistant head coach; Jackson Johnson, USNT assistant coach; and Amanda Dallas, USNT coordinator.  Openings for additional staff positions, when available, can be found here.

US NATIONAL STANDING TEAM

The decision to move the USNT in the direction of a standing team was one that was not taken lightly. After extensive discussions with European teams and USNT players and stakeholders, USNT staff and USQ management decided to move in the direction of a standing USNT in 2018. 

The current USNT standing team is listed below. 

  • Andrew Axtell │Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Rachel Ayella-Silver │ The Warriors
  • Julia Baer │ Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Henry Baer-Benson │ Tufts University Tufflepuffs
  • Justin Cole │ Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Taylor Crawford │ The Warriors
  • Ryan Davis │ Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
  • John Dorsett│ Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Kaci Erwin │ Texas Cavalry
  • Miguel Esparza │ Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Bailee Fields │ Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Rachel Heald │ Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Tate Kay │ Unaffiliated
  • Kobe Kendall │ Anteaters Forever
  • Max Havlin │ Boston Pandas
  • Jackson Johnson │ Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Lindsay Marella │ The Warriors
  • Erin McBride │ Texas Cavalry
  • Kylie McBride │ Pegasus Quidditch Club
  • Augustine Monroe │ Texas Cavalry
  • Darian Murcek-Ellis │ Creighton Quidditch
  • Ian Scura │ Boston Pandas
  • Tyler Trudeau │ Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Austin Villejo │ Pegasus Quidditch Club
  • Daniel Williams │ Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Lulu Xu │ Boston Pandas

No athlete on the USNT standing roster is guaranteed play time or a tournament roster spot at any point during their time on the USNT standing roster. While there are designated periods for mass additions and cuts, the USNT coaching staff may add or cut a player when they deem necessary. Scouts are consulted throughout each season.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The below baseline player eligibility requirements are subject to change dependent on the IQA

  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of the event
    • This overwrites the IQA rule of 16 years
  • Must hold a valid passport at the time of the event

At least meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Have lived in the US for at least three years
  • Have played quidditch only in the US
  • Have played officially in the US during the prior Major League Quidditch (MLQ) season and/or the prior USQ season

APPLICATIONS

Any athlete that meets the aforementioned IQA and USNT requirements is eligible to try out for the USNT. If you are unable to attend a training camp, you can express interest by email to USNT Head Coach Parada and USNT Coordinator Dallas at michael.parada@usquidditch.org and amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org, respectively.

In order to apply, you must be willing to agree to the necessary waivers and provide written commitment to various requirements:

  • US Quidditch Code of Conduct
  • US Quidditch Unlawful Harassment Policy
  • USNT Certificate of Accuracy/Release of Liability
  • USNT Video and Photo Release
  • US Quidditch National Team Fundraising Policy
    • In the event I am chosen for and accept a roster spot on the USNT, I agree to participate in fundraising efforts for the benefit of the USNT.
      OR
    • In the event I do not want to participate in fundraising efforts, I understand the USNT will not pay for any portion of my kit, travel, food etc. in relation to the USNT.
  • US Quidditch National Team Practice Policy
    • In the event that I am chosen for and accept a roster spot on the USNT, I agree to make an active effort to attend as many USNT practices as my financial state and distance from said practices allow. I will also make a concerted effort to be at all USNT tournaments at least one week in advance to participate in on-site training.

All new applicants may be asked to submit two unedited recordings of official USQ or MLQ games in which they have played. Fantasy games, merc games or games against official teams deemed unofficial will not be accepted. The footage must meet the below requirements:

  • Footage will only be considered valid if the game took place during the prior USQ season, prior MLQ season and/or the current USQ season.
  • All videos must be sent as either a YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox link via the body of an email to the USNT Head Coach Parada with the subject line “LASTNAME_USNT Video Submission.”
    • The body of the email must also include the athlete’s name, position(s), gender, their USQ seasonal team, their MLQ team (if applicable) and the address of assumed residency for the upcoming summer.
    • In the body of the email, athletes are required to provide timestamps of when they were on pitch and a description of the play that takes place during each timestamp.

TRAINING CAMPS

To avoid tryout fatigue, USNT staff do not host open tryouts in every region each season. Training camps are held in the late fall and early spring.

Training camps are three to four hours in length. Athletes planning to attend are required to pay a registration fee unless they have already been placed on the USNT standing roster or in the USNTDA. The current registration fee is $25. For non-USQ members, it is $35.  These fees go toward the cost of tryouts and USNT fundraising.

In addition to attendance at open training camps, play throughout the USQ and MLQ seasons, public persona and disciplinary history are taken into consideration. Anonymous scouts from across the US have been selected by the head coach to observe prospects. They periodically provide the USNT head coach with their feedback, which is used to make roster decisions.

PERFORMANCE REVIEW AND CUTS

The USNT standing roster is evaluated formally on an annual basis, but athletes may be released at the discretion of the USNT coaching staff. The following criteria are taken into consideration each time the USNT coaching staff reviews player performance:

  • USNT practice and tournament attendance/participation
  • Film submission
  • Visual proof of workouts/practice
  • Communication with leadership
  • Adherence to USNT policies
  • Participation with a USQ and/or MLQ team
  • Player performance
  • Attitude and public persona
  • Cohesiveness and interaction with teammates

ROSTER SELECTION

December: Following MLQ Championship, USQ fall regional championships and the Crescent City Invitational, athletes with standout performances may receive standing team roster offers at the discretion of the USNT coaching staff.

Early May: After evaluation of US Quidditch Cup performances, athletes with standout performances receive standing team roster offers.

Late May: The approximately 25-person IQA roster is announced.

No athlete on the USNT standing roster is guaranteed play time or a tournament roster spot at any point during their time on the USNT standing roster. While there are designated periods for mass adds and cuts, the USNT head coach may add or cut a player at any point they deem necessary.

The USNT head coach meets with his appointed coaching staff and scouts throughout each USQ season to discuss the USNT standing roster applicants. The USNT coaching staff—with the USNT head coach given the final say—then select a roster of athletes to be eligible for USNT tournament consideration. The USNT has no obligation to hit a minimum or maximum number of players at any point.

25-PERSON ROSTER

Prior to a tournament in which the USNT will compete, the USNT head coach meets with his appointed coaching staff and scouts to discuss the approximately 25-person roster. The USNT coaching staff—with the USNT head coach given the final say—then selects a roster of approximately 25 athletes from the standing team roster to be eligible to compete in the upcoming USNT tournament. Alternates are rotated in at the USNT coaching staff’s discretion, should a member of the approximately 25-person roster become incapable of or ineligible for attendance at the upcoming tournament. At no point is a member of the 25-person roster guaranteed a spot on the 21-person roster or play time.

21-PERSON ROSTER

The following tournament roster rules are expected to be enforced at IQA events:

  • Teams may have a maximum of 25 players on their tournament roster.
  • For each day of the tournament, coaches may select up to 21 players to include on that day’s roster.
  • The roster may be edited up until eight hours before the first game of the day, at which point it must be submitted to the IQA Gameplay Department.
  • Players not included on that day’s roster will have entry into the tournament but cannot enter the player area during a game.
  • At no point is a member of the 21-person roster guaranteed play time.

ROSTERED ATHLETE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the aforementioned player eligibility requirements, adhering to the signed policies and exhibiting the actions and attitude of a role model within the community, athletes are expected to complete workout requirements set by the coaching staff and attend closed training camps.

Closed training camps are held twice a year, at minimum, for the existing standing team roster. The exact dates and times are determined based on the American quidditch calendar, however, the following are potential time periods:

  • Two days following US Quidditch Cup
  • The week prior to IQA World Cup or the Continental Games
  • A weekend in December/January
  • Sundays following major, recurring regular-season tournaments such as Alamo Cup, Sin City Classic, the Oktoberfest Invitational, etc.

 

Keep an eye on the USNT Facebook, USNT Twitter, and the USQ Instagram to find out who else makes the cut.

For questions, email USNT Coordinator Amanda Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org