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; Amanda Dallas, USNT coordinator; and Miguel Esparza, USNT photographer.  Openings for additional staff positions, when available, can be found here.

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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. 

  • Jayke Archibald - Keeper - Boston Pandas
  • Andrew Axtell - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Julia Baer - Chaser - Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Martin Bermudez Jr. - Chaser - Texas Cavalry
  • Edward “Teddy” Costa - Utility - Revolution
  • Kaci Erwin - Chaser - Texas Cavalry
  • Bailee Fields - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Aryan Ghoddossy - Chaser - Texas Cavalry
  • Solomon Gominiak - Chaser - Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Harry Greenhouse - Utility - Revolution
  • Samuel Haimowitz - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Max Havlin - Beater - Revolution
  • Rachel Heald - Utility - Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Jackson Johnson - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Taylor “Tate” Kay - Beater - Texas Quidditch
  • Luke Langlinais - Chaser - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Lindsay Marella - Chaser - The Warriors
  • Jessica Markle - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Kylie McBride - Beater - Texas Cavalry
  • Augustine Monroe - Keeper - Texas Cavalry
  • Ryan Nawrocki - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Elizabeth Ng - Utility - Diablos Quidditch Club
  • Hallie Pace - Beater - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Jacob Parker - Utility - Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
  • Robert Sluss - Keeper - Texas Hill Country Heat
  • Tyler Trudeau - Keeper - Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Lulu Xu - Beater - Revolution

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 may be consulted in this scenario.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

While the IQA has not updated their eligibility requirements for the upcoming IQA World Cup, we are currently working under the assumption that they will remain the same as they were for the recent IQA Pan-American Games. Every National Governing Body (NGB) or Emerging Area may set their own criteria for who can compete on their team, however, at a minimum, athletes must:

  • Be at least 16 years old by June 30, 2021.

AND at least meet one of the following requirements:

  • Hold citizenship

  • Have lived in the country for at least three years

  • Have played quidditch only in the nation

  • Have played in the nation (and not their nation of citizenship) for at least the last international season

The additional national team player eligibility requirements for USNT athletes are as follows:

  • 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

Must meet at least 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
    • For the 2020-21 season, this requirement will be waived due to COVID-19

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.

New applicants are required to request the following documents:

  • A letter of recommendation from a coach or captain of an official USQ or MLQ team that they compete(d) for during the previous MLQ season and/or USQ season
  • A letter of recommendation from a current teammate that is not in leadership 

Letters must be emailed directly to the USNT Coordinator Dallas (amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org) and USNT Coach Parada (michael.parada@usquidditch.org) as a PDF file titled: “PlayerRecLetter_POSITION_LASTNAME”.

  • These letters are meant to help USNT staff understand what the player is like on a team. It will—ideally—reveal any issues that we may encounter and the player’s strengths and weaknesses that they may not see in themselves.
  • Any letters sent by the applying athlete to USNT staff will not be accepted. The author of the recommendation letter must send the letter themselves to USNT staff.

All new applicants are required to submit three 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 summer during which the IQA Continental Games will take place.
    • 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
  • Workout/practice Snapchats
  • 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

Due to COVID-19, the below dates may change for the 2020-21 season.

Feb. 27: After post-training camp evaluation, athletes with standout performances receive standing team roster offers.

April 25: After evaluation of US Quidditch Cup performances, athletes with standout performances receive standing team roster offers.

Late April/early 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 a 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, following suit with what was done for the 2018 IQA World Cup
  • Two days following the MLQ Championship
  • A weekend in December/January
  • Sundays following major, recurring regular-season tournaments such as Alamo Cup, the Heroes vs. Villains Invitational, 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

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A dedicated USNTDA page is coming soon with more info on the program.

In alphabetical order, below is the current USNTDA class.

Joshua Johnson | Texas Quidditch

Kobe Kendall* | Anteater Quidditch

Eleanor Lisec* | RPI Quidditch

Allyson Manzella | Columbia College Chicago Quidditch

Serena Monteiro* | Tufts Quidditch

Sena Morimoto | Creighton Quidditch

Darian Murcek-Ellis | Creighton Quidditch

Carlos Prado | UTSA Club Quidditch

Ian Scura* | Middlebury Quidditch

John Sheridan* | Maryland Quidditch

Andrew Steinberg | Brown Club Quidditch

Caroline Tao | Texas Quidditch

Jack Wang | Texas Quidditch

Daniel Williams* | UTSA Club Quidditch

Tyler Zreet | UTSA Club Quidditch
*Indicates returner from the 2019 class. The full list of the  first USNTDA class, selected in 2019, can be found here.