Return to Play Guidelines for COVID-19

USQ and Major League Quidditch (MLQ) are collaborating on return to play guidelines for COVID-19. The guidelines are requirements that apply to all of quidditch, in any state that a player, coach, staff, or volunteer resides or participates in.

Given the fluid nature of this situation, MLQ and USQ staff, including USQ’s risk management team, have decided to provide continual updates about the status of quidditch and what the return to play guidelines are. They will continually monitor the information from federal, state, and local health authorities, and will reference guidelines from the CDC, United State Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and other national governing bodies. The next update on quidditch’s return to play status will be provided no later than October 2. 

USQ’s risk management team includes members of the medical community, and are vital in deciding quidditch’s current guidelines and restrictions. The members include:

  • Demetrius Collins, PT, DPT, LAT, ScD: Certified Athletic Trainer & Physical Therapist
  • Rebecca Martin, MPH: Masters in Public Health
  • Som Singh: MD Candidate
  • Shawn Zink, MSS, ATC: Certified Athletic Trainer

The full return to play guidelines can be downloaded here

Return to Play Guidelines: Stage 2

All USQ and MLQ member teams will be in stage 2 until further notice. Stage 2 includes the following restrictions:

  • Only outdoor practices with 25 people or less
  • No indoor practices or meetings
  • Indoor meetings are allowed. Attendees of an indoor meeting are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The meeting must abide by any restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility in question. However, we strongly recommend that people continue to hold virtual meetings and refrain from indoor, in-person meetings.
  • No activities that require direct contact between athletes. All drills must be non-contact.
  • No scrimmages between other teams
  • All athletes must use their own broom
  • No sharing of water bottles, towels, mouth guards, or other personal items
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Follow CDC sanitization guidelines (listed below)
  • Keep record of who was at what practice, scrimmage, or team gathering (see the suggested tracking form below).

If you have recently showed symptoms or come in contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, do not participate in any practice or activity with others. More information on general COVID-19 guidelines and symptoms is provided below. 

To track attendance, we recommend coaches and team leaders use the form here. Attendance records should be kept confidential to coaches and team leaders.  

We recommend that players travel individually to and from practice unless they live together with other players on the same team.

While we are all eager to return to play, we all must remain patient through this process. USQ and MLQ as always, appreciate your support while we continue taking the appropriate steps towards a safe return.

COVID-19 General Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers general guidelines and recommendations for the public on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. They currently include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment including balls. 
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. 
  • Stay at least 6-feet away from non-household members. 
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
    • Throw out the tissue and wash your hands afterward. Alternatively, you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. 
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Consequences for Violating Return to Play Guidelines

USQ’s fair play policy has been amended to incorporate flouting public safety and return to play guidelines.

Intentionally flouting public safety and return to play guidelines: A person or team who is found to have played in a game, practice, or event when unsafe to due so in regards to school, local, state, or USQ/MLQ guidelines will be ineligible to compete at US Quidditch Cup that season.

Additional disciplinary action may also be taken.

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