US Quidditch Cup 9
Fields at Saluda Shoals Park
In partnership with Columbia Regional Sports Council
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April 16 and 17, 2016
World Cup 8 took place on April 11-12, 2015 in Rock Hill, SC. To see more information about the event, visit the event website here.
World Cup is USQ's premiere event of the season. Featuring 80 teams from across the league, this is the pinnacle of the competitive season and the largest spectator event of the season. Teams qualify through regionals and have the opportunity to compete at the World Cup to be crowned the World Champions.
World Cup 8 will take place at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, SC. The facility is located at:
337 East Mount Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Appalachian Apparators Quidditch
George Mason University
Lock Haven University Quidditch
Penn State University Nittany Lions
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
University of Richmond Spiders
Villanova Community Quidditch
Virginia Quidditch Club
Wizenmagot Quidditch of VCU
Ball State Cardinals
Blue Mountain Quidditch Club
Bowling Green State University
Central Michigan Quidditch
Falcon Warriors Quidditch Club
Illinois State University Firebirds
Indiana University Midnight Snipes Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Michigan State University Spartan Quidditch
Ohio State Quidditch
Ohio University Flying Bobcats
Purdue Intercollegiate Quidditch Association
University of Missouri
Boston University Quidditch
Emerson College Quidditch
Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen
Macaulay Honors College Marauders
New York University Nundu
Q.C. Boston: The Massacre
RIT Dark Marks
Tufts University Tufflepuffs
University of Rochester Thestrals
University of British Columbia Quidditch
Western Washington Wyverns
College of Charleston Quidditch
Tennessee Tech Quidditch
The Southern Storm
University of Florida Quidditch
University of Miami
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida Quidditch
Clone Star Quidditch Club
Lone Star Quidditch Club
Loyola University New Orleans
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma State University
Osos De Muerte
Texas A&M Quidditch
Texas State University - San Marcos
Texas Tech Quidditch
The Silver Phoenix
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Arkansas Quidditch Club
University of Texas at San Antonio Club Quidditch
Arizona Quidditch Club
Arizona State University
Los Angeles Gambits
Santa Barbara Blacktips
Silicon Valley Skrewts
The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
The Lost Boys
University of California Los Angeles
Wizards of Westwood
Teams must complete the following six requirements to be fully registered for World Cup 8. The steps may be completed in any order, but all six requirements must be completed by Saturday, March 28 at 11:59pm Eastern time. Teams who fail to meet this deadline will be disqualified from the event.
Submit the event registration form.
Request attendance to the event on the events calendar. As an additional requirement, teams must submit their rosters as per the standard USQ deadlines, with the initial roster submitted no later than 7 days before the tournament and the final roster locking 24 hours before the tournament.
Pay the $400 team tournament registration fee. This can be paid either by mailing a check or paying via PayPal, per the instructions below this list.
Register for hotel accommodations through USQ’s travel partner, Traveling Teams, as required per the stay and play policy. Teams are required to book a minimum two night stay for all players for the event.
Complete the full season play requirements: play at least eight games against a minimum of four different official teams at three different events by March 28th. Games played at regional championships do not count toward this total. Please keep in mind that official matches must be submitted to the USQ Events Calendar no later than two weeks before the match date, so teams who still need to complete season play requirements should schedule official matches to meet these requirements, and submit the event to the calendar, as soon as possible. Please also note that a certified tournament director must be present and organize every official match.
Complete all referee certification requirements: At least two (2) team members must certify as assistant referees. At least one (1) team member must certify as a snitch referee. At least one (1) team member must pass the head referee written test. Different individuals on the team must fulfill each of the above requirements, for a total of four certified individuals.
To pay via check, send a check made payable to “US Quidditch Inc” to the following address:
PO Box 79304
Charlotte, NC 28271
Note: checks must be postmarked by the registration deadline (March 28).
To pay via PayPal, please use the following form:
Note: the registration fee is non-refundable.
Questions about payment methods? Please send us an email at email@example.com.
As a reminder to all teams, the USQ Stay and Play policy applies to this event. The policy requires that in order to participate in a particular event, teams are required to book hotel rooms in one of several tournament-approved hotels through our travel planner, for a minimum of two nights. The only exception to this rule is for teams whose official mailing address is within 100 miles direct distance (or “as the crow flies”) of the tournament site address.
Book hotels here!
Our hotel options are also open to spectators who are interested in booking accommodations through us! Please follow the same link as above.
Additional information about gameplay at the tournament will be posted here as the tournament approaches. Please also review the information below about the Swiss format which will be implemented at World Cup 8.
The quaffle used at the tournament will be the Baden Matchpoint size five volleyball.
Any games forfeited at World Cup 8 will be entered into the official USQ rankings as a 150*-0 loss for the forfeiting team. For more information about the forfeit policy, please follow this link.
As with all official games, each team’s roster of up to 21 players must be submitted through the USQ website no later than seven days before the start of the event. Changes to the submitted roster may be made up to 24 hours before the start of the event.
All standard USQ gameplay policies will be in effect for this event, as outlined here.
For an introduction to the Swiss format, please read this article. The following is additional detailed information about the format.
The fundamental characteristic of a Swiss-style tournament is that teams of equal skill are paired against each other in each round. For example, after each team has played one game, each team with a 1-0 record will compete against another team with a 1-0 record, and each team with a 0-1 record will compete against another team with a 0-1 record. After each team has played two games, each 2-0 team will play another 2-0 team, each 1-1 team will play another 1-1 team, and each 0-2 team will play another 0-2 team, etc.
At World Cup 8, the preliminary rounds of gameplay will be organized as a two-flight, seeded Swiss-style tournament. Each of the 80 teams at World Cup will be placed into one of two 40-team “flights,” or preliminary groupings, and all preliminary matches will feature teams competing within their assigned flight. In addition, each team will receive a seed before arriving at the tournament, numbered 1 through 40, based on their position in the USQ standings as of March 28, 2015 at 11:59pm est.
To create the two flights of 40 teams, the 80 teams who have qualified for World Cup will be listed on a single, 80-team list in USQ standing order, as of the date of flight creation. The teams will be sorted into flights randomly by pairs: team 1 will be placed randomly into a flight and team 2 into the other flight, team 3 into a flight and team 4 into another flight, etc. The teams in the flights are then ranked 1 through 40.
For the initial round of preliminary games, teams will be grouped by fours and each “top” team will be randomly paired against a team from its corresponding “bottom” group. Thus, teams 1, 2, 3 and 4 will each be randomly assigned to play against one of teams 37, 38, 39, and 40; teams 5, 6, 7, and 8 will each be randomly assigned to play against one of teams 33, 34, 35, and 36, and so on. This first-round schedule will be adjusted so that teams from the same region do not play one another in the first round. This seeded system will avoid the possibility of two top-ranked teams competing against each other in the first round. After this initial round, teams will be paired against other teams with identical records.
For each round after the first round, teams which have the same record will be paired randomly with each other. Where this is impossible due to an odd number of teams with a given record, teams of similar records will be paired (e.g. a 4-0 team with a 3-1 team). The pairings will be random, except that the system will ensure that teams do not play the same opponent twice in the tournament.
The nature of this system means that the general schedule of the World Cup can be created in advance. Following the conclusion of a round of games, pitch and time slots will be assigned to teams for the next round. Teams will have at least two full game slots to rest in between each game. Visual signage throughout the event as well as information posted online will remind teams, and inform spectators, of the specific matchups as they are determined.
Please note that each round of preliminary play will take place over multiple game slots during the tournament, so not all teams will be playing simultaneously, and no teams will be playing back-to-back matches at any point during the preliminary rounds.
Please note: this schedule is subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event date.
Saturday, April 11
7:00 a.m. —Teams arrive
7:30 a.m. — Gates open to the public
7:30 a.m. — Teams line up for Opening Ceremonies
8:00 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies begin
8:30 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies conclude
9:00 a.m. — Games begin (preliminary matches)
10:20 p.m. — Matches end
Sunday, April 12
8:00 a.m. — Teams arrive
8:30 a.m. — Gates open to the public
9:00 a.m. — Matches begin
12:00 p.m. — Preliminary matches conclude
12:30 p.m. — Playoff bracket announced
1:00 p.m. — Round of 24
2:20 p.m. — Round of 16
2:30 p.m. — Costume contest begins
3:40 p.m. — Quarterfinals
4:30 p.m. — Costume contest winner announced
5:00 p.m. — Semifinal 1
5:40 p.m. — Semifinal 2
6:20 p.m. — Closing ceremonies
7:00 p.m. — Championship Match
7:45 p.m. — Trophy presentation
All spectators are required to purchase tickets for admittance to the event. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about volunteer opportunities.
If you're interested in volunteering to be part of the event planning staff, we still have some opportunities for that listed on our open volunteer positions page here.
Please use this form to request a press pass, which will be distributed at the event, granting special access to games, players, staff, and more.
Are you interested in being a vendor at World Cup 8? Each year our vendor village is full of merchandisers and nonprofits who add to the festival-like atmosphere of the Cup and sell everything from sporting equipment to jewelry and magic wands.
Vendor Booth Pricing
$250 - Early bird pricing, through February 28th
$350 - Regular pricing, through March 15th
$500 - Through April 1st
To apply as a vendor, please email email@example.com.
Do you have any general questions about the event? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.