This is the landing page for all updates from US Quidditch Cup regarding the ongoing COVID-19 disease situation. Here, you can find information, news, and resources, on USQ policies, activities, and updates on upcoming events.
- Return to Play Guidelines
- Impact on the 2020-21 Season
- Initial Response Plan
- Initial Statement
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.
The health and safety of everyone in our community is of the utmost importance for USQ right now. All of the changes we’re making this season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are based on recommendations from different federal and state public health agencies, as well as other sports organizations and national governing bodies who have already begun to resume in-person activities. Having clear guidelines in place to reduce outbreaks is crucial to navigating the next phase of this pandemic, and they must be maintained through the new season.
- USQ is not hosting fall and spring regional championships this season. USQ Cup 14, to be held in April 2021, has also be cancelled. Official and sanctioned events may not take place this season.
- All teams will be required to follow the return to play guidelines, developed in collaboration with MLQ. More details are available here.
- For regional championships and USQ-hosted circuit events, there is a five team minimum for the collegiate division, and a four team minimum for the club division. A USQ-hosted event may take place with teams from just one division. More details are available here.
- The deadline to submit an event to the USQ calendar in the 2020-21 season is two weeks in advance of the event. When the event is submitted to the calendar, it must include evidence of state and local guidelines that prove large outdoor gatherings of that size are permitted at the facility where the event is taking place. More details are available here.
- There will be no tier demotion for head referees corresponding to the end of the 2019-20 season. If a head referee has passed a field test in either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season and head-reffed at least one other game in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 season, they will not be subject to the usual mandatory tier demotion in May 2021. More details are available here.
Eligibility of Graduating College Seniors
In the 2020-21 season, eligibility rules for collegiate teams will remain the same. All players competing on a college team must submit valid proof of enrollment. This means that if a player graduates and is no longer enrolled then they will not be eligible to compete with their college team anymore. This decision was based on several factors, including the importance of gameplay integrity.
A significant reason we cannot make an exception to our eligibility policy is that many universities only allow their teams to compete against other teams that are only made up of college students. It’s also common for universities to restrict participation in recognized student organizations or sport clubs to just currently enrolled students. The split between college and club teams was designed to meet those standards. In doing so, we’ve made it easier for college teams to gain school recognition. We’ve also secured a more level playing field in the college division, by having everyone operate under the same rules. Now that the split is in effect, we think it’s important to uphold that value from season to season.
Going back on that policy, even for just a season, would significantly upend college programs required by their school to only compete against other enrolled college students. Those affected wouldn’t be able to assume that all games against college teams would be under rosters of only enrolled college students. Teams would have to schedule their season around opponents who were playing with only enrolled college players. That would be administratively challenging to manage as enrollment information is currently considered confidential to USQ staff, and only available to tournament directors through event rosters for official events. Also, some teams who can only have enrolled students on their roster wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this new opportunity, creating further gameplay inequities.
USQ’s eligibility policy does not set a cap on how many years players can compete for a college team; the only requirement is that a player be enrolled at that school. Moreover, while we strongly encourage college players to compete with a college team, we do not require it, and college players may choose to compete with a college or club team. Our policy is more lenient than those of many national governing bodies. We are aware that the NCAA has extended eligibility for certain college players who did not get to finish out their final season with their school. Even in that case, the NCAA is still requiring that players be enrolled at a school.
We recognize that this decision is not ideal for all players. It is the best option as we try to maintain gameplay integrity and fairness as we work through the effects of COVID-19. Any questions regarding eligibility can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Refund Policies
We are adjusting our refund policy for memberships. If a team registers for next season and then is unable to play due to COVID-19, then their team and player fees will be available as a credit for future seasons. This credit policy will also be extended to player memberships as well. If a player does not participate in a single official game next season, they may request that their membership be applied to the following season.
Partial refunds may be available on a case by case basis and the amount will depend on what USQ activities the team/member has participated in.