USQ Update

New IQA Structure Announced

Details on the new IQA's leadership, Congress, staff structure and more have been released. 

The number of delegates that Quidditch Canada and the Australian Quidditch Association will receive has been changed from 2 to 3. The IQA regrets this error. 

The transition team for the new International Quidditch Association is excited to introduce the IQA’s structure. As a truly international organization, the IQA will be the global governing body for the sport.

The IQA is responsible for the governance and sustainability of the sport of quidditch and will provide responsive and effective leadership to support the sport’s development throughout the world. The IQA endeavors to support gender education across all sports and communities, and to promote equality and diversity in its member leagues.

The IQA’s main duties will be establishing the international quidditch rulebook, as well as set the standards for officiating and snitching the game. The new organization will choose the host sites and set specifications for equipment and facilities in international competitions.

The IQA will consist of a Board of Trustees, a three-member Executive Team and the IQA Congress. The responsibilities of each of these groups are described below.

 

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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of three to seven individuals responsible for overseeing the long-term direction of the IQA. The Board appoints the Executive Director who is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Executive Team

The Executive Team consists of the Executive Director, Finance Director and President of the Congress (see below). The Finance Director is responsible for managing the finances of the organization, and the President of the Congress leads the IQA Congress. The Executive Team is supported by administrative staff appointed by the Executive Director.

IQA Congress

The IQA Congress is the representative body in which each IQA member league has a stake in the organization and development of the sport.

The IQA Congress holds regular meetings twice a year, and may hold additional meetings as deemed necessary by the Executive Team or the Congress. The President is elected by the Congress for a two-year term, and is responsible for creating the agenda and running each Congressional meeting.

The IQA Congress may also create committees consisting of volunteers that are responsible for carrying out specific league operations.

Membership in the Congress is a three-tier system consisting of member leagues, developing leagues and emerging areas. Eligibility for each tier is determined by a metric called the Quidditch Development Index (QDI), which is proportional to both the absolute number of teams in the member league and the number of teams relative to the population of the league’s territory. The three types of leagues are differentiated as follows:

  • Member leagues receive between one and three delegates in the IQA Congress, with each delegate receiving one vote. All delegates for a member league must vote as a bloc. The number of delegates afforded a member league are proportional to its QDI. Member leagues are also required to offer an annual culminating championship tournament.

  • Developing leagues have two teams or more and a QDI below the threshold set by the IQA and are entitled to an independent voice in the IQA Congress, but cannot vote. Developing leagues are required to have evidence of regular competitive play.

  • Emerging areas have more than zero teams, but might not have a governing body or evidence of regular competitive activity. Emerging areas are represented in the IQA Congress through IQA expansion staff; they do not have representatives of their own.

QDI values and eligibility for membership tiers will be recalculated based on team numbers every September; for the league’s first official season, the number of teams as of June 2014 will be used to determine QDI. Read more about QDI below.

How delegates will be selected

Each member league is responsible for determining who will represent them as delegates. These governing bodies have already determined their procedures:

Quidditch UK – The Chair and Vice Chair of the league will automatically serve as the league’s first two delegates in the IQA. The league will determine the manner of selecting a third delegate when necessary at a later date.

US Quidditch – The management team will select two employees and one volunteer to serve as the league’s three delegates.

Australian Quidditch Association – The league will appoint delegates and ensure that they do not have a conflict of interest.

Benelux Quidditch (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) – The league will start with one representative from Belgium, and add additional delegates from Netherlands and then Luxembourg when eligible.

France Quidditch Association – The league will appoint one delegate.

The following leagues are in the process of selecting their manner of choosing delegates: Quidditch Canada, Associazione Italiana Quidditch, Associacion Mexicana de Quidditch, and Germany Quidditch.

Timeline

July 1: Official launch date of the new IQA and website

July - August: Delegate selection by leagues, hiring for volunteers

August: First meeting of the new IQA congress

Potential IQA Members List

Below is a list of quidditch-playing territories that may choose to apply to the IQA for membership, and the number of delegates they would receive for the first season. Please note that these values are subject to change based on fluctuations in number of official teams in each individual potential member league, and that no league is an official member league of the IQA until its application has been approved by the organization.

Potential Member Leagues

League

Number of Delegates

Number of Teams

Population

US Quidditch

3

170

317,888,000

Quidditch UK

2

24

63,705,000

Quidditch Canada

3

24

35,344,962

Australian Quidditch Association

3

16

23,454,945

Associacion Mexicana de Quidditch

1

5

119,713,203

Germany Quidditch

1

3

80,716,000

France Quidditch Association

1

9

65,864,000

Associazione Italiana Quidditch

1

6

60,021,955

Federacion Argentina de Quidditch

1

4

40,117,096

Benelux Quidditch

1

6

28,037,349

Potential Developing Leagues

League

Number of Delegates

Number of Teams

Population

China

0

2

1,363,950,000

Peru

0

2

30,911,183

Potential Emerging Areas

League

Number of Delegates

Number of Teams

Population

Brazil

0

1

201,032,714

Spain

0

1

46,609,700

Colombia

0

1

49,140,523

Uganda

0

1

35,357,000

Jordan

0

1

6,571,200

Norway

0

1

5,109,056

Ireland

0

1

4,593,100

Quidditch Development Index

The QDI is calculated using two variables:

  • TEAMS – The number of official teams in the league. Each league may determine the requirements necessary for recognition as an official team. The IQA Congress reserves the right to verify the accuracy of the number of teams reported by to the IQA. This value will be used to calculate TPR (see below), but it also has a partial direct impact on the final metric.

  • TPR – Total Population Ratio. The previous TEAMS variable is used to calculate a ratio that expresses the density of teams compared to the population of a country, to take into account the differing significance of a single team on a sparsely populated or small territory versus a single team in a larger territory. The most recent and reliable statistics publicly available will be used in determining a member league territory’s total population.

The QDI is a number between 0 and 1 (or in other words between 0% and 100%), where 0 represents no quidditch teams, and 1 is the maximum current development of a league in terms of team density.

QDI = 0.2*TEAMS% + 0.8*TPR%

where:

- TEAMS% is calculated from TEAMS as a proportion relative to the highest number of teams in any Member League. The highest possible TEAMS value is 1.

- TPR% is calculated from TPR as a proportion relative to the highest TPR value of any Member League. The highest possible TPR value is 1.

The classification of a given league as a member league, developing league, or emerging area is as follows:

- Leagues whose QDI exceeds 0.01 are member leagues and will be represented by a number of delegates proportionate to their QDI value:

- QDI < 0.33: one (1) delegate

- 0.33 < QDI < 0.66: two (2) delegates

- QDI > 0.66: three (3) delegates

- Leagues whose TEAMS count is 1 or whose QDI is lower than 0.01 are developing leagues: they get no power of vote, but will have one (1) representative in the Congress to represent their league. This value (0.01) is referred to as the Development Threshold, and may be adjusted in the future by the IQA.

- Areas with more than zero teams but who do not have a governing body or evidence or who do not have evidence of regular competitive play are emerging areas.

The transition team is excited to announce these new details and welcomes any questions or input, and can be reached at questions@iqaquidditch.com