USQ Update

USQ World Cup Bid Allocation

USQ is thrilled to announce the regional allocation of bids to the USQ World Cup.

USQ is thrilled to announce the regional allocation of bids to the USQ World Cup.

Bids were allocated based on the number of registered teams in a region and the performance of teams at World Cup VII. For more on the precise method used, see below

In total 142 teams fully registered by the Oct. 1 deadline. The Huntington-Hill method was used to apportion 57 of the 80 bids.

Midwest: 31 Teams

Northeast: 23 Teams

Southwest: 23 Teams

West: 23 Teams

Mid-Atlantic: 20 Teams

South: 15 Teams

Northwest: 7 Teams

Due to performance at World Cup VII, regions had already earned the following number out of 23 bids: Teams that were eliminated in the round of 32 earned half a bid for their region. Teams that advanced to the round of 16 or further earned a full bid for their region. Bids earned by teams from the former Eastern Canadian region are excluded, as none of them registered with USQ this season.

Midwest: 5.5 Automatic Bids

Northeast: 3 Automatic Bids

Southwest: 7.5 Automatic Bids

West: 2 Automatic Bids

Mid-Atlantic: 2.5 Automatic Bids

South: 2.5 Automatic Bids

Northwest: 0 Automatic Bids

The bids allocated from the team count are added to those allocated from WC VII performance. Here is the final bid allocation:

Midwest: 18 Bids

Southwest: 17 Bids

Northeast: 12 Bids

West: 11 Bids

Mid-Atlantic: 10 Bids

South: 9 Bids

Northwest: 3 Bids

If regions are unable to fulfill their bid allotments, additional bids will be granted in the following order: Mid-Atlantic, West, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic (ties were broken randomly). If further bids are required, Huntington-Hill provides ad infinitum.

Each team will qualify through one of the seven regional championships. To compete at the regional championship each team must have at least one member who has passed the Head Referee Written Test at least two weeks prior to the regional championship

The USQ World Cup will take place on Apr. 11-12 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Huntington-Hill Method

This season, USQ used the Huntington-Hill method of apportionment in determining bid allocation, which is used by the United States House of Representatives in determining its seats. The Huntington-Hill method first determines a standard divisor (the average number of teams per apportioned World Cup bid). It then calculates a standard quota for each region—the number of bids each region would get if bids were divisible. (We add in automatic bids here.) If the fractional part of a region’s standard quota is less than the geometric mean of the integers that its standard quota is between, a region is initially allocated the lower of those integers; otherwise, it is initially allocated the higher of the integers. If the total sum of all of those initial quotas adds up to the total number of bids, the initial quotas are used; otherwise, a modified divisor is used in place of the standard divisor such that the modified quotas (found by dividing by the modified divisor) sum correctly and those modified quotas are then used.

Further reading on the Huntington-Hill method can be found on Wikipedia.