Starting in the 2015-16 season, US Quidditch will add an eighth region, the Great Lakes Region.
First announced in July along with the addition of the Northwest Region, the Great Lakes Region will be made up of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, formerly in the Midwest Region, and Kentucky, formerly in the South Region.
The new Midwest Region will retain Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and will also be joined by Colorado (formerly in the Southwest Region).
The new region was originally proposed by the USQ Gameplay Department and approved by the Teams Department and USQ Management. With this change in regional distribution, the new Midwest and Great Lakes regions will be able to grow at a comparative rate to USQ’s other regions, and travel to regional championships will be more feasible for more teams.
The Great Lakes Region is the last new USQ region. One goal of USQ’s ongoing strategic planning process is to consider how to add additional qualifying structures for the more distant future as the regions (and their regional championships) continue to grow. To provide input on the strategic plan, please email email@example.com.
Teams in the Great Lakes and new Midwest regions may continue to compete inter-regionally in official matches (as any team in any region may), but are required to attend their own regional championship. As a reminder, teams in any region that wish to attend a different regional championship due to extreme circumstances may submit a request waiver here.
As part of the new regional split, US Quidditch is seeking bids for regional championships in both the future Midwest and Great Lakes regions, starting today. Bids are due on April 17, 2015.