The US Quidditch Cup in 2016 will once again showcase the league’s best teams through a competitive pool play structure.
After a year’s hiatus, US Quidditch Cup 9 will return to a pool play preliminary format.
The Swiss format implemented at USQ World Cup 8 benefited both teams and spectators by providing compelling, competitive, and safe matches throughout the weekend, as World Cup saw a high level of player energy and fan interest alongside an all-time low in serious injuries recorded.
This upcoming national championship event will be open to only 60 teams, instead of the 80 attending teams of the past three years. This 25% reduction in event size is an ideal time to take advantage of some of the unique strengths of the pool play system. The pool play structure rewards teams for stronger play during the season by basing the preliminary stage of gameplay on how well they did during the season. Teams will also know the schedule for all of their preliminary games before the event begins.
As USQ grows and shapes the sport of quidditch, per the Strategic Plan, one of our goals is to add an additional competitive open style event. We are excited to begin developing further plans for this additional event, and the Swiss gameplay format would be a great contender for this new event. The structure has an emphasis on strong play at the tournament itself, rather than strong play throughout the season. As demonstrated above, it also can produce more competitive matches.
USQ is grateful to our staff for making Swiss such a success at USQ World Cup 8, and we are very excited for the upcoming US Quidditch Cup 9! If you would like to be involved in the planning of this event, please fill out our volunteer form.
Bids will be allocated based on the number of registered teams in a region as of October 1, in addition to the performance of teams within the region at USQ World Cup 8. For more on the precise method that will be used, see below.
Due to performance at USQ World Cup 8, regions earned initial auto-bids for the next championship. Teams that advanced to the round of 16 or further earned a full bid for their region. With the smaller event size due to the 25% reduction in the number of teams participating, only 16 auto-bids will be given for progressing to the round of 16, with no half bids granted as in previous seasons. Bids earned by teams from last year’s Midwest Region are allocated to the region the team now belongs to after the geographic split between the Great Lakes and Midwest regions.
Great Lakes: 3
Each team will qualify through one of the eight regional championships.
This season, USQ will once again use 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 ensures that each region is represented at the US Quidditch Cup according to the size of the region.
Using this method, we first determine a standard divisor, found by dividing the number of registered teams by the available number of available event bids. We then calculate a standard quota for each region, which represents the number of bids each region would receive if the bids were an exact representation of the region’s size. Unfortunately, ¼ of a team cannot receive a bid to represent their region at the event so some rounding must occur, which is why using this mathematical method is necessary.
If a region’s standard quota is less than the geometric mean of the integers between which it is located, a region is allocated the lower of those integers; if the region’s standard quota is greater than the geometric mean of the integers, it is 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 so that the modified quotas sum correctly and those modified quotas are then used.
Further reading on the Huntington-Hill method can be found from the Mathematical Association of America.