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2015-16 Membership Awards Voting

Each member team receives one vote; please have your designated coach or captain place the vote after consulting with the team. Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Each member team receives one vote; please have your designated coach or captain place the vote after consulting with the team. Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

TEAM AWARDS

USQ SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Rutgers University Quidditch

Texas State University - San Marcos

XANDER MANSHEL AWARD

Community High School of Arts & Academics Dragons

Western Washington University Wyverns

FIRST YEAR SURVIVAL AWARD

Rain City Raptors

Rochester United

#SWAG AWARD

Kansas Quidditch

SERVICE AWARD

There were no nominees for this award.

BRAND EXCELLENCE AWARD

Lone Star Quidditch Club

EVENT AWARDS

COMPETITION AWARD

Bat City Showcase

COMMUNITY AWARD

There were no nominees for this award.

FUNDRAISING AWARD

There were no nominees for this award.

Please place your votes here!


TEAM AWARDS

These team profiles and photos were submitted by members of the quidditch community to accompany the nominations.

USQ SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Rutgers University Quidditch

Rutgers University Quidditch goes above and beyond in the fields of volunteering, sponsorship, and fair play. The team travels to tournaments to volunteer and sponsor other volunteers’ travel. This April, they provided a free spot on their team bus to a volunteer, so that they could attend US Quidditch Cup 9. They are friendly and respectful to each opponent, win or lose. This information was submitted.

Texas State University - San Marcos

  1. After their game against George Mason at US Quidditch Cup 9 they congratulated the other team and gave them full credit for their win. They were genuinely happy for them despite losing to them in a frustrating fashion.

  2. When they hosted their tournaments this year, they provided an abundance of housing and went out of their way to accommodate the teams as best as possible.

  3. They are the nicest Southwest team you will meet and will have any team's back when they need it most. At US Quidditch Cup 9 this year they cheered on George Mason and Utah in every game they possibly could and supported them despite the frustrating day they were having themselves.

XANDER MANSHEL AWARD

Community High School of Arts & Academics

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The Community High School Dragons was started by a high school freshman after attending a presentation put on by Virginia Tech. They were among the first official high school team in the country. A private school comprised of only sixty students, attendance varied at weekly practices for the first year, but now in their fourth year, the team has become a mainstay at the school; it is the longest-lasting sports team on campus. They have scrimmaged Virginia Tech each year and lived to tell the tale. They have helped other high school teams across the country, giving advice on getting started and surviving. The team has even hosted events for middle and elementary school students, helping spread quidditch to all ages. As the team motto states: “Teamwork is our vision. Bruising is our journey.”

Western Washington University Wyverns

I cannot think of a team more exemplary of what quidditch is at its finest. The members and overall program of the Western Washington University (WWU) Wyverns are true sportspersons and ambassadors for the sport, and helping to improve both the quidditch community and their local community. In practices and in games, this team brings a passion that displays a true love for their game, their teammates, and their opponents. All teams in USQ should strive to meet the standard of WWU, as representatives of quidditch.

FIRST YEAR SURVIVAL AWARD

Rochester United

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  1. As a first year team we brought in a handful of new players to the sport that have not previously played.

  2. We are working with the Rochester community to start a youth quidditch team (middle school age).

  3. This summer, we are volunteering at a library summer program where we will talk about our experience as quidditch players and put on a kidditch event.

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I think Rochester United deserves this award because we brought the Rochester quidditch community together. We practiced and scrimmaged with University of Rochester and RIT to help create overall stronger Rochester teams. Although we were unable to host our own event, we volunteered as much as possible at all the events we attended. We are currently trying to grow quidditch in the Rochester area by putting on kidditch events and by developing youth teams.

Rain City Raptors

  1. Placed in their first tournament as a team with just 12 people.

  2. They stayed the full length of Northwest Regional Championship to attend every single game and made sure to supply referees through day two.

  3. Won 3 tournaments in a row before going to the final of the Northwest Regional Championship.

The Raptors didn't just survive as a first year team. They thrived against all odds and only fell as hard as they did at nationals because of injuries.

#SWAG AWARD

Kansas Quidditch

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This year, the team completely rebranded with a new logo along with redesigned jerseys and a new white alternate jersey. This was the first time we have done it and it turned out perfectly. Our new logo was highly praised around the country along with our white jersey being one of the talks of US Quidditch Cup 9. Along with the jerseys, we held fundraisers throughout the year selling coffee mugs, shot glasses and even SnapBacks. Our logo, uniforms, and merchandise are known throughout the country as being fantastic and available for purchase at www.tinyurl.com/KUQuidditchFundraiser.

BRAND EXCELLENCE AWARD

Lone Star Quidditch Club

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  1. Lone Star Quidditch Club (LSQC) was able to transform from a league enemy to the most profitable brand in a single season, raising thousands of dollars through apparel sales and tournaments, even outselling popular teams like the Los Angeles Gambits in replica fan jerseys. We even had vocal cheering support during the national tournament, a first in the team's history.

  2. LSQC became the first team to not only attract the attention of professional athletes, but to earn a fan out of it. Pro tennis player Coco Vandeweghe now wears our hat and jersey while on the Women's Tennis Association tour.

  3. LSQC was able to acquire a variety of serious, notable partners, including SISU Mouthguard, Texas Orthopedics, Halo Headband, Peterson's Broomsticks, and Mothership Games.

For all the reasons listed above, LSQC has done an incredible job of not only increasing their own visibility and fan-base, but that of the sport of quidditch as a whole.

EVENT AWARDS

COMPETITION AWARD

Bat City Invitational by Lone Star Quidditch Club
USQ Sanctioned Event - January 30, 2016
15 teams, 200 volunteers, 100 spectators

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In the fall, we were bouncing the idea of having a invitational tournament where we bring all the top teams together to play one another. This is something that never has happened before, because when you look at the US Quidditch Cup format you usually only get to play the other top ranked teams in the final four or finals. This way we could really see what the best of the sport has to offer. After discussing this idea with Alex Browne of Lost Boys, and some extensive convincing of Mollie Lensing, we decided to go for it! With UTSA holding a college only event in early January we decided to run this community only and to just really focus on a format that hasn't been done before. The awareness for the event was largely run through social media, immediately blasting on Facebook and the Eighth Man. Within a week of posting about the event and what teams would be coming there were already articles being written about the hype for the event.


2016-17 MEMBER AWARDS

Next season, USQ will reduce the number of categories for member awards. Team and event awards are a great way to spotlight the positive work done in our community. However, we have found that members are less interested in the program than in years past, most strongly indicated by the lack of nominations seen both in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 season. Scaling back the number of categories will make the nominating process easier and help to increase the reach of the award program.

For questions, please email Membership Director Eric Schnier at membership@usquidditch.org.