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US Quidditch Membership Program for 2016-17 Season

USQ announces details on our membership program for the 2016-17 season.

Beginning July 1, USQ will launch several adjustments to our membership program. These include an increase in player fees, as well as new amounts for compensating certified officials. Revenue from USQ’s membership plan is used to fund all aspects of league operations. For detailed information on revenue and expenses, we recommend you check out our Form 990 and our annual report, available on the About USQ page of this website. The annual report for the 2015-16 season will be released in late summer.


Beginning July 1, the adult player fee will be $60 per person. The player fee for trial and youth players will remain at $10 and $25 per person, respectively. Additional information on player membership is available here.

The increase in revenue from player fees will be used to support programs in the Office of the Executive Director, the Communications Department, the Events Department, and the Membership Department.

Office of the Executive Director

Programs impacted by the increased revenue include the annual fundraising appeal campaign and technical support and feature development for the USQ website. As the league grows, and as we begin implementing programs outlined in the strategic plan, like those for officials, it is necessary to make updates to our website to ensure it remains easy to use and functional for both members and staff.

Communications Department

Much of the work the Communications Department does is integrated into other departments. Additional revenue will support more organization-wide projects, such as league merchandise (which helps to generate additional revenue for USQ) and social media campaigns that fall outside the scope of USQ events.

Events Department

The player fee increase will enable USQ to ensure that all fields for regional championships are consistently high quality. It will allow us to continue to expand services at all USQ events, such as food options on-site, marketing support to increase the sport’s spectator base, and complimentary hotel rooms for volunteers and officials who help run these events.

Membership Department

The lead assistant referee plan, along with the new snitch runner compensation plan (detailed below), will benefit greatly from the fee increase. Other programs that will see a boost include the assessment for officials and the expansion of youth quidditch.

Adult player membership will include:

  • Eligibility to play on an official team and compete in official matches, as well as participate in USQ-sanctioned events

  • Insurance coverage while participating in any official matches, as well as USQ-sanctioned events in the U.S.

  • Free registration for regional championships and ability to compete to qualify for the national championship

  • Player ID card for entry to USQ events

  • Official USQ member patch

  • Participation in league-wide polls

The increase in revenue from player fees will give us additional resources to improve quidditch, improve how we run our organization, and improve the execution of our programs and events. For additional information on the direction USQ plans to take in the coming years, refer to our strategic plan, which covers the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 seasons.


Team fees are staying the same as the 2015-16 season, which is $150 per team. As before, there will be no additional registration fee required for regional championships. Information on the registration fee for US Quidditch Cup 10 will be released later in the 2016-17 season. Additional information on team membership is available here.

Applications for membership grants will open July 1. The deadline to apply for the starter kit grant has been adjusted to ensure that a new team with a fall regional championship can receive equipment in time to practice on it before that event. The amount for the team sponsorship grant has been increased to $840.


Coach fees are staying the same as the 2015-16 season, which is $50 per person. The coach upgrade option will still be available for $25 per person. Please note that you do not have to be a coach for an USQ official team to take advantage of the resources offered through the coach certification program. Additional information on coach membership is available here. To become a certified coach, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Purchase USQ coach membership

  • Complete the Positive Coaching Alliance seminar

  • Complete the USQ coach certification test

  • Complete the Concussion in Sports certification

Referee Requirements and Fees

Referee membership fees will remain at $50 per person. Additional information on how to become a referee and details on referee compensation is available here.

Summary of Compensation for Certified Officials

Please note that the adjusted compensation amounts go into effect for all official games beginning July 1, 2016.

  • Head referees: $15/official game. $20/game at USQ regional and national championships.

  • Lead assistant referees: $10/official game.

  • Snitch runners: $8/official game.

Head Referees

Head referees must purchase a referee membership in order to be certified. To become a certified head referee, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written assistant referee certification test

  • Pass the written snitch referee certification test

  • Pass the written head referee certification test

  • Purchase referee membership

  • Pass a head referee field test administered by a USQ Proctor

The compensation for head referees per game is decreasing to $15/game at official matches. Head referees will still be paid $20/game at USQ regional and national championships.

Lead Assistant Referees

Announced last March, USQ began implementing the lead assistant referee position in February 2016. Starting with the 2016-17 season, all official games must have a paid lead assistant referee. In addition, lead assistant referees must purchase a referee membership in order to be certified. To become a certified lead assistant referee, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written assistant referee certification test

  • Pass the written snitch referee certification Test

  • Pass the written head referee certification Test

  • Purchase referee membership

Lead assistant referees are paid at a rate of $10/game.

Snitch Runners

In March of this year, USQ announced a snitch runner compensation plan that was designed for and implemented at US Quidditch Cup 9. In the 2016-17 season, official games are not required to use certified snitch runners. However, in the interest of expanding the snitch runner certification program, USQ will prioritize scheduling certified snitch runners over non-certified snitch runners at our regional and national championships. Any official games using a certified snitch runner must compensate the snitch runner in order for the games to count as official. Snitch runners must register for the free snitch membership in order to be certified. To become a certified snitch runner, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written snitch runner safety test

  • Pass the written snitch runner rules test

  • Complete field test certification

    • This field test can be accomplished by emailing video footage of yourself snitching in-game.

    • Additional information about field testing will be available at the start of the season.

Snitch runners are paid at a rate of $8/game.

International residency requirement

USQ has adjusted its international residency requirement to allow exceptions in the case of split residency and extenuating circumstances.

The initial policy was, “US Quidditch membership is open to teams and individuals residing within the United States of America. Teams and individuals residing in other countries should seek to register with their respective quidditch national governing body. If, throughout the season, it is discovered that a team or individual is not located within the USA, then that team or individual will be at that point barred from the league without refund or eligibility to participate in further events. Any official games played by this team throughout the season will be disqualified.”

The wording above still stands. Any teams or individuals found to be operating in violation of this policy will be penalized. The policy additions are:

“Individuals who have split residency and live part-time in the United States may be granted an exception to compete on a USQ team on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions will be based on proof of split residency, extenuating circumstances, and discussion with the other country's national governing body as applicable. Requests for an exception must be submitted by email to Requests for an exception will be evaluated within two weeks of submission, and the exception must be granted before the player registers for USQ membership. Individuals granted an exception to participate on a USQ team may not also compete on a team in another country.” This information is also available on our Membership page.

Player Numbers

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, player numbers will be restricted to integers of three digits or less. Letters or symbols such as pi and infinity will not be allowed. USQ recognizes that jerseys, especially those with full sublimation, are an additional expense for players. We want to ensure that teams have ample time to implement the change. We strongly recommend that teams ordering new jerseys next season restrict player numbers to integers only. The one season grace period will end on June 30, 2017. Additional information on the player number policy can be found here.

For questions about the membership program, please email Membership Director Eric Schnier at

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