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Bid Allocation for US Quidditch Cup 11

Information about the bid allocation for both the Community and Collegiate divisions is now available for US Quidditch Cup 11.

As has been previously announced, US Quidditch Cup 11 will be split into Community and Collegiate divisions, which will compete for separate championships at the same site and dates.


The field for US Quidditch Cup 11 will be expanded this year. 88 total teams will be at the event. 64 teams will compete in the Collegiate Championship in a Swiss-style tournament. 24 teams will compete in the Community Championship in a pool play format tournament with 3 pools of 8 teams. Additional details about the event format will be released later this summer.


The majority of bids for both divisions will be allocated based on the number of registered teams in a region as of September 30 at 11:59pm ET.  Unlike in previous seasons, region performance during US Quidditch Cup 10 will not be taken into account.  Instead, a system of at large bids will determine the remaining spots.  For more on the precise method that will be used, see below.

For the regional spot distribution for US Quidditch Cup, each team must be registered before October 1, 2017 to be counted.* To register, the $150 team dues must be paid, along with at least seven individual members added to the team. You can view more information here.

*This means that for the purposes of bid distribution, no teams will be counted after 11:59pm ET on September 30.


In order to protect the efficacy of the bid distribution system, regional transfer requests must generally be submitted by September 30, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

For teams registered by September 30, any regional transfer request submitted on or after October 1 must be based on new information the team received following that deadline.

Teams who register on or after October 1, 2017 must submit the request within one week of registering with USQ. Additional requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis if the request is based on new information the team received following that deadline.

Click here to access the waiver form.



Again this season, USQ will 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.

Of the 64 collegiate division bids, 48 will be awarded at regional championships.  These 48 bids will be distributed to the regions using the Huntington Hill method.  The remaining 16 bids will be distributed at large.

Using this method, we first determine a standard divisor, found by dividing the number of registered teams by the number of available event bids (48). 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.


The community division will have a total of 24 bids, but will not have a fixed number of at large bids.  Instead, the following formula shall be used to determine the number of bids distributed to each region, to be awarded based on performance at regional championships:


That number for each region will be rounded down unless rounding it down would result in zero, in which case the number will be rounded up to one instead.  This will not assign all bids.  The remaining bids will be distributed at large.

The bid distribution will be based on registered teams as of September 30, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.


Both the collegiate and community divisions will have at large bids.  At large bids will be awarded directly to teams based on the USQ standings as of 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

In order to be eligible for an at large bid, teams must meet the following requirements:

  1. The team must compete at a regional championship this season.
  2. The team must have not earned a bid at that regional championship.
  3. The team must not have been disqualified from that regional championship in any way.
  4. The team must fill out the at large bid interest form by March 9, 2018 committing to accepting an at large bid if they receive one. The form will be available in February 2018.
  5. The team must have completed one of the following two expanded season play requirements by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 11, 2018.  The expanded season play requirements can be met against teams from either division, and, as usual, games at regionals do not count for the expanded season play requirements.

    1. The team must have played 12 games against 8 opponents at 3 events.


    2. The team must have played 8 games against 4 teams at 3 events, including at least one out of region opponent from each of two additional regions which qualified at their own regionals.*

* If a team transfers regions, they will be treated as a team from the region into which they transferred.

For example, a team who competes at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship but does not earn a bid at their regional championship could become eligible for an at large bid through option B by meeting the minimum requirements listed above, with one of their 8 games being against an opponent which qualified for USQC11 at the Northeast Regional Championship, and another game being against an opponent which qualified for USQC11 at the Midwest Regional Championship.

Upon confirmation of the standings, the top 16 eligible college teams and the top X eligible community teams (where X is the number of community at large bids available) in the USQ standings will be offered bids to US Quidditch Cup 11.


For the 2017-18 season, USQ is implementing a minimum regional size of three teams for each division.

If a region does not have three teams fully registered in a division by 11:59pm ET on September 30, 2017, there will be no regional for that division in that region.  Teams in that region and division will have two options:

  1. The team will be invited to transfer and attend another regional championship of USQ’s choice, based on their location.


  2. The team may choose not to attend any regional championship.  In this case, the team may still attempt to earn an at large bid.  USQ will waive the regionals attendance requirements for at large bid eligibility for this team.  The team must still meet the season play requirements to be eligible to earn an at large bid.


As has been the case in previous years, if a team earns a bid at their regional, but declines the bid for any reason, the deferred bid will be offered to the remaining teams in the region in the order of their finish at the regional.  A team that was disqualified from their regional will not be eligible to accept a deferred bid.

If no teams in the deferring team’s region accept a bid, it will be treated as an additional at large bid instead of being offered to another region.

If an at large bid is deferred for any reason, it shall be offered to the remaining eligible teams in the order of their ranking in the USQ standings as of March 11 at 11:59pm ET.

If all eligible teams decline the deferred at-large bid, then it may be offered to ineligible teams in the order of their ranking in the USQ standings as of March 11 at 11:59pm ET.


Questions about the bid distribution process should be directed to