The initial bids allocated to each region for each division at US Quidditch Cup 11 are now available.
In total, 130 teams were fully registered with 7 players by the October 1 deadline - 92 collegiate teams and 38 community teams.
The bid allocation process was announced in August, and additional details can be found here, including a description of the Huntington Hill method mentioned below. Teams will qualify through either one of the eight regional championships or the at large bid process. US Quidditch Cup 11 will take place on April 14th and 15th, 2017 in Round Rock, Texas.
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. The following number of collegiate team bids will be available at the appropriate regional championship:
Great Lakes: 5 bids
Mid-Atlantic: 10 bids
Midwest: 7 bids
Northeast: 9 bids
South: 4 bids
Southwest: 8 bids
West: 5 bids
For the 2017-18 season, USQ implemented a minimum regional size of three teams for each division. The Northwest region did not meet this requirement, and as such will not have a collegiate division.
Of the 24 community division bids, 13 will be awarded at regional championships via the formula below. The remaining 11 bids will be distributed at large.
The total number of teams is 38, the total number of bids is 24, and the number of regionals is 8.
The following number of community team bids will be available at the appropriate regional championship:
Great Lakes: 1 bid
Mid-Atlantic: 2 bids
Midwest: 1 bid
Northeast: 1 bid
Northwest: 1 bid
South: 1 bid
Southwest: 3 bids
West: 3 bids
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.
Upon confirmation of the standings, the top 16 eligible college teams and the top 11 eligible community teams in the USQ standings will be offered bids to US Quidditch Cup 11.
In order to be eligible for an at large bid, teams must meet the following requirements:
The team must compete at a regional championship this season.
The team must have not earned a bid at that regional championship.
The team must not have been disqualified from that regional championship in any way.
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.
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.
The team must have played 12 games against 8 opponents at 3 events.
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.
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.