The gameplay format and schedule for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship are announced below.
The 2017 USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will be a round robin tournament in the community division, and a pool play into bracket play tournament in the collegiate division. The gameplay schedule can be found here, while information on the regional championship can be found here.
The community teams will participate in a double round robin, playing each other team two times. There will be no bracket in the community division.
The six community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
The community team with the highest ranking at the end of the tournament will be the Regional Champion in their division and will qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11. The team with the second highest ranking at the end of the tournament will also qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The collegiate teams will participate in pool play in four pools, three of five (5) and one of four (4), before continuing on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion and the ten (10) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Duke University Quidditch, Salisbury University Quidditch Club, Stockton University Ospreys, Virginia Quidditch Club, Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU
Pool B: Johns Hopkins Quidditch Club, NC State Club Quidditch, Ohio University Quidditch Club, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
Pool C: Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club, George Mason Club Quidditch, Maryland Quidditch, Richmond Quidditch, West Virginia Mountaineers
Pool D: James Madison University Quidditch, Lock Haven University Quidditch, Penn State University Nittany Lions, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
On Sunday, the top four teams in each pool will make it into bracket play. Teams ranked first or second in their pool will be placed in the championship bracket and earn a bid for US Quidditch Cup 11. Teams ranked third or fourth in their pool will enter the qualification bracket to compete for one of 2 additional US Quidditch Cup 11 bids.
The original ranked list was divided into four pots by seed, and each pool had one team randomly drawn from each pot. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. The pots that teams were drawn from are as follows:
Pot 1: Maryland Quidditch, Virginia Quidditch Club, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh, Penn State University Nittany Lions
Pot 2: Richmond Quidditch, Ohio University Quidditch Club, Duke University Quidditch, Lock Haven University Quidditch
Pot 3: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch, Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU, George Mason Club Quidditch, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech
Pot 4: James Madison University Quidditch, West Virginia Mountaineers, Stockton University Ospreys, NC State Club Quidditch
Pot 5: Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club, Salisbury University Quidditch Club, Johns Hopkins Quidditch Club
Rankings during the tournament will be based on the USQ tiebreaker policy. The primary comparison will be win percentage, followed by head-to-head, then quaffle points against, then quaffle points for, and then snitch catch percentage.
Please note that the USQ forfeit procedure will be in effect during this event. Teams who forfeit a match may be required to forfeit the remainder of their scheduled games and may be subject to disqualification from the remainder of the tournament. Teams who are disqualified from their regional championship are ineligible to compete at US Quidditch Cup 11 through either a bid earned at the regional championship or an at large bid. This includes bids that were already earned at the event prior to the disqualification.
Questions about the gameplay format, schedule, or event in general can be directed to email@example.com.