The gameplay format and schedule for the 2017 Northeast Regional Championship are announced below.
The 2017 USQ Northeast 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 triple round robin, playing each other team three times. There will be no bracket in the community division.
The four community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
Quidditch Club Boston
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. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The collegiate teams will participate in pool play in four pools, two of five (5) and two of four (4), before continuing on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion as well as the nine (9) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Boston University Quidditch, Brandeis Quidditch, RPI Quidditch, Stony Brook Quidditch, University of Massachusetts Lowell Riverhawks
Pool B: Clark University RavenClarks, Harvard Horntails, Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen, New York Pigeons, Skidmore Quidditch
Pool C: Middlebury College Quidditch, RIT Dark Marks, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, University of Rochester Thestrals
Pool D: Emerson College Quidditch, Macaulay Honors College Marauders, New York University Quidditch, Tufts University Tufflepuffs
On Sunday, the top four teams in each pool will make it into bracket play. Teams ranked first in their pool will be placed in the championship bracket and earn a bid for US Quidditch Cup 11. Teams ranked second, third, or fourth in their pool will enter the qualification bracket to compete for one of 5 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: RIT Dark Marks, Clark University RavenClarks, New York University Quidditch, RPI Quidditch
Pot 2: Boston University Quidditch, Harvard Horntails, Tufts University Tufflepuffs, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club
Pot 3: Macaulay Honors College Marauders, University of Rochester Thestrals, Brandeis Quidditch, Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen
Pot 4: Emerson College Quidditch, Skidmore Quidditch, Stony Brook Quidditch, Middlebury College Quidditch
Pot 5: University of Massachusetts Lowell Riverhawks, New York Pigeons
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.
Forfeits done in game are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for both forfeiting the rest of the tournament and disqualification.
Forfeits due to violations of tournament policy will always result in automatic disqualification.
Forfeits done before the game begins will alway cause the team to forfeit the rest of the tournament, and will be reviewed for disqualification.
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