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Gameplay Information for 2018 Southwest Regional Championship

The gameplay format and schedule for the 2018 Southwest Regional Championship are announced below.

The 2018 USQ Southwest Regional Championship will be a round robin into a playoff 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.

Please note that the games are listed in the time slot that they will take place, but the game number does not correlate to a field assignment. Pitches will be assigned and announced when the officials schedule is announced next week.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Lumberjack Quidditch is unfortunately no longer able to attend the event. Due to the imbalance in pool sizes after this change, the gameplay department has elected to redraw pools in the collegiate division, so that no team is impacted more than another by this change.

The updated pools are as follows, with teams listed in alphabetical order:

Pool A: Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans Quidditch, Texas Quidditch, Tulane University

Pool B: Austin Quidditch, DeathRow Quidditch Team, SHSU Quidditch, Texas A&M Quidditch

Pool C: Oklahoma State University, San Marcos Sharknados, Texas Tech Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch

Pool D: Baylor University, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas, The Silver Phoenix, University of Arkansas

COMMUNITY DIVISION

The community teams will participate in a single round robin, playing each other team one time. The teams will then be seeded. The first and second place teams will play a series to determine the regional champion, and both teams will receive a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11. The third and fourth place teams will play a series to determine the third bid. Both series will be best of three game series.

If the higher ranked team won the matchup in round robin play, then that game will be treated as the first game of the series. One or two more games will then be played to determine the winner of the best-of-three series.

In the event that the lower ranked team won the matchup in round robin play, the round robin game will be disregarded, and a fresh best-of-three game series will be played.

The six community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):

  • 290 Bluebonnets
  • Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
  • Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club
  • Lone Star Quidditch Club
  • Texas Cavalry
  • Valkyries

Three community teams will qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.

COLLEGIATE DIVISION

The collegiate teams were originally going to participate in pool play in four pools, one of five (5) and three of four (4), before continuing on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion as well as the eight (8) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11. With the new changes, that has been changed to four pools of four (4). The collegiate teams will still continue on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion as well as the eight (8) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 11.To learn more about qualification, please see this article.

New pools:

Pool A: Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans Quidditch, Texas Quidditch, Tulane University

Pool B: Austin Quidditch, DeathRow Quidditch Team, SHSU Quidditch, Texas A&M Quidditch

Pool C: Oklahoma State University, San Marcos Sharknados, Texas Tech Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch

Pool D: Baylor University, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas, The Silver Phoenix, University of Arkansas

Original pools:

The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

Pool A: Austin Quidditch, SHSU Quidditch, The Silver Phoenix, University of Arkansas, UTSA Club Quidditch

Pool B: Baylor University, Loyola University New Orleans Quidditch, Texas Quidditch, Tulane University

Pool C: Louisiana State University, San Marcos Sharknados, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas Tech Quidditch

Pool D: DeathRow Quidditch Team, Lumberjack Quidditch, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M Quidditch

On Sunday, the top four teams in each pool will make it into bracket play. Eight total teams (the top two in each pool) will advance to the championship bracket on day 2. This bracket will be structured so that the top four teams (the highest-seeded team from each pool) must lose twice on Sunday to be removed from contention for the championship, and the second seeds from each pool will be eliminated from championship contention on their first day 2 loss. If the winner of Game T wins Game V, the two teams will play again (Game X) to determine the champion, as neither team will have met the above criteria for elimination.

The top team from each pool will receive a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11 upon the conclusion of day 1. The second-seeded team from each pool will receive a bid if they win their first game of day 2. If they lose their first game in the championship bracket, they will continue to compete for one of the remaining bids through the qualification bracket.

Teams ranked third or fourth in their pool will enter the qualification bracket to compete for one of 4 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:

Revised pots:

Pot 1: Texas Quidditch, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas, Texas A&M Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch

Pot 2: Louisiana State University, Baylor University, SHSU Quidditch, Texas Tech Quidditch

Pot 3: Oklahoma State University, Tulane University, The Silver Phoenix, Austin Quidditch

Pot 4: DeathRow Quidditch Team, San Marcos Sharknados, Loyola University New Orleans Quidditch, University of Arkansas

Original pots:

Pot 1: Texas Quidditch, Texas State University - San Marcos, Texas, Texas A&M Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch

Pot 2: Louisiana State University, Baylor University, SHSU Quidditch, Lumberjack Quidditch

Pot 3: Texas Tech Quidditch, Oklahoma State University, Tulane University, The Silver Phoenix

Pot 4: Austin Quidditch, DeathRow Quidditch Team, San Marcos Sharknados, Loyola University New Orleans Quidditch

Pot 5: University of Arkansas

GENERAL GAMEPLAY INFORMATION

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 always cause the team to forfeit the rest of the tournament, and will be reviewed for disqualification.

Questions about the gameplay format, schedule, or event in general can be directed to events@usquidditch.org.