Out of concern for player safety in light of the extreme rainfall and thunderstorms at the South Regional Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USQ cancelled the last three rounds of games on Saturday, as well as the majority of games on Sunday. This decision was made primarily out of concern for player safety.
Due to deteriorating field stability and worsening weather conditions, only one match will be held tomorrow. The match will be held at 9am CT between Florida's Finest and Gainesville Siege, and will determine the regional champion of the community division and allocate the South region’s single US Quidditch Cup community bid. As participating teams have been informed, USQ gameplay and events staff will meet in the coming days to determine the most appropriate and equitable means to distribute the South’s four collegiate bids, which we will announce as soon as possible.
In light of these challenges, USQ wishes to reiterate our commitment to determining a logistically sound and equitable method for allocating US Quidditch Cup bids for collegiate teams. We would like to thank the players, coaches, and volunteers of the South region for their understanding and their valuable feedback this weekend. Thank you also to our partners at Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports and County Park and Recreational Authority for their commitment to hosting the safest event possible in light of changing weather conditions. We are grateful for their flexibility and their assistance with weather monitoring today as well as over the last week.
As part of our annual review of policies and programs, we will be examining our inclement weather policies as well as our priorities when selecting events in wet climates. Individuals who wish to share additional feedback or suggestions on this topic, or on anything else related to the tournament, may reach staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.