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US National Team Updates

The first phase of the 2018 US National Team selection process has come to a close.

USNT staff would like to thank all those that assisted and attended the USNT Training Camps. The next stage of the process will be selecting the 25-person roster and additional USNT staff that will compete in Florence, Italy and continuing fundraising efforts.

US QUIDDITCH CUP 11

While the in-person and video tryout portions of the USNT application process have ceased, scouts and USNT staff will be present at US Quidditch Cup 11 to further evaluate applicants. The national championship is a high-pressure tournament and serves as a pivotal setting in which we are able to determine if an athlete can handle the pressure that will be placed upon them to win gold at the IQA World Cup.

We request that applicants do not approach USNT staff while they are coaching, playing, reffing or volunteering in another capacity. If you have questions, please direct them to USNT Coordinator Amanda Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org.

ROSTER AND STAFF

We will be taking 25 players to Florence, Italy and selecting one to five alternates. The 2018 USNT roster will be announced publicly on Tuesday, April 24.

The IQA permits teams to have a maximum of 25 players on their tournament roster for the weekend. For each day of the tournament, Head Coach Michael “Yada” Parada will select up to 21 players to include on that day’s roster. Players not included on that day’s roster will have entry into the tournament but cannot enter the player area during a game. There is no guarantee that each of the 25 players will roster for one or both days.

Parada will be announcing his coaching staff this month. He is in the final stages of selection.

TOURNAMENT PREPARATION

Summer practice plans will be determined based on the makeup of the roster as locational concentration will play a key role in how practices will be executed. In addition to attending summer practices, players will also be expected to maintain a healthy diet and commit to a prescribed workout schedule which will include check-ins with USNT staff.

USNT athletes will be under a structured itinerary the week leading up to and during IQA World Cup. Athletes are expected to arrive in Florence between Saturday evening, June 23 and Monday morning, June 25 in order to participate in practices and strategy sessions throughout the week. If an athlete is not capable of fulfilling this requirement, Coach Parada will make other arrangements with the individual. For marketing purposes, athletes will also be required to attend a photoshoot and participate in vlogs throughout the week. Athletes will have the opportunity to see the city; however, tourism will not take precedence over USNT activities.

We will be staying in an AirBnB from Saturday night to Friday morning. For Friday night through Monday morning, we will be housed in Bungalow Superior, as required by the IQA World Cup Stay and Play Policy.

FUNDRAISING

We’re excited to announce that we raised $4,400 via our USNT Training Camps. While we were initially allocating the entirety of this profit to housing, we had to reallocate around $2,000 of the funds due to an unexpected increase in tournament registration fees.

USNT merchandise—featuring the redesigned USNT logo—will be available for purchase at the USQ booth at US Quidditch Cup. We will have t-shirts and tank tops available. Profits from the sale of those items will go directly to the USNT. We will also be holding a Chipotle fundraiser on Sunday, April 15 from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Round Rock location, just 15 minutes from the fields. Post-USQ Cup, we will continue to sell USNT merch—though certain items will only be in limited quantities—in the USQ online store and hold additional restaurant fundraisers. Dallas plans to work with rostered players to discuss other ideas to raise funds. All fundraising profits will go toward USNT tournament registration, kits and travel costs.

Lastly, upon completion of the USNT kit designs, we will begin partnership outreach. If you or a company you know are interested in pursuing a partnership with the USNT, email Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org.

FANS

Looking to attend IQA World Cup as a USNT supporter? Fill out this form and Fan Managers Lisle Coleman and Kerri Donnelly will add you to the USNT Supporters Group once you have confirmed your attendance at the tournament.

Coleman and Donnelly will reach out in the coming months with information related to the USNT fan section, including housing at the USNT Fan Villa.

Additional questions related to the USNT can be directed to Dallas at amanda.dallas@usquidditch.org.

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