USQ Update

Membership

US Quidditch Membership Program for 2018-19 Season

USQ announces details on our membership program for the 2018-19 season.

Registration for the 2018-19 season will begin on July 1. The cost is not changing for team registration, adult players, coaches, and referees. We are introducing free youth team and youth player memberships, as well as providing an opportunity for unofficial teams to be listed on the USQ website at no cost to facilitate teams connecting with each other more effectively.

Teams

Adult team fees are staying the same as the 2017-18 season, which is $150 per team. As before, there will be no additional registration fee required for teams to participate in regional championships. Information on the registration fee for US Quidditch Cup 12 will be released later in the 2018-19 season. Additional information on team membership is available here.

The youth team and player structure are being significantly reworked. This season, USQ will offer free youth team registration, which will allow the team to be listed in the Teams section of the league website. This will allow for better tracking of youth teams and communication between neighboring teams. In order to compete at USQ events, such as a potential high school championship, teams and players will be required to pay event-specific registration fees.  Teams can register using this form.

Unofficial adult teams will also have the option to sign up for a free team registration on the USQ website. Teams will be asked to submit a location and contact information, and will be featured on the Teams map. Having a clear listing of all active quidditch teams in the nation will allow for better event organization, better communication about the needs of unofficial teams, and better recruitment of prospective players who find the US Quidditch website. Teams can register using this form.

Updated information about membership grants will be released in mid-July. Applications will also open at that time.

Team Naming Policies

Next season, USQ is instituting a new policy regarding team names. Teams will be required to have unique names in order to avoid confusion in the standings and on-site at events. Any existing teams with names that are too similar will be required to add at least one descriptor to the team name (e.g. where the team is from, an adjective, etc).

USQ will also require that all team names and abbreviations are appropriate for a family-friendly audience. The league will reserve the right to require a team change their name or abbreviation prior to being allowed to compete officially.

Coaches

Coach fees are staying the same as the 2017-18 season, which is $50 per person. The coach upgrade option will still be available for $25 per person. Please note that you do not have to be affiliated with a USQ official team to take advantage of the resources offered through the coach certification program. Additional information on coach membership is available here. To become a certified coach, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Purchase USQ coach membership
  • Complete the USQ coach certification test
  • Complete the Concussion in Sports certification

Referee Requirements and Fees

Referee membership fees will remain at $50 per person. The referee upgrade option will still be available for $25 per person. Additional information on how to become a referee and details on referee compensation is available here.

Summary of Compensation for Certified Officials

The compensation rates for certified officials will remain the same as in the 2018-19 season:

  • Head referees: $15/official game. $20/game at USQ regional and national championships.
  • Lead assistant referees: $10/official game.
  • Snitch runners: $8/official game.

Head Referees

Head referees must purchase a referee membership in order to be certified. To become a certified head referee, you must complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written assistant referee certification test
  • Pass the written snitch referee certification test
  • Pass the written head referee certification test
  • Purchase referee membership
  • Pass a head referee field test administered by a USQ Proctor

Lead Assistant Referees

Lead assistant referees must purchase a referee membership in order to be certified. To become a certified lead assistant referee, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written assistant referee certification test
  • Pass the written snitch referee certification Test
  • Pass the written head referee certification Test
  • Purchase referee membership

Team Officials Crew Requirements

Beginning in the 2018-19 season, all teams will be required to supply at least one snitch runner at all USQ run-events. Just like with team referee crews, this requirement will mean that there are more snitches available at all events to assist with staffing games. All team snitches will be required to pass the snitch runner written certification in order to count for their team’s requirements. Once they have passed the written test, the snitch runner will have the option to register for a free snitch membership and sign up for a field test or submit footage of their games in order to complete snitch certification.

The deadline for teams to complete this new requirement will be the same as for team referee certification, which is the same as last season. Teams are required to complete their referee and snitch runner requirements by October 15 or one month after they register (whichever comes later). If a team does not complete these requirements by the deadline, it must complete them by 24 hours before its next scheduled official event. A team will not be permitted to play in any official matches until it completes these requirements. If a team’s deadline falls after its regional championship, they must complete the requirements by 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the regional championship, the same as the roster submission deadline.

Please note that the individual serving as a team's provided snitch cannot also be on that team's referee crew for USQ-run events. More information on team requirements is available here.

Snitch Runners

In the 2018-19 season, official games are not required to use certified snitch runners. However, in the interest of expanding the snitch runner certification program, USQ will continue to prioritize scheduling certified snitch runners over non-certified snitch runners at our regional and national championships. Any official games using a certified snitch runner must compensate the snitch runner in order for the games to count as official. Snitch runners must register for a free snitch membership in order to be certified. To become a certified snitch runner, you have to complete the following steps:

  • Pass the written snitch runner test
  • Complete field test certification
    • This field test can be accomplished either by emailing video footage of yourself snitching in-game, or being field tested in person by a certified proctor.

For questions about the membership program, please email Membership Director Eric Schnier at membership@usquidditch.org.

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