USQ Update

2018-2019 Gameplay Policy Reminders

This article includes reminders of key gameplay policies for the 2018-2019 season.

As the first games of the season are set to take place this weekend, this article reviews key gameplay policies and requirements for teams to be aware of. The full list of gameplay policies is visible here. Any questions can be directed to

The 2018-2019 season will be played under USQ Rulebook 12.


Official Game Requirements

Please see the linked page for full requirements of official games.

For a game to be considered official (i.e. fulfilling seasonal requirements and to be included in the rankings), it must be between two official member teams and meet the following criteria:

  1. The game or tournament must be submitted to the USQ events calendar at least one week before the event.

  2. Participating teams must submit their rosters at least 24 hours in advance.

  3. Photo IDs must be checked against the rosters before the game starts (in the case of tournaments, before the first game starts).

  4. A certified head referee paid $15 and a lead assistant referee must be paid $10 to adjudicate the game, and if the snitch for the game is certified, the snitch must also be paid $8.

  5. A crew of other officials, including at least one snitch referee, two assistant referees (including the Lead Assistant Referee), two goal judges, a scorekeeper and a timekeeper work to officiate the game fairly.

  6. There must be a nonplaying certified athletic trainer or EMT available on site at all times.

  7. Each team must have a certified coach present during the match.

  8. A certified tournament director must organize and be present at the event.

Players on collegiate teams must now submit proof of enrollment twice a year. See this page for more information about player eligibility requirements.

The requirement for non-playing tournament directors has been expanded. See the  gameplay policies page or the 2018-2019 Tournament Director Certification announcement here for additional information.

Season Play Requirements

The season play requirements have not changed from the 2017-2018 season.

For teams with a fall regional: you must play at least three games against two teams at one event at least two weeks before regionals

For teams with a spring regional: you must play at least five games against three teams in two events at least two weeks before regionals.

All official teams will be required to play at least eight games per season against a minimum of four different official teams at three different events before the US Quidditch Cup.

Regional Distribution Count

The field for US Quidditch Cup 12 will include 88 total collegiate and community teams. 64 teams will compete in the Collegiate Championship in a Swiss-style tournament, with 4 flights of 16 teams. 24 teams will compete in the Community Championship in a pool play format tournament with 4 pools of 6 teams.

The majority of bids for US Quidditch Cup from the Collegiate and Community divisions will be allocated based on the number of registered teams in a region as of September 30 at 11:59pm ET. To register and be counted, the $150 team dues must be paid, along with at least seven individual members added to the team.

At large bids will be used again and will be awarded based on the standings at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The requirements for at large bids can be found here. The main change for the 2018-2019 season is that the number of opponents required for the primary expanded season play requirements has been reduced from 8 opponents to 6 opponents.

Registration for Regionals and Nationals

For a team to compete in its regional championship, it must register for the tournament by the deadlines outlined here.

As announced last summer, USQ requires a minimum regional size for each division. In the 2018-19 season, the minimum will increase from three teams to five teams. If a region does not have five teams fully registered in a division by 11:59pm ET on September 30, 2018, there will be no regional for that division in that region. Teams in that region and division will be required to attend an assigned super regional championship instead.

Additional information about super regional championships can be found here.

Regional Transfer Policy

If a team cannot attend its designated regional championship, it may submit a waiver to attend a different regional championship. These waivers are only accepted in extreme circumstances. See the link above for additional information.

Player Transfer Policy

If a player wishes to transfer between official teams during the season, that player may submit a waiver to transfer. All individual players will be allowed the opportunity to transfer from one official member team to another official member team one time before October 24, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. See the link above for additional information.

Player Conduct

All players, coaches, and other USQ members are expected to abide by the player disciplinary policy, fair play policy, code of conduct, and unlawful harassment policy.

Game Appeals Policy

There have been no changes to the game appeals policy from the 2017-2018 season.

Forfeit Procedure

There have been no changes to the forfeit procedure from the 2017-2018 season.

Tiebreaker Policy

There have been no changes to the tiebreaker policy from the 2017-2018 season.

The following uniform tiebreakers will be used at regional championships and the US Quidditch Cup when teams are tied with the same win record:

  1. Head-to-head (when applicable between all tied teams)

  2. Win record before snitch catch

  3. Quaffle points against (QPA)

  4. Quaffle points for (QPF)

  5. Snitch catch percentage

  6. Coin flip/random selection

See the above link for additional information.

Cheating on USQ Certification Quizzes

Any attempt to subvert the 24 hour waiting period when taking Classmarker certification quizzes (including those for referees, coaches, snitch runners, and tournament directors) will result in a season-long suspension of that person’s coach, referee, and/or snitch membership, along with the revocation of all certifications for that season. The offender will also be suspended as a player for one game.

If a player cannot be identified by USQ staff, the coach will be contacted to identify them. As coaches are responsible for the conduct of their team, the coach will be suspended for one game if they cannot identify which player on their team cheated on their certification test.


If you have questions about any gameplay policies, please email us at