The gameplay format and schedule for the 2018 Northeast Regional Championship are announced below.
UPDATE: October 25, 2018
The bracket format for the collegiate division at the 2018 Northeast Regional Championship has been updated slightly. The google spreadsheet has been updated accordingly. While the assigned game letters have changed, the only changes to the bracket structure are in the quaternary bracket.
Teams that lose in games K and L - the second round of the tertiary bracket - will now drop down to the quaternary bracket, rather than being eliminated from the bid qualification bracket. Please direct any questions about this change or other aspects of the format to email@example.com.
The 2018 USQ Northeast Regional Championship will be a round robin tournament in the community division, and a pool play into bracket play tournament in the collegiate division.
The community teams will participate in a double round robin, playing each other team two times. There will be no bracket in the community division.
The five community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
Quidditch Club Boston
Each community team will play each other community team once on Saturday and once on Sunday. The specific Sunday schedule will be released on Saturday evening, so the teams can be assigned slots based on the collegiate bracket, accommodating conflicts where possible for community players who coach a collegiate team.
The community team with the highest ranking at the end of the tournament will be the Regional Champion in their division and will qualify for US Quidditch Cup 12. Additionally, the community teams ranked 2 through 3 will also qualify for the national championship. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The collegiate teams will 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 12. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Middlebury College Quidditch, New York Pigeons, New York University Quidditch, Skidmore Quidditch
Pool B: Brandeis Quidditch, Emerson College Quidditch, RIT Dark Marks, University of Rochester Thestrals
Pool C: Harvard Horntails, RPI Quidditch, Stony Brook Quidditch, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Tufts University Tufflepuffs
Pool D: Boston University Quidditch, Clark University RavenClarks, Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen, Macaulay Honors College Marauders
On Sunday, the top four teams in each pool will make it into bracket play. Teams ranked first in their pool will be placed in the championship bracket and earn a bid for US Quidditch Cup 11. Teams ranked second, third, or fourth in their pool will enter the qualification bracket to compete for one of 4 additional US Quidditch Cup 12 bids. Teams ranked second in their pool will still have a chance to compete for the regional championship title.
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:
Pot 1: RPI Quidditch, New York University Quidditch, University of Rochester Thestrals, Boston University Quidditch
Pot 2: Macaulay Honors College Marauders, Tufts University Tufflepuffs, Emerson College Quidditch, Skidmore Quidditch
Pot 3: Harvard Horntails, RIT Dark Marks, Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen, Middlebury College Quidditch
Pot 4: Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Brandeis Quidditch, Clark University RavenClarks, New York Pigeons
Pot 5: Stony Brook Quidditch
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 alway 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.