The gameplay format and schedule for the 2019 West Regional Championship are announced below.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Arizona Scorpions are dropping from the 2019 West Regional Championship. As the team dropped out more than 24 hours before the event, the games they were originally scheduled to play will not count as forfeits. The gameplay format is staying the same. The games that Arizona Scorpions were scheduled to play have been removed from the schedule. Each community team will now play 8 games, with most teams playing four (4) games on Saturday and four (4) games on Sunday.
The gameplay schedule has been updated with these changes. There have been no other changes to the gameplay structure or format. The officials and volunteer schedule has also been updated to reflect these modifications and updated in that same document.
The 2019 USQ West 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 single round robin, playing each other team one time. There will be no bracket in the community division.
The ten community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
Each community team will play 9 games, with most teams playing five (5) games on Saturday and four (4) games 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 7 will also qualify for the national championship. To learn more about qualification, including the at large bid process, please see this article.
The collegiate teams will participate in pool play in three (3) pools of four (4), before continuing on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion as well as the five (5) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 12. To learn more about qualification, including the at large bid process, please see this article.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Cal Quidditch, Northern Arizona University Narwhals, Stanford Quidditch, Wizards of Westwood
Pool B: Anteater Quidditch, San Jose State University Spartan Quidditch, Utah State Quidditch Club, Western Washington Wyverns
Pool C: Arizona State University, Raptor Quidditch at the University of Utah, Sun Devil Quidditch, University of California Los Angeles
On Sunday, all 12 teams will make it into bracket play. All teams will have a chance to compete both for the championship as well as for a bid to US Quidditch Cup 12 bids.
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: Utah State Quidditch Club, Cal Quidditch, University of California Los Angeles
Pot 2: Anteater Quidditch, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University Narwhals
Pot 3: San Jose State University Spartan Quidditch, Raptor Quidditch at the University of Utah, Stanford Quidditch
Pot 4: Sun Devil Quidditch, Western Washington Wyverns, Wizards of Westwood
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 12 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 always cause the team to forfeit the rest of the tournament, and will be reviewed for disqualification.
Questions about the gameplay format, schedule, or the event in general can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.