The gameplay format and schedule for the 2019 Southwest Regional Championship are announced below.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Loyola University New Orleans is no longer able to attend the Southwest Regional Championship. The games they were scheduled to play will no longer be played. 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. Instead, the teams will be compared across pools based on the metrics described in the tiebreakers for uneven pools.
The win record will be teams ranked by the number of losses they had in pool play. To then calculate between pools, the average of QPAs and QPFs and snitch catch percentages will be used.
Teams who place first in their pool will be compared against each other, teams who place second will be compared, and so on. All teams in pool C will move on to the bracket.
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 Southwest Regional Championship will be a round robin tournament in the community division with a brief bracket-like series, 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. The teams will then be reseeded into sets of modified series games to determine bid placement and the tournament champion. After completion of the single round robin, teams will be seeded 1-6. Instead of proceeding to a bracket, the 1st place team after round robin will play the 2nd seed, the 3rd will play the 4th, and the 5th will play the 6th. If the team who wins the second set of games is the same as the team who won that matchup during round robin, no additional games will be scheduled for the pair. If the team who wins did not win the initial matchup, a third game will be played to break the 1-1 tie on the weekend.
The six community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club
Lone Star Quidditch Club
Quidditch Club Dallas
Texas Hill Country Heat
Each community team will play 6 or 7 games, playing four (4) games on Saturday and two (2) or three (3) games on Sunday.
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, including the at large bid process, please see this article.
The collegiate teams will participate in pool play in three (3) pools of five (5), 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, 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: Austin Quidditch, Bobcat Quidditch, DeathRow Quidditch Team, SHSU Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch
Pool B: Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas Tech Quidditch Club, The Silver Phoenix
Pool C: Louisiana State University, Loyola New Orleans Quidditch, Texas A&M Quidditch, Texas Quidditch, Tulane University Club Quidditch
On Sunday, teams who finish first, second, third, or fourth in their pool will make it into bracket play. All teams will have a chance to compete for both the championship and a bid to US Quidditch Cup 12. Teams who finish first in their pool will be compared against each other for seeds 1 to 4, teams who finish second in their pool will be compared against each other for seeds 5 to 8, and so on.
The original ranked list was divided into five 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: Texas Quidditch, SHSU Quidditch, Texas State University-San Marcos
Pot 2: Texas A&M Quidditch, Baylor University, Austin Quidditch
Pot 3: Louisiana State University, UTSA Club Quidditch, Texas Tech Quidditch Club
Pot 4: Loyola New Orleans Quidditch, Oklahoma State University, DeathRow Quidditch Team
Pot 5: The Silver Phoenix, Tulane University Club Quidditch, Bobcat 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 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 event in general can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.