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Gameplay Information and Draws for US Quidditch Cup 12

This article details the gameplay format, schedule, and pools/flights for US Quidditch Cup 12 in both the collegiate and community divisions.

Update April 12, 2019

In response to the weather forecast, USQ is making changes to the schedule on both Saturday and Sunday. Read more here. The game times below have been updated to reflect these changes. 


 

Update April 8, 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, University of Northern Colorado has dropped from this event. For the Swiss format, if a game is not taking place, rather than treating it as a forfeit it will be treated as a bye. In this event, the team facing the bye will be awarded a 40*-0 win for the tiebreakers. For the second round, the bye would be randomly paired against a 0-1 team. For the third round, the bye would be randomly paired against a 0-2 team, and so forth. NYU will receive the bye for the first round.


The field for US Quidditch Cup 12 will include 83 total collegiate and community teams. 59 teams will compete in the Collegiate Championship in a Swiss-style tournament, with 2 flights of 16 teams and 2 flight of 14 teams. 24 teams will compete in the Community Championship in a pool play format tournament with 4 pools of 6 teams.

The officials and volunteer schedule will be shared by Monday, April 8. Teams will know in advance when they are officiating for all of Saturday. This schedule will include pitch assignments for the first four rounds of play. Further rounds of play beyond the first four on Saturday will be assigned pitches once the collegiate matchups are determined. To be notified when matchup information is available during the event, sign up for the mass text messaging list here.

Information in this article:

Collegiate gameplay format

General format
Tiebreakers
Update on competing teams
Pots and flight draw process
Collegiate flights

Community gameplay format

General format
Pots and pool draw process
Community pools

Gameplay schedule

General gameplay schedule
Collegiate first round match-ups
Community game schedule

Questions?

Collegiate gameplay format

General format

The Collegiate Championship will be a Swiss-style tournament. Teams will compete in four (4) flights, playing three (3) games each on Saturday and one (1) game each on Sunday. Two (2) flights will have sixteen (16) teams, and two (2) flights will have fourteen (14) teams. Teams will only compete against other teams in the same flight.

In a Swiss-style tournament, teams of equal record are paired against each other in each round. For example, after each team has played one game, each team with a 1-0 record will compete against another team with a 1-0 record, and each team with a 0-1 record will compete against another team with a 0-1 record. After each team has played two games, each 2-0 team will play another 2-0 team, each 1-1 team will play another 1-1 team, and each 0-2 team will play another 0-2 team, etc. Following the first round, the matchups for each round will be randomly drawn from the pool of teams with the same record.

In the pools of 14 teams, there will be rounds with an uneven number of teams with each record. In these cases, the determination of which team will compete against a team of a different record will be based on random selection. For example, after the first round of play, there will be seven teams that are 1-0 and seven teams that are 0-1. In the second round, six of the 1-0 teams will compete against each other, and one of the 1-0 teams will be randomly paired with a randomly selected 0-1 teams. The other six 0-1 teams will then compete against each other.

The first match of the day has been determined in advance, based on USQ standings. Higher ranked teams are initially matched against lower ranked teams within the same flight. For example, in a flight of 16, the 1st ranked team within a flight will play the 16th ranked team in their flight, and the 2nd ranked team within the flight will play the 15th ranked team. If these pairings would result in a team facing a team from the same region, then the matchups have been changed within a pair of teams. These regional adjustment pairings are teams seeded 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, and so on.

On Sunday, the collegiate bracket has been altered from a 44-team bracket to a 32-team bracket. All teams with a 4-0 record and all teams with a 3-1 record will move on to the bracket. Teams that have a 2-2 record may move on to the bracket, but with the reduced bracket size, not all 2-2 teams will move on to the bracket. Teams who complete Swiss play with a 2-2 record will be compared against the other teams in their flight with a 2-2 record based on the collegiate tiebreakers for this tournament, as listed below, to fill the remaining spots in the 32-team bracket.  

The initial format called for four (4) flights of sixteen (16) teams. However, with only 60 competing teams, the USQ gameplay department reviewed the options of either four flights of fifteen teams or two of fourteen and two of sixteen. With four flights of 16, there would be sixteen teams that only play three games on Saturday instead of four games. By switching to the other flight layout, it eliminates these byes and ensures that all teams will be scheduled for four games on Saturday. Additionally, with the requirement for a team to have 2 wins to move onto the bracket, no team will be able to qualify for the bracket with a 1-3 record, even if they finish in the top 11 teams in a flight of fourteen.

Tiebreakers

Due to the Swiss format, we are adjusting the tiebreakers that will be used onsite for the collegiate division. Teams with the same win record will first be compared based on Strength of Victory, followed by Strength of Schedule, then Record Before Snitch Catch, and the remainder of the normal tiebreakers from that point (Quaffle Points Against, Quaffle Points For, Snitch Catch Percentage, and coin flip).

Strength of Victory will be calculated by the average win percentage of the opponents that a team beat. Strength of Schedule will be calculated by the average win percentages of all opponents a team faces. When calculating the win percentage of your opponents, games against your team are removed from the calculation.

Explanations of the other tiebreakers can be found here.

Update on competing teams

US Quidditch Cup 12 will feature 59 teams in the collegiate division. The division originally was slated to include 64 teams, but due to a number of extenuating circumstances for several different teams, we were not able to allocate all the bids.

The full list of attending teams is available here.

Pots and flight draw process

The original ranked list of teams was divided into fifteen pots by seed (with the four top ranked teams in the first pot, the next top four teams in the second pot, and so on), and each flight had one team randomly drawn from each pot. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. Protections were put in place to limit the number of teams from each region in each flight.

Flights B and D have 14 teams, while flights A and C have 16 teams. As such, no team was drawn from pot 8 for either flight B or flight D. Flight A and flight C each drew 2 teams from pot 8.

The pots that teams were drawn from are as follows:

Pot 1: Maryland Quidditch, Miami University (OH) Quidditch, Virginia Quidditch Club, Kansas Quidditch
Pot 2: New York University Quidditch, Mizzou Quidditch, Michigan Quidditch Team, Texas Quidditch
Pot 3: Central Michigan Quidditch Club, University of Rochester Thestrals, RPI Quidditch, Ohio University Quidditch Club
Pot 4: Utah State Quidditch Club, Texas State University - San Marcos, Cal Quidditch, Tufts University Tufflepuffs
Pot 5: University of California Los Angeles, Grand Valley Quidditch, Penn State Quidditch,  Texas A&M Quidditch
Pot 6: University of Florida Quidditch Club, Gamecock Quidditch, Minnesota Quidditch, Nearly Headless Knights
Pot 7: Boston University Quidditch, James Madison University Quidditch, Creighton Quidditch, Baylor University
Pot 8: Anteater Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch, Quidditch Club of Virginia Tech, SIUE Quidditch Club
Pot 9: Arizona State University, Florida State Quidditch, Austin Quidditch, Bowling Green State University
Pot 10: Ball State Cardinals, Richmond Quidditch, Middlebury College Quidditch, Michigan State Quidditch
Pot 11: RIT Dark Marks, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Florida Gulf Coast Quidditch, Harvard Horntails
Pot 12: Duke University Quidditch, Texas Tech Quidditch Club, Illinois State University Firebirds, Macaulay Honors College Marauders
Pot 13: Lock Haven University Quidditch, Southern Illinois University, Illini Ridgebacks Quidditch, Raptor Quidditch at the University of Utah
Pot 14: Brandeis Quidditch, The Silver Phoenix, University of Northern Colorado, Appalachian State Quidditch
Pot 15: University of South Florida Quidditch, Rutgers University Quidditch, Bobcat Quidditch, Iowa Quidditch Club

Collegiate flights

The following is the list of teams competing in each flight. See the gameplay schedule section for the first round match-ups for each team.

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FLIGHT A

Teams in this flight will play on Saturday at 1:00 PM, 4:15 PM, and 7:30 PM, and on Sunday at 8:00 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Anteater Quidditch
Bowling Green State University
Cal Quidditch
Harvard Horntails
Illinois State University Firebirds
James Madison University Quidditch
Lock Haven University Quidditch
Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Minnesota Quidditch
New York University Quidditch
Quidditch Club of Virginia Tech
Richmond Quidditch
Texas A&M Quidditch
University of Northern Colorado
University of Rochester Thestrals
University of South Florida Quidditch

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FLIGHT B

Teams in this flight will play on Saturday at 1:45 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:15 PM, and on Sunday at 8:45 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Appalachian State Quidditch
Austin Quidditch
Ball State Cardinals
Bobcat Quidditch
Central Michigan Quidditch Club
Creighton Quidditch
Kansas Quidditch
Macaulay Honors College Marauders
Mizzou Quidditch
Nearly Headless Knights
RIT Dark Marks
Southern Illinois University
University of California Los Angeles
Utah State Quidditch Club

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FLIGHT C

Teams in this flight will play on Saturday at 2:30 PM, 5:45 PM, and 9:00 PM, and on Sunday at 9:30 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Arizona State University
Baylor University
Brandeis Quidditch
Duke University Quidditch
Florida Gulf Coast Quidditch
Grand Valley Quidditch
Iowa Quidditch Club
Maryland Quidditch
Middlebury College Quidditch
Ohio University Quidditch Club  
Raptor Quidditch at the University of Utah
SIUE Quidditch Club
Texas Quidditch
Tufts University Tufflepuffs
University of Florida Quidditch Club
UTSA Club Quidditch

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FLIGHT D

Teams in this flight will play on Saturday at 3:15 PM, 5:30 PM, and 9:45 PM, and Sunday at 10:15 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Boston University Quidditch
Florida State Quidditch
Gamecock Quidditch
Illini Ridgebacks Quidditch
Michigan Quidditch Team
Michigan State Quidditch
Penn State Quidditch
RPI Quidditch
Rutgers University Quidditch
Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club
Texas State University - San Marcos
Texas Tech Quidditch Club
The Silver Phoenix
Virginia Quidditch Club

Community gameplay format

General format

Community teams will compete in pool play first, then moving into a bracket. Teams were placed into four (4) pools of six (6) based on the USQ standings. The 24 teams were put into a ranked list based on USQ standings, and then divided into six pots by seed. Each pool has one team randomly drawn from each pot.

Teams will compete in five (5) pool play games, with three (3) played on Saturday, and two (2) pool play games played on Sunday.

On Sunday, teams will be seeded into a 12-team single elimination bracket based on their performance in pool play. The top 3 teams from each pool will advance, with the winner of each pool receiving a bye to the quarterfinals. The bracket position of each team that advances will be pre-determined based on the team’s pool and placement within their pool. Each pool will be assigned a letter for the bracket (ex. W, X, Y, or Z) based on the top seed in their bracket. Of the four top seeds after pool play, the 1st overall seed will be assigned W1, and the second place team from their pool will be assigned W2, and so on. See the image below for the general format of the community bracket.

The community division will use the standard USQ tiebreakers.

Pots and pool draw process

The original ranked list of teams was divided into six pots by seed, and each flight had one team randomly drawn from each pot. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. Protections were put in place to limit the number of teams from one region in each pool.

The pots that teams were drawn from are as follows:

Pot 1: Texas Hill Country Heat, The Warriors, Quidditch Club Boston, Texas Cavalry
Pot 2: Boom Train, Terminus Quidditch Atlanta, Los Angeles Gambits, Bosnyan Bearsharks
Pot 3: Rain City Raptors, Twin Cities Quidditch Club, Bay Area Breakers, Lone Star Quidditch Club
Pot 4: Rochester Hailstorm, Carnage Quidditch, The Lost Boys, The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
Pot 5: The Rogues, Southern Storm, Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club, Silicon Valley Vipers
Pot 6: District of Columbia Quidditch Club, Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club, Atlantic Dragons, The Fighting Farmers of America

Community pools

The following is the list of teams competing in each pool. See the gameplay schedule section for the schedule of match-ups for each team.

Each community pool was paired with a collegiate flight for the Saturday and Sunday schedule. These pairings were based on avoiding scheduling conflicts for athletes who compete in the community division and also coach a team in the collegiate division.

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POOL A
Teams in this pool will play on Saturday at 1:00 PM, 4:15 PM, and 7:30 PM, as well as Sunday at 8 AM and 11:15 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

District of Columbia Quidditch Club
Rain City Raptors
Rochester Hailstorm
Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
Texas Cavalry
The Rogues

POOL B
Teams in this pool will play on Saturday at 1:45 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:15 PM, as well as Sunday at 8:45 AM and 11:15 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Bosnyan Bearsharks
Carnage Quidditch
Lone Star Quidditch Club
Quidditch Club Boston
Silicon Valley Vipers
The Fighting Farmers of America

POOL C
Teams in this pool will play on Saturday at 2:30 PM, 5:45 PM, and 9:00 PM, as well as Sunday at 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Atlantic Dragons
Bay Area Breakers
Boom Train
Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club
The Lost Boys
The Warriors

POOL D
Teams in this pool will play on Saturday at 3:15 PM, 6:30 PM, and 9:45 PM, as well as Sunday at 8:00/9:30 AM and 11:15 AM. The list below is in alphabetical order.

Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club
Los Angeles Gambits
Southern Storm
Texas Hill Country Heat
The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
Twin Cities Quidditch Club

Gameplay schedule

Pitch assignments for the first round of play - the first four game slots - will be released with the officials schedule on Monday, April 8. Subsequent rounds will be assigned pitches onsite on Saturday as the collegiate matchups are determined. The specific community game matchups are all assigned time slots already, but will not be assigned pitches until we are onsite to accommodate officiating scheduling and location needs.  

General gameplay schedule

SATURDAY

1:00 PM - Flight A & Pool A Round 1
1:45 PM - Flight B & Pool B Round 1
2:30 PM - Flight C & Pool C Round 1
3:15 PM - Flight D & Pool D Round 1
4:15 PM - Flight A & Pool A Round 2
5:00 PM - Flight B & Pool B Round 2
5:45 PM - Flight C & Pool C Round 2
6:30 PM - Flight D & Pool D Round 2
7:30 PM - Flight A & Pool A Round 3
8:15 PM - Flight B & Pool B Round 3
9:00 PM - Flight C & Pool C Round 3
9:45 PM - Flight D & Pool D Round 3

SUNDAY

8:00 AM - Flight A, Pool A, & part of Pool D
8:45 AM - Flight B & Pool B
9:30 AM - Flight C, Pool C, & part of Pool D
10:15 AM - Flight D
11:15 AM - Community: 5th pool play game (all pools)
12:15 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Round of 32 (1)
1:00 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Round of 32 (2)
2:00 PM - Community Bracket: Play in (5-12)
3:00 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Round of 16
3:45 PM - Community Bracket: Quarterfinals
4:45 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Quarterfinals
5:45 PM - Community Bracket: Semifinals
6:30 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Semifinals
7:15 PM - Closing ceremony
7:45 PM - Community Bracket: Finals
8:30 PM - Collegiate Bracket: Finals
9:15 PM - Medal ceremony

Collegiate first round match-ups

Saturday

Flight A, 1:00 PM
1 vs 16 – Miami University (OH) Quidditch vs University of South Florida Quidditch
2 vs 15 – New York University Quidditch vs University of Northern Colorado
3 vs 14 – University of Rochester Thestrals vs Lock Haven University Quidditch
4 vs 13 – Cal Quidditch vs Illinois State University Firebirds
5 vs 12 – Texas A&M Quidditch vs Harvard Horntails
6 vs 11 – Minnesota Quidditch vs Richmond Quidditch
7 vs 10 – James Madison University Quidditch vs Bowling Green State University
8 vs 9 – Anteater Quidditch vs Quidditch Club of Virginia Tech

Flight B, 1:45 PM
1 vs 14 – Kansas Quidditch vs Bobcat Quidditch
2 vs 13 – Mizzou Quidditch vs Appalachian State Quidditch
3 vs 12 – Central Michigan Quidditch Club vs Southern Illinois University
4 vs 11 – Utah State Quidditch Club vs Macaulay Honors College Marauders
5 vs 10 – University of California Los Angeles vs RIT Dark Marks
6 vs 9 – Nearly Headless Knights vs Ball State Cardinals
7 vs 8 – Creighton Quidditch vs Austin Quidditch

Flight C, 2:30 PM
1 vs 16 – Maryland Quidditch vs Iowa Quidditch Club
2 vs 15 – Texas Quidditch vs Brandeis Quidditch
3 vs 14 – Ohio University Quidditch Club  vs Raptor Quidditch at the University of Utah
4 vs 13 – Tufts University Tufflepuffs vs Duke University Quidditch
5 vs 12 – Grand Valley Quidditch vs Florida Gulf Coast Quidditch
6 vs 11 – University of Florida Quidditch Club vs Middlebury College Quidditch
7 vs 10 – Baylor University vs Arizona State University
8 vs 9 – UTSA Club Quidditch vs SIUE Quidditch Club

Flight D, 3:15 PM
1 vs 13 – Virginia Quidditch Club  vs The Silver Phoenix
2 vs 14 – Michigan Quidditch Team vs Rutgers University Quidditch
3 vs 11 – RPI Quidditch vs Texas Tech Quidditch Club
4 vs 12 – Texas State University – San Marcos vs Illini Ridgebacks Quidditch
5 vs 10 – Penn State Quidditch vs Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club
6 vs 9 – Gamecock Quidditch vs Michigan State Quidditch
7 vs 8 – Boston University Quidditch vs Florida State Quidditch

Community game schedule

Saturday

1:00 PM – Pool A
A1 vs A6: Texas Cavalry vs District of Columbia Quidditch Club
A2 vs A3: Terminus Quidditch Atlanta vs Rain City Raptors
A4 vs A5: Rochester Hailstorm vs The Rogues

1:45 PM – Pool B
B1 vs. B6: Quidditch Club Boston vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
B2 vs. B3: Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club
B4 vs. B5: Carnage Quidditch vs. Silicon Valley Vipers

2:30 PM – Pool C
C1 vs. C6: The Warriors vs. Atlantic Dragons
C2 vs. C3: Boom Train vs. Bay Area Breakers
C4 vs. C5: The Lost Boys vs. Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club

3:15 PM – Pool D
D1 vs. D6: Texas Hill Country Heat vs. Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club
D2 vs. D3: Los Angeles Gambits vs. Twin Cities Quidditch Club
D4 vs. D5: The Long Beach Funky Quaffles vs. Southern Storm

4:15 PM – Pool A
A1 vs. A2: Texas Cavalry vs. Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
A3 vs. A5: Rain City Raptors vs. The Rogues
A4 vs. A6: Rochester Hailstorm vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club

5:00 PM – Pool B
B1 vs. B2: Quidditch Club Boston vs. Bosnyan Bearsharks
B3 vs. B5: Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. Silicon Valley Vipers
B4 vs. B6: Carnage Quidditch vs. The Fighting Farmers of America

5:45 PM – Pool C
C1 vs. C2: The Warriors vs. Boom Train
C3 vs. C5: Bay Area Breakers vs. Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club
C4 vs. C6: The Lost Boys vs. Atlantic Dragons

6:30 PM – Pool D
D1 vs. D2: Texas Hill Country Heat vs. Los Angeles Gambits
D3 vs. D5: Twin Cities Quidditch Club vs. Southern Storm
D4 vs. D6: The Long Beach Funky Quaffles vs. Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club

7:30 PM – Pool A
A1 vs. A5: Texas Cavalry vs. The Rogues
A2 vs. A6: Terminus Quidditch Atlanta vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
A3 vs. A4: Rain City Raptors vs. Rochester Hailstorm

8:15 PM – Pool B
B1 vs. B5: Quidditch Club Boston vs. Silicon Valley Vipers
B2 vs. B6: Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
B3 vs. B4: Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. Carnage Quidditch

9:00 PM – Pool C
C1 vs. C5: The Warriors vs. Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club
C2 vs. C6: Boom Train vs. Atlantic Dragons
C3 vs. C4: Bay Area Breakers vs. The Lost Boys

9:45 PM – Pool D
D1 vs. D5: Texas Hill Country Heat vs. Southern Storm
D2 vs. D6: Los Angeles Gambits vs. Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club
D3 vs. D4: Twin Cities Quidditch Club vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles

Sunday

8:00 AM – Pool A
A1 vs. A4: Texas Cavalry vs. Rochester Hailstorm
A2 vs. A5: Terminus Quidditch Atlanta vs. The Rogues
A3 vs. A6: Rain City Raptors vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club

8:45 AM – Pool B
B1 vs. B4: Quidditch Club Boston vs. Carnage Quidditch
B2 vs. B5: Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. Silicon Valley Vipers
B3 vs. B6: Lone Star Quidditch Club vs. The Fighting Farmers of America

9:30 AM – Pool C
C1 vs. C4: The Warriors vs. The Lost Boys
C2 vs. C5: Boom Train vs. Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club
C3 vs. C6: Bay Area Breakers vs. Atlantic Dragons

8:00 AM and 9:30 AM – Pool D (exact time assignments will be available soon)
D1 vs. D4: Texas Hill Country Heat vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
D2 vs. D5: Los Angeles Gambits vs. Southern Storm
D3 vs. D6: Twin Cities Quidditch Club vs. Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club

Sunday, 11:15 AM – all pools
A1 vs. A3: Texas Cavalry vs. Rain City Raptors
A2 vs. A4: Terminus Quidditch Atlanta vs. Rochester Hailstorm
A5 vs. A6: The Rogues vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club
B1 vs. B3: Quidditch Club Boston vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club
B2 vs. B4: Bosnyan Bearsharks vs. Carnage Quidditch
B5 vs. B6: Silicon Valley Vipers vs. The Fighting Farmers of America
C1 vs. C3: The Warriors vs. Bay Area Breakers
C2 vs. C4: Boom Train vs. The Lost Boys
C5 vs. C6: Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club vs. Atlantic Dragons
D1 vs. D3: Texas Hill Country Heat vs. Twin Cities Quidditch Club
D2 vs. D4: Los Angeles Gambits vs. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles
D5 vs. D6: Southern Storm vs. Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club

Questions?

Questions about any of the information in this article or other gameplay-related questions about US Quidditch Cup 12 can be sent to gameplay@usquidditch.org. General questions about the event can be sent to events@usquidditch.org.