USQ Update


Gameplay Format and Schedule for IQA Pan-American Games 2019

The gameplay format and schedule for the Pan-American Games is now available, including other details about the weekend.

The IQA Pan-American Games 2019 is taking place July 13 and 14 in Richmond, Virginia. The following teams are competing:

  • Eastern Canada Regional Team
  • Western Canada Regional Team
  • Team Mexico
  • US National Team

As a reminder, spectators can RSVP for free here. Attendees can pre-order a t-shirt there through Sunday, July 7. Trading cards will be available for pre-order on Friday, July 5 through Tuesday, July 9. Merchandise will be available to purchase at the event, and a limited number of trading cards will be available to purchase on USQ’s online store later this summer. 

Gameplay Format

Teams will initially compete in a double round robin. They will play 5 games on Saturday, and finish the double round robin with 1 game on Sunday morning. 

The semi-finals will be a best of 3 continuation series (teams need 2 total wins against their opponent to win the semi-final continuation series, including the matches from the double round robin).The 1st seed will play the 4th seed in the first semi-final match and the 2nd seed will play the 3rd seed in the second semi-final match. 

The first and third place games will be a best of 5 continuation series (teams need 3 total wins against their opponent to win the first or third place continuation series). The winners of each of the semi-final series will meet for the championship series, and the losers of each of the semi-final series will meet for the consolation series to determine the third place team.

Following the conclusion of round robin games on Sunday morning, the tournament committee will create the schedule for the semi-finals continuation games, if necessary, and the beginning of the final continuation series games. The schedule will be released approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the final round robin game. 

Bracket play will commence at 12:00 pm with either a semi-final or the first third place match (if neither semi-final series requires a third match to determine the winner). Once the semi-finals are done, the bracket will alternate between third and first place matches to give teams adequate rest in between games. Teams will be given a minimum rest (30 minutes or the length of the game taking place directly after, whichever is greater) between the end of one match and the start of their next match to avoid playing back-to-back games without a break. 


The tournament will be played under IQA Rulebook 2018 and will use USQ’s tiebreakers. They are:

  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

Youth Quidditch Activities

On Saturday, we will have a free introduction to quidditch workshop for those aged 5-18 (aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students). We will go over the basics of the game, run some drills, and have a scrimmage. On Sunday, we will have a specialized workshop lasting 2 hours with a $15 registration fee. In that workshop, we will cover more position specific drills and have more organized scrimmages. Sunday workshop participants can purchase a tournament t-shirt in a youth or adult size for $10 at the time of registration. Sign-ups open on Saturday, July 6. 

Pick-Up Games

We will be hosting pick-up games for those 18 and over following the conclusion of competition on Sunday. Pick-up games will begin in the afternoon or early evening, depending on when the tournament ends. Games will be overseen by USQ or IQA certified head referees. Certified head referees will be paid $20 per pick-up game and all snitches will be paid $8 per game, the same rates as the other games at this event. USQ will provide the equipment as well as medical staff. The registration fee is $15 and will cover 2-4 games per person. Those who wish to be covered under USQ’s accident insurance policy can follow the same guidelines that we described below for Pan-American Games athletes. Sign-ups will be done primarily on-site but those who want to sign up in advance can do so starting on Saturday, July 6. 

Additional details about the format of the pick-up games, including what rulebook will be used, will be posted on Saturday. 


All times are in ET. 

Saturday, July 13

9:00 am: US National Team vs Western Canada Regional Team
9:45 am: Team Mexico vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
10:30 am: Break
11:00 am: US National Team vs Team Mexico
11:45 am: Western Canada Regional Team vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
12:30 pm: Break
1:00 pm: Western Canada Regional Team vs Team Mexico
1:45 pm: US National Team vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
2:30 pm: Break
3:00 pm: US National Team vs Team Mexico
3:45 pm: Western Canada Regional Team vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
4:00 - 5:00 pm: free “introduction to quidditch” youth workshop
4:30 pm: Break
5:00 pm: Team Mexico vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
5:45 pm: US National Team vs Western Canada Regional Team
8:00 pm: afterparty at Capital Ale House (see below)

Sunday, July 14

9:00 am - 11:00 am: youth quidditch workshop
9:00 am: Western Canada Regional Team vs Team Mexico
9:45 am: US National Team vs Eastern Canada Regional Team
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: break from games
12:00 pm: bracket play begins

A medal ceremony will be held following the conclusion of bracket play, as early as 1:30pm but no later than 6:30pm. Pick-up games will begin shortly after. 

Roster Policies and Deadlines

Teams are permitted to have up to 25 people on their overall team roster. Out of these 25 people, 21 may be on a roster for a specific game. Teams may change their rosters in between games. Please note that this is a pilot program and at this time, we cannot say if this roster policy will be available at future IQA events, including World Cup next summer.

Teams must submit the following roster information by 9:00 am ET on Friday, July 12:

  1. The 25 person team roster
  2. The 21 person roster for their first game, including the name of the speaking captain, who does not need to be one of the 21 rostered players
  3. The names of up to 4 team staffers. This should include the team’s non-playing coach, if applicable. 

These rosters must be submitted via email to Rosters for subsequent games are due at the scorekeeper's table at the start of each game. Teams will be required to provide the first and last name of each player, along with their jersey number. We also recommend that teams include their players’ preferred pronouns. A specific form will be provided on-site for teams to fill out with this information.

Players not on the roster for a specific game are permitted to be in the player area. However, they may not wear their team’s jersey, enter the field, or interact with play. The team’s speaking captain and up to 4 team staffers are also permitted to be in the player area. Per the IQA rulebook (1.1 Leadership and Team Staff), the speaking captain cannot enter play while it is not stopped unless they are entering as an active player. Team staffers also cannot enter play while it is not stopped. 

Roster violations may result in the team forfeiting that game and all subsequent games at that tournament.

Accident Insurance

All athletes may purchase excess accident insurance coverage for Pan-American Games, including scheduled practices at Glover Park, for $10 a person. To sign-up, athletes should go to this page and click on the Paypal button on the sidebar. Athletes will need to provide their full legal name and date of birth and will be covered under USQ’s accident insurance policy. More information on the policy is available here

Those who are intending to participate in the 2019-20 USQ season may purchase full adult membership beginning Saturday, July 6 and be covered under our accident insurance policy for Pan-American Games without paying the $10 fee. Please note that adult membership will not be prorated for those who chose to pay the $10 fee instead and later purchase membership. 

Team Orientation Packet

The team orientation packet will be released on Saturday, July 6. It will contain a lot of information on what teams can expect for the weekend, including on-site medical staff coverage, any meetings that coaches and captains need to attend, gameplay policies, player check-in procedure, inclement weather policies, information about the tournament staff, and more.

Officials and Volunteer Schedule

The full schedule will be posted in the evening of Friday, July 5. Those interested in helping out as a referee, snitch, or general volunteer should sign up through this form.

Capital Ale House Board Game Bonanza

Join us on Saturday, July 13 starting at 8:00 pm at Capital Alehouse (Innsbrook location, 4024-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060) for an evening of food, fun, and board games! If you are interested in attending, please fill out this RSVP form to help us get an estimated headcount as well as food preferences. 

Capital Ale House is 12 minutes from Glover Park. It is 9 minutes from the Quality Inn and 14 minutes from the Hampton Inn. 

Admission will be between $15 and $30 and will include food and non-alcoholic drinks (soda, tea, and coffee). Additional food as well as alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase at the restaurant. USQ will be providing a few board games and attendees are encouraged to bring their favorites. 

We will announce the food menu and open ticket sales on Saturday, July 6. 

With over 100 beers on tap and more than 200 in the bottle, Capital Ale House offers the largest selection of Virginia-brewed craft beer available. All of their draft and bottled beers are available for carry-out; take your favorite beer home or to your hotel room! Keeping with their focus on local, their only serve pasture raised, antibiotic and hormone free beef from Lynchburg, VA. The restaurant features a spacious patio seating that overlooks a beautifully landscaped brook, a large game room with a pool table and dart boards, and eight 55-inch HD TVs. They have live music every Friday and Saturday. Their patios are dog friendly!

As part of the community for seventeen years, Capital Ale House is locally owned and operated with a focus on supporting Virginia craft beer, businesses, and agriculture. They are dedicated to making their community a better place to work and live.

Livestream, Scores, and More

Information on how to follow the Pan-American Games, including the livestream and on-site social media coverage, will be available soon. A round-up of everything you need to know about this tournament will be posted on Thursday, July 11. 

For questions, email