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Summer Updates for the 2019-20 Season

As the new season begins, USQ has compiled the following article to keep our players and supporters updated on current and future changes to the league.

The updates below are sorted by USQ department. This article is intended to be a detailed, but not necessarily fully comprehensive, list of recent and upcoming changes. 

We would like to thank our players, fans, volunteers, and supporters for a great 2018-19 season, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful 2019-20!

Updates by department:

Office of the Executive Director
Events
Gameplay
Membership
Communications 

Office of the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Evaluation of risk management policies

USQ is working with certified athletic trainers and medic staff to ensure we have an optimum staffing plan for the upcoming season. This prep work helps us make sure we are in compliance with updated athlete safety protocols and are continuing to promote a safe environment for our athletes for our 2019-2020 season events. 

Strategic plan update 

USQ is finishing up year 1 of our strategic plan. Information about our strategic plan can be found by clicking here. The three key priorities for our strategic plan are retention, recruitment, and reach. A report will be released by the end of summer outlining what has been accomplished in year 1, and what to look forward to in year 2.  If you have any questions, please email strategicplanning@usquiditch.org

Events

Event locations and dates for 19-20 and 20-21 seasons

Events for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season have been announced! Unlike last season, the article does not go into detail on the competitive structure of these events, including who will host potential super regional championships. More information about these details will be available in August. To view the updates, click here

IQA Pan-American Games 

Competition took place on both July 13 and 14. The US National Team won gold, with the Eastern Canada Regional Team taking silver and Team Mexico winning the bronze medal. All games were live streamed on YouTube, and can be viewed here. An article with scores and other information will be posted soon.  

San Diego Comic-Con

USQ once again attended San Diego Comic-Con. We hosted a youth quidditch workshop on Wednesday, July 17 at the Coronado Public Library with over 50 attendees. It was free to attend and open to the public. We are also a part of two panels, the 13th annual Harry Potter Fandom panel and Fictional Games IRL, which we produce. Information can be found by clicking here. 

TD certification and event sanctioning

Information on tourmament director certification for this season will be posted in late July. We are also revamping the event sanctioning program, and those updates will be posted at the same time as TD certification. 

Volunteer Recruitment

We are looking for more volunteers in the Events Department, both for year-round duties and for US Quidditch Cup. More information will be released by late July, and will be posted on our volunteer page which can be found by clicking here.

Registration for regional championships

Hotel options for fall and spring regional championships as well as information on the registration process will be posted in August. 

Surveys about US Quidditch Cup

Thank you to everyone who filled out the surveys! We included a summary of the feedback in the event locations article which can be viewed by clicking here.

Gameplay

Division structure review

We are currently evaluating the structure of each division. Most specifically, we are reviewing the structure of the community division in light of the feedback we have  received from our community division focus groups. We want to ensure our divisions make sense for the needs of our athletes to ensure there are minimal challenges to participation in gameplay opportunities. Updates to this evaluation will be shared by the end of summer.  

Policy/program review

At the end of each season, USQ takes time to review each policy to ensure we uphold competitive and fair gameplay while also creating a positive experience for our athletes. We are looking most closely at disciplinary and appeal policies based on the feedback we have received from this past season. 

Membership 

New Team Info Packet

We are proud to be releasing a New Team Info Packet with resources that existing teams may also find helpful. A general team info packet will soon be following plus updates to the resources page of the USQ website this summer. Information on the New Team Info Packet includes: 

  • Marketing & recruitment resources/suggestions
  • Equipment & rulebook help 
  • Suggested leadership roles for your team
  • Practice and fundraising resources
  • Coaching/captain resources
  • Social media pages to join
  • Other helpful resources and information

Fundraising Info Packet

We are also excited to announce the release of a Fundraising Info Packet with helpful resources including:

  • Fundraising ideas
  • Marketing resources
  • Fiscal sponsorship information 
  • Other helpful resources and information

Team Resource Packet

Based on suggestions from the community this past season, we are happy to be releasing a resource packet for teams. This Team Resource Packet includes: 

  • Marketing and recruitment resources/suggestions
  • Practice drills
  • Fundraising resources
  • Other helpful resources and information 

Youth Workshop Info Packet

The Youth Workshop Info Packet was released in our latest update on youth workshops for the summer of 2019. We encourage everyone to consider hosting a youth workshop in their community. It is a great way to raise funds for upcoming season expenses, plus is a meaningful way to raise awareness of our sport. If you have any questions about hosting a youth workshop, please reach out to youth@usquidditch.org.  

Updated Referee Tier System

The referee team has released an update to the existing tier system to help referees better understand how to get and stay certified. To learn about these changes, click here

US Quidditch Rulebook 13

The new rulebook has been released! To learn about the changes made and to view the completed rulebook, click here. Print copies of the rulebook will be available in August.

Member Thank You Article

A huge thank you to our members again for a great 18-19 season. Your contributions to the league this year help our sport continue to grow. To read more from this article, click here.

Team 1:1 Meetings

The Membership Department has reached out to all teams/coaches for participation in a 1:1 conversation with a USQ staff member. The goal of these 1:1 meetings is to hear about how the 18-19 season went for your team, what can be improved for the upcoming season, and a chance to ask any questions directly to a staff member that your team might have. If you have not received this information, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org

Website Update

USQ will be updating the website with new content/resources, which will be ready by July 2019. Content update comes from suggestions shared via a variety of feedback opportunities USQ has shared during the 18-19 season. We are looking forward to sharing this update with you!

Youth Rulebook Update

USQ is working to combine both the current Elementary/Middle School & High School youth rulebooks into one rulebook. The rulebook will include appendixes for modifications to rules so athletes/coaches can choose to either keep or eliminate tackling during gameplay, along with other slight modifications. The full and abbreviated version of this rulebook will be available in August. 

Community Division Focus Groups

USQ has been conducting focus groups with members of the community division to discuss the future of this area of our sport. We thank the members who have offered to participate in these discussions. Conversations topics have included the name of the division, competitive season, competitive opportunities, resource needs, etc. USQ staff and board members are currently planning our next steps. We will continue to engage focus group members as plans develop. If you are interested in being part of these future conversations, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org

Youth Quidditch in PE Classes

The youth development team is currently exploring ways to involve youth quidditch in PE classes around the country. Our team is currently reaching out to state standard contacts for PE classes to learn more about what would be required from us to create lesson plans, meet state standards, address any barriers, etc. If you have any interest in being part of this project or anything else related to youth development, please email youth@usquidditch.org

Equipment Build How To Packet

US Quidditch is partnering with Precision Hoops and Bases and Marygold Brooms to create an official “how to” packet for building a set of quidditch hoops and brooms. We expect to release this information by the end of summer.

Coaching & Captain/Leadership Info Packets

USQ will release an info packet for coaches, captains, and team leaders this August. Information will include resources for identifying your leadership style, advice for dealing with various challenges, tips for running practices, and other requested resources. If you have any questions or suggestions for this resource guide, please email strategicplanning@usquidditch.org

Volunteer Recruitment

If you’ve ever been interested in volunteering on the teams that oversee our referees, snitch runners, or rulebook edits, now is the time to join! All three teams are currently recruiting new members. See here for more information.

Casebook Edits

The rules team is currently working on updating the USQ casebook to better help our officials make correct calls in complicated situations. The casebook will be out by September 2019.

Communications

Staff Update

Former Communications Manager, Jenna Bollweg, has completed her time in the role. This was a temporary position to assist with strategic plan initiatives related to communication and marketing efforts for USQ. We thank Bollweg for all of her contributions this past year and the impact that she made on our community in this role!

Merchandise

The USQ merchandise store will be updated in August with the addition of IQA Pan-American Game event shirts and trading cards. More sizes for existing products will be available later this fall.