The gameplay format and schedule for collegiate teams competing at the 2019 Great Lakes Regional Championship are announced below.
Central Michigan Quidditch Club notified USQ yesterday that are dropping from this event. The collegiate pools have been adjusted slightly, and will now be two pools of five (5) teams each and one pool of four (4) teams. Central Michigan as been dropped from their original pool of five (5) teams, pool C, and that pool now has four (4) teams.
The 2019 USQ Great Lakes Regional Championship will be a pool play into bracket play tournament for collegiate teams. There is no club division.
The teams will participate in pool play in three pools of five (5) teams, before continuing on to a bracket structure to determine the collegiate regional champion as well as the seven (7) collegiate teams who qualify for US Quidditch Cup 13. To learn more about qualification, please see this article.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: BearTrain Quidditch, Bowling Green State University, Indiana State University Quidditch, Ohio University Quidditch Club, WVU Summit
Pool B: Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club, Grand Valley Grindylows, Miami University (OH) Quidditch, Michigan State Quidditch, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
Pool C: Ball State Cardinals, Central Michigan Quidditch Club, Cleveland State University Vikings, Indiana University Quidditch Club, Michigan Quidditch Team
On Sunday, all 15 teams will make it into bracket play. The top four seeds will be placed in the championship bracket. Teams seeded fifth to eighth will be placed in the secondary bracket, and will still have a chance to compete for the regional championship title. The remaining seven teams will be placed into additional qualification brackets.
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: Bowling Green State University, Miami University (OH) Quidditch, Michigan Quidditch Team
Pot 2: Ball State Cardinals, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh, WVU Summit
Pot 3: Indiana University Quidditch Club, Indiana State University Quidditch, Michigan State Quidditch
Pot 4: Cleveland State University Vikings, Grand Valley Grindylows, Ohio University Quidditch Club
Pot 5: BearTrain Quidditch, Carnegie Mellon Quidditch Club, Central Michigan Quidditch Club
GENERAL GAMEPLAY INFORMATION
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 13 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.