The gameplay format and schedule for collegiate and club teams competing at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship are announced below.
The 2019 USQ Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship will be a pool play into bracket play tournament for collegiate teams. The club division is a four-team single round robin circuit event.
The teams will participate in pool play in four pools of four (4) 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 University of North Carolina Wilmington are the 16th team competing in the collegiate division. Due to a miscommunication between the team and the league, they were not previously listed as attending the regional championship. The team completed all season play requirements before the deadline, so USQ has made the decision to allow them to compete despite missing the deadline for requesting attendance.
The pools for the collegiate division are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):
Pool A: Duke University Quidditch, George Mason Club Quidditch, Richmond Quidditch, Salisbury University Quidditch Club
Pool B: Drexel University Quidditch Club, Penn State Quidditch, Virginia Quidditch Club, Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU
Pool C: Appalachian State Quidditch, Club Quidditch at NC State, Maryland Quidditch, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech
Pool D: James Madison University Quidditch, Johns Hopkins Quidditch Club, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch, University of North Carolina Wilmington
On Sunday, all 16 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 eight 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: Duke University Quidditch, Virginia Quidditch Club, Maryland Quidditch, James Madison University Quidditch
Pot 2: Richmond Quidditch, Penn State Quidditch, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
Pot 3: George Mason Club Quidditch, Wizengamot Quidditch at VCU, Club Quidditch at NC State, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Pot 4: Salisbury University Quidditch Club, Drexel University Quidditch Club, Appalachian State Quidditch, Johns Hopkins Quidditch Club
The club teams will participate in a single round robin, playing each other team one time. The club circuit event will take place on Saturday only. There will be no bracket in the club circuit event and no declared champion. Games played in the club division will be worth 2 circuit points per game. Learn more about circuit events here.
The four community teams competing at this event are (listed in alphabetical order):
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 win record before snitch catch, 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.
Questions about the gameplay format, schedule, or event in general can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.