USQ Update

USQ Update

On-Site Appeals Process For USQ-Hosted Events

USQ is introducing a limited onsite appeals program for the 2019-20 collegiate regional championships and USQ-hosted circuit events.

For USQ-hosted events, only limited circumstances will be eligible for appeal. The normal post-event USQ appeals process may still be pursued under any of those applicable situations. 

An appeal may be submitted if all of the following are true:

  • One of these circumstances has occurred:
    • A straight red card has been issued which the team believes is not a valid card 
      • The game clock has been incorrectly managed with a direct impact on the game (ex. if the snitch and/or seekers are released early). 
      • A gross misapplication of the rules has resulted in a direct impact on the outcome of the game. Judgement calls do not apply.  
  • The appeal is submitted during a stoppage of play.

To submit an appeal:

  • During the stoppage, inform the head referee that you are filing an appeal
  • During the stoppage, report to the scorekeeping tent and fill out an onsite appeals form
  • The field manager or other person at the scorekeeping tent must immediately radio tournament staff to inform them of the appeal.
  • Note: the head referee is permitted to resume play even if an appeal has been filed

The possible outcomes of an appeal may include replaying a portion of a game, disregarding a straight red card for the purposes of tournament red card accumulation leading to suspensions, or no action, among other things.  

Questions about this appeals process may be sent to gameplay@usquidditch.org or directed to gameplay staff onsite at USQ events.