Introducing this spring’s season recap & updates series, plus an update on policies regarding COVID-19’s impact on the season.
US Quidditch will be releasing an article series in May and June recapping projects accomplished by each department in the 2019-20 season, as well as some of our goals for year 2 of our strategic plan. We are excited to share some upcoming projects for the 2020-21 season in this series. We hope you will find it informative and a great opportunity to hear about the things USQ has been working on and looking towards accomplishing in the future.
On Thursday of this week, we will be posting information on the nominating and voting process for individual player awards. On Friday, we will be celebrating our college seniors with a special article!
The league is currently developing plans for events and membership for next season in preparation for any additional changes that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our athletes, fans, and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. We are still moving forward with projects related to our three strategic priorities (recruitment, retention, and reach). However, we are also putting our focus to projects that can happen no matter what next season looks like.
Later in June, we will be releasing more information on what next season might look like in terms of events. We have already gotten a number of specific questions, though, on eligibility rules for college players as well as the status of bids to USQ Cup carrying over for next season. Our staff have discussed both topics at length.
In the 2020-21 season, eligibility rules for collegiate teams will remain the same. All players competing on a college team must submit valid proof of enrollment. This means that if a player graduates and is no longer enrolled then they will not be eligible to compete with their college team anymore. This decision was based on several factors, including the importance of gameplay integrity.
A significant reason we cannot make an exception to our eligibility policy is that many universities only allow their teams to compete against other teams that are only made up of college students. It’s also common for universities to restrict participation in recognized student organizations or sport clubs to just currently enrolled students. The split between college and club teams was designed to meet those standards. In doing so, we’ve made it easier for college teams to gain school recognition. We’ve also secured a more level playing field in the college division, by having everyone operate under the same rules. Now that the split is in effect, we think it’s important to uphold that value from season to season.
Going back on that policy, even for just a season, would significantly upend college programs required by their school to only compete against other enrolled college students. Those affected wouldn’t be able to assume that all games against college teams would be under rosters of only enrolled college students. Teams would have to schedule their season around opponents who were playing with only enrolled college players. That would be administratively challenging to manage as enrollment information is currently considered confidential to USQ staff, and only available to tournament directors through event rosters for official events. Also, some teams who can only have enrolled students on their roster wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this new opportunity, creating further gameplay inequities.
USQ’s eligibility policy does not set a cap on how many years players can compete for a college team; the only requirement is that a player be enrolled at that school. Moreover, while we strongly encourage college players to compete with a college team, we do not require it, and college players may choose to compete with a college or club team. Our policy is more lenient than those of many national governing bodies. We are aware that the NCAA has extended eligibility for certain college players who did not get to finish out their final season with their school. Even in that case, the NCAA is still requiring that players be enrolled at a school.
We recognize that this decision is not ideal for all players. It is the best option as we try to maintain gameplay integrity and fairness as we work through the effects of COVID-19. Any questions regarding eligibility can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bids earned to USQ Cup 13 in the 2019-20 season will not carry over to USQ Cup 14 in the 2020-21 season. This includes all bids from regional championships, the at large process, open division registration, and the club division auto-bid process.
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