USQ Update

Stage 2 of Return to Play Guidelines for COVID-19

All USQ and MLQ member teams are moving to stage 2, effective Friday, September 4.

Update September 11, 2020

Since this update went out last Friday, USQ staff has gotten some questions about why we went from stage 1 to stage 2. We want to address those questions, plus give additional background on what data USQ and MLQ staff are looking at for the overall return to play guidelines.

First of all, our teams are analyzing the overall case and fatality rate in the US, paying special attention to what has changed in the previous 2-4 weeks. We’re also watching what’s happening to case numbers on college campus and schools that have started in-person instruction again. Other considerations are state and local guidelines in areas where we have teams, and what restrictions universities are implementing for the new academic year.

There are just a couple of differences between stage 1 and stage 2. The biggest change is allowing outdoor (but still non-contact) practices for up to 25 people, instead of the previous limit of 10. Indoor meetings with restrictions are also allowed, but indoor practices are not. USQ and MLQ staff felt that it was safe to make these small adjustments after looking at the case and fatality rate nationwide over the past 4 weeks.

We want to reiterate, however, that if a team is affected by school, local, or state guidelines that are stricter than what we’ve provided here, then that team must abide by the other guidelines. The health and safety of our teams is the upmost priority.


As indicated in the announcement on August 7, all USQ and MLQ teams will be moving through the same return to play stages together. Teams began in stage 1, during which only non-contact, small, outdoor practices were allowed. Effective Friday, September 4, teams may move into stage 2. Stage 2 includes the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor practices with 25 people or less
  • No indoor practices. 
  • Indoor meetings are allowed. Attendees of an indoor meeting are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. The meeting must abide by any restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility in question. However, we strongly recommend that people continue to hold virtual meetings and refrain from indoor, in-person meetings. 
  • No activities that require direct contact between athletes. All drills must be non-contact.
  • No scrimmages between other teams are allowed.
  • All athletes must use their own broom.
  • No sharing of water bottles, towels, mouth guards, or other personal items.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Follow CDC sanitization guidelines (listed below).
  • Keep record of who was at what practice, scrimmage, or team gathering. 

If you have shown symptoms or come in contact with a person who is  COVID-19 positive within the last 14 days, do not participate in any practice or activity with others. More information on general COVID-19 guidelines and symptoms is provided below. 

To track attendance, we recommend coaches and team leaders use the form here. Attendance records should be kept confidential to coaches and team leaders. 

We recommend that players travel individually to and from practice unless they live together with other players on the same team.

Official games may not take place under stage 2. 

All teams will stay in stage 2 until further notice. The next update on quidditch’s return to play status will be provided no later than October 1.

As a reminder, these guidelines are requirements that apply to all of quidditch in any state that a player, coach, staff, or volunteer resides or participates in. If state, local, and/or university restrictions are more restrictive than our current stage and corresponding guidelines, the state, local, and university restrictions will take precedence.

The return to play guidelines are being enforced through our current disciplinary policy. Violations of these guidelines can be reported through the existing disciplinary conduct form here. The USQ gameplay team, in conjunction with the risk management team, will make a determination on disciplinary action. Both teams will do a full investigation and make a decision based on what has been learned in the course of the investigation. 

The full return to play guidelines can be downloaded here. They are also available on our website

COVID-19 General Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers general guidelines and recommendations for the public on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. They currently include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment including balls. 
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings. 
  • Stay at least 6-feet away from non-household members. 
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
    • Throw out the tissue and wash your hands afterward. Alternatively, you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. 
  • Stay at home if you are sick.