US Quidditch announces the opening of the bid submission process for events in the 2022-23 season.
Interested parties may review USQ’s bid manual, accessible here, for detailed information on deadlines and requirements for hosting one of USQ’s regional or national events in the 2022-23 season. The next bid manual, which will be released in fall 2021, will cover the 2023-24 season.
Additional information on bidding is also available here.
USQ’s director of event and partnerships, Laura Porth, has already been meeting with cities throughout the summer and fall to promote the events being offered for bidding in the 2022-23 season. One of USQ’s focuses is developing new partnerships and expanding quidditch into new areas. This connects directly with our vision of ensuring that more people in the US are aware of quidditch as a sport. In addition, Porth has been talking to more cities located in the West, Southwest, and Midwest regions to expand potential partnerships for US Quidditch Cup. Her goal is to have more USQ Cup bids from cities in these regions.
The bid manual has been directly sent to over 70 different cities and sport venues throughout the country that have all expressed interest in hosting one of USQ’s championships.
A major part of the updated bid manual is the incorporation of USQ’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) values. Cities are required to include a self analysis of their strides to combat racism, inequality, and violence against Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and the LGBTQIA+ communities. In addition, USQ’s bid selection committee will be doing the following research on each city that bids for a USQ event:
Each host city is expected to be welcoming and safe for people of all backgrounds, including transgender people, gender non-conforming people, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+.
Additionally, the bid manual now includes a firmer description of USQ’s stance towards discriminatory legislation or policies that restrict the rights of marginalized communities. The presence of such laws or policies will disqualify a city from being eligible to host a USQ event. This includes so called “bathroom bills” and other legislation that aims to restrict the actions of transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Also, as a result of the cancellation of spring regionals in 2021, the following events in 2023 have been awarded to the following cities:
For regional championships, cities may now bid on all available dates. Also, USQ Cup may take place in either April or May of 2023. These changes were made to encourage more bids from new cities, in line with Porth’s long term goals for USQ events.
Like last season, teams can also get involved by nominating their city or college administration to bid for a USQ event.
The information above is also available on the “Getting Your Team Involved in the Event Bid Process page, accessible from the sidebar of the main Event Bidding page.
If you have questions about the event bidding process, please contact Director of Events & Partnerships Laura Porth at email@example.com.