Schedule Released for 2021 Great Lakes Regional Championship

The gameplay format and schedule for collegiate teams competing at the 2021 Great Lakes Regional Championship are announced below. 

The 2021 USQ Great Lakes Regional Championship for collegiate teams will feature pool play into a stacked set of bid and championship brackets and for club teams will be a single round robin leading into a championship game.

The gameplay schedule can be found here, while information on the regional championship can be found here for college, and here for club. RSVP to the Facebook event to get more updates. The official schedule will be released at a later date.


As outlined in the Bid Explanation here,  the number of bids is determined by the number of teams registered two weeks before the event. Two weeks before Great Lakes Regional Championships, the following sixteen teams had registered for the event (listed in alphabetical order): 

  • Ball State Cardinals
  • Blue Jay Quidditch
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Columbia College Chicago Quidditch
  • Creighton Quidditch
  • Dark Snare
  • Illini Ridgebacks
  • Illinois State University Firebirds
  • Iowa Quidditch Club
  • Marquette University Golden Avalanche
  • Miami University (OH) Quidditch
  • Michigan Quidditch Team
  • Michigan State Quidditch
  • Penn State Quidditch
  • Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester Thestrals 

Firebirds dropped after the deadline, so there will be fifteen teams at Great Lakes Regional Championships going for six bids.

The teams will initially participate in pool play throughout Saturday and have been drawn into three pools of five teams each, based on USQ Standings.  The pools are as follows:

Pool A: Creighton Quidditch, Illini Ridgebacks, Ball State Cardinals, Iowa Quidditch Club, Bowling Green State University

Pool B: Dark Snare, Michigan Quidditch Team, Michigan State Quidditch, Penn State Quidditch, Blue Jay Quidditch

Pool C: Marquette University Golden Avalanche, Columbia College Chicago Quidditch, University of Rochester Thestrals, Miami University (OH) Quidditch, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh

Teams will be placed into a series of stacked brackets based on their performance on Saturday.  The bottom seed in each pool (finishing 13, 14, and 15 overall after pool play) will not progress to a bracket.  Instead, these three teams will play a round robin of consolation games on Sunday.  Seeds 1-8 will be placed in the top bracket and compete for both the regional championship and bids for nationals.  Seeds 9-12 will begin in a lower bracket and compete for bids, but not the regional championship.  To learn more about qualifications, please see this article


Since teams can attend as many regionals as they choose per season, it is possible a team who has already earned a bid to nationals in a previous regional will win a qualification game at a future regional.  Teams who do this will retain their original bid but will not gain an additional bid.  Instead, the bid will drop to the next best finishing team at that regional.  To better determine the full ranked list of teams at tournaments attended by teams who have already secured bids, there are additional tiebreaker games scheduled for use if needed at the end of the day Sunday.


All five club teams will participate in a single round robin format throughout Saturday.  Then, the top two teams after the round robin will play a game to determine the club champion.

The five teams competing in this event are as follows (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Ann Arbor Army Ants
  • Boom Train
  • Chicago United Quidditch Club
  • Ohio Apollos
  • West Michigan Quidditch Club


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 at end of seeker floor, 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 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.

  • Forfeits done in game are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for both forfeiting the rest of the tournament and disqualification.
  • Forfeits due to violations of tournament policy will always result in automatic disqualification.
  • Forfeits done before the game begins will always cause the team to forfeit the rest of the tournament, and will be reviewed for disqualification.

Questions about the gameplay format, schedule, or event in general can be directed to