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Event Locations for 2022-23 Season

US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for the 2022-23 regional and national championships. 

Update March 2022

In fall 2021, Governor Greg Abbot of Texas signed House Bill 25 into law. HB 25 specifically states that it is, “requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex” (more information here, from the Texas Legislature’s website). A similar bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa this month.

These bills and many others are a part of a wave of anti-trans legislation being proposed and passed in state legislatures across the country. In particular, many of these bills target transfer and nonbinary people, especially transgender youth in the areas of medical care and sports. USQ once again affirms our commitment to the trans community, as we have done in the past. As listed in our bid manual, the existence of discriminatory legislation or policies that restrict the rights of marginalized communities will disqualify a city from being eligible to host a USQ event. 

Round Rock, Texas, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa are currently scheduled to host USQ events next season. To reduce the impact on teams, USQ has paused on automatically pulling events from states that pass anti-trans or similar discriminatory legislation. Events department staff will conduct reviews of all the safety policies in the bid manual. Staff will seek broader feedback from USQ membership on the effects of these policies, in particulate engaging trans and nonbinary members. More information on this process will be available later this spring.

If you are a resident of the state of Texas or Iowa, we urge you to contact your state senator as well as the governor’s office to voice your opposition to these bills. Many other states are considering similar bills, such as Kentucky, Arizona, and Indiana. More information on the progress of these bills can be found on the ACLU’s website. Here is a template letter for writing to elected officials, which can be personalized. The USQ DEI committee also produced a workshop in 2021 on how to write to your legislators, which can be viewed on YouTube


 

US QUIDDITCH CUP 2023

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
The Proving Ground 
Through Valley Forge Sports
April 15-16, 2023

As previously announced, US Quidditch 2023 will be held at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, PA. Originally awarded for April 2022, USQ rescheduled due to the COVID-19 season cancellation. It will be Valley Forge’s first time hosting a USQ event.  

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

USQ hosts regional championships that crown regional champions and are typically part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. As part of membership benefits, all official teams may attend their regional championship with no event registration fee. The event dates and locations are available chronologically below. 

More information on bid distribution and season play requirements will be released in the summer of 2022.  

DATES 

Reverting to prior seasons, our regional championships will start the last weekend in October. USQ’s event department realizes that Halloween weekend is tough for some teams. To avoid starting regionals any earlier in October and multiple events taking place on the same weekend, only one regional will have to be held on October 29-30, 2022. When scheduling, USQ considered which regionals were on this weekend during the 2021-22 season.  

Great Lakes Regional Championship

South Bend, Indiana
Newton Park
Through Visit South Bend
October 29-30, 2022

Previously Hosted USQ Events: None
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 48°F. Average low: 33°F.

Northeast Regional Championship

Location: TBD
Possible Date: Nov 5-6, 2022

More information on the host of this event will be available in spring 2022.

Midwest Regional Championship

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Tuma Athletic Complex
Through Cedar Rapids Tourism
November 12-13, 2022

Previously Hosted USQ Events: 2018 Midwest Regional Championship
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 46°F. Average low: 28°F.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Bryan Multi-Sports Complex
Through Visit Goldsboro
November 19-20, 2022

Previously Hosted USQ Events: 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 66 degrees. Average low: 43 degrees

As a result of the spring regionals canceled in 2021, the following events in 2023 have been awarded to the following cities:

South Regional Championship

Columbia, South Carolina 
The Fields at Saluda Shoals Park
Through Experience Columbia SC Sports
February 11-12, 2023

Previously Hosted USQ Events: US Quidditch Cup 9 in 2016, 2017 South Regional Championship
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 63 degrees, Average low: 39 degrees.

West Regional Championship

Livermore, California
Robertson Park
Through Visit Tri-Valley
February 18-19, 2023

Previously Hosted USQ Events: West Regional Championship in 2017 & 2020
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 62 degrees. Average low: 41 degrees.

Southwest Regional Championship

Round Rock, Texas*
Round Rock Multipurpose Complex
Through Round Rock CVB
February 25-26, 2023

Previously Hosted USQ Events: US Quidditch Cup 11 in 2018 and US Quidditch Cup 12 in 2019
Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf
Field Lighting Available: Yes
Historical Weather: Average high: 65 degrees. Average low: 45 degrees.

* Current scheduled location. Due to House Bill 25 in Texas, which requires students in public schools to compete on sports teams according to their “biological sex”, USQ has moved the 2021 Southwest Regional Championship outside the state of Texas. The new location is Lake Charles, Louisiana over the original dates, February 19-20, 2022. Read more about USQ’s general stance regarding bills affecting the rights of transgender and nonbinary people in this article from last summer. At this time, there has not been a determination on if Round Rock, Texas will host Southwest Regionals in 2022.

USQ-Hosted Events

Beginning with the Sin City Classic in January of 2022, USQ will be hosting tournaments other than regional championships and USQ Cup. These events will not replace regional championships currently but instead offer an additional opportunity for teams. USQ’s Director of Events & Partnerships, Laura Porth, is working with cities and venues to create tournaments that teams can plan for and participate in annually. 

Sin City Classic I 
January 15-16, 2022
Henderson, Nevada 
Anthem Park
Club only event

Bay Area Open presented by Visit Tri-Valley
Livermore, California
Robertson Park
March 26-27, 2022

Club and collegiate teams may attend this event
This event has been postponed to a future season

Sin City Classic II
January 14-15, 2023
Henderson, Nevada
Anthem Park

Club only event
More information on registration will be available in Fall 2022

VOLUNTEER, TICKETS, AND MORE

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THE BID PROCESS

This season’s bid process started with the release of the bid manual in October 2020. Since then, Executive Director Mary Kimball and Director of Events & Partnership Laura Porth attended various sports tourism trade shows and handled direct outreach with destinations interested in hosting a USQ event. In conjunction with USQ staff, they chose finalists, conducted site visits, and selected the final locations. 

Another major part of the bid process was the DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) committee’s research for each event location finalist. USQ staff analyzed each event location finalist in three categories: recent protection laws for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ communities, cities’ response to protests within the last year, and SPLC’s hate group locations. USQ recognizes that BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ attendees have often  felt unsafe in the communities where USQ has hosted previous events, and have experienced unsafe situations when traveling between their homes and the host city. Player safety in all forms is our number one priority for USQ events and programs.

The new bid manual will be released later in January. It will cover events in the 2023-24 season. Preliminary information on what cities can expect is available here. Questions about bidding on USQ events should be directed to bidding@usquidditch.org.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION

Team registration for all regional championships will open in the fall of 2022. More information on the required steps and deadlines will be available next summer.

Questions

Please email Laura Porth at Laura.Porth@usquidditch.org with any questions.