Gameplay Information and Draws

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The field for US Quidditch Cup 2022 will include 70 total collegiate and club teams. 39 teams will compete in the Collegiate division and 31 teams will compete in the Club division.  Both divisions will feature a pool play into bracket format.

The officials and volunteer schedule will be shared by Monday, April 18th. Teams will know in advance when they are officiating for all of Saturday. Sunday assignments will be announced once the bracket matchups are determined Saturday night.   To be notified when matchup information is available during the event, join the USQ Discord here.

COLLEGIATE GAMEPLAY FORMAT

UPDATE – April 13, 2022

James Madison University has dropped from nationals. In light of this drop, Arizona State University will move to be the Pot 4 team in Pool F. The previous seven team pod will now become a six team pod, and their format will be crossplay between two sub pods. Sub Pod I1 will be Texas Quidditch (TXQ), Florida State University (FSU), and Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh (PITT). Sub Pod I2 will be Harvard Horntails (HARV), WVU Summit (WVU), and University of Northern Colorado (NOCO). The teams in Sub Pod I1 and Sub Pod I2 will play the teams in the opposing sub pod for their 3 Saturday games. The games will be:

  1. TXQ v HARV
  2. HARV v FSU
  3. FSU v WVU
  4. WVU v TXQ
  5. PITT v HARV
  6. WVU v PITT 
  7. TXQ v NoCo
  8. FSU v NoCo
  9. NoCo v PITT

GENERAL FORMAT

On Saturday, college teams will compete in a pool play format, then on Sunday will move into a two division bracket (based on Saturday results). To generate the groupings for pool play, teams were placed into eight (8) pools of four (4) and one additional pod of seven (7) based on the USQ standings. The 39 teams were put into a ranked list based on USQ standings, and then divided into seven pots by seed. The pod of seven has one team randomly drawn from each pot.  Then, the remaining 32 teams were divided into four pots by seed.  One team from each pot was drawn into each of the eight pools of four.

38 of the 39 teams will compete in three (3) pool play games, all played on Saturday.  Teams in the four team pools will play each of the other teams in their own pool once.  Within the remaining seven team pod, each team has been assigned three opponents.  These opponents were balanced based on pot to create an equal strength of schedule for all teams’ game sets.  Due to the odd numbers involved in team attendance, only one team will play a fourth game on Saturday.  The seventh seed team in the seven team pod will play all four of the first, third, fifth, and sixth seed in that pod.

On Sunday, teams will be seeded into one of two brackets based on their performance in pool play. Teams with at least two pool play wins will compete in a single-elimination championship bracket to determine the Collegiate Champion.  Teams who do not meet the two win threshold will compete in a separate single-elimination bracket to determine a Collegiate Division Two champion. If there are either

-not at least eight teams to fill the division two bracket, or

 -fewer than six of those teams with at least one pool win,

the division two bracket will not take place and instead remaining teams will have the option of playing additional scheduled games.

The collegiate division will use the standard USQ tiebreakers.

POTS AND POOL DRAW PROCESS

The original ranked list of teams was divided into seven pots by seed, and one team was randomly drawn from each pot to create the pod of seven teams. The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. Protections were put in place to limit the number of teams from one region in this pod.

Next, the remaining 32 teams were redivided into four pots (using the same rankings), and each pool had one team randomly drawn from each pot. Protections were again put in place to limit the number of teams from one region in each pool.

The initial seven pots that teams were drawn from are as follows (standings order):

Pot 1: Texas Quidditch, Creighton Quidditch, Cal Quidditch, Maryland Quidditch, University of California Los Angeles, University of Florida Club Quidditch

Pot 2: Virginia Quidditch Club, Mizzou Club Quidditch, Tufts University Tufflepuffs, Harvard Horntails, Michigan Quidditch Team, Rutgers University Quidditch

Pot 3: Blue Jay Quidditch, Brown Bears Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch, RPI Quidditch, WVU Summit, Middlebury College Quidditch

Pot 4: Kansas Quidditch, Penn State Quidditch, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech, SHSU Quidditch, Florida State Quidditch, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch

Pot 5: Marquette University Golden Avalanche, Boston University Quidditch, Michigan State Quidditch, Illini Ridgebacks, Dark Snare, Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh

Pot 6: Brandeis Quidditch, Utah Collegiate Quidditch, University of Rochester Thestrals, James Madison University Quidditch, Arizona State University, Emerson College Quidditch

Pot 7: University of Vermont Quidditch Club, Bowling Green State University, University of Northern Colorado

The remaining four pots that teams were drawn from after creating the pod of seven are as follows (standings order):

Pot 1: Creighton Quidditch, Cal Quidditch, Maryland Quidditch, University of California Los Angeles, University of Florida Club Quidditch, Virginia Quidditch Club, Mizzou Club Quidditch, Tufts University Tufflepuffs

Pot 2: Michigan Quidditch Team, Rutgers University Quidditch, Blue Jay Quidditch, Brown Bears Quidditch, UTSA Club Quidditch, RPI Quidditch, Middlebury College Quidditch, Kansas Quidditch

Pot 3: Penn State Quidditch, Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech, SHSU Quidditch, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch, Marquette University Golden Avalanche, Boston University Quidditch, Michigan State Quidditch, Illini Ridgebacks

Pot 4: Dark Snare, Brandeis Quidditch, Utah Collegiate Quidditch, University of Rochester Thestrals, James Madison University Quidditch,  Emerson College Quidditch, University of Vermont Quidditch Club, Bowling Green State University

COLLEGIATE POOLS

The following is the list of teams competing in each pool. See the gameplay schedule section for the schedule of match-ups for each team.

POOL A

  • University of Florida Club Quidditch
  • Blue Jay Quidditch
  • Boston University Quidditch
  • Dark Snare

POOL B

  • Creighton Quidditch
  • RPI Quidditch
  • Michigan State Quidditch
  • Utah Collegiate Quidditch

POOL C

  • Tufts University Tufflepuffs
  • Kansas Quidditch
  • Marquette University Golden Avalanche
  • Bowling Green State University

POOL D

  • Maryland Quidditch
  • Brown Bears Quidditch
  • Illini Ridgebacks
  • Emerson College Quidditch

POOL E

  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Michigan Quidditch Team
  • SHSU Quidditch
  • Brandeis Quidditch

POOL F

  • Mizzou Club Quidditch
  • Rutgers University Quidditch
  • PSU State Quidditch
  • James Madison University Quidditch

POOL G

  • Cal Quidditch
  • Middlebury College Quidditch
  • Quidditch Club at Virginia Tech
  • University of Rochester Thestrals

POOL H

  • Virginia Quidditch Club
  • UTSA Club Quidditch
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
  • University of Vermont Quidditch Club

POD OF SEVEN

  • Texas Quidditch
  • Harvard Horntails
  • WVU Summit
  • Florida State Quidditch
  • Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Northern Colorado

The following is the list of games that will be played within the pod of seven

  • Texas Quidditch v WVU Summit
  • Harvard Horntails v Florida State Quidditch
  • WVU Summit v Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
  • Texas Quidditch v University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Northern Colorado v Arizona State University
  • Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh v University of Northern Colorado
  • Texas Quidditch v Harvard Horntails
  • WVU Summit v University of Northern Colorado
  • Harvard Horntails v Arizona State University
  • Florida State Quidditch v Quidditch Club of Pittsburgh
  • Arizona State University v University of Northern Colorado

CLUB GAMEPLAY FORMAT

GENERAL FORMAT

On Saturday, club teams will compete in pool play, then on Sunday move into a two division bracket. Teams were placed into three (3) pools of five (5) and four (4) pools of four (4) based on the USQ standings. The 31 teams were put into a ranked list based on USQ standings, and then divided into nine pots by seed. Each of the odd numbered pots had three teams, and each of the even numbered pots had four teams.  One team from each odd numbered pot was drawn into each of the three pools of five, and one team from each of the even numbered pots was drawn into each of the four pools of four.

All club teams will play four pool games on Saturday.  Teams in the pools of five will play a game against each other member of their own pool.  Teams in the pool of four will play a game against each other member of their own pool, as well as one additional game against the team of the same pot from their neighboring pool.

On Sunday, teams will be seeded into one of two brackets based on their performance in pool play. All teams who win at least two pool games will be seeded into a variable sized single-elimination bracket to determine the Club Champion.  Up to twelve teams who do not meet the two win threshold will compete in a separate single-elimination bracket to determine a Club Division Two champion. If there are either:

  • not at least eight teams to fill the division two bracket, or
  • fewer than six of those teams with at least one pool win,

the division two bracket will not take place and instead remaining teams will have the option of playing additional scheduled games.

The club division will use the standard USQ tiebreakers.

POTS AND POOL DRAW PROCESS

The original ranked list of teams was divided into nine pots by seed, with three teams in every odd numbered pot and four in every even numbered pot.  Next, one team was randomly drawn from each of the odd numbered pots (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) into the three five team pools, and one team was drawn from each of the even numbered pots (2, 4, 6, 8) into the four team pools.   The rankings were based on the USQ standings, per the rankings algorithm described here. Protections were put in place to limit the number of teams from one region in this pod.

The nine pots that teams were drawn from are as follows (standings order):

Pot 1: Bosnyan Bearsharks, The Warriors, Texas Hill Country Heat

Pot 2: Texas Cavalry, Boom Train, Anteaters Forever, District of Columbia Quidditch Club

Pot 3: Bay Area Breakers, Ann Arbor Army Ants, The Lost Boys Quidditch Club

Pot 4: Twin Cities Quidditch Club, Boston Pandas, Seattle Quidditch Club, Terminus Quidditch Atlanta

Pot 5: Salt Lake Quidditch Club, Orlando Spider Knights, Skyline Quidditch

Pot 6: Pegasus Quidditch Club, Gulf Coast Gumbeaux, Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club, Atlantic Dragons

Pot 7: Ohio Apollos, Quidditch Club Dallas, Boston Red Pandas

Pot 8: Silicon Valley Vipers, Chicago United Quidditch Club, Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club, Vegas Invaders

Pot 9: Mile High Quidditch Club, The Rogues, Category 5 Quidditch Club

CLUB POOLS

The following is the list of teams competing in each pool. See the gameplay schedule section for the schedule of match-ups for each team.

POOL Z

  • The Warriors
  • Bay Area Breakers
  • Skyline Quidditch
  • Quidditch Club Dallas
  • Category 5 Quidditch Club

POOL Y

  • Texas Hill Country Heat
  • The Lost Boys Quidditch Club
  • Orlando Spider Knights
  • Ohio Apollos
  • The Rogues

POOL X

  • Bosnyan Bearsharks
  • Ann Arbor Army Ants
  • Salt Lake Quidditch Club
  • Boston Red Pandas
  • Mile High Quidditch Club

POOL W

  • Anteaters Forever
  • Terminus Quidditch Atlanta
  • Atlantic Dragons
  • Chicago United Quidditch Club

POOL V

  • District of Columbia Quidditch Club
  • Twin Cities Quidditch Club
  • Pegasus Quidditch Club
  • Vegas Invaders

POOL U

  • Boom Train
  • Seattle Quidditch Club
  • Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club
  • Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club

POOL T

  • Texas Cavalry
  • Boston Pandas
  • Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
  • Silicon Valley Vipers

The following is the list of additional matchups between pools W, V, U, and T

  • Anteaters Forever v District of Columbia Quidditch Club
  • Terminus Quidditch Atlanta v Twin Cities Quidditch Club
  • Atlantic Dragons v Pegasus Quidditch Club
  • Chicago United Quidditch Club v Vegas Invaders
  • Boom Train v Texas Cavalry
  • Seattle Quidditch Club v Boston Pandas
  • Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club v Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
  • Houston Cosmos Quidditch Club v Silicon Valley Vipers