Photo by: Kielan Donahue
38 collegiate teams and 31 club teams competed this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex on April 23-24, 2022. Teams in both divisions participated in a pool play format on day one. On day two, teams with at least two pool play wins went to a single elimination championship bracket. Teams with less than two wins went to a division 2 single elimination bracket.
On the collegiate side, Texas Quidditch (TXQ) took gold and is now tied with Middlebury College for the most national titles. This is the second collegiate division championship win for TXQ after the collegiate-club split in 2017. They beat Creighton Quidditch, the first team from the midwest region to reach a national championship final, for the win.
The club division had a repeat of the last US Quidditch Cup club final in 2019, with Texas Cavalry defending their title against Texas Hill Country Heat. This time, Texas Hill Country Heat pulled ahead, beating Cavalry 150-130 in a matchup for the history books. This marks Heat’s second appearance in a club division final and first time taking the gold.
Alongside the USQ Cup bracket for the championship, a division 2 bracket was held for both divisions. SHSU Quidditch won the D2 collegiate bracket, and the Bay Area Breakers won the D2 club bracket.
Collegiate: TXQ 185 – 80 CU
Club: CAV 130 – 150 HEAT
D2 Collegiate: MIZZ 130 – 160 SHSU
D2 Club: GCG 0 – 75 BAY
Re-broadcasts of the livestreamed matches are currently available on USQ’s Twitch channels for a limited time. Pitch 1 games are here, and Pitch 2 games are here. Video from pitches 1 and 2 as well as other select games from the weekend will be available on the USQ YouTube channel in the next few weeks. Fastbreak News also recorded a number of games, which are available on YouTube.
Thank you to these photographers for sharing their photos with us! Please properly credit the photographer whenever using their images. All photos are available here. Individual photographers are listed below.
- Ariel Heiblum
- Tom “Chiddy” Powers
- Dante Close
- Ian Copeland
- Karl Schweinfurth
- Kielan Donahue
- Marc Capitulo
- Mariah Jordan
- Mike Iadevaia
- Nathaly Castrejon
- Rachel Eure
- Shana Travis
- Susan Eyring
- Taylor Groth
- Willow Elser
The VC Merch Tent will remain open for online orders of their sublimated jerseys, t-shirts, and bucket hats for a limited time.
Trading cards and other leftover merch is available to purchase now through our new merch store. We will have random packs of all submissions, by region, and division. Additionally, team packs will be available. Each pack will come with one extra foil card, chosen at random. To place a custom order, like a pack of just a single player, fill out this form.
Team Volunteer Contest
Overall, volunteers gave over 300 hours of service this past weekend to make USQ Cup a success. Teams were an integral part of that, and we’re excited to announce the top 3 teams who volunteered the most and won our contest.
1st place – Texas Quidditch – They will receive one free team membership and nine free player memberships
2nd place – Mizzou Quidditch – They will receive one free team membership
3rd place – Penn State University – They will receive one free team membership
USQ Cup 2022 staff would love to hear any thoughts on your event experience. Whether you took the pitch as a player, a member of the ref crew, or cheered teams on from the sidelines we want to hear from you! Feedback can be submitted through the event survey form.
Additionally, evaluations for members of the referee crew may be submitted by anyone in attendance of the event. The referee crew includes all head ref, AR, LAR, and snitch runners. Please use this form to submit a review for members of the referee crew.
US Quidditch Cup 2023
US Quidditch Cup 2023 will take place at the Proving Ground in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania April 15-16, 2023. More information on tickets, team registration, and more will be available later in the year.
USQ would like to thank all teams in attendance and all those who gave their time and energy as volunteers and officials to make this event possible. USQ would also like to thank the Utah Sports Commission, Visit Salt Lake, and the city of Salt Lake City for partnering with USQ in hosting this event, and VC Ultimate and Hit Your Mark Productions for sponsoring US Quidditch Cup 2022.
If you would like to give additional feedback about the event, or have any questions, please reach out to staff via firstname.lastname@example.org.