2018/2019 Season Structure Amendments

At the beginning of the 2018/19 season it was announced that the European Qualifier Tournament (EQT) and British Quidditch Cup (BQC) would use a Swiss system on day 1, followed by bracket play on day 2. Additionally, it was announced that BQC would be seeded using an algorithm with results from QuidditchUK Events and Accredited Events feeding into the rankings.

Following a post-regionals review, EQT will now use a 3-pool 4-team round robin structure on Day 1, with a seeded bracket on Day 2 including playoffs for D1 and D2 EQC spots. BQC will use an 8-pool 4-team round robin structure on Day 1, with a standard seeded single-elimination bracket.

EQT pool seeding will use the rankings determined via playoffs at regionals. BQC seeding for the 12 teams attending EQT will be determined by the final rankings of that tournament. The remaining seeding for BQC will be determined by final ranking at regionals.

A full summary of the EQT structure can be found here www.quidditchuk.org/european-qualifier-tournament-structure

Reasons for the change

In the interests of transparency, QuidditchUK would like to take this opportunity to explain the reasonings behind these changes.

A Swiss system requires pairings between teams to be drawn after each full round of games based on their record in the tournament so far. This means that only the first round of matches can be determined (for both teams and match officials) in advance of the tournament and that all other scheduling must be done live.

Based on feedback from the regionals organising committee, QuidditchUK believes that  it is not feasible to complete team and match official scheduling to an appropriate standard within the time constraints of the tournament schedule. Additionally, without a sophisticated notification system (such as the SMS-based technology used by USQ), the difficulty of informing all match officials and teams of their allocations is likely to prove insurmountable.

By contrast to the Swiss system, pool play allows for all matches and match officials for Day 1 to be scheduled ahead of the event, providing the maximum notice of volunteering and playing slots for both officials and teams. Criticism of the pool-and-bracket system in previous years has centred largely around unbalanced seeding due to the use of regionals results, which will be mitigated by the use of EQT results to seed the top 12 teams.

Tournament committees

These conservative predictions of event management capacity are based on the unprecedentedly low number of tournament committee applicants for regionals 2018. In total, only 3 volunteers were recruited across both regionals who did not already volunteer for QuidditchUK in some capacity.

The role of the tournament committee is often paramount to ensuring the successful delivery of a tournament and, although the efforts of volunteers who did not initially sign up to participate in tournament has not gone unnoticed, it meant that in some cases, existing QuidditchUK staff were diverted away from their usual roles.

To ensure that QuidditchUK can continue to deliver a high calibre of tournament, we welcome applications for EQT and BQC tournament committee positions, which can be found at www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer

Accredited Events

To adapt to increased demand for the support of existing QuidditchUK volunteers during Regionals 2018, the development of the Accredited Events system has been temporarily put on hold.

This decision was not made lightly and results from the belief that introducing Accredited Events at such short notice before BQC and expect teams to arrange high-quality events to guarantee their seeding would be both unfair and unfeasible.

However, it is important to note that QuidditchUK are dedicated to ensuring that this system is realised ready for the 2019/2020 season as feedback from teams was largely positive about the proposed idea.

By revising the launch date, the quality of the programme and integrity of BQC 2019 seeding can take priority to ensure that all interested parties benefit as much as possible.

If you would like to volunteer with the Events Department to help develop the Accredited Events system, please visit www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer

For any further questions, please get in touch via www.quidditchuk.org/contact


European Qualifier Tournament Structure

The European Qualifier Tournament (EQT) will use a 3-group, 4-team round robin structure on Day 1, followed by a seeded bracket on Day 2 of the tournament, with playoffs to determine EQC D1 and D2 qualification.

Day 1 – Groups

The groups are determined using a ranked, alternating-region snake draw. In order to split teams into pools the 12 EQT qualifying teams from regionals were ranked based on the standard QuidditchUK final tournament ranking criteria (i.e. tournament rank, QPD, etc.)

Regional rank Overall rank Seed Team QPD
N1 1 1 Velociraptors 630
S1 2 1 Werewolves of London 1 520
S2 3 1 London Quidditch Club 560
N2 4 2 Megalodons 320
S3 5 2 London Unspeakables 250
N3 6 2 Holyrood Hippogriffs 1 70
N4 7 3 Glasgow Grim Reapers 260
S4 8 3 Southampton Quidditch Club 1 170
N5 9 3 Liverpuddly Cannons 270
S5 10 4 Oxford Mammoths 130
S6 11 4 Werewolves of London 2 70
S7 12 4 Bathilisks -440

The first seed teams were allocated to groups in the order A to C, selecting by overall rank.

The second seeds were then drawn into groups in the order C to A, selecting the highest-ranked team available from the opposite region to the first seed.

The third seeds were drawn in the order A to C, selecting the highest-ranked team available from the same region as the first seed.

Finally, the fourth seeds were drawn in the order C to A, selecting the highest-ranked team available from the opposite region to the first seed, and where this became impossible, selecting by overall rank.

N1 S1 S2
S3 N3 N2
N4 S4 S5
S7 S6 N5

The final group draw for EQT 2019 is therefore:

Velociraptors Werewolves of London Firsts London Quidditch Club
London Unspeakables Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts Megalodons
Glasgow Grim Reapers Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts Oxford Mammoths
Bathilisks Werewolves of London Seconds Liverpuddly Cannons

This method of drawing groups was selected to ensure fair seeding based on performance at regionals while creating as few rematches from regionals as possible. A total of three matches on Day 1 of EQT are repeated from regionals, while groups seeded by overall ranking without alternating regions would have resulted in seven rematches on Day 1.

Day 2 – Bracket

After Day 1, teams will be ranked using the usual QuidditchUK tournament ranking procedures. These rankings will be used to seed the bracket below. There is no policy in place to prevent replays of games from Day 1, as this would effectively involve adjusting teams’ rankings which may unfairly advantage or disadvantage teams.

Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 2 games on Day 2 of the tournament.

Semi-finalists automatically qualify for EQC Division 1, and will continue to play off for medals and EQC seeding.

Teams losing either their play-in game or quarter-final will enter into a playoff bracket for EQC qualification.

Losers of the first round of this bracket are eliminated from the tournament, and do not qualify for EQC.

Winners of the second round of this bracket qualify for EQC Division 1 and losers qualify for EQC Division 2.

Due to venue time constraints, no further playoffs will be held to determine EQC seeding for teams ranked 5/6 and 7/8 – these will be determined via the standard final tournament ranking criteria.

For any questions regarding this news, please get in touch via www.quidditchuk.org/contact

European Qualifier Tournament Information Announced

QuidditchUK are now able to release the player and team registration information for the European Qualifier Tournament (EQT) happening on the 26th and 27th January 2019.

As the following dates impact players and teams eligibility to compete at the tournament, please read them closely. If any players or teams experience or anticipate issues with registering for EQT 2019, please contact appeals@quidditchuk.org


Transferring Players

Players wishing to transfer into teams competing at EQT must submit their request by no later than Wednesday, 09/01/2019 at 21:00 so QuidditchUK can verify rosters and eligibility. Members who do not meet this transfer deadline will not be eligible to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament.

A full breakdown and announcement of the 2018/2019 Transfer Window  can be found here.


Player & Volunteer Registration

The player fee is £25.00 per player.

This fee will be charged to your club upon expiration of the registration deadline.

The Player & Volunteer Registration form can be found here.

This form is mandatory for everyone participating at EQT, whether you are attending as a player, or a non-playing volunteer.

The deadline for players to fill out this registration form is Friday, 11/01/2019 at 21:00 

Players must also be registered as QuidditchUK Members by this deadline.

The deadline for non-playing volunteers to fill out this registration form is Friday, 18/01/2019 at 21:00

This form consists of your player and volunteer sign-up for both certified and non-certified volunteers. It also includes sections for tournament waivers, medical information, and the misconduct policy. The form concludes with an optional medical survey that is a continuation of the injury studies carried out across our QuidditchUK tournaments.


Team Rosters and Registration

The team fee is £60.00 per team.

This fee will be charged to your club upon expiration of the registration deadline.

Clubs will be emailed specific registration forms, complete with up to date information on player tournament AND membership registration.

Teams must complete these forms with their final rosters by Friday, 11/01/19 at 21:00


Deadline Recap

Transfer Window Deadline for EQT Players – Wednesday, 09/01/19 at 21:00

Player Registration – Friday, 11/01/19 at 21:00

Volunteer Registration – Friday, 18/01/19 at 21:00

Team Roster Deadline – Friday, 11/01/19 at 21:00

Clubs or Members who miss the deadline will have 48 Hours from the deadline expiration to submit an appeal. All appeals must be made to appeals@quidditchuk.org

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us here – www.quidditchuk.org/contact

QuidditchUK Transfer Window Opens

The QuidditchUK transfer window is now open until January 20th 2019 at 11:59pm.

Members wishing to transfer between clubs must submit their transfer requests to development@quidditchuk.org by this time. Members wishing to transfer should make themselves familiar with the following policies surrounding both European Qualifier Tournament (EQT) AND Development Cup eligibility.

QuidditchUK Club Transfer Policy

QuidditchUK Development Cup Policy

QuidditchUK EQT Eligibility Policy

Given that EQT takes place one week following the transfer window deadline, members wishing to transfer into teams competing at EQT must submit their request by 9pm January 9th 2019 so QuidditchUK can verify rosters and eligibility. Members who do not meet this transfer deadline will not be eligible to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament.

QuidditchUK will only allow extensions in significant extenuating circumstances.

Members who miss the transfer deadline must contact appeals@quidditchuk.org

For any questions, please get in touch at www.quidditchuk.org/contact

A QuidditchUK statement regarding Match Fixing at Northern Cup 2018

QuidditchUK have concluded their investigations of the match fixing allegations that arose from Northern Cup 2018.

The allegations were overseen and investigated by:

Harry Smith, Development Director
Molly Maurice-Smith, Volunteers Director

These members were chosen as they have no current or prior affiliation with the involved clubs,  nor were they involved with either incident as a player or volunteer.

Upon completion of initial investigations the final report was independently verified by Joshua Fogg (Operations Director) to ensure investigations had been completed fairly and thoroughly.

Our investigations were completed following the disciplinary process outlined in the QuidditchUK Club and Team Membership Policy

Velociraptors vs Sheffield Quidditch Club

QuidditchUK received multiple complaints regarding the quarter-final match between Sheffield and Velociraptors, these were:

  1. Sheffield Squids fixed the match to give themselves an easier run to a European Qualifier Tournament spot.
  2. Sheffield Squids were disrespectful towards their opponents.
  3. Sheffield Squids showed a lack of sportsmanship at an upper bracket quarter-final match.
  4. Velociraptor players made violent physical threats towards Sheffield Squid players.
  5. Velociraptor players were intentionally playing to harm Sheffield Squids players.
  6. Velociraptors were a dangerous and unsafe team to compete against.

After taking statements from all involved parties, QuidditchUK has determined the the following.

  1. Sheffield Squids were complicit in match fixing, through lack of any reasonable attempt to attack or defend throughout the entire game. This complaint has been upheld.
  2. Sheffield Squids’ attitude and behaviour throughout the match was disrespectful towards their opponents in their lack of willingness towards to take the game seriously. This complaint has been upheld.
  3. Sheffield Squids’ attitude towards the match was poor, and threatened to bring disrepute to QuidditchUK as an organisation  and quidditch as a sport. Given this was a local tournament for Sheffield, having Sheffield based spectators watch this faux-competition could only serve to negatively impact the perception of both quidditch and Sheffield Quidditch Club. This complaint has been upheld.
  4. After taking statements from the entire referee team, the context in which the alleged threat was made deemed it to instead be a direct warning from the player and not a violent threat. The Velociraptor player had a free run towards the Sheffield hoops, and the defending Sheffield player was directly blocking the hoops. Should the Velociraptors player have chosen to, they could have legally (under the current IQA Rulebook 2018-2020 rules) charged through the defending Sheffield player. The Velociraptor player instead told the player to get out of the way. This complaint has been cleared.
  5. Velociraptor players were not playing illegally or dangerously, and their level of physicality was consistent with how they had been competing throughout the tournament against other opponents. Furthermore their contact was inline with how other teams had been playing throughout Northern. This complaint has been cleared.
  6. Velociraptor players did not cause a higher number of injuries through regular play at Northern Cup 2018, and QuidditchUK disagrees that they are a dangerous team to play against. This complaint has been cleared.

QuidditchUK acknowledges that Sheffield Squids were conserving themselves for further fixtures, however the approach the team took showed a severe lack of sportsmanship, and called into question the validity of the sport in front of a crowd of spectators, including those from Sheffield itself, who were expecting a competitive quarterfinal.

Through our investigation, QuidditchUK has determined the following penalties be applied to Sheffield Quidditch Club, deeming their behaviour falls under the following in the Club and Team Membership Policy:

Displaying attitude or conduct on a quidditch pitch or in a quidditch environment which brings or threatens to bring QuidditchUK into disrepute by association of membership.

Sheffield Squids will be permitted to compete at the British Quidditch Cup 2019, however they will enter the competition as an unseeded team.

No further penalties shall be applied to the Sheffield Squids leadership staff.

No penalty shall be applied to the Sheffield Steelfins.

Both Velociraptors QC and Sheffield Quidditch Club were given until 4/12/18 to appeal the decisions made by QuidditchUK, no appeal was made by either club.

QuidditchUK has now released the final rankings for Northern Cup 2018As Sheffield has lost their second seed status, Leeds Griffins will enter the British Quidditch Cup as a second seed team.

As the QuidditchUK Team Match-Fixing Policy was implemented following Northern Cup 2018, we have not punished Sheffield Quidditch Club retroactively via this policy. However any further instances of Match-Fixing by any QuidditchUK club or team will be met with the policy in full. This matter is now considered resolved by QuidditchUK. For any questions or queries, please get in touch via quidditchuk.org/contact