QuidditchUK Team Match-Fixing Policy

The following policy covers competitive matches between teams at official QuidditchUK tournaments and events. This policy affects all QuidditchUK tournaments and matches unless specifically stated otherwise.

It is against QuidditchUK policy to intentionally fix the outcome of any competitive fixture, including intentionally throwing a game. Starting a game with the intent of forfeiting once it has started is considered match fixing.

1. Right to Fair Play

  1. All teams have the right to expect fair and competitive games throughout a tournament.
  2. All teams are expected to provide a fair and competitive match for their opposition.
    1. A competitive match is not based on the perceived ability of a team or player, but the effort that the team or player is putting into play.

2. Match Fixing

  1. Match fixing is defined as a team determining the outcome of a match prior to that match taking place, and taking actions during the match to ensure that result.
  2. A team consistently doing any of the following during an active game may be taken as evidence of match-fixing:
    1. Players actively avoiding or not making any reasonable attempt to defend.
    2. Players actively avoiding or not making any reasonable attempt to attack.
    3. Players standing still on pitch during an active attack or defense who would be reasonably expected to participate.
    4. Players intentionally taking actions to result in a turnover of a game ball, including but not limited to:
      – resetting the quaffle illegally.
      – carrying or propelling game balls out of bounds.
      – returning or passing game balls back to opposition players without referee instruction.
      – throwing the quaffle without intent to complete a pass or shot.
      – throwing a bludger without intent to incur a knockout or retain team possession of the bludger.
      – intentionally committing fouls to result in dismissals and/or game ball turnovers.
      – making little to zero effort to pursue loose game balls they could reasonably contend.
    5. Players intentionally dismounting themselves despite not being beat or otherwise taken off broom by physical contact.
    6. Players scoring own-goals where this would not release a player from the penalty box.
    7. Intentionally and knowingly playing an illegal player to receive a single match forfeit under the QuidditchUK Event Suspension and Discipline Policy.
  3. The following actions are not evidence of match-fixing:
    1. Intentionally catching a snitch when more than 30 points down. i.e “Cold-Catching”.
    2. Avoiding physical contact to prevent injury.
    3. Tactically playing a slow-paced game, provided it is inline with IQA Rulebook 7.4 2018-2020 (Delay of Game).

3. Match Fixing Motivations

  1. The Head Referee is empowered to use discretion on whether they believe a team is fixing a match, regardless of perceived motivations.
  2. The following is not an exhaustive list, however should a team stand to gain something by match fixing this list should be a guide.
    1. Should the accused team lose, they would gain another chance to compete for a British Quidditch Cup qualifying spot in that tournament.
    2. Should the accused team lose, they would gain another chance to compete for a European Quidditch Tournament qualifying spot in that tournament.
    3. Should the accused team lose, they would gain another chance to compete for a European Quidditch Cup qualifying spot in that tournament.
    4. Should the accused team lose, they would gain another chance to compete for medals at the same tournament.
    5. Should the accused team lose, they would gain another chance to compete for a Lower Bracket title at the same tournament.
    6. If the two competing teams belong to the same club, it shall be considered match fixing if the non-accused team winning the fixed match would result in one of the following
      – Qualifying for the British Quidditch Cup
      – Qualifying for the European Qualifier Tournament
      – Qualifying for the European Quidditch Cup

4. Penalty Procedure

  1. Should a Head Referee believe that a game is match-fixed before it begins it is their responsibility to investigate and action the following:
    1. They must not start the game until after the investigation.
    2. They must confer with their Referee Team, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director.
  2. Should the Head Referee, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director unanimously agree that the match is indeed fixed:
    1. The Head Referee must address the Captain and inform them that they believe the match is fixed.
    2. The accused team will receive a forfeit for the current and any subsequent games in that tournament.
    3. QuidditchUK will be informed to launch a full investigation into the Match Fixing.
    4. The accused team may also lose their qualifying spots for British Quidditch Cup, European Qualifying Tournament, and European Quidditch Cup.
  3. Should the Head Referee believe at anytime that a live game is being fixed, it is their responsibility to investigate and action the following:
    1. They must call a brooms down.
    2. They must confer with their referee team AND the Pitch Manager
    3. They must discuss all aspects of the game against this policy, including motivations and benefits the team would have for Match Fixing.
  4. Should the Head Referee AND Pitch Manager unanimously agree that the match is indeed fixed:
    1. The Tournament Director must be informed.
    2. The Head Referee must address the team and inform them that they believe the match is fixed.
    3. The Speaking Captain will receive a Red Card.
    4. The Speaking Captain will also receive a minimum one match ban.
    5. QuidditchUK will be informed to launch a full investigation into the Match Fixing.
    6. The game may continue.
  5. Should Match Fixing behaviour continue after the Speaking Captain has been penalised:
    1. The Head Referee must call brooms down.
    2. They must confer with their referee team, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director.
  6. Should the Head Referee, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director unanimously agree that the match is fixed:
    1. The team accused of Match Fixing will forfeit the current and any subsequent games in that tournament.
    2. The team accused of Match Fixing may also lose their qualifying spots for the British Quidditch Cup, European Qualifying Tournament, and European Quidditch Cup.

5. Double Match Fixing

  1. This applies regardless of whether the teams are from the same club or not.
    Should the Head Referee suspect at anytime that both competing teams are suspected of fixing the match.

    1. The Head Referee must call brooms down.
    2. The Tournament Director must be informed.
    3. They must confer with their Referee Team, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director.
  2. Should the Head Referee, Pitch Manager, AND Tournament Director unanimously agree that the match is indeed fixed:
    1. The Head Referee must address both Captains and inform them that they believe the match is fixed.
    2. Both teams will receive a forfeit for the current and any subsequent games in that tournament.
    3. QuidditchUK will be informed to launch a full investigation into the Match Fixing.
    4. Both teams may also lose their qualifying spots for British Quidditch Cup, European Qualifying Tournament, and European Quidditch Cup.

6. Conflicts of Interest

  1. In the case of conflicts of interest or unavailability by any decision making party, the following may step in to make a decision, in the following order:
    1. The Tournament Gameplay Director
    2. The QuidditchUK Gameplay Director
    3. The QuidditchUK Development Director
    4. The QuidditchUK Events Director
    5. The QuidditchUK Vice-President
    6. The QuidditchUK President

If you have any questions on this policy, please contact us here – www.quidditchuk.org/contact