Northern Cup 2017

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8am

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Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, Bawtry Rd, Sheffield S9 1UA

Welcome to Northern Cup 2017! This tournament is designed for discovering which is the best team in the north as well as determining those hard sought BQC and EQC spots in 2018!

Dates to Remember

22/10/17- Player Guide released
23/10/17 – Tournament Structure released
10/11/17 – Player and volunteer Signups form
20/11/17- Schedule released

Deadlines to Remember

21/10/17 – Team registration
10/11/17 – Player and volunteer Signups Close
10/11/17 – Roster Submission and Fee payment deadline

Welcome to Northern Cup 2017! This tournament is designed for discovering which is the best team in the north as well as determining those hard sought BQC and EQC spots in 2018!

Transport

The pitches at Hallam Sports Park are easy to access by multiple transport methods. They are located close to the M1 and Meadowhall train station with easy bus routes and taxi links to the city centre and Sheffield train station. The site of the tournament can be found here. More transport information will be found in the Hospitality Guide.

Organising Committee

Scarlet Hughes – Tournament Director
Bex Mclaughlin – Assistant Tournament Director
Steve Cockram – Gameplay and Scheduling Co-ordinator
Alix Marie d’Avigneau – Assistant Gameplay and Scheduling Co-ordinator
Claire Jarvis – Operations Co-ordinator
Tom Challinor – Hospitality Co-ordinator
James Hewitt – Communications Co-ordinator

Tournament Fees

To compete at Northern Cup the fees are £15 per player. There is no additional team fee. Teams must pay their player fees in one bulk payment. Fees must all be paid by 10 November.
Fees can be paid to the following account:
Account Name: QuidditchUK
Account Number: 34339568
Sort Code: 40-19-15

Volunteer Policy

The referee quotas for this tournament can be found here. If you feel your team cannot meet these quotas then do not hesitate to contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org where you can apply for reduced quotas. The Gameplay Department, Executive Management Team and Tournament Committee will assess the application and give a decision on your quota.

Player and volunteer Signup Form

The sign up form can be found here. Please read each section carefully and if you wish to change any of your answers, you will need to fill out the Contact form no later than 10/11/17.

Roster Submission

Rosters should be submitted by email to northerncup@quidditchuk.org with the subject “ROSTER – <Team name>” by 10/11/17.  Failure to do so will result in your team being unable to play at the tournament. All players on the roster will need to have purchased QuidditchUK membership before this date. Failure to do so will result in that player being unable to play at the tournament.

TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE

27 teams will compete at Northern Cup 2017 for a chance to be crowned regional champions. The tournament will be split into two brackets, the Championship Bracket and the Consolation Bracket.

As in previous years all teams at the tournament will be ranked 1-27 following the end of the group stage in order to determine in which bracket the team will compete. The Championship Bracket will have the top 12 teams from group play, with play-in matches for the bottom 8 teams (5th – 12th) from Day 1 to secure their space in the quarter-finals. The Consolation Bracket will feature the remaining 15 teams. The highest seed in the Consolation Bracket (13th) will receive a bye, through the round of the 16, into the quarter-finals. The remaining 14 teams in the bracket will each play a round of 16 game before progressing to the quarter-finals.

To guarantee a place at the British Quidditch Cup, teams must either reach the Championship Bracket or at least make it through to the semi-finals of the Consolation Bracket.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The tournament schedule will be released on 4 November. Individual schedules for volunteers will also be released then.

Attending Teams

Bangor Broken Broomsticks
Chester Centurions
Durhamstrang
Glasgow Grim Reapers
HogYork Horntails
Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds
Keele Squirrels
Leeds Griffins
Leicester Thestrals
Liverpuddly Cannons
Liverpuddly Catapults
Loughborough Longshots
Manchester Manticores
Manchester Minotaurs
Northern Lights
Northumbrian Ridgebacks
Nottingham Nightmares
Preston Poltergeists
Sheffield Sea Lions
Sheffield Squids
Sheffield Steelfins
St Andrews Snidgets
Stirling Dumyat Dragons
The Derby Daemons
Tornadoes QC
Velociraptors QC

Group Draw

Group A
Velociraptors QC
Leeds Griffins
Northumbrian Ridgebacks
Sheffield Sealions
Nottingham Nightmares

Group B
Keele Squirrels
Leicester Thestrals
Preston Poltergeists
Northern Lights
Sheffield Steelfins

Group C
Durhamstrang
Manchester Manticores
Derby Daemons
Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds
Chester Centurions

Group D
Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
HogYork Horntails
Glasgow Grim Reapers
Stirling Dumyat Dragons

Group E
Tornadoes QC
Bangor Broken Broomsticks
St Andrews Snidgets
Liverpuddly Cannons

Group F
Loughborough Longshots
Sheffield Squids
Manchester Minotaurs
Liverpuddly Catapults

Important Links

Hospitality Guide (coming soon)
Volunteer Policy
Player and Volunteer Signup Form
Tournament Venue
Tournament Format
Group Draw
Player Guide (coming soon)
Schedule (coming Soon)
Individual Schedules (coming soon)

Contact Form

If you have any general concerns, questions, or suggestions about tournament, these should be directed to the form below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the event be hosted?
Sheffield Hallam Sports Park
Bawtry Rd
Sheffield
S9 1UA

What travel options are available to get to the venue?
They are located close to the M1 and Meadowhall train station with easy bus routes and taxi links to the city centre and Sheffield train station. More extensive information can be found in the Hospitality Guide which will be released soon

Is parking available for the event?
There is car parking for up to 180 cars. These include spaces for coaches, minibuses and disabled spaces.There is more car parking available in Tinsley around the area.

What facilities are available at Location?
There are facilities for changing rooms, showers and toilets. There are several buildings which all contain toilet facilities.

Will the venue have disabled access?
Yes to both the pitches and the venue itself.

Will food vendors will be available at the venue?
We are still in negotiation with a food van however, within a ten minute walking distance of the pitches there are several different groups of shops. Brinsworth Manor Junior School Close to the school are several shops, including Atlas Court – containing a bakery, sandwich shop and cake shop. There is also a chip shop, spar, kebab shop, subway and a mini supermarket. This is a 20 minute walk from the pitches.

What accommodation options are there for the local area?
There are a number of accommodation options within Sheffield, and we encourage all teams to arrange accommodation as soon as possible. There are accommodation options close to the venue, and some further which may require taxi or car services. For more information and a list of accommodation options, please see the Hospitality Guide.

Will spectators have to pay or register to watch?
No, this is an open spectator event and will not require any tickets to be purchased. Just turn up and watch!

I want to volunteer! How do I sign up?
To volunteer for Northern cup you must sign up by filling out the signup form.

Which teams will be competing at Northern?
The Teams List will be released on 23/10/17

How will the tournament be structured?
The tournament structure will be released on 23/10/17.

Can I bring my own broom?
Yes, players may bring their own brooms, so long as the brooms conform to the current Rulebook specifications.

What else should I bring for the tournament?
Make sure to bring clothes to change into for the evenings, and of course sports clothes (team shirts, comfortable sports footwear with studs etc). Toiletries such as soap, toothpaste etc are advised, and check that your accommodation supplies towels and appropriate materials for your stay, so that you can bring your own if they don’t (pillows, sheets etc). Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated, layers in case of rain or bad weather, and enough money to buy food and any merchandise you fancy throughout the day. Players must bring their own headbands, and players may bring their own broom if they wish, however brooms will be available.

What First Aid services are available at the event?
First Aid service will be present at the event. QuidditchUK will be working with Epione Medical Services, who have provided medical cover for many quidditch events within the UK over recent years.

My team has had a player drop out due to injury, can we put a replacement on our roster?
The roster deadline is the 31/10/17, after this date no roster changes will be permitted.

I signed up to play at the tournament but had to drop out at the last minute, how do I get a player fee refund?
Any players who drop out of the tournament before 31/10/17 due to injury or other extenuating circumstances can apply for a player refund by emailing the tournament committee at northerncup@quidditchuk.org or using the contact us form. Refunds after this deadline may be considered on a case by case basis.

I need to contact someone, who do I get in touch with?
You can contact us on our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Clubs can also contact us using the QUKClubs Slack.