Eamonn Harrison Appointed as New Gameplay Director

We are pleased to announce that Eamonn Harrison has been appointed as the new Gameplay Director for QuidditchUK.

One of the most decorated and experienced referees in the international community, and a key member of the Gameplay Department already – Eamonn will be taking over from Dave Goddin full-time.

With the promotion, Eamonn will introduce newer and faster feedback systems for referees. He will be developing new systems for training referees and snitches and growing the department beyond referee development to build out the actual gameplay aspects of the sport.

We’re excited to have him on the Executive Management Team, and look forward to the ideas and changes he will being to his department.

If you have any questions or comments on this announcement, please get in touch via quidditchuk.com/contact

Photo Credit – Claire Purslow Photography

London Quidditch Club win the 2019 British Quidditch Cup

This weekend saw the sixth iteration of the British Quidditch Cup, hosted in Newcastle at the Northumbria Sport University.

Almost 600 athletes across 31 teams from all over the United Kingdom came together, to crown a new national champion.

London Quidditch Club, in their inaugural season, took home the British Quidditch Cup after defeating two-time national champions, Velociraptors Quidditch Club, in a tight semi-final – before defeating the Werewolves of London in a grand finale that had both sides throwing everything they had at each other.

Velociraptors Quidditch Club went on to take the bronze medal against Southampton Quidditch Club, who have continued to prove they are still one of the best teams in the country; university or otherwise.

Warwick Quidditch Club defeated the Leicester Thestrals in a tight Lower-Bracket final, while Winchester Quidditch Club made a surprise run into the Top-16 after winning Development Cup and a spot at the British Quidditch Cup.

We’d like to thank the many volunteers we’ve had who made this season possible. 2018/2019 was easily the largest undertaking QuidditchUK have faced, and none of it would have been possible without the selfless help of our volunteers and officials who gave their time, talent, and resources towards making this year what it was.

A huge congratulations to London Quidditch Club on winning the national championship, and a further congratulations to all of our teams and athletes that competed this year. As the sport continues to grow and evolve, we’re growing increasingly excited as to what the competition will look like next year across both the university and community landscapes.

You can find the full final rankings for the weekend here.

Please leave feedback on the British Quidditch Cup here.

Photo Credit – Mark Hill Photography

Gameplay Director, Dave Goddin, Stepping Down

QuidditchUK are sad to announce that Dave Goddin has decided to retire as Gameplay Director at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

As one of the most widely respected referees throughout the international community, Dave has been paramount in his role as Gameplay Director since joining the Executive Team midway through the 2017/2018 season.

His knowledge and attitude towards the sport have amounted to countless contributions to the sport. Dave’s leadership has directly shaped the rules and policies that govern how our game is played. Being part of the gameplay committee that wrote and advised on the current IQA 2018/2020 rulebook now widely used by the international community, and being a key contributor to the many QuidditchUK tournaments, gameplay, and player policies that have been introduced over the last two seasons.

We thank him for his tireless effort, his immense contribution, his patience, and his wisdom.

The gameplay director role is open and can be found on the Volunteers Page.

If you’re interested in the role please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

British Quidditch Cup 2019 Structure Announcement

The following information covers the competitive structure of the British Quidditch Cup, and breaks down the tournament format which will be used throughout the weekend.

Group Draw

The qualifying teams will be ranked 1-32, based on the following criteria:

  1. Most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
    1. EQT
    2. Regionals
    3. Development Cup
  2. Ranking at their most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
    1. Where two teams have the same ranking from their most recently attended tournament, the tiebreakers will be:
      1. Highest average QPD/match
      2. Lowest average match duration
      3. Fewest red cards
      4. Fewest yellow cards
      5. Fewest blue cards

The teams will then be split into 4 pods (1-4) of 8 teams by descending overall ranking. Teams from each pod will be allocated randomly to one of 8 groups (A-H). Once all teams from Pod 1 have been allocated to a group, teams from Pod 2 will be allocated, and so on until all teams have been allocated and all groups have 4 teams.

Where the draw of a pod would place a team into the same group as a team in the same club, the group allocation for that pod will be re-randomised to ensure that no intra-club games take place on Day One of the tournament.

Notes on seeding:

  • As Portsmouth have declined their BQC place, the Southern teams ranked 12-14 are re-ranked to 11-13 within their region.
  • Due to disciplinary action, Sheffield Squids are re-ranked as 16th at Northern, with Northern teams 9-16 re-ranked to 8-15 within their region.
  • There is no separate regional “balancing” process in the seeding for BQC. Regional variation has already been accounted for in the season structure:
    • The allocation of BQC spots from regionals was weighted based on region size
    • The allocation of EQT spots was based on regional performance, and the results of EQT have been used to seed the top 12 teams
    • The Dev Cup qualification route was not region-specific

The Group Draw for BQC 2019 is:

Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8
Liverpuddly CannonsSouthampton Quidditch ClubOxford MammothsGlasgow Grim ReapersWerewolves of London FirstsLondon UnspeakablesVelociraptorsLondon Quidditch Club
MegalodonsLeeds GriffinsBath QCManchester ManticoresWarwick Quiddich ClubNottingham NightmaresWerewolves of London SecondsHolyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
Bournemouth BansheesDurhamstrangOxford Radcliffe ChimerasSwansea SwansExeter EaglesYork HorntailsTornadoes QCSt Andrews Snidgets
Bristol BearsWinchester Quidditch ClubHolyrood Hippogriffs SecondsLeicester ThestralsLondon UnstoppablesDerby DaemonsSheffield SquidsChester Centurions

Day One

Day One will consist of 8 round robins, in which each team will play every other team in its group. After Day One, teams will be ranked based on the standard QuidditchUK Ranking Criteria.

Day Two

The top 16 teams will compete in a seeded single-elimination upper bracket, the winner of which will be crowned BQC champion. The bottom 16 teams will also compete in a single-elimination lower bracket.

First UK Youth Quidditch Group established

The Quidditch Premier League, QuidditchUK, and Enrich Education are pleased to announce the creation of the Youth Quidditch Group, a formalised partnership that will see the three organisations further commit to developing youth quidditch in the UK and beyond.

The three organisations extended their agreement by a further five years after a successful one-year contract. The first year focused on naming Enrich Education as the exclusive Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK partner for youth quidditch services, and this is continued under the new contract.

Key areas of focus for the newly formed Youth Quidditch Group will be the scaling of youth quidditch sessions across the country through an affiliate membership and coaching qualification programme, providing access to quality standardised equipment for schools and youth clubs, establishing a standardised youth quidditch rulebook accessible for players of all ages, and the introduction of a youth league and a school membership programme from the Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK respectively.

“This is a massive step towards our ultimate goal – getting quidditch into every school across the UK, getting young people more active, and expanding the talent pathways in the sport to the adult game,” said Jack Lennard, Director of the Quidditch Premier League. “Enrich Education have done an incredible amount of work since we signed the initial contract with them last year, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be increasing the level of commitment to our partnership alongside our national governing body.”

“Suffice to say, our work with Enrich and QPL focussing on the youth side of the game is one of our biggest achievements to date,” said Mel Piper, President of QuidditchUK. “The creation of the Youth Quidditch Group is what will take our sport to the next level, and create a sustainable future and constant talent stream. Quidditch has already made such a positive difference to many children, providing an active outlet for those not interested in mainstream sports, and a way into reading for those already engaged in sport.”

“The last twelve months have clearly shown a huge appetite for quidditch, from schools and young people across the country. Quidditch is perfect for enhancing a school’s sports premium offer and engaging all pupils in physical activity,” said Matt Vaudrey, Director of Enrich Education. “We are delighted to have entered into a new, long-term agreement with QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League. Some of the plans we have for the growth of the sport at a youth level are really exciting and will ensure that quidditch continues to contribute to sustainable improvements to the physical education, physical activity and sport on offer in schools.”

In the 2018 calendar year, a total of 58 schools and over 8400 young people participated in introductory quidditch events, in the North West of England. This number is set to double in 2019 and events will be taking place all over the country. The first ever regional school tournaments took place towards the end of 2018, and a national school competition is planned for the new academic year.

Development Cup Structure

The following information covers the competitive structure of Development Cup, and breaks down the tournament format which will be used throughout the weekend.

British Quidditch Cup Qualification

At the start of the season, QuidditchUK stated that the top two teams from Development Cup would receive unseeded spots at the 2019 British Quidditch Cup (BQC).

Due to Portsmouth Strikers withdrawing their intention to compete at BQC 2019 we have now added a third BQC spot at Development Cup, that will go to the winner of the 3rd-4th playoff on Day 2.

Due to the proximity of BQC to Development Cup, QuidditchUK will waive the BQC 2019 Team Fees for those three teams who qualify via Development Cup. Members will still be expected to pay the BQC player fee.

Teams that combine squads, or utilise auxiliary players according to the Development Cup Team Eligibility Policy are ineligible to receive BQC spots regardless of their final ranking of the tournament.

In the event that a team cannot, or does not wish to attend BQC, their spot will be awarded to the next ranked team from Development Cup.

Gameplay Structure

Day 1 – Pool Play

Teams will be drawn into groups of 3-5, with the final number and size of the groups dependent on the number of teams in attendance. These groups will each have a first seed, with the remaining teams randomly drawn into the group.

In order to determine seeding, the ranks of teams that competed at regionals will first be re-numbered to include only the Dev Cup teams. For example, Loughborough (17th at Northern) and Norwich (15th at Southern) will both be ranked 1 within their region, and so on. After this re-numbering the tiebreakers will be:

  • Regionals Rank
  • Average QPD/Match
  • Average Game Time/Match

Each first seed will be randomly drawn into a group. The remaining teams will then be drawn into groups from a single pot. Where a team would be placed in the same group as another team from the same club, that team will be re-drawn.

After pool play has completed on Day 1, teams will be ranked according to the standard QuidditchUK ranking procedures.

Day 2 – Competitive and Development Bracket Play

The exact structure of Day 2 will be released once a final number of teams for the tournament has been confirmed.

Based on Day 1 performances the tournament will split into a competitive bracket of 8 teams competing for BQC 2019 qualification, with the remaining teams playing development matches. The format will be designed in order to provide a minimum of two games on Day 2 for every team.

For any questions or queries, please get in touch here. www.quidditchuk.org/contact

President Melanie Piper Stepping Down

We’re sad to announce that Mel Piper has decided to step down at the end of the 2018/2019 season, after serving QuidditchUK as President for the last four years.

A respected and positive figure in the global quidditch community, Mel’s contributions to the sport have been felt both nationally and throughout the world. She is a constant champion of growth and development in the sport, and she helped it reach as many people as possible.

In her goal for quidditch’s growth, Mel implemented and supported the Development Cup 3 years ago, which has lead to large successes as many Development Cup teams have forged ahead to gain entry to European Qualification level tournaments this season. This is one of countless activities she had done during her time, both publicly and behind the scenes.

Her love and drive for young quidditch lead to a successful partnership with Enrich Education alongside the Quidditch Premier League; who have since introduced our sport to thousands of children throughout the United Kingdom with no signs of slowing down.

Patient, passionate, and always pouring herself into the community, Mel has been a consistent shining example of everything that embodies a quidditch player and volunteer. From first joining QuidditchUK as Teams Director in January 2014, then stepping into the President role in May 2015, her impact is nothing short of revolutionary.

Mel, for your many years of selfless volunteering, relentlessly positive attitude, and the hundreds of players you’ve impacted through your work, we thank you.

Mel will continue to serve as President until May 2019, however QuidditchUK has now opened applications for the President position on the Volunteers Page.

For those interested in applying, we strongly encourage to you to reach out to Mel Piper or Matt Bateman, to discuss the role and where you would like both the future of the President and the sport to go.

Applications will remain open until April 2019, to allow handover before the summer planning begins for the 2019/2020 season.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us –

www.quidditchuk.org/contact

Development Cup Information Announced

QuidditchUK are now able to release the player and team registration information for Development Cup happening on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019, at Salford Sports Village in Manchester.

Player Eligibility

Only certain players are eligible to compete at Development Cup. Please ensure you are familiar with our policies, as they will affect both your right to compete AND your eligibility to play for British Quidditch Cup qualification.

Team Rosters and Registration

Clubs must register their intention to compete by emailing events@quidditchuk.org – providing the names and number of teams they wish to send to Development Cup. We do not need rosters or registered players at this stage.

Clubs must register their intention to compete by Saturday, 9/02/19 at 21:00

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

Teams must complete these forms and submit final rosters by Saturday, 16/02/19 at 21:00

The team fee is £40.00 per team.

This fee will be charged to your club upon expiration of the Team Roster Deadline.

Player & Volunteer Registration

The player fee is £20.00 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 Development Cup, whether you are attending as a player, or a non-playing volunteer.

The deadline for players to fill out this registration form is Saturday, 16/02/2019 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 Monday, 18/02/2019 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.

Deadline Recap

Intention to Compete – Saturday, 9/02/19 at 21:00

Player Registration – Saturday, 16/02/19 at 21:00

Team Roster Deadline – Saturday, 16/02/19 at 21:00

Volunteer Registration – Monday, 18/02/19 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

QuidditchUK acknowledges the delays in announcing Development Cup, and therefore may be more lenient in certain appeals. However the expectation is that Clubs and Members stick to these deadlines as best they can, as we will not make allowances for simply missing dates.

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

Development Cup 2019 Location Announced

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Development Cup 2019 will be hosted at Salford Sports Village, in Manchester 2nd – 3rd March 2019. 

Salford Sports Centre is a sporting facility in Manchester complete with full athletic facilities. Development Cup will see use of both grass 3G pitches, changing rooms, floodlit grounds and indoor access for our athletes. Salford Community Sport is excited to work with QuidditchUK, and we’re looking forward to seeing our teams come together and compete.

Given the growth of QuidditchUK and our development level teams, it’s important that Development Cup 2019 reflects that growth with a high end sports ground.

As teams will be competing for British Quidditch Cup spots, it’s important that your club leadership make themselves familiar with the team and player policies surrounding eligibility for Development Cup 2019.

QuidditchUK Development Cup Policy

QuidditchUK EQT Eligibility Policy

QuidditchUK Club Transfer Policy

QuidditchUK would like to apologise for the significant delay in the announcement of this tournament – A previously organised venue in Wolverhampton was cancelled at the last minute by the venue. The cancellation happened immediately before the final written agreement had been set between the two parties.

Despite attempts, the timing of the cancellation prevented us from confirming another venue in a timely matter due to the holiday break. This coupled with the attention required of the upcoming European Qualifier Tournament resulted in the further delays to getting this out.

Nevertheless we are confident that Salford Sports Centre will be an excellent venue for Development Cup and future QuidditchUK events.

Due to the delay, QuidditchUK will endeavour to provide some leniency in team and roster deadlines in the lead up to Development Cup.

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

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