Challinor Resigns as QuidditchUK Events Director

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of Tom Challinor as Events Director of QuidditchUK.

Tom has been of paramount importance to running our flagship events for the past three years, starting as Tournament Director at Northern Cup in 2015 and the British Quidditch Cup in 2016. He has been a key figure in running all tournaments since then, from being an extra committee hand to a more advisory role at our fifth BQC last month. In this time we have increased to four events a season of constantly higher quality, something that wouldn’t have been possible without his hard work.

We would like to thank Tom for all his work within QuidditchUK, and wish him well in his future endeavours. He will officially be stepping down after Development Cup leading into the handover of the position.

The position of Events Director is now open, please visit www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer for more information and details on how to apply.

Velociraptors QC Become First Team to Retain British Quidditch Cup Title

This weekend the 32 best teams from across the UK competed at Brookes Sport, Botley, Oxford for the title of national champion. After two days of incredible, competitive matches, Velociraptors QC fought their way to their second consecutive BQC title, beating out Warwick Quidditch Club in the final.

The final was a tense and close fought game with only four goals scored throughout. It was Ben Morton who secured the title for the Raptors with two excellent snitch catches first to take the game to overtime, and then again for the win.

Velociraptors QC’s path to the title:

Group Stage:
Velociraptors QC 130 – 40* Swansea Swans
Velociraptors QC 180 – 50* Sheffield Squids
Velociraptors QC 160 – 50* Portsmouth Horntail Strikers

Championship Bracket:
Velociraptors QC 180* – 20 Tornadoes Quidditch Club
Velociraptors QC 100* – 0 Bristol Bears
Velociraptors QC 70* – 50 Werewolves of London
Velociraptors QC 70** – 30°° Warwick Quidditch Club

In the third place playoff Werewolves of London defeated Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts taking the bronze medal with a 110* – 30 victory, whilst Chester Centurions were the winners of the Consolation Bracket defeating Manchester University Quidditch Club 60* – 40 in the final.

For the first time in BQC history there was also an award to recognise teams who go above and beyond to ensure the tournament runs smoothly. Liverpool Quidditch Club were presented the “Award for Most Excellent” for their outstanding willingness to volunteer and help out wherever possible.

We would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen, especially the tournament committee, the referees and the volunteers both playing and non-playing. Without you the tournament wouldn’t have been such a huge success.

Full results from both days and final standings can be found here.

Many thanks to sportsactionphoto.co.uk for the photos.

Team UK Expansion Squad 22/03/2018

Following careful selection across the last few months, QuidditchUK are pleased to confirm the players that currently hold a place in the Team UK Expansion Squad. For more information on the role of Expansion Squad and how players are chosen, please consult our Team UK Expansion Squad Objective.

The Team UK Expansion Squad has recruited new staff to help with the delivery of the training and it’s remit. The following players and volunteers currently hold a space in the Team UK Expansion Squad:

Coaches Keepers Chasers Beaters Seekers
Jay Holmes, Head Coach Chris Scholes-Lawrence Ben Honey Ben Guthrie
Dave Goddin, Assistant Head Coach Elliot Fisher Caleb Pakeman Chris Thomas
Tommy Morgan, Quaffle Coach Mat Croft Jack Kohli Christo Cole
Asia Piatek, Quaffle Coach Joe Kernaghan Gabri Hall Rapa
Dan Trick, Beater Coach Lewis Dixon Iain
Keenan
Lewis Boast
Alice Walker, Beater Coach Mike Lewis Mikey Orridge
 Judith Ballinger, Squad Coordinator Olly Barker Nat Welham
Rudi Obasi-Adams Tayyeb Ali
Steve Withers Anna O’Gara
Tommy Ruler Emily Hymers
Anna Rowe Franky Kempster
Chloé Hemingway Carina Werner
Chloe Smith
El Zukowicz
Ellinor Alseth Opsal
Emily Arnold
Hannah Garland
Hannah Ridley
Katie Dickens
Lydia Calder
Rosie Inman
Samantha Frohlich
Tua Karling

 

Head Coach Jay Holmes said:

I can’t wait to work with the new set of players and it I feel like we’re combining the old school with the new school and getting the best of both worlds. I am sure in time some of these players, especially the ones from small market clubs, will be able to become some of the best players we’ve had in the UK. The focus with this new set of expansion players has been athleticism and potential and I know we have a set of players that are going to work themselves hard to be the best.

I think we can all feel a lot of changes happening in quidditch and I am confident these players hold a bright future for Team UK and I am ready to support them. I’m hoping the rest of the community can get behind these players and help to cherish their growth over (hopefully) the next two years.

We’re putting a huge emphasis on tracking, scouting and statistics to try and gather the most efficient way to teach and improve our players and push in similar ways that football, basketball and american football have to see patterns and trends in players and use these to our advantages. Expansion squad is something that means the world to me and I know that these players have the drive to continue to make the squad the best it can possibly be. They are ready to learn, ready to improve and most importantly, ready to trust the process.

British Quidditch Cup 2018 Tournament Format and Structure

Format and structure

The tournament will follow a fixed bracket structure following on from last year’s BQC format, but with a slightly altered structure to encourage more competitive games in the latter stages of the tournament.

BQC 2017’s fixed bracket structure was very well received in comparison to the QPD/min ranking format used at this season’s Northern and Southern Cups. However, feedback indicated that a significant number of attendees felt the latter stages of the tournament were not as competitive as they could have been, and that the structure did not result in the best teams contesting the final.

Following up on this, it has been opted to use fixed seeds for pool play. This means that the pools are largely determined by rankings from regionals. This has helped allow for better planning of the fixed upper and lower brackets so as to prevent excessive rematches from regionals and ensure that the final games of the tournament are contested by the strongest teams in attendance.

There have also been some changes to the ranking system. BQC will revert to the ranking system used at last season’s event but with a few amendments. The alterations have been made to criteria that have previously encouraged ‘blowouts’ or excessively long games, and in some cases they have been fully removed. This is in keeping with the aims of QUK regarding gameplay moving forward.

Pool Play and Draw

Pools are fixed based on seedings from regional tournaments, with the exceptions of the 4th and therefore lowest ranked team in each group. Each group has a mix of Northern and Southern seeds and the lowest ranked teams will be drawn at random from two regional pots. Pot 1 will consist of the teams ranked 13th to 16th at Northern Cup 2017 (Nottingham Nightmares, Liverpuddly Cannons, Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds, Sheffield Steelfins). Pot 2 will consist of the teams ranked 13th to 15th at Southern Cup and the team ranked 17th at Northern Cup (Swansea Swans, Cambridge Quidditch Club, Bournemouth Banshees, Durhamstrang).

Group A B C D E F G H
Fixed Team 1 N1 N2 N3 N4 S1 S2 S3 S4
Fixed Team 2 S8 S7 S6 S5 N8 N7 N6 N5
Fixed Team 3 N9 N10 N11 N12 S9 S10 S11 S12
Drawn Team 4 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 1 Pot 1 Pot 1 Pot 1

Based on rankings from regionals, these are the groups as they stand prior to the final teams being drawn:

Group A B C D E F G H
Velociraptors QC HogYork Horntails Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts Tornadoes Quidditch Club Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts Werewolves of London Warwick Quidditch Club Bristol Bears
Portsmouth Horntail Strikers Exeter Eagles Radcliffe Chimeras London Unspeakables Bangor Broken Broomsticks Leeds Griffins Keele Squirrels Loughborough Longshots
Sheffield Squids Leicester Thestrals Manchester Manticores Chester Centurions Reading Knights Bristol Bees Falmouth Falcons Southampton Quidditch Club Seconds
Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 1 Pot 1 Pot 1 Pot 1

Bracket play

As with the pools, the brackets are designed so the highest ranked teams going into BQC should not meet each other until the latter stages of the tournament (barring major upsets). They are also structured to hopefully prevent the recurrence of too many repeat match-ups from regionals, although this is to an extent unavoidable.

The Championship and Consolation brackets:

And to demonstrate how the matchups are likely to progress, here is how it will go assuming the higher seed always wins:

Ranking Criteria

The ranking criteria for BQC 2018 will use the QuidditchUK Ranking Criteria with a few amendments:

1) The point differential is now capped at 90 QPD, down from 150 PD. This serves two functions:
Reducing the cap helps avoid extending games and playing to high win margins to achieve a greater final ranking, or rank within a group.
Ranking by QPD instead of PD avoids giving too much importance to snitch catches since they are already used as tiebreakers.
2) SWIM catches are no longer ranked above regular snitch catches in the ranking system, as this punishes teams for winning out of range. Instead, these criteria have been combined as ‘winning catches’.
3) ‘Quaffle points scored’ as a ranking criterion separate to point differential has been removed. Again, this is to discourage intentional blowouts.

These are the amended tiebreakers in effect to determine teams’ rankings at BQC 2018:

1. Select as appropriate:
1a. For Ranking Intra-Group: Number of Wins
1b. For Ranking Inter-Group: Group Position
1c. For Final Rankings: Stage of Elimination
2. Highest Quaffle Point Differential (QPD), with a maximum of 90 QPD able to be accumulated from any single game
3. Head to Head (where applicable)
4. Number of Winning Snitch Catches
5. Lowest Total Regulation Time Played
6. Fewest Red Cards
7. Fewest Yellow Cards
8. Fewest Blue Cards
9. Coin toss

When a tiebreaker is applied it should take into account all preceding stages of a tournament. I.e when a tiebreaker is used to calculate seedings for bracket play it should take into account all group play games, and when a tiebreaker is used to calculate final standings it should take into account all group play and all bracket games.

The tiebreakers will be used as the ranking criteria to determine seedings after group play and final standings once a tournament has completed. In the event a ranking leads to a rematch in bracket play, this will not be changed.

Note 28/02/18 21:50: This article was originally published with Leicester Thestrals, Chester Centurions, Manchester Manticores, Sheffield Squids errorneously in Groups A through D respectively, this has been rectified as so that it is Sheffield Squids, Leicester Thestrals, Manchester Manticores and Chester Centurions in Groups A through D respectively.

Note 28/02/18 22:15: The full groups have now been drawn and can be seen on the BQC event page.

2017/18 Regionals Final Results and Rankings

With Northern and Southern Cup gone for this season, we would like to offer congratulations to Velociraptors Quidditch Club and Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts for winning our Northern and Southern Cups respectively.

They, alongside the Werewolves of London and the Hogyork Horntails, will be representing the United Kingdom in the European Quidditch Cup being held in Pfaffenhoffen, Germany later this year.

All eyes now turn to the British Quidditch Cup, taking place in Oxford over March 24 & 25 – With the top 32 teams coming together for our annual national tournament.

You can find the full results and rankings from our regional tournaments below, including a full breakdown of scores, game times, and final results. Congratulations again to our regional champions and good luck to everyone going into the rest of the season.

Southern Final Rankings
1st Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts
2nd Werewolves of London
3rd Warwick Quidditch Club
4th Bristol Bears
5th London Unspeakables
6th Radcliffe Chimeras
7th Exeter Eagles
8th Portsmouth Horntail Strikers
9th Reading Knights
10th Bristol Bees
11th Falmouth Falcons
12th Southampton Quidditch Club Seconds
13th Swansea Swans
14th Cambridge Quidditch Club
15th Bournemouth Banshees
16th Bathilisks
17th Oxford Quidlings
18th London Unbreakables
19th Norwich Nifflers
20th The Flying Chaucers
21st Winchester Wampus
Southern Results Spreadsheet

Northern Final Rankings
1st Velociraptors Quidditch Club
2nd HogYork Horntails
3rd Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
4th Tornadoes Quidditch Club
5th Loughborough Longshots
6th Keele Squirrels
7th Leeds Griffins
8th Bangor Broken Broomsticks
9th Sheffield Squids
10th Leicester Thestrals
11th Manchester Manticores
12th Chester Centurions
13th Nottingham Nightmares
14th Liverpuddly Cannons
15th Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds
16th Sheffield Steelfins
17th Durhamstrang
18th St Andrews Snidgets
19th Glasgow Grim Reapers
20th Liverpuddly Catapults
21st The Derby Daemons
22nd Preston Poltergeists
23rd Northumbrian Ridgebacks
24th Manchester Minotaurs
25th Sheffield Sea Lions
Northern Results Spreadsheet

Summer Projects Summary 2017

Team UK Statistics
Things were busy at Stats HQ over the summer, which began with creating a list of all the data to be collected at European Games by discussion with the coaching team and split by positions (quaffle, beater, and seeker statistics). What could be done live and what would be taken from the footage was worked out, and the team ventured to Oslo to start the real work.
At European Games every Team UK game was filmed, despite slight difficulties in the earlier games due to unsatisfactory weather conditions, including main footage of the quaffle and occasionally beater play and a separate snitch cam. The data taken live included bludger control and individual beater accuracy. General information such as game time and cards given were taken from the scoresheets.
On returning to reality, the scrutinising of footage began. Each person was assigned two games to work on, and from the footage obtained and occasional reference to the livestream, the majority of the data aimed to be collected was achieved. A start was made on the planned fancy data presentation: some sick sub rotation graphs (thanks to Lucy) and a big informative spreadsheet compiling all the passing and assisting information (thanks to Rix) were both created.
Due to unforeseen factors such as life and university, not all the ideas such as gender sorted stats made it past the drawing board, but this potentially could be followed up on in future casual vacancy postings.
On the whole the project was a success, and the hard work will at least somewhat aid Team UK in their future endeavours. With good recruitment and much World Cup hype, this department could well be Team UK’s secret weapon in their aspiring conquest of Florence.

Communications
Within the Communications department, the Wikipedia pages for the British Quidditch Cup, Southern Cup and Northern Cup have been updated to include results from BQC 2017 and Northern and Southern Cup 2016. The next goal is to make updates to the QuidditchUK and Team UK pages.
The QUK website also saw its reincarnation to the shiny new website we have today, and includes new pages such as the Partners page. Research from volunteers like Laura Jamieson has produced pages on Team UK and the History of BQC (coming soon), as well as updating information on QUK’s audience, the press, the players and the general public. The goal of this work is to help readers understand and appreciate the role and history of Team UK and BQC, and recognise the UK’s involvement in the history of the sport, which becomes especially important as Quidditch in the UK continues to grow and mature.
So much has been achieved with the new website already, and next on the list are updates to the pages for Team UK, BQC, Southern Cup and Northern Cup.

BQC Committee Positions – 2017/18

The following positions are advertised for the British Quidditch Cup on Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th March 2018.The BQC Committee will be made up of at least 6 committee members.

Alix Marie d’Avigneau will joining QuidditchUK as Permanent Scheduling Coordinator given their excellent work with this year’s regionals events.

To facilitate communication with QuidditchUK (and in particular, the Events department), each committee member will subscribe to temporary membership of an appropriate department. It is hoped that this system will also make it easier for the tournament committee members to learn from the past experience of QUK volunteers and to solve issues more efficiently.
Each role has a stated estimate time commitment however this will vary week by week and will be higher in the immediate run up the event itself. Please see our volunteer page for more details on these roles and how to apply.

Tournament Director: Overall organisation of BQC
Assistant Tournament Director: Supporting the TD and committee; taking on leadership roles where required; liasing with the public, committee and volunteers
Operations Officer: logistics and finance including merchandise, venue and supplier and vendor coordination
Gameplay Coordinator: policy enforcement; dispute resolution; team administration
Communications Officer: internal and external communications; generating publicity; updating the community; coordination of event coverage (video, photography)

Announcing the Team UK Training and Expansion Squad

Following careful selection, QuidditchUK are proud to announce the Team UK Training Squad and Expansion Squad for the next training weekends. Coached by Emily Oughtibridge and Jay Holmes respectively, the Training and Expansion Squads will be training with the aim of making the final 21.

Congratulations to all that have been selected and we look forward to seeing what you achieve across the weekends!

Team UK Training Squad:

Andrew Hull
Seb Waters
Alex Greenhalgh
Tom Stevens
Ben Malpass
James Thanangadan
Aaron Veale
Ashley Cooper
Reuben Thompson
Luke Trevett
Ed Brett
Jemma Thripp
Jackie Woodburn
Abbi Harris
Bex Lowe
Franky Kempster
Tash Ferenczy
Asia Piatek
Sarah Ridley
Sophie Craig
Lauren Sterry
Bill Orridge
Jacopo Sartori
Jan Mikolajczak
Anjit Aulakh
Aaron Brett-Miller
Dan Trick
Lucy Q
Lucy Edlund
Jess O’Neill
Alex Carpenter
Alice Walker
Kerry Aziz
Nat A’Bear
Callum Lake
Jonathan Purvis

Team UK Expansion Squad:

Alex Macartney
Amy Chan
Ben Guthrie
Ben Honey
Caleb Pakeman
Callum Humphries
Chris Scholes-Lawrence
Chris Thomas
David Goswell
El Zukowicz
Elliot Fisher
Emily Arnold
Emily Hymers
Emma Sands
Gabby Fitzgerald
Gabri Hall-Rapa
Hannah Ridley
Hannah Watts
Imy Gregg
Jade Saunders
Joe Kernagan
Joel Davis
Jonathon Cookes
Kat Jack
Katie Dickens
Katy Lawrence
Lewis Boast
Lydia Calder
Michael Stakesby-Lewis
Ollie Brigden
Rachel Lily
Samantha Frolich
Steve Withers
Tayyeb Ali
Tom Norton
Tommy Ruler
Warren McFadyen

Emma Bramwell to Head Communications Department

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Emma Bramwell will be replacing Simon Bidwell as Communications Director. As part of this transition, Bidwell will be moving to the position of Technology Coordinator to give continued support to the development and growth of the new QuidditchUK website.

Moving from her role as Assistant Communications Director, Bramwell will now manage the Communications Department. The Department oversees the promotion of tournaments, clubs, and QuidditchUK in the form of social media and PR.

If you have any questions regarding the Communications Department within QuidditchUK, Emma can be contacted at communications@quidditchuk.org.

Development Cup 2018 to be hosted in York

Development Cup 2018 will take place on the weekend of 14th-15th April 2018 at 22 Acres in York.

After recieving several bids, 22 Acres, York, has been selected due to its great onsite facilities and quality sporting grounds, including high grade sports pitches, indoor changing rooms and accessibility to teams travelling from outside of York.

Bids to host Development Cup were also recieved from Wyncote Sports Ground, Liverpool, UCLan Sports Arena, Preston, Brookes Sport, Oxford, and Bath Recreation Ground, Bath. Wyncote Sports Ground andUCLan Sports Arena were considered strong candidates to host Development Cup 2018, but were eventually deemed unsuitable due to the cost to host and the availability to host at the proposed venues. Having already been chosen as the venue for the British Quidditch Cup 2018, Brookes Sport was also proposed as a potential venue for Development Cup 2018, however QuidditchUK felt it would be beneficial to host Development Cup at a different venue. Bath Recreation Ground proved to be an excellent venue to host Development Cup in the future with fantastic facilities on offer however due to the limited amount of space available during the Rugby season, 22 Acres in York proved to be a stronger location for the 2017/18 season.

For any enquiries regarding Development Cup 2018, please email events@quidditchuk.org.