Last month, the Midwest Regional Championships were held in Rockford, IL with admittance to play in Quidditch World Cup VII on the line. Since only fifteen eligible spots for the Midwest Region were available, pool play and bracket play were incredibly crucial to punch their ticket to the World Cup.
The WINNER of the Midwest Regional Championships: Bowling Green State University (BGSU) defeated the Kansas Jayhawks with a final score of 70* - 60. The BGSU caught the snitch to end the game as the Midwest Champions.
Joining the Jayhawks and BGSU at the Quidditch World Cup next April will be the following teams: Ball State University, Central Michigan University, the Crimson Warhawks, Grand Valley State University, Marquette University, Miami University at Ohio, Michigan State University Spartans, Ohio State University, TC Frost, the University of Michigan Wolverines, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri, and the University of Toledo.
Congratulations to all of the Midwest Teams advancing to the Quidditch World Cup.
Other recent tournament highlights include Emerson College defeating Tufts 160* - 30 to be crowned champions of this year’s Turtle Cup that took place at University of Maryland. And this past weekend, the Cowboy Cup took place in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Baylor University destroyed Oklahoma State University in the final match to be crowned champions with a 150* - 10 final score.
Upcoming tournaments this weekend include the Canadian Cup taking place in Toronto, Ontario. McGill University has been the sole champion of this tournament since its inception in 2011. Sixteen teams will battle to lay claim as the Canadian Quidditch Champion. Who do you feel will win this year? The top FOUR (4) teams will be granted a guaranteed spot on the Quidditch World Cup VII qualified team list.
For all of the IQA scores as they happen, be sure to follow IQAscores on Twitter.
In other Muggle Quidditch news, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) has reformatted the world standings algorithms to allow it to be more intuitive. There are four primary parts to the formula:
- SWIM (“Snitch When It Matters”)
- Strength of schedule
- Adjusted win percentage
For all the information on this new algorithm setup, head over to the IQA website right here.
Finally, make your plans NOW for what is sure to be an amazing Quidditch World Cup at North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex on April 5th and 6th. MuggleNet will be there, as we are for each World Cup, and this year’s matches will be the most intense Quidditch we have seen yet. Order tickets by heading over to the World Cup website right here.
For all of your travel arrangements for Quidditch, be sure to use All About Group Travel, the official travel partner of the IQA.
(*) - Denotes Snitch snatch
Posted by Keith on 11-08-2013 at 2:30 PM
The 2013 Muggle Quidditch season is well underway, and the upcoming weekends have quite a few tournaments for fans to attend.
Quidditch was founded in 2005 at Middlebury College by then-freshman Xander Manshel. Looking for a variation on their normal Sunday activities, Manshel and his friends laid the foundation for a game that has grown in leaps and bounds to become a widely respected, physically intense sport. Today, one of those friends, Alex Benepe - who is the current CEO and Co-Founder - has lead the sport to new heights as it is played by hundreds of teams across the globe. If you are looking to start a team, or see a match for yourself, then head to the International Quidditch Association's (IQA) website.
This Weekend - October 19th and 20th:
- Brotherly Love Cup - Philadelphia, PA (listen to the details on the latest MuggleNet Academia show)
- 3rd Annual Phoenix Cup - Oxford, OH
- Kansas Cup - Lawrence, KS
- MQC Meet - Boston, MA
- SBC Meet - Cortland - Cortland, NY
- SCQC Division 1 Fall Tournament - Westwood, CA
- 2nd Annual Wolf Pack Classic - Kenner, LA
- BAQC's Poison Apple Invitational - Hempstead, NY
- Battle of Saratoga Quidditch Tournament - Saratoga Springs, NY
- Sydney October Triwizard Tournament - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Next Weekend - October 26th and 27th:
Be sure to get involved and find out just how great the game of Muggle Quidditch is!
Posted by Keith on 10-18-2013 at 12:15 AM
The REAL sport of Quidditch has come such a long way over the last few years, and we want you to become a part of this expanding sport by helping to fiinsh this two-year documentary project on the game itself called Mudbloods by F. Nikbakht Sangari.
Mudbloods follows the UCLA quidditch team on their journey to the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City in 2011. The film is a culmination of two years spent documenting the fearless, bold individuals who dedicate their lives to the sport of Quidditch, including the entrepreneurial force behind the International Quidditch Association (IQA), the primary governing body of this fledgling sport.
You'll meet the guiding force behind the powerful UCLA team with Tom Marks. While this documentary tells the story of the journey to the Quidditch World Cup V in New York, we cannot forget that this UCLA team was in the Championship match at last year's World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida. They played an incredible match but fell to the University of Texas at Austin to finish runner-up.
You'll also spend time with Alex Benepe, the CEO and Co-Founder of the International Quidditch Association and the brains behind this rapidly expanding sport.
They've nearly locked picture and are now putting the finishing touches on the film. Mudbloods is the most comprehensive, emotional, and exciting portrayal of what it means to play Quidditch. As fans of the sport, MuggleNet is excited to see this final project!
However, as Quidditch players know, while you can be leading on the scoreboard the game isn’t over until you get the Snitch. This is where YOU come in. They need your support to finish the film in the most professional manner possible and to help them bring this story to as many people as they can.
Specifically, they need finishing funds. These go to supporting some new, important Mudlbood teammates – an amazing animator and a talented composer. And these funds also contribute to some of the most important components of the final film: graphics, color correction, a comprehensive sound design, and mix, as well as final mastering. The story is incomplete without these crucial final touches.
Head over to the Kickstarter website for Mudbloods to help finish this project with whatever you can contribute. Your donation is rewarded with some awesome prize packages, so check it all out now by going right here.
Posted by Keith on 10-17-2013 at 09:00 AM
MuggleNet SnitchCenter is definitely excited for this 2013-2014 Muggle Quidditch season to build momentum toward what will be the most exciting Quidditch World Cup in the history of the International Quidditch Association next April.
In order to qualify for the Quidditch World Cup, many teams will need to do well in their respective Regional Championships. The tournaments are scheduled to take place as follows:
- Mid-Atlantic: November 23-24 in Leesburg, VA
- Southwest: February 22-23 in Tulsa, OK
- Northeast: November 16-17 in Rochester, NY
- Oceania: November 30-December 1 at University of Western Sydney
- West: November 23-24 in Tempe, AZ
- Midwest: October 26-27 in Rockford, IL
- South: bids under review
- European: bids under review
- Eastern Canada: bids under review
ALL of the teams in each Regional Championship Tournament need your support. If you have not seen a Muggle Quidditch tournament, yet, be sure to check out one of the regionals near you. These are events that you will never forget!
Posted by Keith on 09-25-2013 at 1:00 PM
The 2013-2014 Muggle Quidditch Season is underway and MuggleNet's SnitchCenter is excited to cover the upcoming season. To help kick off the season, the University of Minnesota Gopher Quidditch team (@gopherquidditch), an OFFICIAL team of the International Quidditch Association (IQA), created this entertaining, educational, animated quidditch video explaining the concept of quidditch for those who are not familiar of the Muggle Quidditch version.
As we reported earlier, the Quidditch World Cup will be taking place in North Myrtle Beach, SC on the weekend of April 5th - 6th. There are new groundrules for the teams that will qualify for this coming year's World Cup, including the new dynamic that there will be 80 Division I teams and NO Division II teams competing. For all of the details on the new QWC VII layout, head over to the IQA website right here.
Posted by Keith on 09-10-2013 at 2:50 PM
The seventh annual Quidditch World Cup will take place from April 5th-6th at the brand new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in South Carolina. This venue has eight full size soccer fields each with an electric scoreboard, PA system, and benches for both players and spectators. Additionally, free onsite restrooms.
"'One of our main event goals is to produce a world-class competition where the needs of all athletes are highly prioritized,' said Sarah Woolsey, World Cup Tournament Director. 'We are reducing costs for teams as much as we can while continuing to increase the quality of service we're providing. We are working with all aspects of the World Cup to ensure a seamless and memorable experience for teams.'"
With the IQA'a new Stay & Play policy, teams that room in one of the participating hotels will recieve free parking, lower registration cost, and an unrestricted ability to bring food and drink into the sports complex. The hotels are located directly on the beach, within 15 minutes of the complex, and only 25 minutes from the airport. Suites with full kitchens are available for under $100 per person for two nights.
Will you be coming to the Quidditch World Cup in April to play or to spectate? Tell us in the comments below.
Posted by on 08-16-2013 at 9:20 PM