USQ Season Ends and Decision Pending on World Cup

In these hard times, COVID-19 affects even Muggle quidditch in the United States. On March 13, US Quidditch posted an announcement about temporarily suspending its 2019–20 season but ultimately decided to end it. That means also canceling the 2020 US Quidditch Cup.

There have been many discussions with directors, staff, and partners in Charleston, South Carolina, about this season, and there was also an option for postponing the event, but then they decided that this season will be ended. There have been a lot of changes and stress in our lives, and they don’t want anyone to have to worry about whether this event will happen or not. Executive Director Mary Kimball says she is sad USQ will not be able to host the Quidditch Cup this year:

Given the nature of our sport and the current state of things, there’s no safe way for us to have this event. Moreover, there’s a lot of uncertainty right now as to when the coronavirus outbreak might get better in the US (and also the rest of the world).

After the 2019–20 season was ended, USQ decided to open registration for the 2020–21 season.

 

One male chaser in white jersey trying to score quaffle, one other male chaser as support on left, two chasers (one female) from opposite team in blue jerseys trying to block him, one female beater in blue jersey on left, one male beater lying on the ground on right

Credit: Vowels Photography

 

In the meantime, the rest of the quidditch world has another question: What will become of the IQA World Cup?

This tournament should happen in Richmond, Virginia, July 18–19. It’s not clear if the event will really be held. There are three options:

  • The event will happen as planned.
  • It will be postponed to another year (summer of 2021).
  • Everything will be canceled.

The International Quidditch Association should make a final decision and make a public announcement about the event on April 15.