Major League Quidditch Releases Schedule for 2021 Season
In May 2020, the MLQ season was postponed; later, MLQ played only video games in MLQ Virtual. Now, MLQ hopes that it will be possible to hold the new season in the summer. The schedule for that has three phases. Which one of them will be used will depend on the pandemic situation.
Phase 1 is the most optimistic. The season will start on June 26, and the 2021 MLQ Championship will be held on August 22–23 in Howard County, Maryland. This decision was made because of the increasing number of total vaccines in the United States and decreasing infection rates. MLQ hopes that this won’t change and that Americans can safely play quidditch over the summer. The same applies to Canada, even though the vaccine distribution has been slower than in the United States.
The dates for Phase 2 are the same as in Phase 1; however, the difference pertains to MLQ’s two Canadian teams, based in Toronto and Ottawa (both in Ontario). In case cross-border travel is impossible or unsafe over the summer, the Ottawa Black Bears and the Toronto Raiders will play against only each other. As a consequence of this change, the Charlotte Royals will play in the East Division, and the North Division will have only four teams.
Phase 3 is the shortest schedule, with only two weekends with matches called SuperSeries. The first weekend will be held on July 31 and August 1 in Boston, Massachusetts, for the East Division and in Austin, Texas, for the South Division. The second SuperSeries will be held on August 7 and 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. In this phase, MLQ is also working under the assumption that cross-border travel might not be possible or safe, and the same changes to the division structure in Phase 2 could apply.
The decision to move from one phase to another will be made according to COVID-19 guidelines and MLQ’s own Return to Play Guidelines. These guidelines should be released later in the spring.
Together with the schedule, MLQ released information about tryouts for the 2021 season. There will be only video submissions instead of in-person tryouts. The requirements will be released on March 1.