Each member team receives one vote; please have your designated coach or captain place vote after consulting with the team. Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, May 27. .
Long Beach Funky Quaffles, Long Beach CA, USA
Scottish Highland Games by UCF, January 18-19, 2014, Winter Springs FL
The IQA Sportsmanship Award goes to the team that has demonstrated an overall commitment to sportsmanship through fair play, generosity and integrity. The team accepts both victory and defeat graciously and holds a great respect for competitors, teammates, officials and fans alike.
1.We have a great relationship with nearby teams, and we like to invite them over to our campus for both scrimmages and post-scrimmage ice cream outings!
2.Though we are very approachable and friendly with other teams, we also have a strong drive to improve our game and grow to become a threat at next year's regionals and world cup.
The support of both the IQA and our university often seems distant as we struggle to come up with sufficient money and players to participate in tournaments and conventions. Winning this award would boost team morale and university participation in the sport. It will authenticate the sport of quidditch for the Evanston community and help us establish a respected position at Northwestern. It will reward our most committed players in a way that our team can not express due to our current position. It represents hope, that we can be recognized for the qualities that make us such a motivated and tight-knit team, rather than because we run around with sticks between our legs. And I know that the hope it will give us and the idea that this award represents will be a constant reminder to continue to live up the standards of the IQA and do what we do best — play quidditch!
1. They play fair.
2. They take their wins and losses with pride and integrity.
3. They never hesitate to create friendships with rival teams.
They're a small group of friends that is more like a family. They have great attitudes and love to reach out to the community. Well-rounded and humble, they take each win like hard-earned champions. Truly the cinderella story of the South region, they deserve the Sportsmanship award for always holding a great respect for ALL teams.
Texas A&M Quidditch, College Station TX, USA
They might hit hard, but they do it to their safest ability. They treat every team the same on the pitch, and play with the most integrity a team can have.
1.They truly exemplify what it means to win and to lose graciously.
2. This team plays fairly and with integrity.
3. This team is respectful towards teammates, opponents, fans, and officials.
It's been quite a rocky year for the Fliers both on the pitch and off. The beginning of the season brought about events that were enough to break any team apart, but in the face of adversity the Fliers stuck together and became stronger as a team and as friends. Losing their first two tournaments of the season to their sister team Northern Colorado University, the Fliers stayed motivated and went into Western Cup with dreams of qualifying. Heading into World Cup pegged as the "heart" team by none other than Mitch Cavender, the Fliers brought every piece of that heart onto the pitch upsetting University of Miami and making it to the bracket play. While the Fliers weren't on the pitch they were at the games of the other teams of their bracket to show their support to their opponents. Leaving the World Cup and ending the season the Fliers did more than just play some great quidditch, they also showed how much heart they have and made the most of the quidditch community leaving with a lot of new friends.
The recipient of the Xander Manshel Award truly embodies the spirit of the IQA. By furthering the IQA’s mission of creativity, community and competition, this team has enabled the culture of quidditch to spread to a greater demographic while continuing to focus on its own competitive spirit.
1.Community - Increasing the amount of teams and games played in an area previously lacking due to team density.
2. Creativity - Coming up with interesting ways to be able to attend both regionals and almost World Cup on short notice.
3. Competition - their game has drastically improved, making a solid showing at MARC and giving up their chance at a a WC spot due to injuries
Rutgers University this season has truly stepped up its game in terms of playing many more teams and events. In this fashion it has brought New Jersey up in the regular quidditch discussions, further promoting growth in this state. The addition of their competitive element at this year's Mid-Altantic Regional championship was a refreshing blast of unknown that mixed up the placement for other more established teams. Additionally, they've been very hands-on with their own school, in an attempt to expand their local presence and stature.
1. Kidditch camps/fundraising through teaching children and younger players quidditch
2. Participating in school-related events for younger children
3. WCVII Sweet 16 team
The Skrewts are one of the most active teams in California. They never stop practicing to better themselves and they never shut anyone out of a practice. They work tirelessly to improve their athletic presence and at World Cup VII it paid off as the Skrewts were the only team in the West to make it to the Sweet 16. Aside from their competitive aims, the team helps the community by reaching out and helping children all around the Bay Area become involved in organized sports, which are known to help a child learn values such as sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and many others. The Skrewts do their best not only to be a sports team, but to be a part of the community that surrounds them, wherever they might be.
1. Great attitudes. I have attended many of their games for a reason; they never EVER say a bad word about their opponents, win or loss. They only focus on making the team better in the event of a loss, instead of focusing hatred towards the other team. They always happily shake their opponents' hands after each match with great attitudes.
2. They consistently try to involve their community in their events. They hold regular scrimmages to make the community aware of the sport.
3. Their team spirit is unlike any other. Their fan base is even better. They handle their wins and losses with humbleness, yet confident that their team played 100% with each game. I have never seen a team like this before.
They are an amazing team with great sportsmanship and an even better sense of humbleness. They embody the spirit of quidditch on and off the field, supporting smaller teams whenever they can. They will attend small tournaments hosted by smaller unknown teams just so they can help and create new friendships for the sake of the sport. The are true ambassadors for the sport.
1. A&M is one of the classiest teams of all the IQA.
2. They play hard but don't play dirty.
3. A&M respects all the opponents they play against on and off the field.
A&M deserves this award because they never brag about their wins or sulk in their losses. They always treat all quidditch players and officials with respect, and while it may be tough to play against them, it's a match you won't forget because of how well they handle themselves and respect their opponents, even on pitch.
1.Made the Round of 32 at World Cup VII.
2. Routinely participated in charity events at their school, such as the Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and Harry Potter Day (where they taught young kids how to play quidditch).
3.Played host to two major tournaments this year (SCQC D1 Fall Tournament, Gold Medal Invitational).
It's really hard to not be a fan of UCLA. They're great sportsmen, great competitors, and full of very well-respected members of the quidditch community. They don't berate refs or opposing teams, on or off the pitch. They always play to win, but never resort to dirty methods to do so. They consistently give back to their community in the form of participation at charity events. They are always the first to offer to host a tournament if a location is needed. They exemplify every day the vision of what a quidditch organization should be.
1. Creativity: They came up with one of the most popular items in the community - trading cards - and continue to improve on them, as well as the annual signature event, Snow Cup.
2. Community: The Crimson Fliers are continuously helping teams in their area and beyond - they drove to Idaho just to help the Moscow Manticores learn quidditch, they went to Utah State to help them get their team started, and they have mentored a high school team for over a year now.
3. Competition: Even though they are isolated, they make an effort to travel to different tournaments in order to get their membership games in, as well as to practice so that they can compete at regionals.
The Utah Crimson Fliers deserve the Xander Manshel Award because there are few teams that can claim they exhibit creativity, community, and competition to the same extent that they do. The Crimson Fliers embody what the IQA stands for and deserve recognition for their efforts. You will be hard-pressed to find a more fun-loving and hardworking team.
This award goes to a first-year team that has demonstrated impressive leadership and substantial growth. It has already substantially contributed to the thriving IQA community by participating in and hosting events and has also interacted with its community through social outreach.
1. Consistent contributing member to CQC (conference) level activities
2. Competitive team roster well crafted around solid member base
3. Team poised to attract much larger member base with its successes
Though App State technically unofficially existed last season, the state then and the state now are different enough that this felt like an inaugural year for them. The team is very active in conference level events, and has traveled across state lines to play at other teams and tournaments for experience. With solid tournament showings and having already attracted strong members for their roster, App State looks to be on the blocks for a team looking to go places next season.
1. One year old team
2.Took 3th place at European Regionals
3.Hosted "Brussels Muscles Invitational" when only 5 months old
I have seen the team growing a lot. And as starting team, we probably have done the most in
Europe this season. We started in the summer of July 2013,
with only 2 to 3 players. Soon other players started joining in. We pushed the Belgian quidditch and another team got started. In November 2013, we hosted the first European tournament
of the season. We were not the best team there, so we tried getting better. Brussels, the home city of the team, did become the host of European Regionals, and we were stoked. After an important win versus Barcelona Eagles, we got top seed for day 2. We won versus the 2nd Belgian team in quarter finals, and so we qualified for World Cup VII. We lost versus the later champion Oxford Chimeras, but won in the game-for-bronze versus Lunatica QC.
1. They dominate each game.
2. They always have fun, on and off field.
3. They are lead by a strong leader with a great attitude and high respect for other teams.
Florida's Finest is a combination of A-List players from the South. Yet with all this talent, humbleness and sincerity are never forgotten. With a pink flamingo as a mascot and vibrant orange jerseys that dominate the pitch, this team not only has fun, they also mean business. For a first year team, Florida's Finest advanced onto the Sweet Sixteen at WCVII, further than any other South team. Amazing players, amazing personalities.
This team deserves the First Year Survival award more than any team I've come across, though I believe "First Year Domination" is a more appropriate title for this group of flamingos!
1.They practiced in three different cities and had two rounds of tryouts throughout the year.
2. They made it to the to the final four of the Southwest Regional.
3. They made it to the elite eight at World Cup.
Starting from nothing, at their first tournament they outshined the majority of the teams. They are lead by graduates from Texas universities and performed at an elite level from the start of the season.
1. This was their first year as a team
2. Qualified for World Cup where they advanced to bracket play
3. Represented the sport of quidditch through their sportsmanship, pursuit of excellence, and swag.
With fantastic community teams like the Skrewts, Lost Boys, and Black Tips you wouldn't think there wouldn't be any talent left in the state of California, but this year the Long Beach Funky Quaffles proved that they could come from nowhere and make an impact in the West. With exceptional leadership, raw talent, and a hefty dose of SWAG, LBFQ was able to hit the ground running this season and prove that passion and commitment are as useful as experience in our young sport. At Western regionals LBFQ snagged a World Cup Bid, and as a team made the gruesome trek coast to coast to North Myrtle Beach where they advanced to bracket play.
1.) The team played in 15 games over the course of the 2013-2014 season (4 official and 11 unofficial) posting a 3-12 record. It joined the Three Rivers Conference as a founding member.
2. WVU Quidditch hosted two events this past season. In October, the team held the first IQA official match in West Virginia when it played Ohio University on WVU's campus. On April 12, the team hosted the Back-Broom Brawl.
3. WVU Quidditch was very active in the WVU and Morgantown, WV communities. The team was featured in two articles in the student newspaper (The Daily Atheneum) and numerous blogs throughout the year. The team participated in several community service projects such as walking service dogs in training for Hearts of Gold, an organization that trains dogs for people needing mobility assistance, handed out candy to children at WVU's annual 'Trunk or Treat', and participated in Relay for Life. At that event, the team designed custom henna tattoos which raised over $100 for cancer research. Finally, the team co-hosted a Yule Ball along with Mountaineer Catholics and the WVU Swing Dance Club that was well-received in the campus community.
The Quidditch Club of West Virginia University has come a long way in its first year of IQA membership. Over the past year the team has built connections throughout the quidditch community by playing in and hosting matches and events. WVU Quidditch has built a solid foundation to remain an active and competitive in quidditch for the long term and to make significant contributions to the community.
1. Rutgers University became official this year, and has already qualified for World Cup.
2. Rutgers hosted an early, unofficial tournament in the fall for local teams with new players to help new players enter the community. Rutgers also hosted an official tournament last March, and is planning a Mid-Atlantic fantasy tournament for this summer.
3.Rutgers has volunteered teaching kidditch with the Girl Scouts in the area, as well as volunteering to help Montclair, SJ Hellhounds, and the NJ Nargles setting up their teams (both Montclair, Hellhounds, and the Nargles are currently unofficial).
Despite having difficulties with their school administration, Rutgers has proven to be dedicated players and hard working. In that year, they have made an effort to become very involved with the quidditch community. They are a part of the Big Apple Quidditch Conference and they have hosted two tournaments (one unofficial) over the year. Rutgers has immediately offered aid to any team they heard of needing it. They helped train the Horn Tailed Horcruxes with tackling before regionals, and offered to help Montclair, Hellhounds, and the Nargles as the teams are forming. Rutgers is dedicated and driven, and truly deserving of recognition for all of their hard work put in this year.
1. Made it to IQAWCVII.
2. Beat most Canadian teams.
3. Have a positive win:lose ratio.
We demonstrate skill, sportsmanship, athleticism, and superiority on the field. We also promote the sport of quidditch as a whole and as a competitive sport.
This award goes to the team that has achieved the most powerful visual and physical presence, otherwise known as #swag. With a combination of uniforms, banners, war cheers and facepaint, the recipient of this award has created a unique style and flare that distinguishes the team from all others.
1.They have the best jerseys in Europe
2. They all wore fake moustaches at Brussels Muscles Invitational
3. They're organising a tournament in September called "Barcelona Moustache Time
Some teams take it serious. And some teams take it serious, but add fun. And Barcelona Eagles is one of them for sure. On the first tournament past season, they all wore moustaches (and fancy kits) and still beat top teams like Paris Phénix. Now moustaches (or "bigotis" in Spanish) is their trademark and are even organising a tournament called "Barcelona Moustache Time". It's pure genius.
1.Their favorite pump up song: "Take On Me" by A-Ha
2. The team cheer: F WHO?! FQ!!!
3. The team motto: 1.) No Incest 2.) No Quidcest 3.) No Quorgies 4.) STAY FUNKY
The Funky Quaffles live up to their very funky name. When they walk in (with a literal swagger), you know they're gonna have a good time and look good doing it. Their motto is known throughout the IQA. Their
cheer is always the loudest on the pitch.
1. Sweet white Js, and the unveiling of them during the ready chant at Western Cup
2. Owners of the original g-blaster
3. Played said g-blaster at every tournament this year
We are unlike any other team in our determination to have a visceral presence both on and off pitch.
1.The Capitalists cheer: "Whose Street? WALL STREET!" The ironic use of this Occupy movement chant is most intimidating and swagalicious.
2. Our Flag: America's original Betty Ross Flag. Triumphantly raised high and waved by the one and only NYDC player and super fan: Mike "Bufar" Bufardeci. It is a staple of our sideline, and all who know of it can find us.
3.Horse and Unicorn shenanigans. On and off the pitch our two resident crazies liven up the time between games. Look ridiculous, perform pranks, and keep the entertainment flowing. So Swag, much fun, very equestrian
Although NYDC has only been around for a single season, our swag cannot be ignored. We have burst into the scene with an attitude like no other. Bringing each and all of our unique qualities together we have knitted together a blanket of #Swag so warm and thick that Paul Bunyan himself can sleep soundly at night. If I was granted more time and space to share the #Swag of NYDC, perhaps I could tell you more about our adventures in Ottawa, our perilous trip to Boston in a blizzard, freezing our limbs off in Leesburg, jumping into the frigid ocean in Myrtle Beach, and the many 'practice' weekends at Donnie Lynch's. Do the right thing, vote for the team that has so much #swag that it self declared itself as America's team.
3. Sexiest Team in Quidditch
QC Pitt has long been regarded as the sexiest team in Quidditch. As this is our nickname, we have to be considered for any award that gets close to that as possible. In addition to our sexy physiques, our uniforms get constant compliments. This includes our jerseys, which have garnered names such as Space Alligators and Laser Panthers. It also includes our socks which are a staple of the QC Pitt team and are a tradition that we have kept in our uniforms since the formation of the team all the way back in the cape wearing days. QC Pitt is the definition of #swag.
1. #swag is defined in the nomination criteria as a unique style and flare that combines many aspects of the team’s image. TC Frost has excelled in many of these in both traditional and inventive ways, from their chill jerseys that were well received at World Cup,
2. awesome cheers that spoof great 90s hits
3. self decoration (can anybody say knit scarves and henna tattoos?).
For a team whose official IQA abbreviation is BRR, TC Frost has a lot of #swag in a lot of ways. The pre game "Ice Ice Baby" cheer practically created itself, but the spirit shines through in the players. The team worked together to make incredibly cool jerseys, complete with a custom snowflake, a multi-layered Minneapolis cityscape, and snowflakes in the POCKETS. On top of that, certain players got quidditch hoop and snowflake henna tattoos leading up to the event, while another knit a scarf with the team colors (it's cold in Minnesota). On the outside and the inside, TC Frost boasts extreme pride for the quidditch community as a whole, and there is no better measure of #swag. (Except maybe the snowflakes in their pockets...)
1. The uniforms.
2. The chants.
3. The style with which games are played. #swagalicious, #needWeSayMore?
Loud, proud, and undeniably stylish, all facets of the UMD team leave spectators and players alike with a memory that will last beyond just the season.
1. They have super awesome jerseys.
2. They have a cool banner.
3. They have lots of fun with a full cheering section and even a blue trombone.
1. Great turnout of fans at regionals.
2. Great personalities.
3. Awesome cheer.
Winthrop University has never failed when it comes to being great players with a humble attitude and optimistic perspective. Their fan base stayed out in the cold for two days straight to cheer on this team. Their chant, banners, posters, jerseys, and gear helped everyone at regionals remember who their hosts were: an amazing, humble team.
This award recognizes the impressive efforts of an IQA team in the realm of community service. The team demonstrates an eagerness to give back to its community and a willingness to use the magical realm of quidditch to affect change in the real world.
1) Played charity Quidditch games with high school students at Massapequa High School to benefit The Trevor Project. HUQ helped raise $700!
2) Participated in the 3rd annual "She's the First Danceathon" benefiting girls' educations in developing countries. HUQ sold bracelets and homemade wands, raising $2,849!
3) Sold butter beer at Hofstra University's annual Relay For Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. All sales were donated and HUQ raised $83,000 with help from the Hofstra and local communities.
We have given back to the community that has provided so much for us. Between last season and our current season, we have received tremendous support from our school and local communities through our Indiegogo campaigns, tee shirt fundraisers, and golden snitch fundraisers. There's nothing more worthwhile than giving back to the people who have helped your club prosper and develop into what it is today. On the front page of the IQA website, it mentions that quidditch is not only a sport but that it's also empowering future leaders. By attending charity events like at Massapequa High School, the danceathon, and Relay For Life, we are demonstrating strong leadership skills by encouraging support and love for those who need it most.
Syracuse University Quidditch hosted the King’s Cup tournament on April 12, 2014, where 100 players came together for a mercenary tournament to support national charities. Each team
1. Humble champions.
2. No hesitation in helping the quidditch community grow.
3. Using their fame to help local teams get more exposure.
Miami has always had a great reputation amongst currently established teams. They have great attitudes on and off the pitch, and are fair when they play. They never hesitate to help smaller teams and are eager to help their community grow. They are reigning two-time regional champions, and they use this title for good.
This award commemorates the most successful quidditch tournament run by a team or group of teams (not the IQA administration), based on funds, gameplay and community integration.
4 volunteers, 8 mercenary teams, 150 spectators.
It brought quidditch to an area of Connecticut that it normally would not be a part of (and was run at the same time as a kids basketball tournament, exposing those kids). The tournament was run extremely well and did an amazing job of bringing the quidditch community together. It brought people into contact from different parts of the country that otherwise never would have met each other.
28 volunteers, 14 teams, 200 spectators
Texas State hosted lSU and OU, as well as people who drove in to film and ref. The event was in the Austin and San Marcos papers. Teams from several states and two regions participated, everything ran on time and everyone spoken to wanted to save their spot for the following year. As a result, the team has had people contact them and come out to watch a learn all the rules. Since then, they have had two more meet and greets where they taught people how to play.
Dunk City Invitational was an invitation in itself to the community to showcase the region's powerhouse teams. Teams showed excellent displays of athleticism, skill, and sportsmanship.
30 volunteers, 12 teams, 100 spectators.
What made this tournament stand out was the tournament organizing team; the tournament ran ahead of schedule both days. Having a two-day tournament with merchandise, 3 marked pitches, referee certification and a great crowd from locals and the 12 teams made this tournament a stand out for the Southwest Region.
5 volunteers, 16 teams, 50 spectators.
This event was very successful for it brought together both the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic Regions in a very competitive tournament. Gameplay went off without a hitch and even though teams dropped out and the date had to be changed late into the planning, the staff was able to pull together and create the most competitive tournament for the two regions in the fall semester.
This event was held on UMD's homecoming game. The fields that the event is held on is right next to a parking lot that is huge for tailgating. Many football fans and Maryland students wandered by/into the event to try and figure out what this sport was and how it was played. Many times we answered questions and facilitated the growth of knowledge to outsiders to the sport.
70 volunteers, 150 players, 100 spectators.
This event created awareness for quidditch, the IQA, and the hosting team by bringing together players from all around the country and even from Canada to participate in a winter mercenary tournament. Because of the huge popularity of this event, everyone in attendance spread the word through social media, the local news stations spread the word through broadcasting, and the event attracted new interest and respect for the sport of quidditch and the athletes who participate in it.
This year, the fourth annual installment of the original winter fantasy tournament exceeded expectations and reached new heights. Mercs traveling to the tournament from out of region had access to free housing and many of the players arrived to the tournament early to hang out with fellow quidditch friends and get ready for the tournament. This year was the first time the tournament was played indoors and it attracted a lot of attention from the local media as shown in Video 1. This tournament brings together players from all over the country and Canada but unlike other tournaments, this tournament has a very strong social aspect to it, as illustrated in the following Video 2.
This award commemorates the most successful quidditch community social event of the year run by a team or group of teams (not the IQA administration) based on funds, community integration and FUN!
20 volunteers, 4 teams, 500 spectators
For the first time this year, quidditch was invited to join the Central Florida Highland Games! An annual event that celebrates Scottish culture, the weekend involves thousands of attendees, performers, and vendors. Scottish music, including that by bagpipe marching bands and the contemporary rock musicians occupying the stage, were in attendance, as well as vendors of all types selling cultural foods, artistry, and clever t-shirts.
Four teams played for the enjoyment of event attendees and in order to drink homemade butterbeer from the ceremonial Quaich, a traditional Scottish two-handled drinking cup. The Sunrise Spellcasters, a local kidditch team from Sunrise Elementary School, ran kidditch events for participants. Over 50 children, with the help of the Spellcasters, learned the rules and joined the university teams for relaxed play.
10 volunteers, 120 attendees
$750 gross revenue, $300 net revenue
People from all over the country put down their broomsticks to unite as a community for the sake of having a good time in celebration of a hard fought day on the pitch.
This award commemorates the most successful fundraiser for a quidditch team based on creativity, awareness and funds raised.
Indiegogo Campaign by NYDC Capitalists
Gross revenue $1,934, net revenue $1,857
Personal water-boys, poets, and cheerleaders made for one of the more creative indiegogo incentives sets seen in a long time. It was very evident that the talents of much of their team were leveraged to make an incredibly diverse and fun set of rewards, which in turn helped them reach their fundraising goal.
Gross revenue $5,000, net revenue $2,500.
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