USQ Northwest Regional Championship
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- Location: Starfire Sports Complex
- Address: 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, WA 98188
The collegiate and club quidditch teams of the Northwest will gather at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA to determine the regional champion. Seven top teams and over 140 players from four states and provinces - British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington - will all be in attendance. The top three teams will also qualify for the US Quidditch World Cup 8, to be held in Rock Hill, SC this spring. Real-life quidditch has swept the nation as an intense, gender integrated full-contact adaptation of the sport from the Harry Potter books, with more than 170 official teams, 4,000 players, eight annual championship events, and hundreds of thousands of fans. The sport is played with seven active players on each team: three chasers who attempt to move, pass, or score with the quaffle (a volleyball) by shooting it through their opponentsâ€™ three hoops, and two players who hurl bludgers (dodge balls) to temporarily knock opposing players out of the game. There is also a keeper to defend the hoops, and a seeker on each team to chase the snitch, a velcro tail attached to the shorts of a swift runner dressed in yellow. The game ends when the snitch is caught, and the winning team earns an extra 30 points, equivalent to three goals. Admission and parking for the tournament are FREE and open to the public for this all day event!