They call me..."Red Card".



*bangs head against desk*

The IQA can’t please everybody all the time, people. You can call me an IQA fanboy if you want (protip: I’m not). But really, it’s like they CAN’T win. Ever.

Yes, Canadian teams, I get that you’re upset. The announced World Cup date is near your…

I don’t like the date, because its forcing me to move our tournament that we’ve had set in stone so that teams can go to the world cup. Which is a huge hassle because it takes a good 2-3weeks away from regular season and forces teams to finish faster. It also makes Jackie mad at me. xD So that sucks lol.

Why don’t they make it right after when exams are. like mid-late May. Teams are already going to travel crazy hours to get there, so doing it after school ends doesn’t seem that bad to me. It’s not like a regular game where you expect to travel 2 or 3 hours. Most teams are going to be traveling a minimum of what…6? (besides south teams) Probably more travel 15 plus.

Alright, so maybe I DO need to go into why a later date is bad.

First off, the time for American semester schools that World Cup would be falling. It’s pretty hard to find a weekend in May or June that ISN’T either a finals week or graduation week during those two entire months. There’s a difference between telling someone they’ll have to study on the plane, and telling them they’ll have to skip graduation.

Now, for those that have already graduated, school’s out, etc…now your team’s all over the country. Generally, teams would hate this, because teams want to meet as often as possible in the weeks preceding a major event such as the World Cup. Instead, teams might be going into the World Cup having not practiced at all in 3-4 weeks.

Aside from that, most teams try to fundraise money to get plane tickets for their players to all attend together (group discounts and such). But if they’re coming from everywhere, that’s out the window. Round-trip tickets from all over the country, various different prices for those tickets, no group discount, teams having to give players money directly and HOPING that the money is spent on quidditch…huge mess.

And as a last point…April is April. Mild, calm, nice. May? June? July? HOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. OH MY GOD, HOT HOT HOT. I just got done playing a tournament in 90 degree heat. Not recommended, people. Avoid this option when possible.

So that’s that. Now, in regards to your tournament conflict woes…I mean, the IQA has been saying “mid-April” for months now. Did you think they were kidding? Also, if this is regionals you’re referring to, then keep in mind that even though regionals games don’t count as regular season games, the regular season does not end when your regionals do. There will be a specifically announced date from the IQA when all attending World Cup teams must have their 5 official games done by. And if you’re not referring to regionals, well then that tournament IS part of the regular season. And in terms of it being a hassle…well yeah. But at least you’ve still got probably 8-9 months until the tournament to just find a new date. You should be fine.