LSU Harry Potter & Quidditch Society
What is Quidditch?
Quidditch is a full contact, multi-gender sport. It was originally conceived at Middlebury College in the US in 2005, and has come a long way from its roots in our favourite book series. Capes and wands were quickly abandoned as quidditch evolved from a fan recreation into a sport in its own right. Players still ride a broom (no it can't fly!), which acts as a handicap as players must be upon their broom at all times. The objective of each position is also fairly similar to the original.
True to the original, there are 7 players on a team, and 4 positions to choose from.
The first position is chaser. The chaser's role is to try and score goals for their team, by putting the quaffle (a partially deflated volleyball) through the opposing teams hoops located at either end of the pitch. Each goal scored is worth 10 points. Chasing can be described as a cross between handball and rugby as a chaser may run with the ball, pass or score from anywhere on pitch, with any chaser from the opposing team allowed to tackle the person carrying the quaffle.
The second position is keeper. Keepers are very similar to chasers, in that they attempt to score with the quaffle. However, as their name implies, keepers are generally more defensive than chasers, and specialise in protecting their own hoops to stop opponents scoring. In game, keepers generally act as a fourth chaser. However, they are unable to be tackled or beat whilst they are in their own "keeper zone", an area that surrounds their set of hoops. They also tend to direct the rest of the team, giving tactical commands to both chasers and beaters.
The next position is beater. Beaters throw bludgers (partially deflated dodgeballs) at players on the opposing team to disrupt their play. When a player of any position is struck by a bludger, or "beat", they must immediately stop play, drop any balls they are holding dismount from their broom and return to their hoops. A player cannot interfere with play in any way until they have touched one of their hoops and remounted the broom. Beating is essentially dodgeball on brooms, but with far more freedom to move and more tactics to consider.
The final position is the seeker. The seeker's role is to catch the snitch. A snitch catch is worth 30 points in real quidditch, as the 150 point reward used in the books would make the snitch catch too unbalanced. The snitch is actually a tail (a tennis ball within a sock) which is attached to the back of the shorts of a 'snitch runner'. The seekers must engage this snitch runner in order to catch the snitch. The snitch runner may use many different methods to avoid seekers, ranging from running away to throwing them to the floor. Seeking is a very unique position, and has no similar counterpart in any other sport.
Quidditch goes far above and beyond any other sport when it comes to gender equality. Not only are all genders welcome, but there is even a '4 maximum' rule implemented in the game. As it implies, a team cannot field a team including more than 4 players of the same gender on a pitch at any time. Quidditch also recognises that people may not identify within the gender binary (Male and Female), and welcomes those people who do not. As already stated, this game is full contact, and unlike most other sports, recognises that gender does not necessarily equate to sporting ability. Those of you who come into this game expecting big, burly men to dominate may be surprised when they see even the smallest, cutest girls can floor people when they want to.
This sounds interesting, where can I have a look?
Practice is held every Saturday and Sunday 12.30-2.30pm at the Paddock Pitch, which is near the library. Feel free to come along at any point to watch or join in! We always welcome newcomers.
We have our Give-it-a-Go sessions on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 16th October!
22nd Oct - East Midlands Cup - 2nd place!
28th-29th Jan - Hateful 8 - 6th out of 8 of the best teams in the country!
11th-12th March - British Quidditch Cup - 9th out of 32!
17th October - East Midlands Cup - Finished 4th
31st October/1st November - Northern Cup - Finished 3rd
27th February - L Tournament - Finished 2nd
19th/20th March - British Quidditch Cup - Finished 7th
16th/17th April - European Quidditch Cup - Finished 13th
25th October - East Midlands Cup - Champions!
15th November - L Tournament - Champions!
7th March - British Quidditch Cup - Finished 4th
17th April - European Quidditch Cup - Finished 13th
8th/9th March - Northern Cup - Finished 4th
Upcoming Matches and Tournaments
21st October - East Midlands Cup, here on Paddock Pitch