LSU Harry Potter & Quidditch Society
What is Quidditch, and why should I care?
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. However, certain elements of J.K Rowling's brainchild are still in tact within its real life counterpart. 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.
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.
How do I play?
True to the original, there are 7 players on a team, and 4 positions to choose from.
The first position is chaser. The chaser in real quidditch differs very little from its ancestor. The chaser's role is to try and score goals for their team, by putting the quaffle (a partially deflated volleyball) into the quidditch hoops. Each goal scored is worth 10 points. Chasing can be described as a cross between handball and rugby.
The second 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 and return to their hoops. A player cannot interfere with play in any way until they have touched one of their hoops. Beating is essentially dodgeball on brooms, but with far more freedom to move and more tactics to consider.
The next 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 the hoops.
The final position is the seeker. The seeker's role is the same as it has always been in the books, to catch the snitch. A snitch catch is only worth 30 points in real quidditch, as the 150 point reward used in the books would make the snitch catch too unbalanced. However, seeking in real quidditch has always been its most unique and interesting trait. Obviously, the seekers cannot chase a small flying ball around. The snitch ball therefore, is a tennis ball within a sock, which is attached to 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.
This sounds interesting, where can I have a look?
Practice is held every Wednesday 1-3pm and every Saturday and Sunday 12.15-2.30pm 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 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th October!
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
22nd October - East Midlands Cup
12th/13th October - Northern Cup