What is Quidditch? A Guide to Major League Quidditch Players & Matches

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By: Lindsey Granger | Victor Padilla Posted: 12:19 PM, Apr 5, 2019 Updated: 11:09 AM, Apr 8, 2019

Once upon a time, a fictional sport played at Hogwarts turned into a game that we can all can enjoy. You might be wondering, what is quidditch?  Welp, we met with the President of ASU quidditch, Michelle Coen, to find out everything you need to know about college and major league quidditch.

 

1. What is Quidditch?

 

The first thing to know is that college and major league quidditch is a real sport! “It’s been around for about 12 years,” informs Michelle. But what exactly is it? Michelle says it’s a mix between rugby, dodgeball and basketball.

 

2. Quidditch Matches

 

Players even nationals and world cup matches! “Every year we have nationals,” explains Michelle. “This year’s is in Round Rock, Texas. And then every two years we have the world cup; last year it was in Italy.” But the game is not exactly like the film, so don’t expect to see them soaring on brooms any time soon. “That’s the first question I get asked – do you fly? And I say no we don’t,” shares Michelle. But they do use PVC pipes to practice, and real brooms in big games!

 

3. Quidditch Players

 

Next, learning how to play competitive, major league quidditch is kind of tough – so it’s important to know that everyone has a role.

Quidditch Chaser

Chasers wear white headbands, and these are the folks who score by shooting the quaffle – aka volleyball – through the hoop.

 

Quidditch Keeper

The second position is keeper. They wear green headbands and defend the hoops, so they’re kind of like a goalie.

 

Quidditch Beaters

Then you have beaters. Beaters wear black headbands and use slightly deflated dodgeballs called bludgers.

 

Quidditch Snitch

A snitch is a player who wears yellow shorts with a tennis ball attached to them! To catch a snitch, you have to pull the tail. And only seekers can catch snitches.

 

4. A Sense of Humor is a Must

 

And finally, whether you’re playing college or major league quidditch, to play this sport you have to have a sense of humor! “You’re playing a made-up sport and you have to laugh about it,” insists Michelle. There’s also a learning curve to running with a broom between your legs. And it may look funny, but these things are tough to hold up.

 

Is your brain spinning yet?! We know – this is a lot of info to take in, but once you get the hang of it, it’s super fun!

 

As you can see, this sport isn’t just for wizards anymore. Fans of the Harry Potter series have adapted the sport for the real world, and now you know the basic fundamentals.

 

If playing this sport isn’t for you, there’s still another way you can get involved: donate! Help ASU Quidditch attend regionals and nationals by contributing to their fund here.

 

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