How to Create and Manage Your Own Quidditch Team
Muggle Quidditch was founded by Middlebury College in 2005. Ever since then, J.K. Rowling's Magical sport has continued to spread to various colleges and universities worldwide. More than 250 colleges and high schools have formed their own competitive Quidditch teams and the number is still growing. Hence, the International Quidditch Association (formerly the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association was born, which supports each and every one of these teams.
Muggle Quidditch isn't just about running around with a broom between your legs! It's a direct contact sport that combines common skills from lacrosse, rugby, tag, and basketball. That's right! Direct contact meaning very full rules and a lot of kicking, tripping and tackling your opponents! This is IQA style Quidditch, with real brooms, real capes and real competition!
Quidditch is also particularly famous for its annual World Cups at Middlebury, Vermont, which brings over 20 universities and colleges together into one competition. The World Cup has been running for three years and well-known schools such as Harvard, UMass Amherst, Middlebury, McGill, Emerson, Boston University and Vassar have been known participants.
As the most recent team captain and president of the UMass Amherst Quidditch team, Kristina Moy can tell prospective leaders how to create and maintain an official Quidditch team. UMass Quidditch has been running since Spring 2008, and has gain much attention from the student body and local media. The team is continuing to expand with new and prospective members, which is great! It takes a lot of time and effort to get funding for events, equipment and merchandise for the team; and Kristina can point you to the best resources and strategies to use, especially for new organizations.
New and prospective Quidditch leaders will also learn the basic game play of IQA Quidditch, as well as how to set up your first official tournament and how to reach out to people about your team! UMass Quidditch has been known to help various high schools set up their own teams, and has even collaborated with Mount Holyoke College to help them create their first Quidditch team.
Interested in sweeping the nation? You've come to the right place. Find out more today! It's about meeting people, playing Quidditch, getting in shape, but most importantly having fun!
Kristina Moy is currently the team captain and president of UMass Quidditch (and has also been the former treasurer of the team). She will be graduating from her university in May, but is an active volunteer for the board of the International Quidditch Association. Kristina plays as Beater for her team and has organized not only a trip to Middlebury, VT to play in the 2nd and 3rd Quidditch World Cups, but also a big tournament featuring Yale University and Emerson College as competitors. Kristina also encourages some social events for her Quidditch team, such as visiting the Harry Potter Exhibition in Boston, and going to other Harry Potter events within the community.