Geneseo students bring wizard Harry Potter's magical sport to life. Adapted for muggles – or non wizards — by running with brooms instead of flying on them, members of the intramural club have grown since they started the club in 2009. There are 21 members and the team won Butterbeer Classic in fall 2011.
They are members of the International Quidditch Association, which governs more than 1,000 clubs worldwide.
— By Matt Cavanaugh '12, Geneseo Quidditch vice president and coach
You can't play Quidditch without players, so recruit your friends. A full team consists of seven players:
(Don't forget to find an opposing team. You can't play Quidditch alone.)
The snitch is a neutral player, unaffiliated with any team. Their job: Don't get caught! They can run anywhere and use any means necessary to avoid being caught. Snitches are usually fast, dressed in yellow and hilarious to watch.
They are the main attraction to the game, so find someone with a good sense of humor.
The complete rulebook can be found online, along with videos and news about Quidditch. While the whole book can be technical, the general rules are pretty simple.
Chasers try to score through the hoops for 10 points, while keepers try to stop them. Beaters can throw bludgers at chasers, seekers or other beaters, and if a player is hit they must drop any balls they are carrying and go back to their goal posts. The seekers chase snitches and try to grab the flag off their back, and if successful score 30 points and end the game. Tackling can be including in the game, in which case read the rulebook for details, or avoided and replaced with touch-tackles.
Set play for as long — or as short – as you like.
Quidditch is the friendliest game in the world. While the action can get intense, the spirit of the game remains lighthearted. Many of our games have started with hugging the other team, and even more have ended with dancing together on the pitch.
The next Internal World Cup is spring of 2013. Will we see your team there?