Start your own quidditch team!
You got hooked on the idea of quidditch and want to try it yourself? Here is a little guideline that will lead you to your first quidditch match with your own team:
No matter if old or new friends, get yourself a bunch of people who got he quidditch fever as well, or will have it soon. The easiest places to find other interested people are universities, sports clubs, and social networks, for example via groups that are particularly popular in your region (e.g. "Free your stuff").
Make sure you also have a look in the German quidditch group to get in contact with other players from all over Germany and quidditch fans from your region!
Meadows, a (artificial) grass field or a beach are best suited for quidditch. Hard ground such as asphalt should be avoided for security reasons. If you want to set up your team at a university, get in contact with the university's sports facilities and try to get some hours on a suitable field there. If you are going to run your team independent from a university or sports club, look for a public park with sufficient open space. Please make sure that it is allowed to play sports such as quidditch.
A quidditch pitch is about 55x35m big. Of course you can make it a bit smaller for practices.
The following equipment is needed to play quidditch:
Thin 1m long PVC pipes are a particularly good choice as brooms. You can find them easily (and cheap) in a DIY store (best buy longer pipes and cut them in pieces). PVC pipes are light and at the same time flexible enough so they will hardly break or splinter.
- one quaffle:
You can use almost any ball of appropriate size as a quaffle for a start. In official games, a volleyball, size 5, is used.
- three bludgers:
Different balls can be used as bludgers as well (e.g. volleyballs), pay attention on not using hard balls though. Officially, dodgeballs of 8.5 inch in diameter are used, they can be obtained at a cheap price via the US (for example on Amazon).
- six hoops:
There are hardly any limits to imagination when it comes to hoop construction. Hula hoops (80 cm diameter) on poles of three different heights (90/135/180 cm) are a very cheap method to build your goal hoops.
- one snitch:
Just put a tennisball in a long sock for the snitch. This sock is then attached to the back of the snitchrunner's waist.
Depending on the number of players, you can vary with the equipment and play with less hoops or bludgers for a start.
Practices and Games:
Just start practicing! It will probably not run smoothly from the very beginning, but you will find into some sort of routine soon. Remember to warm up properly before you start practices.
As soon as your team feels ready to take on other teams, just get into contact with the closest team and organise some friendly games. You can also mix up teams for a game to get to know each other a bit better and make new experiences.
You should also consider to become a DQB member to benefit from the available resources and to participate in tournaments.
You can direct any further questions about setting up a team at teams[at]deutscherquidditchbund.de.
Picture credit: J. Schillinger