|Our poorly photoshopped avatar|
|A snitch, a Ravenclaw, and a Slytherin are all discussing|
When I tell people about my favorite sport (though it always seems more like a confession than bragging), I usually get one of two questions: "Do you play with broomsticks or "How can you play without magic?" The answers are a) No, and b) easily. The rules are fairly straightforward. The field is set up with 3 hoops connected to one giant PVC pipe stand on each end of the field. There is a square roped off on the ground that surrounds the hoops that no players can go inside. There are 7 people on the field: 5 chasers and 2 beaters. There are no keepers due to the crease, which provides more potential to defend / score actually on the field. The quaffle is represented by a frisbee, and gameplay is actually very similar to Ultimate Frisbee in regards to chasing. The only difference being that instead of scoring "touchdowns", you have to score the quaffle through one of the three hoops. The beaters are around to complicate things, however. They have 2 bludgers (imagine smaller dodgeballs) that they have to dribble around and try and hit people with them. If you get hit, then you have to spin around 5 times (or in my case, stand still and count to five on your hand. I have vertigo, so spinning around on top of the world already spinning a lot is never a good thing.). The next question I hear is "So what about the snitch? Surely you don't have some little ball with wings flying around?" About this time, one of two responses will come out of my mouth. If I'm annoyed by you being a smartass who's only asking questions to make fun of me later, then I'll go on and on about magic and snitches and unicorns and Cheez-*ts. If you're genuinely interested, then I'll tell you that the snitch is actually attached to a person wearing a special yellow shirt . It's fastened and velcroed to their back, and their job is to run and hide anywhere around the block that we play (The actual quidditch field probably only makes up about 20% of this area, so he / she has a lot of places to hide). The snitch is released during halftime, which is 30 minutes after the game starts (it used to be released at the beginning, but the Gryffindors kept cheating and finding it after about 2 minutes of gameplay). Its value has also decreased from 150 to 55 points, so it's not so much of a deciding factor, but it can make the game interesting, especially if your team isn't playing so well that day.
|Their battle cry is something about Thundercats. |
Ours are "Burn, pillage, eat the babies" and "Blood
makes the grass grow, KILL KILL KILL!"
So, I mentioned that we do not use broomsticks. However, you will probably do a google image search and find an image similar to this:
|The "other" Quidditch.|
This is because there are two versions of quidditch out there. I must admit to not knowing much about the other version, only that they follow the Harry Potter world rules a lot closer than we do. Our quidditch looks more like:
|A random game in 2008|
|Wow! Somebody's actually throwing the frisbee to me! (2008)|
|Warm-up before a game (2007)|
|Beater with his bludger.|
EDIT: CNN actually did a story on us!! You can watch it here