Why You Should Join a Quidditch Team
Muggle Quidditch is one of the fastest growing sports out there. What started out with a few college kids trying out something new has evolved into a competitive and exhilarating game. Many colleges have a team representing their school, and club teams have been popping up all around various regions. With Quidditch being such an inclusive sport, there are opportunities for everyone to join a team. With that being said, here is why I think you should take up the challenge and go join a team!
You will never find better teammates. You’ll find that before getting to know any of them, you will have a common interest in the Harry Potter universe with many members. Even if they are less familiar with the magical world, all of the players joined the team looking to try something new and exciting. Once practices get started, you will have to work hard to learn the rules and gameplay strategy. Putting in all this work will only make your team grow closer together and make them start to seem like your second family.
Once the team has had time to get settled, you’ll get to travel together to tournaments all over your region. This is where you will find some of the most interesting gameplay in any sport. With four balls on the pitch at any given time, you will be hard pressed to find any other game as competitive and fierce. There are three main positions, plus the Seeker. The Chasers and Keeper’s main goal is to shoot the Quaffle (a volleyball) through one of three different-sized hoops. Then they must become ready to defend their own hoops. The Beaters on either team are in a constant battle for Bludger control. They use three Bludgers (deflated dodgeballs) to knock out players on the opposing team and send them back to their own hoops. At the 18-minute mark, the Seekers are released to attempt to catch the Snitch. Once the Snitch is pulled, the victorious Seeker earns their team 30 points and the game is over!
During the games at these tournaments, everyone fights hard to go home with a victory. But at the end of the day, everyone went to the tournament to have fun and play a great game. In between matches, you will meet some of the most like-minded people around. After a few years of playing the game, you will start to get to know players on other teams and you will feel like you are part of the greatest sporting community out there.
No matter whether you are a college student, or someone looking to find a new favorite pastime, there will be a spot for you in Quidditch, and I encourage you to seek out your local team. Even if you think you aren’t enough of an athlete for the sport, you may be able to find a spot on the sideline. If you have any questions about the game or want help finding a team near you, please let me know down in the comments, and we will start your Quidditch journey!