1. Do you guys have try outs? Do I need to attend tryouts? When are they?
The answer is not really. If you want to play quidditch, it is our mission to ensure that you're able to, in at least some way. In general, our whole club trainings are open and anyone at any level can come to them. We do have team selections, especially for the Unspeakables and the Unbreakables, but we don't run specific try outs for that, it's just based off Management's assessment of you as a player in trainings and drills and games.
2. I'm not able to attend all the trainings - is this a problem?
Absolutely not. We understand that as students you have busy lives with class and work and family and other commitments. We're students too. We get it. We run lots of trainings per week with the idea that everyone can come to at least one training. If that's all you can make, that's totally fine. If you can make all three, that's awesome! You don't have to by any means though
3. I have class/some other engagement during training - is this a problem?
Absolutely not. Just come for whatever part of training you're available for, and leave early/come late and jump straight in. No worries at all. Again, we totally understand people having other commitments.
4. I'm worried I'll be really bad/I have no idea how to play.
Don't worry! You'll probably be terrible. But so will everyone else, and we all were once too. We will teach you how to play, and you'll pick it up as you go along. You can also check our page on how to play ahead of time to get a sense of the rules.
5. I'm not sure about playing - can I just come and watch?
Sure! Feel free to just come along, watch from the side and socialise, or just join us after training for dinner/drinks at the pub :)
6. Do you have to be a Harry Potter fan to play?
Definitely not. To be honest, a lot of us are. It's quidditch after all. But there are also plenty of us who aren't fans or have never read the books or couldn't care less about Harry Potter. At the end of the day, quidditch is a sport, and that's what we do. Play a really fun, engaging, tactical sport. The Harry Potter aspect of it is incidental. Quidditch isn't cosplay.
7. Will training be on if it's raining?
You can't cancel quidditch. (unless it's like. serious thunderstorms and/or hail. Just check our facebook page for updates, but if in doubt, assume we're on!)
(Plus, who doesn't love a good muddy training?)
8. What's going to happen at the come and try session?
Basically we are going to run you through a couple of simple drills and games to get you used to things, and then we're going to get straight into it and play some actual quidditch! :D
9. What do you do in trainings?
Umm. Train? Quidditch is a pretty complicated sport. There are lots of positions and lots of things going on, so it takes some time getting used to. We spend the first part of semester getting everyone covered on the basics of each position, how to run with a broom, contact rules, how to tackle and be tackled safely, how to best position ones self on pitch, and the basics of quidditch tactics. We'll then start getting more into the real tactics of quidditch, learning different offences and defences, different kinds of plays, and all the higher level stuff that will turn you, a bunch of now decent players, into an awesome team. The average training starts off with a warm up, then simple skills based drills, some more tactical based drills and games to teach you different aspects of the game, and then we play games at the end of every training to put things into practise.
10. Ummm. Like....the broom?? Is really weird? Don't you feel weird running around with a broom? Don't people get...you know...injured?
Ok look. You're not entirely wrong. The broom takes some getting used to. But to be honest with you, after a week or so, you'll barely notice it. The broom is a handicap in the sport. It's a ridiculous rule, but all sports have at least one ridiculous rule which is what makes them interesting and challenging. Quidditch would be a hell of a lot easier and a hell of a lot more boring if you could do it without having to carry a stick between your legs. And on that note, actually no, you would be surprised with how few broom injuries there are.
11. Why don't you play a real sport?
What makes quidditch not a real sport? Just because the idea of quidditch was derived from a fantasy novel series doesn't make it imaginary. Every sport has to come from somewhere. Most people try quidditch and prefer it to so called 'real sports' firstly, because quidditch is vastly more interesting and challenging, with it being such a fast paced and complicated game with many things going on at once and loads of tactics to be worked in. Many people also enjoy it because as such a new sport, there's a LOT you can do to change the game or create new tactics or do things that have never been done before to play the game in new and interesting ways. People also love quidditch more than other sports for the community, which is regularly reported as much more supportive and inclusive and less toxic than some other sports. Finally, quidditch is also vastly cheaper than playing most other sports at university - sports like soccer and so on can have you forking out over $400.
12. I'm really competitive, is this the sport for me?
Totally. You can be as chill or as competitive as you like in quidditch, and even play at the state or national level. We also have three teams in our competitive division to accommodate for both kinds of people, as well as a developmental league. You will definitely find both kinds of people (more social players and more competitive sportspeople) in the club.
13. I'm working/I have class on both Thursday and Friday afternoons so I can't make anything :(
That's ok! We have trainings on weekends at flexible times for people who can't make it during the week but still want to play :) Just shoot us a message :)
14. Is quidditch hard to learn?
Not really. While there are a lot of rules and it's a bit complicated, it has a very easy learning curve in that the basics will get you a long way, and you just pick up the rest as you go. If you have no idea what's going on for the first week or so, don't worry - that's normal. But you'll get there!