Not Just for Harry Potter
So, you've just read a GoFamz article about quidditch (the real-life, coed, full-contact version), and now you want to try it. Don’t worry; this is a very common reaction. Fortunately, you have options!
There are a few things to be aware of first:
- Know that you will break a sweat. Quidditch is a sport unlike any other, but it is still a sport. It is physically demanding, competitive, and strategic. You will feel it in the morning!
- The rules may confuse you on paper. Learn by doing!
- Know that you will look ridiculous, and that the other park patrons will comment on this fact. It takes a certain kind of person to run around on a broomstick. Stick with it and you’ll realize it is precisely that type of person whom you want to be friends with.
- Know that this is not the last time you will play. Quidditch is unbelievably fun, and you will find yourself planning for the next game before you cleats are off. Let your significant other know now!
Where to Play
What you Need
Here’s a list of the necessities and how to get them:?
- One (1) volleyball, slightly deflated - Tip: Look for balls in your friends' and family's garages, or buy them used at a sporting goods store that offers resale for roughly $5 a piece.?
- Three (3) red rubber dodgeballs, though two will suffice in a pinch? - Tip: Same as above.
- Six (6) hoops? - Tip: A full set of standard hoops is an afternoon’s labor of love and about $150 in PVC, but one can also simply invest in six hula hoops (borrowed if possible, or available at your local party store or big box store for $5-$10 each) and set them up in some other way. Think attached to chair backs or some conveniently placed trashcans. Creativity is encouraged!
- One (1) tennis ball in one (1) sock, for your snitch runner? - Tip: Try your top drawer and your garage, or borrow.?
- One broom-shaped item for each player. Again, creativity is encouraged?. - Tip: Make your first attempt BYOB (Bring your own broom) to cut down on labor.?
- Fifteen (15) willing participants, though the game can be played with as few as six - Tip: Cast a wide net. Your friends will surprise you (except the Harry Potter nerds in your life, who will react in much the way you anticipate). Additionally, when pitching, a clip from Youtube can be indispensible. Quidditch is a sport that must be seen to be believed, and even the most hardened athlete will respect video from the UT-UCLA finals at the most recent World Cup.
- One (1) copy of the rules, available for free on the IQA website.
Now, get out on the pitch! Have fun, play hard, and leave the books at home. This is for real!