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Brandon Kreines’ First Impressions

usquidditch:

Our new Officials Manager Brandon Kreines is fairly new to the sport of quidditch, despite having over 10 years of experience reffing for other sports and managing employees in various businesses. He documented his first tournament experience at the 2014 Global Games in Burnaby, Canada:

I’m standing on a field on a Saturday morning at a time that is too early to be described as decent for a weekend. It’s cold and raining, I’m in Canada, and I am inexplicably wearing shorts. And yet there is nowhere I’d rather be at that moment, because there are seven teams arrayed in front of me from three different continents, who have traveled thousands of miles to play some quidditch.

The morning has already been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve met dozens of people that had hitherto only been electronic entities conversing with me over Skype or email, and plenty of folks who had been complete strangers. I’m here to mingle, but what do I say to people who have made this sport their passion for the last three years? Nice jersey? I’m braced to answer tough questions or talk about my plans to improve reffing quality, but instead, everyone is straight-up friendly, and they seem eager to see what my first impressions will be.

And with the first “Brooms Up!”, I get it. I had watched World Cup games on Youtube; I had viewed multiple quidditch documentaries; I’ve been heavily immersed in the rule book; I even observed the budding Seattle club team practices. I thought I knew what to expect from my first quidditch tournament experience. Wrong.

Competitive tournament quidditch is a thing of beauty. It’s much faster in person than on video, and it’s not news to the serious enthusiasts reading this, but the players are Athletes (with a capital A!). Somehow though, despite the speed, it’s less chaotic in person too. As I keep watching these games, I can see the strategy involved in each play. Chasers aren’t just barreling down the field hoping to juke someone and dunk the quaffle through a hoop, they have to wait for their beaters to give them some bludger cover, and dodge tackles and use the quaffle as a shield. When you see it in person, it just makes sense.

After a few rounds of observing I’m ready to get on the field and participate as a goal ref. “Just stand back there and raise your hands if it’s a goal” Chris Beesley tells me. Despite all my years of reffing other sports, I’m a little nervous, but I can see a ball go through a hoop as well as anyone. I confidently raise my arms for the first goal, and the second, but then on the third my head ref jogs over to me “Was the chaser beat before he scored?” I had to admit, I wasn’t sure.

And therein lies the rub. I’ve heard plenty of complaints about the quality of our referees, but have you ever tried it yourself? It’s an incredibly difficult job! In most sports you only have to watch one ball to see where the action is and determine whether fouls are occurring, but quidditch has four of them (and that’s not even including the snitch).

By late in the afternoon, I’m basically a quidditch expert. “Let’s talk quidditch strategy. It seems to me that bludger control is pretty important,” I confidently reveal to Dan Hanson. “Yea. Bludger control is so critical and obvious that it’s not even really strategy,” says Dan, shattering my ego in between bites of a sandwich. Despite spending a lot of time working on the rules test with other referees, I still have a lot to learn about the strategy.

Overall it was a fantastic experience. The energy and enthusiasm level of players, volunteers, and staff were unparalleled by anything else I’ve witnessed. Sure there’s some rivalries here and there, but underlying everything is a real sense of comradery. And it’s infectious. Whether it’s the entire crowd cheering on Mexico, or the cheers erupting from the sideline whenever someone makes a great tackle, or the silent anticipation that rolls in like a fog when the refs confer over a snitch catch, there’s just something undeniable about this sport that is more complex, more strategic, and just straight up more fun than the majority of its non-broom-wielding competitors.

At 8:00 AM on Saturday morning I was merely invested; by 8:00 PM I was hooked. And it wasn’t just the players. I thought that all the refs at Global Games did a fantastic job in controlling the pitch, making the right calls, and keeping the flow of the game moving. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with other referees and building off that success.

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sarahwoolsey:

Today (July 23) is the deadline to apply for an executive staff position on World Cup VII!

Why apply for World Cup staff? We’re glad you asked!

1. Help plan the biggest tournament of the year

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2. Make your ideas for the event come true

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3. Get leadership experience 

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4. Meet new people

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5. Learn what goes on behind the scenes to plan a big event

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6. The fields look beautiful at sunrise

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So what are you waiting for? Apply now!

(via umdquidditch)

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Title 9 3/4 Survey Recap

iqastaff:

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As of June 8th, the survey about Title 9 ¾ has received 118 responses, with around 51% of those responses coming from the Northeast USA region. We had responses from a variety of genders including female, male, agender, and gender neutral individuals. We received a lot of fantastic responses, which will definitely help Title 9 ¾ as well as the IQA as we make progress in becoming more inclusive. If you ever have any concerns/questions/comments about what the IQA is doing in regards to Title 9 ¾, please feel free to send an e-mail to any of the members of the Title 9 ¾ Development Team: clare.hutchinson@internationalquidditch.org , sarah.takesian@internationalquidditch.org and aimee.howarth@internationalquidditch.org.

We learned a lot more about the quidditch community and how they view the current IQA policies as well as what direction they feel the sport should go as well as what sort of knowledge the IQA community has about trans* issues. Though the people who responded only represent a small portion of the entire community, a lot of the responses we received were what many of us were thinking we might see.

The first thing we noticed is that overall, people had positive feelings about the current way the IQA is trying to promote gender equality and many noted that the fact that the sport is not separated into leagues based on gender has had a positive impact on their views of gender and gender issues. One player commented that because quidditch is accepting of all gender identities and does not adhere to the gender binary, it potentially helped them as they began to understand themself as agender, while a sport which would have required them to identify as one gender or another could have made this more difficult for them. More respondents said that quidditch has increased their awareness of gender bias both in sports as well as outside of sports, and that the nature of quidditch has increased their respect for female athletes and keeping all genders in one league has made sure that people are exposed to everyone rather than the trend that in established contact sports, the public pays more attention to all-male leagues rather than all-female leagues.

Some people are attracted to the sport because it does not separate genders into separate leagues and because it is so open to the trans* community. Across the board, people preferred that the sport is not separated and think that for the time being, there needs to be some sort of mandate that ensures that all genders are represented on the pitch as many people voiced that they believed that if there were no rule in the rulebook, many teams would field teams that were severely lacking in terms of gender diversity.

Finally, we will end on some of the recommendations and/or questions that we received from this survey which will be helpful in our future projects in regards to gender diversity and inclusivity. First, there was a recommendation for a handout to give out to coaches/captains/etc. which we are currently working on, which will be directed at referees, coaches, captains, and other tournament or game officials. Other recommendations included encouraging more people to test to become head referees so that there will be more diversity there as well as creating some resources to help with recruitment.

The concern most cited in the survey was regarding the current gender rule (7.1.3 in Rulebook 7), which people were concerned was too vaguely worded and led to some misconceptions, such as that there have to be at least 2 players of one gender and no more than 4 players of the other gender. There were also concerns that teams treat it as a minimum “quota” that they have to meet, as opposed to a rule which is meant to promote diversity in rosters, which is also one reason why the rule is determined by gender as opposed to sex. In Rulebook 7, we hope that this concern has been alleviated by the new wording which emphasizes that this is more of a maximum than a minimum, which prevents any confusion about how individuals who do not identify within the gender binary play into the rule.

Thank you again for your responses; they have been very helpful to us as they have given us a barometer of where the IQA is right now and where many of you think it should be headed. We hope that this survey can be a step in creating a more open and constructive dialogue between the IQA and the general quidditch community at large regarding the gender rule. If you are interested in having an active role in this discussion, we encourage and invite you to e-mail us!

(Source: usquidditch)

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Today (July 23) is the deadline to apply for an executive staff position on World Cup VII!

Why apply for World Cup staff? We’re glad you asked!

1. Help plan the biggest tournament of the year

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2. Make your ideas for the event come true

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3. Get leadership experience 

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4. Meet new people

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5. Learn what goes on behind the scenes to plan a big event

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6. The fields look beautiful at sunrise

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So what are you waiting for? Apply now!

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I want YOU at QUIDCON!

fuckyesquidditch:

Hello lovelies!  

First off, I wish each and every one of you a wonderful summer.  The 2012-2013 season was phenomenal and I look forward to 13-14 just as much as you do!

In case you forgot, there is NO Olympic Quidditch this summer.  Shocker, I know. So what should you do this summer?  GO. TO. QUIDCON.  It’s not too late to sign up!  If you want to spend a few life-changing days in Seattle, GO!  The list of programming is amazing.  You could win money for presenting the next big Quidditch idea.  There’ll be dancing again.  There might even be another wedding!! Just say, “I Do” Benepe.  

I want you all there. So go. 

Follow the link!

http://quidcon2013.com/

Love ya,

~Q

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