Quidditch, the fictional sport from Harry Potter, has gained popularity in the past couple years. There are international teams and collegiate teams that travel to competitions. It’s a fun experience to have in college and a great workout. However, there are some things you should know about Quidditch before joining.

1. Quidditch Is A Co-ed, Full Contact Sport

The sport requires endurance and is very demanding on the body and as such requires players condition themselves and train just like any other full contact sport such as football.

2. Quidditch Is Played All Year

Quidditch is played during the fall, summer, spring and sometimes even the winter. Yes, this means that Quidditch is played in the snow during winter. To keep warm, many players wear under-armour and spandex.

3. Everyone Can Play

There are opportunities for everyone to play. There are seven players on the pitch at all times: 3 chasers, 2 beaters, a seeker and a keeper.  The chasers job is to score on the opposing team’s hoops. The beaters job is to protect their hoops and defend their team members from the opposing team. The Keeper does the same thing as a goalie does in soccer and protects their hoops. The seeker’s main job is to catch the snitch. Once the seeker catches the snitch the game is over.

4. Everyone Is Accepting Of Others

“That’s what I kinda got out of Quidditch. That we were really proud of accepting everyone,” said Sylar Cunningham–a former Loyola University Chicago Lumos Quidditch player.

Everyone can play Quidditch. The sport doesn’t discriminate. In fact, the International Quidditch Association has a gender equality rule that there must be two females on the pitch at all times. Which means that females can tackle males and vice versa.

5. Quidditch Is Played Everywhere!

Quidditch is now played at over 300 universities and high schools in the United States and 12 other countries. Quidditch is the fastest-growing sport in the United States, with active teams in 28 states and counting. The U.S. is divided into five regions: Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.  You can see an interactive map of the U.S. and its teams here.

So, if you are an avid Harry Potter fan and think Quidditch is for you. Then join a team! Trust me, you won’t regret it. 


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