Kickin’ It With Kidditch


imageOne of the projects within the development department is kidditch. We work to develop youth quidditch resources, and to promote opportunities for youth to get involved. All three fall US regionals included kidditch events, and we’re developing resources to help more people host these events.


What do you like most about kidditch? Do you have any tips for hosting successful youth quidditch events?

Brandeis is all about kidditch! We have an elementary school just down the street and we go and teach the kids every year. Seeing the future stars of our sport is one of the coolest things ever.

Tips: dial back the intensity and competition, because these kids are there to have fun. Also, start the kids off with the physical drills (such as throwing the quaffle through the hoops) and then explain bit by bit how these drills help actual gameplay.

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Stadium lights on the pitch tonight,
not a gold snitch to be seen.
A kingdom of ball-evasion, and it looks like I’m the queen.
The offense fouling, feel the fear rip up like tide
Couldn’t make it hit, Heaven knows I tried.

Don’t let them pass, don’t let them seek
Give a good hurl, your bludger…


Fans, here’s a brilliant, straight-forward explanation about Quidditch! The Nightmarchers send their love to Leah Vogel, co-founder of Minnesota Quidditch who created this awesome video! Be inspired and join the team today! Be sure to send fan mail if you have any questions! Thank you!

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Contrary to popular belief, quidditch is simple enough to understand.

(Photo credit: Ben Holland Photography, Isabella Gong Photography, Monica Wheeler Photography)

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Anonymous asked:

What skills (Teachable and "unteachable") would you stress at each position in order to succeed?



Excellent question!  I’m glad you highlighted how some skills are teachable and some are unteachable.  For some athletes, no matter how hard they work or try, they will not be able to acquire or perfect a certain skill without some manner of natural talent.  Argue that if you want, but I’m right.  The best athletes mix their natural talent with hard work and perfect their skills.

In quidditch, it’s tricky because you have folks coming from an array of athletic backgrounds who know their strengths and can work on perfecting their skills, and some folks who do not have an athletic bone in their body and think they will be good if they just try hard enough.  As a coach, you try and assess each individual player’s unique strengths in order to utilize those skills on your roster.  There’s also a ton of psychology that goes into being a successful athlete, but I’ll mention that later. 

I think if you’ve been around the sport long enough, you’ve picked up what player types suit each position.  You also can probably estimate the kinds of skills each position needs to succeed. 

For example, what’s a chaser need?  Well it depends. What kind of chaser are you?  Chaser needs speed, and agility to make quick cuts, open up for a pass and shoot.  Chaser also needs the build and strength to barrel through opponents and score on a drive.  Traditionally those two styles aren’t found in the same player.  So what would I stress here?  Play to your strengths.  That’s a teachable skill.  Being able to assess yourself in relation to your teammates and finding where you belong on the pitch is huge. 

In the conventional sense, work on passing, catching with one or two hands depending on what you’re better at, and learn to take/give a hard hit.  These are simple, but they are the cornerstones of a chaser offense.  Unfortunately you cannot properly teach someone how to mentally take a hit or how to maintain composure in a bad game time situation. But those are also important in succeeding. 

I’m gonna stop here because this will get way too long and I’ve probably bored enough folks already.  But I’ll be happy to continue if you’re still interested.  Just let me know!


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Quidditch… it’s not just for Harry Potter anymore  

Today C and I went to a “real, live” quidditch tournament! Until this lovely opportunity landed itself in our laps, I was completely unaware that muggles had taken up the sport at all, and I was incredibly excited to find out how the game had been translated. I hoped it would be awesomely entertaining, and we were not disappointed. 

Here’s what we learned:

1. Yes, they do run around with broomsticks between their legs and, yes, it does look ridiculous. However, we reasoned that it also makes the game more impressive, because it is inevitably more difficult to throw/catch/run/tackle with a stick between your legs. 

2. The “snitch” in muggle quidditch is a dude dressed in all yellow with a tennis ball in a sock type thing hanging from the back of his gym shorts. In order to capture the snitch, the seekers must snatch the snitch away from the shorts. This proves to be quite entertaining. Within 5 minutes of our arrival today we saw one snitch loose his shorts in a rumble with the team seekers (image 1 in our photo set).

3. Quidditch is a very physical, full contact sport (see images 2 and 3), and there seem to be relatively few rules about what is considered a bad hit. We hadn’t been there too long before the medics had been called to the field for a fierce knee to the face (don’t worry, the player was OK), and that wasn’t the only time medical attention was needed that we saw. People were clotheslining each other left and right, and we saw more than a few snitches throw down with seekers. Also, when someone is injured on the field everyone has to put their brooms on the ground to stop play, because as I heard someone on the sidelines explain “you can’t fly with your stick on the ground.” 

4. Like in the real game, the snitch can leave the field and the seekers can pursue it. While we were there, three games were going on at once, and snitches were all over the place - running through multiple fields, down by the river, over at the concession stand. If I were a player I think I might have a difficult time trying to keep track of which snitch was mine. 

5. Quidditch as a sport seems to be quite popular. Teams participating in the tourney were from all over CA - Stanford, UCLA, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley. Yes, teams seem to be characterized by a certain type of nerdiness, but its the kind of nerdiness that accompanies all Harry Potter related things - the kind that reaches across barriers and brings together nerds from many camps. I like that.

Conclusion: quidditch is a pretty intense sport that seems to strike a nice balance between competitive, painful, goofy and fun. All in all, quidditch day = good day.

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Sometimes I think snitches must have 9 lives (X)

Snatch that snitch!

Those butterfly wings though