This week on The Common Room Book Club, we get a great introduction to every wizard’s favorite sport, Quidditch! But Lady Daney and Mox report that this game isn’t just for magic users anymore!
In the nearly 1000 years that Quidditch has been played, no change has been greater than the muggle adaptation of the sport in 2005. Xander Manshel and other students at Middlebury College in Vermont donned capes made from towels, mounted their broomsticks (or lamp in the case of one player) and founded the ground based version of the wizarding sport. Approximately one month later, there was a seven team tournament. The popularity spread to other college campuses and less than two years later the first World Cup was held. Other countries joined in the fun and soon the competition went intercontinental.
Before you think this is just a bunch of college kids burning off excess energy on a Quidditch pitch, understand that Quidditch in the United States and in other countries is governed by sanctioning bodies such as USQ (US Quidditch) incorporated in 2005 as a nonprofit organization. As of 2012 there were over 110 official members of USQ. If you live in the broadcast area of the the Buckeye Cable Sports Network you can watch live matches on television. Games are also available on twitch and YouTube.
Middlebury College dominated the World Cup for many years before being unseated by Texas Quidditch from University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Texas Quidditch ended up three-peating thus establishing their dynasty in the sport.
The rules for muggle quidditch vary from the wizarding world version. Besides the muggle inability to fly, the scoring in muggle Quidditch is much more balanced giving only 30 points for the capture of the golden snitch. The rules have evolved over the 13 years of the sport’s history and are currently on version ten with various translations into other languages.
Because safety is a priority, the Positive Coaching Alliance trains USQ coaches in concussion protocol and gives them tools to effectively lead their teams. The USQ certifies tournament directors and referees to ensure quality and consistency in gameplay.
So, whether you are a muggle or a wizard, grab your Firebolt or Clean Sweep and go find a local Quidditch match.