What is Quidditch?

Quidditch is a full contact, mixed gender sport played worldwide.

The sport is available to all levels of fitness, is revolutionary for its gender inclusivity, and can be played competitively or for fun.

Quidditch allows for continuous substitutions and has a maximum of 21 players per team, with up to 5 active balls on pitch at once and 4 different player positions. Games do not have a time limit, finishing whenever the snitch is caught.

Adapted to a real-world sport in 2005 in the USA, quidditch first arrived in the UK in 2011 and now hosts over 50 clubs across the nation

How to Play

Teams must have a keeper, three chasers and two beaters on pitch at all times, as well as a seeker once the snitch has been released at 18 minutes. All players must remain on brooms at all times.

3 hoops stand at either end of the pitch. Chasers battle to put the quaffle through the opposing team’s hoops for 10 points while keepers defend the hoops and assist on offence. Players must avoid the bludgers (dodgeballs) thrown by opposition beaters. If you are hit, you must dismount from your broom and run back to your hoops to tap in before continuing play.

Seekers try to catch the snitch to end the game and earn their team an additional 30 points. The snitch ball is attached to the shorts of the Snitch Runner, an impartial referee who doesn’t want to be caught.

Still uncertain? Take a look at this introduction video by the Quidditch Premier League:

Community Quidditch in Portsmouth, UK

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