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.

To find out more about gameplay, check out our handy infographic or read how to play below.


How to Play

Teams must have a keeper, three chasers and two beaters on pitch at all times – plus a seeker once the snitch has been released at 18 minutes – and all players must remain on brooms (a PVC stick held between the legs) at all times.

3 hoops of varying heights 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 are able to act as a 4th chaser on offence. Players must avoid the bludgers (dodgeballs) thrown by opposition beaters which temporarily remove players – a hit player must dismount from their broom and run back to their team’s hoops to tap back in before continuing play.

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

To get to grips with the basics, check out our handy infographic below:

Quidditch_ The Basics

Still uncertain? Take a look at this video produced by Bristol Quidditch:

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