Abbotsford will once again play host to the Quidditch Canada Western Regional Championship, November 18th and 19th, 2017 at Mouat Fields. That’s right: Quidditch, as in Harry Potter, the award winning fantasy book series from J.K. Rowling.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that Quidditch had been translated into a real sport, complete with broomsticks, blodgers, and golden snitches. The game (which is not associated with, licensed or sponsored by J.K. Rowling) is still growing – but growing it is. In fact, this is the second year in a row that sees Abbotsford hosting the Quidditch Canada Western Regional Championship.
Outside of the fantasy series, Quidditch is played on the ground, not whizzing about in the air aboard a broomstick. Don’t be too disappointed, though – the players are still required to “ride” broomsticks. Instead of sitting atop them, however, they are required to carry them about as if they were riding them.
Imagine running around a field, trying to get a ball through a hoop and avoid opponents, all the while pretending to ride a broomstick. It sounds more than a little crazy – but what it is is a real challenge!
The game is played much as it is in the Harry Potter book and movie series. Two teams of at least 7 players each face off an a field: 1 Keeper, 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters, and 1 Seeker. To play, the Chasers attempt to get a ball (Quaffle) through the one of the opposing team’s three hoops for 10 points. The hoops are defended by the Keeper and two Beaters. The Keeper acts much as any goalie might, while the Beaters attempt to “knock people off their brooms with Bludgers” – tag them with a thrown ball. Anyone so tagged must dismount their broom and tag a hoop to re-enter play. Meanwhile, the Seeker awaits the release of the Golden Snitch.
In the books, a “Golden Snitch” is a magical, golden flying ball. Here it is a “Snitch Runner” – a person outfitted in yellow with a yellow “tail” (a specially designed ball in a sock). Seekers await the release of the Snitch Runner, then try to catch them and grab away their snitch tail. A successfully snatched snitch earns the Seeker’s team 30 points and ends the game.
See the video below for further clarity.
Quidditch has a lot in common with soccer in that it is a fast moving game with lots of physical action. Players, officials, and spectators alike get quite caught up in it. No wonder it’s such a fast growing sport!
Quidditch Canada Western Regional Championship
November 18-19, 2017
Abbotsford’s Mouat Fields
32355 Mouat Dr, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4E9, Canada
Visit quidditchcanada.com for more information.
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