Quidditch isn’t all flying broomsticks and magical snitches

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J.K. Rowling first introduced the sport of Quidditch to the world in 1997 in her book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Since then, the sport has been adapted for non-magical folk and is now played by thousands of muggles across the globe.

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But what is Quidditch? This article hopes to enlighten you about the sport of Quidditch and the club sport here at USF.

What is Quidditch? Quidditch is a sport played by seven players per team with the aim of the game to score more points than the other team. Each position wears a different headband and there are four balls in play at one time.

What positions are there? There is one seeker, three chasers, two beaters and one keeper. The seeker chases and catches the snitch to score points and end the game. The chasers score goals with the quaffle by throwing it or kicking it into the hoops. The beaters use bludgers to disrupt other players.

Does the snitch fly? Unfortunately, no. The snitch is a tennis ball inside a sock that is tucked into the snitch runner’s waistband. So you don’t have to worry about choking on a snitch in this game!

What is a snitch runner? A runner with the snitch attached to them. The snitch runner is released at the 18-minute mark and their goal is to avoid getting caught by the seekers. They can leave the field at any time and can even play pranks on other players!

What is the quaffle and the bludger? The quaffle is a volleyball used to score goals by throwing or kicking it into the hoops. The keepers and the chasers are the only ones allowed to use this ball. Chasers can also use this ball to block incoming bludgers. Bludgers are used by beaters to set back other players. When a player is hit with a bludger, they must drop any ball they are holding, return to his side and touch one of his goalposts before re-entering play.

Do players fly around on broomsticks? Players hold a broomstick in between their legs throughout the game but unfortunately they do not fly. So no Nimbus 2000’s.

How do you score points? There are two ways of scoring points. Firstly, throwing a quaffle through the hoops gets you 10 points. Secondly, catching the snitch gets you 30 points.

How do you win? The team with the most points when the snitch is caught, including the snitch’s 30 points, wins the game.

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So does USF have a team? Yes!

Can anyone join? Yes, the club is coed so it is open to all USF students!

When do they practice? The club practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m at Sycamore Fields.

How do I join? Join here!

For more information on the Quidditch Club and USF Sport Clubs, visit our website.

By Huw Morgan-Baveystock, USF Sport Clubs Marketing Supervisor Intern

USF Sport Clubs Welcome Back Alumni Members

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Each year USF sport clubs host alumni games, in which past club members have the opportunity to come out and play their sport with current club members, reconnecting and reminiscing with old friends and meeting and mentoring new students.  The Men’s Lacrosse Club hosted an alumni game this month, and past members were excited to come out and take the field once again.  Rohan Korpal, who studied at USF from 2011-2015, came back to support and play with the current team.  “I enjoyed my time with the club so I wanted to give back to the new guys.  I always looked forward to playing on the alumni side of this game.”

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The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club hosted a tournament this year and invited alumni members to join in on the action.  Alumni member Danielle Davis, who attended USF from 2009-2013, explained how important the club was to her college experience.  “I met all of my friends through Ultimate Frisbee.  It’s like a mini family.”  She reminded current students to stay dedicated to classes and the club.  “It’ll pay off in the long run!”

Stephen Ierardi, who played with the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club from 2008-2011, emphasized the benefits of joining a sport club.  “I was able to start college with thirty friends who were older, had different majors and were involved on campus.  I got to see what student life was like from the beginning.”

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The Men’s Rugby Club also hosted an alumni game this semester.  Alumni player Kris Jackson, who attended USF from 2009-2013, had never tried the sport before college and joined the club after being invited by his roommate freshman year.  “The club is how I met all of my current friends,” he stated.  “We still meet up for different alumni events throughout the year.”  He encourages current students to come out, saying sport clubs are a great way to meet lots of people and find friends.

The Men’s Rugby Alumni game is of particular importance to the Faile family.  Joshua Faile played rugby at USF for four years, graduating in 2013.  He passed away in January 2014, but his father, Billy Faile, still attends the annual alumni game to support the team that meant so much to his son.  “I thought he’d only go to college for the first year, but he joined the rugby club and played all four years.  It was a motivating factor for him to finish college.”  Billy Faile loves coming out to watch the game and catch up with his son’s friends.  “As a dad, it makes you proud to see them come in as freshmen and leave as men.”  He remembered the lessons that the club taught Joshua and encouraged new students to join.  “You learn that there is more to it than the game. You learn to leave your problems on the field, work together as a family, and have fun at socials.”

Alumni members love coming out each year to support the USF Sport Clubs community.  Returning for games reminds them of all the memories made and lessons learned.  Men’s Rugby player Eric Lund, who attended USF from 2006-2010, left sport clubs athletes with an important piece of advice: “You should enjoy every minute of it because it ends too quickly!”

To learn more about USF Sport Clubs, or to join, check out Bull Sync.

By Amanda Carnevale, Sport Clubs Supervisor