Quidditch is a coed, full contact sport played by over 800 teams in the world.  The game is played with one quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball), three bludgers (dodgeballs), and one snitch (similar to a single flag football flag).

Summary of Gameplay:

During the first 18 minutes of the game, there are six players on the pitch (the field) at a time: 1 keeper, 3 chasers, and 2 beaters.  The keeper and chasers run up and down the pitch, passing and running with the quaffle, trying to get it through one of three hoops on the other team’s side.  If the quaffle passes any of these hoops, it is worth 10 points.

The beaters cannot touch the quaffle, but are the only ones who can touch and throw the bludgers.  Their goal is to knock out members of the other team.  Anyone hit by a bludger thrown by a member of the other team must immediately drop any balls they are carrying, dismount their broom, and run back to their own hoops to tag back into the game.

At 18 minutes into the game, each team sends out a seeker to try to catch the snitch. The snitch runner is a neutral player with no team affiliation who’s only goal is to avoid getting the snitch pulled. The snitch is a tennis ball inside of bright yellow sock attached to the back of the snitch runner’s shorts. Seeker’s try their hardest to outmaneuver the snitch runner in order to pull the snitch and get a ‘snitch catch.’ A snitch catch is worth 30 points and ends the game. The team has the most points wins the game.

Interested in learning more? Check out the US Quidditch Association’s website for more information on the sport and for more in-depth rules.
Homepage: https://www.usquidditch.org/
Rules: https://www.usquidditch.org/about/rules/

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