I'm sure I've lost a few soccer fans at this point, but I assure you that the sport of Quidditch requires just as much skill, athleticism, and teamwork as any team sport. Quidditch is a combination of rugby, dodgeball, and cross country, so it can be enjoyed by a wide variety of athletes. Many schools around the country have very popular Quidditch teams, and even more have small, unofficial teams. The RIT Quidditch team is currently in the process of becoming a club, and hopefully by the beginning of the school year we will be official. Maybe we will even have good goal posts.
Some people are hesitant at the thought of stepping onto a Quidditch pitch because, frankly, you look really silly. However, the group of people who play on campus is a very inviting and open group, so if you have any interest don't hesitate to come and fly with us for a day.
This is the second Ambassador blog about Quidditch on campus (see previous article here ), but the other didn't go into much depth on the gameplay.
A full team consists of 7 players. 3 chasers, 2 beaters, 1 keeper, and 1 seeker. There also is a 15th participant at each game, who plays the role of the Golden Snitch. The Snitch wears all yellow and has a sock tucked into the back of their pants. The seeker that catches the Snitch and pulls the sock out of their pants ends the game and wins 30 or 50 points (depending on who you play with). It is changed from the Harry Potter books to make the other players' roles more important.
One of the most important things to have when you play is a broomstick. There are official Quidditch brooms you can get starting at ~$50, but we found some good, lightweight brooms at Home Depot for $5 that we use. When playing you are required to have a broomstick between your legs. You are allowed to either hold it with one hand or hold it there with your legs.
If you get hit by a bludger (and are not the keeper), you are required to drop any balls you are holding and run around the goalposts you are defending before you can be back in play. This prevents injury from real bludgers.
I encourage anyone who thinks this game could be interesting, fun, or silly to come out and play with us. We are hoping to have a table at the Club Fair during Freshman Orientation, so look for us!