Understandably, those of you living in America will not have heard of the British Quidditch Cup, or the ‘BQC’, but it’s basically what it says on the tin: sixteen British university Quidditch teams come together at Oxford to play a tournament of Quidditch.
The countdown has almost finished.
For those of you who have little idea how ‘muggle’ Quidditch is played, the basics involve running around a pitch with a broom between one’s legs and catching a ball with one hand. The complications in play come from the number of players. Yes, it’s seven-a-side – chaser, chaser, chaser, beater, beater, seeker, keeper – and subs, but each intervene with the other, as I guess they should. The Keeper blocks the Chasers from scoring; the Beaters beat everyone who gets in their way, regardless of who one is. The Snitch comes in the form of a person dressed in yellow, with a tennis ball in a sock attached to the lower back of their shirt. Think tag-rugby, but with socks. The smaller the Snitch, the better…even if they do get thrown around a lot.
Sarah Dorricott of the Southampton team explains it a lot better than I… Amusingly, she was inspired to play Quidditch by going to the same Summer Games that I did.
I’m mainly a Beater. I get to throw dodgeballs at people. On odd days I get to sprint, lithe, through the opposing players and attempt to score with a volleyball as a Chaser. I may well explain in greater detail with a more personal touch in another post.
Keep your eyes peeled. Oh, and watch this video of last year’s final, set on the Whiteknights campus on my very own uni. Gameplay makes sense when one sees it…mostly…
This is also my reason for not posting this weekend, as, though I will not be playing constant games and the day ends when the sun begins to die (ie. 3-4pm), due to lighting restrictions, I will not be ‘on-hand’ – or, indeed, in the mindset – for blogging. But I promise I’ll try and write more about Quidditch. I am, after all, the Social Secretary of the QuidSoc, so my duties must include outreach and awareness.
Oh, and this is my 300th post, yay!