General Forum Schedule for the 2017/18 Season

The General Forum is an opportunity for clubs to discuss points provided by the wider community with QuidditchUK and for the next season will be occurring almost exclusively on the second Wednesday of every other month. These are the dates QuidditchUK turn to the clubs to hear your thoughts and opinions, so make sure you use the opportunity.

The General Forum for the 2017/18 season will be hosted on:
18th October 2017
13th December 2017
14th February 2018
11th April 2018
13th June 2018
15th August 2018

Put these dates into your club calendar, set email reminders to be free nearer the time and make sure your whole club is aware! QuidditchUK will email clubs asking them to confirm their attendance to General Forums in the run up to the event.

British Quidditch Cup 2018 Spot Distribution

For the 2017/18 season the number of spots for the British Quidditch Cup allocated to each region will be determined by how many teams attend each regional. The more teams that attend a regional, the more spots that region will be given. The number of spots for BQC 2018 will remain at 32 total teams.

The way the number of spots each region gets at BQC will be decided is:

(Number of teams that attend Northern ÷ Total number of teams that attended both regionals) x 32 = Number of Northern Spots

(Number of teams that attend Southern ÷ Total number of teams that attended both regionals) x 32 = Number of Southern Spots

NB: If the number of spots given in the equation is a decimal, it will be rounded appropriately.

The decision to allocate spots for BQC proportional to the size of each regional was reached after discussions between the Gameplay Department taking into consideration feedback given by club representatives at the General Forum in the tail-end of the 2016/17 season. Despite clubs slightly favouring a spot allocation based on how a respective region performed at BQC and Dev Cup over proportional representation, the decision was made to base the allocation on regional size to account for the creation of new teams and the heavy roster changes seen over summer. This system also means there will be no readjusting of the regional boundaries for the 2017/18 season.

For example:

If 25 teams attend Northern and 20 attend Southern, the spots would be calculated as follows:
Northern: 25 ÷ 45 = 0.556. 0.556 x 32 = 17.777
Southern: 20 ÷ 45 = 0.444. 0.444 x 32 = 14.222
The North would get 18 spots and the South 14.

If 24 teams attend Northern and 21 attend Southern, the spots would be calculated as follows:
Northern: 24 ÷ 45 = 0.533. 0.533 x 32 = 17.067
Southern: 21 ÷ 45 = 0.467. 0.467 x 32 = 14.933
The North would get 17 spots and the South 15.

If you have any further questions, please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org.

QuidditchUK and SISU Europe Announce Partnership

As we kick off the 2017/2018 season QuidditchUK are proud to announce a partnership with SISU Europe which will extend to all of our members.

From October 2nd – October 12th, SISU are offering an exclusive deal to all QuidditchUK members with a 20% discount across all of their mouth-guards and accessories directly from their website.

As one of the best mouth-guards on the market, SISU have been a staple amongst quidditch players for a couple of years now; and with recruitment taking place all over the UK, the 2nd to the 12th of October will be the best time for you and your freshers to get one at a reduced price.

QuidditchUK will be releasing the discount code to our members soon. Watch this space!

https://www.sisuguard.com/

Team UK Restructuring for the 2017/18 Season

QuidditchUK are looking to build on the fantastic achievements of Team UK over this summer and ensure that our national squad has all of the support we can give them to succeed on a global scale. Towards that end, we have several announcements about the administrative and support structure behind the national team.

Firstly, we are sad to announce some changes in personnel. Tom Heynes will be stepping down as Team UK Manager and Dugald Young will be replaced by Ben Morton as Seeker Coach. Head Coach Emily Oughtibridge said:

I would like to thank both Tom and Dugald for their contributions to Team UK over the last few of years. They have both changed our game for the better. Without Tom’s hard work behind the scenes to organise everything we do, we could not have had the successes we have achieved. Dugald is one of the best coaches I know and his drive to make seeking both a science and an art has made Team UK one of the best when the snitch is on pitch. It is a pity to see these two leave their roles but I wish them all the very best for their futures.

Secondly, we have implemented a new Selection Process for 2017/18 which we feel will allow the very best players to be selected for the national team, but will also increase transparency around selection criteria and enable players and coaches at club level to target key skills and competencies and improve the quality of gameplay across the board.

Finally, we will be making several changes to the administrative structure of Team UK, including the introduction of a new Research and Analysis team in order to support our coaches and maximise the potential of our athletes to succeed on an international stage. In future, the organisation of Team UK will be split into three strands, as outlined below.

Coaches

Under the leadership of Head Coach Emily Oughtibridge, the Team UK coaches will continue to be responsible for all selection and gameplay decisions within Team UK.

The Team UK Coaches are:
Head Coach: Emily Oughtibridge
Beater Coach: Lucy Q
Chaser Coach: James Thanangadan
Seeker Coach: Ben Morton
Expansion Squad Head Coach: Jay Holmes
Expansion Squad Chaser Coach: Tommy Morgan
Expansion Squad Beater Coach: Dave Goddin

Administration

The Team UK administration team comprises three volunteer administrators who each take responsibility for one of: organising all logistical elements of tournament attendance; organising Team UK training weekends; and organising Expansion Squad training weekends.

The Team UK administration team are:
Team UK Administrator: Jemma Thripp
Training Squad Coordinator: Bex Lowe
Expansion Squad Coordinator: Judith Ballinger

Research and Analysis

Following the successful pilot at European Games, QuidditchUK are aiming to implement a more comprehensive system of data-oriented support for the Team UK coaches and players. The Research and Analysis team will also include Team UK scouts, who will be involved in the implementation of our selection process.

We hope that you will join us in congratulating everyone involved in Team UK for their great achievements this summer and consider getting involved behind the scenes in the lead up to World Cup 2018.

QuidditchUK Event Referee Quotas

For the 2018/19 season, QuidditchUK will require a consistent referee quota across all of our events. Every team will be expected to provide a certain number of referees based on their performance in the 2017/18 season. The following is the minimum match official quota for each team attending Southern Cup, Northern Cup, or British Quidditch Cup.

If your team attended BQC 2018 AND made the Upper Bracket
1 Head Referee
1 Assistant Referee
2 Snitch OR First Aider OR Assistant Referee OR Snitch Referee

OR

2 Assistant Referees
1 Assistant/Snitch Referee or 1 Assistant Referee and 1 Snitch Referee
1 Snitch OR First Aider

OR

2 Assistant Referees
1 Assistant/Snitch Referee or 1 Assistant Referee and 1 Snitch Referee
2 Snitch Runners OR First Aiders

If your team attended BQC 2018 AND made the Lower Bracket
1 Assistant Referee
1 Snitch Referee
1 Snitch OR First Aider

If your team attended Development Cup 2018
1 Assistant Referee
1 Snitch Referee
1 Snitch OR First Aider

All teams must also supply:
2 Goal Referees
1 Timekeeper
1 Scorekeeper

QuidditchUK will be using the 2018/2020 International Quidditch Association Rulebook with QUK amendments.

 

All referees/snitches given must be qualified by the International Quidditch Association or they will not be counted towards the quota. All unqualified volunteers (goal referees, timekeepers and scorekeepers) must have read, completed, and submitted the QuidditchUK Supplementary Match Officials Form.

If you feel your team cannot meet these quotas then do not hesitate to contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org where you can apply for reduced quotas. The Gameplay Department, Executive Management Team and Tournament Committee will assess the application and give a decision on your quota.

Failure to meet the agreed quota for your team will lead to disqualification from the tournament.

If you have any further questions, please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org.

Announcing the QuidditchUK Emergency Fund

We are excited to announce that, during the 2017/18 season, QuidditchUK is launching an emergency fund to which member clubs can apply in the case of unexpected financial hardship.

QuidditchUK understands that a variety of unpredictable situations can cause unexpected logistical and financial problems for both clubs and players. While we can often do little to prevent such an event in advance, the organisation is able to give some financial assistance to clubs to mitigate part of the impact associated with emergencies, accidents and the failure of external bodies.

Applications to the Emergency Fund will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by QuidditchUK’s EMT and can be made for amounts up to £500. The full eligibility criteria and application form can be found on the QuidditchUK Emergency Fund page.

Welcome to the QuidditchUK 2017/18 Season

Welcome to the QuidditchUK 2017/18 season and welcome to the new QuidditchUK Website!

After months of tireless work we’re happy to release the website to the public and along with it officially begin the 2017/18 QuidditchUK season. The season will run until the 31st of July 2018 and Individual, Club and Team membership is now open. As previously announced, membership fees have stayed the same as the 2016/17 season, making them:
Individual Membership: £15
Club Membership: £65
Team Membership: £30
Memberships can be purchased in our brand new Shop and will be visible on our Clubs page once approved by an admin.

With the start of the new season we are also glad to finally announce the amendments to the IQA Rulebook that QuidditchUK will be using. Details on the amendments can be found on our Amendments page and applications for IQA Referee Test Codes can be made on the Refereeing page.

Alongside the launch of the new QuidditchUK Website we are happy to announce that the email issues that have resulted in messages from some accounts bouncing back should have now been resolved. If you experience any further issues emailing QuidditchUK please use the Contact Us form.

As with any new website launch there will be bugs and issues, please bear with us whilst we work through these and if you find any issues please get in touch by emailing technology@quidditchuk.org or using our Contact Us form. We are already aware of some issues with the website, for instance it does not work well with mobile or small screens and we will be working hard to resolve any issues and add new content to the website over the next few weeks.

Hooch Initiative 2017/18

QuidditchUK are excited to again announce the return of the Hooch Initiative for the 2017/18 quidditch season. The initiative aims to match new clubs with more established groups from across the country, providing a sustainable foundation for growth and success in the future. This is achieved through the use of short and long term objectives designed to integrate new players into the national Quidditch community.

In previous years, the initiative has resulted in new organisations flourishing after guidance from their parent teams, and previous participants include Warwick Quidditch Club and Bristol Quidditch Club.

To register interest and join this season’s Hooch Initiative as a new club please fill in this form by 30/09/17.

To register interest and join this season’s Hooch Initiative as an established club please fill in this form by 30/09/17.

As in previous seasons, QuidditchUK has produced a Hooch Guide for teams taking part which can be found here.

New to the Hooch Initiative for this season, clubs may receive benefits from QuidditchUK by taking part. Mentoring clubs will be offered a partial refund on their team membership fee on completion of a Hooch Hub by 31/01/18. As well as the obvious benefits to training, recruitment, and development, new clubs may also enter a competition for the loan of a set of hoops for their initial season and will receive support from the QuidditchUK PR department to spread their message in the press.

Are you a member of a new team and want to get involved in the Hooch Initiative? Email Becca Short at hooch@quidditchuk.org to find out more information.

Welcome to the QuidditchUK 2017/18 Season…ish

As many of you will have noticed this summer QuidditchUK has been relatively quiet, but fear not, we have been busy working away on a whole raft of news for you that will be coming out over the next few weeks.

Website

The biggest change you will notice over the next few weeks is QuidditchUK moving to a new website. Designed by the talented Catherine Grace, the new website has been in development for the past few months, and although it will no doubt come with growing pains, it should allow QuidditchUK to communicate far more effectively with the community.

Memberships

Once the new website is live, membership for the 2017/18 season will be purchasable and QuidditchUK are delighted to announce that all membership fees will be the same as the 2016/17 season. That is:
Individual Membership: £15
Club Membership (includes 1 free team and entrance to either Southern or Northern Cup): £65
Team Membership: £30

Rulebook

For the 2017/18 season QuidditchUK will be using the IQA 2016-2018 rulebook with amendments. We are also pleased to announce that for anyone who qualified as a match official in the 2016/17 season, the qualification will carry over to this season due to the rulebooks not being different enough to warrant retesting. More information regarding the amendments and the rulebook for the 2017/18 season will be released imminently.

QuidditchUK welcomes new volunteers

Over the past few weeks the QuidditchUK volunteer team has undergone some significant restructuring. Longstanding volunteers have moved on, replacements have been found and departments have been reorganised.

Firstly, we say goodbye to Priya Shah who has stepped down as Assistant Director for Gameplay and Events. Priya has done fantastic work in their time with QuidditchUK, taking on the mammoth task of tournament directing BQC not once but twice in 2016 and 2017. Priya will be sorely missed and QuidditchUK wish them the best of luck in their future.

As a result of Priya’s Departure and to improve operational efficiency, Gameplay and Events has been split into two departments- Events, run by Tom Challinor, and Gameplay, headed up by Steve Cockram. Both departments will sit on the Executive Management Team.

Steve has played with teams across the UK, including Bangor, Glasgow, and his hometown of Bournemouth at Dev Cup 2017. Aside from playing, he has also been a non-playing referee for the past season at and has been working to develop refereeing in the UK as part of the Gameplay and Events Department.

Also joining the EMT will be Molly Maurice-Smith who will be filling the Volunteers Director position. Molly has been playing with the Reading Rocs for two years, previously serving as the team’s Welfare Officer and is currently their Secretary. Whilst Reading is their regular team, they have also been competing in QPL with West Midlands Revolution. Molly hopes to make volunteering as enjoyable and accessible as possible, in a sport so dependent on the endless time and effort that volunteers put in. They also hope to increase visibility of the work carried out by the EMT whilst increasing the clarity and depth of communication between the EMT and the wider quidditch community.

The Outreach and Development Department has gained Gavin Hughes as Scotland Expansion manager. Gavin has played for the Falmouth Falcons, whilst also finding time to compete with QPL’s Northern Watch. As well as taking on the role of Captain and coach for Falmouth, he is also involved with quidditch in his home of Scotland, through coaching with the Glasgow Grim Reapers. Gavin hopes to inform his approach to the role from his experiences of quidditch as a Scotsman, with the main aims of: helping foster further cooperation and competition between Scotland’s existing teams with the goal of getting them all to BQC 2018; to investigate the viability of setting up teams in Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness; to encourage more native Scots like himself to become involved in the sport, as they remain a largely untapped demographic, and engaging them will hopefully secure better long-term growth for the sport in Scotland.

Outreach & Development will also be gaining Beth Thompson as Assistant Director of Outreach. Beth joined quidditch with the Leicester Thestrals, acting as their Games Coordinator for 2016/17 and outside of the team was Assistant Tournament Director for BQC 2017. Beth has a strong desire- like many others in the community- to get quidditch more widely accepted across the country, and to work to increase the number of people playing it prior to university, be that through school or college, or other establishments. Beth would like to use their experience of working with children and teenagers of all different ages and backgrounds to see the growth of quidditch.

Finally, as previously announced, James Burnett will be stepping down as Vice-President of QuidditchUK, but in their place we are proud to be able to introduce our new Vice-President, Matt Bateman.

Matt has been playing quidditch for two years- he has previously captained the London Unspeakables, is a member of QPL’s London Monarchs and has helped found and continues to contribute to the international quidditch scene through his work with Quidditch New Zealand.

Matt plans to improve infrastructure in QuidditchUK, building better accessibility and communication channels for the community; as well as improving the level of gameplay and standards of ability across the UK and Europe through programmes and resources. Ultimately, his main aim is to make quidditch a more visible and viable sport for the wider public, working with established partners and introducing ways to increase the competitive legitimacy of quidditch as a sport.