QuidditchUK Amendments for the 2017/18 Season

Limited Brooms

Rule 2.4.4 – Limited Brooms in the Player Area is removed in its entirety

Studs

Rule 2.5.2.E.i is amended as follows:
“Studs must not be jagged or frayed so as to be sharp or otherwise dangerous, at the referees’ discretion. Spikes and blades are not permitted.”

Mouthguards

2.5.2.F., listing “A mouthguard…” under “Mandatory Equipment”, is removed in its entirety.

2.5.3.F-H become 2.5.3.G-I respectively.

2.5.3.F. is added, listing “A mouthguard.” under “Additional Equipment”.

Timeouts

Rule 3.3.7 is amended as follows:
“The penalty for illegally calling a timeout is changed to a blue card.”

Snitches

Rule 8.3.7.1.K is added in its entirety.
“8.3.7.1.K – (The snitch runner must not…) Move from their position at a stoppage in play, or, if appropriate, before the resumption of play, they must return to the position at which they were at the stoppage. ”

Rule 8.3.9.1 is amended as follows:
“8.3.9.1 – A snitch runner is ruled as down when any part of the snitch runner’s body other than the snitch runner’s hands or feet touches the ground. A snitch runner is also ruled as down when there is a stoppage in play.”

Rule 8.3.9.1.C is added in its entirety
“8.3.9.1.C – If a snitch runner is ruled as down due to a stoppage, the 3 second count begins upon brooms up.”

Seeker – Snitch Contact

Rule 7.5.4.D is added in its entirety
“7.5.4.D – The seeker must not jump or attempt to jump into or over the snitch runner.
The following restrictions apply for this rule:
If the seeker goes or attempts to go over the shoulders of the snitch, at least one foot must remain on the floor
If the seeker goes or attempts to go over the shoulders of the snitch with at least one foot on the floor, no contact must me made with the snitch to ensure a good catch.
If the seeker leaves the floor completely, they must not go into the snitch, however, they may go around the snitch to retrieve the tail.

Penalty – Yellow: A seeker who jumps or attempts to jump into or over the snitch runner must receive a yellow card.”

Charging

Rule 6.2.3.5.A.ii is added in its entirety.
“6.2.3.5.A.ii – A player without possession of a ball may charge any opponent of the same position, and keepers and chasers in regard to one another, who is in complete and sole possession of a ball

Team Composition

Rule 7.1.1.B is amended as follows:
“Each team is permitted a maximum of 14 players on the roster who identify as the same gender.”

Backcourt Reset Rule

Rule 7.3.4 shall be added in its entirety
“7.3.4 – Backcourt Reset Rule
Once a team (the red team) has gained possession of the quaffle on the offensive side of their keeper zone, they may not reset it backwards across the keeper zone line. Any propulsion of the quaffle in which any part of it crosses the keeper zone line, or any carry in which any part of the player possessing the quaffle contacts the ground behind the keeper zone line is classed as a backcourt violation, with the following exceptions:
If a member of red team, contacts the quaffle propelled by the opposing team (for example during a defensive swat), or hits it with a bludger, causing it to travel backwards across their keeper zone line, this shall not be considered a backcourt violation.
If the first action of red team upon regaining the quaffle from the opposing team outside of the keeper zone is to reset it backwards across their keeper zone, this shall not be considered a backcourt violation.
If a member of the opposing team contacts the quaffle propelled by red team, or hits it with a bludger such that it travels backwards across red team’s keeper zone line, it shall not be considered a backcourt violation, unless the referee judges that the quaffle would have travelled backwards across red team’s keeper zone line even without the interference.
Caveat:
If the referee judges that the red team player threw the quaffle at the opposing player in order to bounce it off of them and back across their own keeper zone line, it shall still be ruled as a backcourt violation.
If the referee judges that the quaffle was propelled backwards across their keeper zone line as an attempted shot, it shall not be ruled as a backcourt violation.
If the quaffle carrier is legally contacted and consequently forced over their keeper zone line then it shall be ruled as a backcourt violation.
Penalty – Turnover – A team who triggers a backcourt violation shall have the quaffle turned over to the closest chaser or keeper to the spot of the foul. If the closest chaser or keeper is inside the fouling team’s keeper zone they shall be moved to the nearest point of the keeper zone line. In order to do this the referee must stop play, unless they “no harm no foul” appropriate (i.e. if the opposing team recovers the quaffle on their own).

Ball Positions

Rule 2.16 is amended as follows:
“Four ball positions should be indicated directly on the midfield line.
A. The first two ball positions are 3 yards (2.75 m) on either side of the center mark.
B. The other two ball positions are 9 yards (8.25 m) on either side of the center mark, halfway between the sideline and the center mark.”

Standing Upon Restart of Play

Rule 3.3.1.k.ii is amended as follows:
“ii. Players must stand at the call to remount.
a. If two players on the ground each had a grip on a ball when play was stopped, they still must stand. Once standing, each may retake hold of that ball. They do not need to hold it in the same way they had on the ground.
1. Whether a player is considered to have had a grip on a ball is determined by the status at the moment play was stopped”

Dead Quaffle and Keeper Restart

Rules 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 are amended as follows

“4.4.2. Dead quaffle
During the time between when a goal is confirmed as good by the head referee and when quaffle play is restarted, all of the players and all of the balls except for the quaffle are live and in play. However, the quaffle is dead, and no one may score with the quaffle until quaffle play is restarted. The following conditions apply to the quaffle while it is dead:
A. Any player on the formerly defending keeper’s team may carry or pass the quaffle to the keeper in that keeper’s own keeper zone, but may not otherwise interact with the dead quaffle. i. Substitutes may pass the dead quaffle to their keeper in this manner, but must always remain in the substitution area or bench while doing so.
B. The formerly offensive team may not pick up or otherwise move the quaffle unless they are providing it to the keeper at the formerly defending team’s request. i. The formerly offensive team may choose to decline that request.
C. The formerly defending keeper may request that a referee deliver the quaffle, but the referee may only deliver the quaffle in the team’s own keeper zone.
D. If a penalty turns over a dead quaffle to the formerly offensive team, the quaffle becomes live upon the restart after the turnover.

Penalty: Blue—A player who intentionally illegally interacts with a dead quaffle must receive a blue card.

4.4.3. Keeper restart
After a goal has been scored, quaffle play is restarted when the quaffle is in the possession of the formerly defending team’s keeper on that keeper’s team’s own half of the field.

4.4.3.1.—If the formerly defending keeper is the first player to possess the dead quaffle, it becomes live if they possess it anywhere in their half of the field. A. If anyone else touches the quaffle first, including a referee or opponent (upon the keeper’s team’s request), then it must be reset in the keeper zone, and the keeper must retreat to their own keeper zone to restart play.

4.4.3.2.—The head referee must blow one short whistle blast after quaffle play is restarted by the keeper’s possession.”