By William Vamvouris ’19
Get ready, fellow muggles of Midwood, as there is a new quidditch team being started up by Mr. Lawrence Kolotkin.
Quidditch is a sport consisting of two teams of seven players mounted on broomsticks. It is based off the fictional sport of the same name in the Harry Potter books and movies.
According to a villagevoice.com interview with Alex Benepe, the quidditch commissioner, he created the sport at Middlebury College in 2005 with Xander Manshel.
The sport held its first World Cup in 2007, and, after that, the sport grew through universities and even internationally.
There is an official rulebook created by the International Quidditch Association (IQA) online at internationalquidditch.org, which explains all of the rules for the sport. The ultimate objective of the sport is to have more points than the other team by the time the golden snitch, a tennis ball inside a long sock hanging from the shorts of an impartial official, is caught.
Points are scored when either chasers or keepers get the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, into one of the three opposing hoops for ten points. To prevent the other team from scoring with the quaffle, chasers and keepers can tackle opposing chasers and keepers at the same time as beaters using their bludgeons, or dodgeballs, to take out opposing players. Any player hit by the bludgeon must dismount their broom, drop any ball that they are holding, and return and touch their hoops before being allowed back into play. The game ends when the snitch is caught by one of the seekers, which awards the team with 30 points.
According to the teams section on usquidditch.org, there are eleven schools in New York that have quidditch teams, all of them being colleges. These teams are the Alfred University Saxtons, Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen, Macaulay Honors College Marauders, New York Pigeons,
New York University Quidditch, RIT Dark Marks, RPI Quidditch, Skidmore Quidditch, Stony Brook Quidditch, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, and University of Rochester Thestrals.
Anthony Beroomfield ’20 stated that he thinks that creating the team is “a great idea.”
Huguens Adrien ’21 said that he thinks that it’s “not a bad idea” to start the quidditch team.
Mr. Kolotkin stated that the team will start in the new year, but not many details have been worked out as of yet. Mr. Kolotkin also added that “No place
for the team to play has been officially decided yet.”