submitted by Denise Raich
MUGGLE QUIDDITCH FUN
We were working on the Field Day badge with our Cadette troop and one of the items mentioned was “Muggle Quidditch”. Since my troop loves Harry Potter, I googled “Muggle Quidditch” and found out that a few of our local colleges actually have Quidditch teams. I contacted the University of Michigan Quidditch team and they invited us down to one of their practices to watch and learn about the game. While we were there, they turned their brooms over to my girls and the girls got to play Quidditch. By far one of the best field trips/badge workshops our troop has done in our 6 years together. Highly recommend checking out to see if any of your local colleges have a team, and contacting them. It was a hoot to watch and even more fun for the girls to play.
How to Play Muggle Quidditch
There are seven players on each team: three “chasers,” two “beaters,” one “keeper” and one “seeker.” There is also a “snitch runner,” who is not a member of either team.
The chasers move the “quaffle” (volleyball) down the field by running or passing it to each other. They score by throwing or kicking the quaffle through the opposing team’s goal hoops. Each score is worth 10 points.
The beaters throw “bludgers” (dodgeballs) at the opposing team’s players to temporarily knock them out of play. The keeper defends his team’s hoops and prevents the other team from scoring.
The snitch runner wears the “snitch” (a tennis ball in a sock) tucked into the back of his shorts. His job is to avoid being caught by the seekers. He is the only player who does not “ride” a broom, and he can leave the playing field area. None of the rules that apply to the other players apply to him.
The seekers hunt the snitch runner and try to remove the snitch from him. When a seeker catches the snitch, his team receives an extra 30 points and the game ends. The team with the most points wins.