Sorry for the late post, Initech has officially sucked my soul this week. I absolutely hate it, but at least I have my blog to come home to.
With a job like mine, you have to be thankful for the little things in life. Like blogging.
So this weekend’s adventure was one of my favorite on my list. I was so excited to participate, and, more importantly, to share it with everyone.
About a year and a half ago, some friends and I were discussing how we’d love to play Muggle Quidditch, a newly created game based on the popular game from the Harry Potter series. The problem, though, was that most Muggle Quidditch teams existed only on college campuses for undergrads and grads. I wasn’t in college. Neither were my friends (we’re all still paying back those damn loans, though).
We joked we should form a Quidditch League for the city of Pittsburgh. And boom, the Pittsburgh Quidditch League was born.
It took awhile to get off the ground. We didn’t know how to really start a sports league. I mean, honestly, do you? Especially for a made up game. But about six months ago we started regularly hosting games, and we now have close to twenty players who regularly show up for games.
Enough of the shameless plug, though. 🙂 I know you want to hear about the game.
I’m not expecting most of you to join us for a game. Heck, very few of you reading this are even in the area. But I know all of you, to some degree, are interested to see what the heck this game entails. Good thing I have pictures for everyone.
The game of Quidditch is broken down into three main ideas, and is actually surprisingly easy to pick up:
The offense, whose goal is to score goals, plays a game that is a combination of handball/basketball. They use a deflated volleyball and try to throw it through three goal hoops. Contact is allowed, and some people will do whatever possible to get the ball.
The defense, whose goal is to prevent goals from being scored by the other team, plays a game similar to dodge ball. Four players fight for three dodgeballs that they then hurl as hard as they can at opposing team players. The goalie, also a defensive player, must defend all three hoops.
The seeker, or special teams, plays a game similar to monkey in the middle. The monkey, or the snitch, has a sock attached to him/her that is worth 30 points. The seekers must hunt the snitch down and grab the sock.
Joe scores another goal for his team.
The great thing about the game of Muggle Quidditch is that it’s very easy to pick up the game because you can learn it in stages. Beginners usually learn the role of offense first, because the idea is very simple: score, and avoid dodgeballs at all cost. Once they master that, they graduate onto defense and seeking.
Here’s what I love about the Pittsburgh Quidditch League: we have become such good friends in the course of the past six months I feel like we’ve known each other for years. And when I’ve had an awful day at Initech, and need a way to take my frustrations out both on and off the field, my teammates (and by extension friends) are there for me. They are there for life’s celebrations, for life’s frustrations, and for every moment in between.
Our goalie John warming up.
The other thing I love about our league’s players is how much we love the game of Muggle Quidditch. It’s such a passion for us. Most people don’t understand it (many even make fun of me for joining a Quidditch league), but for those of us who have played a game, we couldn’t imagine giving all of our time an energy to a sport like we do to Muggle Quidditch. We are so passionate about this sport because we truly love it. It’s fun, it’s crazy, it’s a good workout, and most of all, it’s brought all of us together as a team.
Our goal for the next year is to double in size, so we can start league play. Right now we play weekly pick up games, but that’s about it. If you’re ever in the area, we love fans, participants, or even just the casual observer. I’ve been told by several people that watching Quidditch is just as much fun as playing it.
Emily, one of our Seekers, finally caught the Snitch for 30 extra points
If you’d like to see more pictures, or learn more about the game, I encourage you to click here to look at our website, or just click on the Links I Love button at the top of the page. There are stats, FAQs, contact information, and even merch for you to browse through. We try to update it often, and we have a lot of fun information on there to check out.
So my second alphabet weekend is complete (a little late, but again, blame the soul-sucking task force at Initech). We’re about to embark on the one month anniversary of this blog. In some respects I can’t believe it’s been that long, and it others I can’t believe it’s ONLY been that long. 2 challenges down, 24 more to go. I will be back next weekend with a new challenge, and I think it’s going to be a fun one! I’m so excited to tell you all about it!!
As always, thanks for reading. You readers make this experience all the more fun for me!