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New IQA Structure Announced

The transition team for the new International Quidditch Association is excited to introduce the IQA’s structure. As a truly international organization, the IQA will be the global governing body for the sport.

The IQA is responsible for the governance and sustainability of the sport of quidditch and will provide responsive and effective leadership to support the sport’s development throughout the world. The IQA endeavors to support gender education across all sports and communities, and to promote equality and diversity in its member leagues.

The IQA’s main duties will be establishing the international quidditch rulebook, as well as set the standards for officiating and snitching the game. The new organization will choose the host sites and set specifications for equipment and facilities in international competitions.

The IQA will consist of a Board of Trustees, a three-member Executive Team and the IQA Congress. The responsibilities of each of these groups are described below.

 

  

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a group of three to seven individuals responsible for overseeing the long-term direction of the IQA. The Board appoints the Executive Director who is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Executive Team

The Executive Team consists of the Executive Director, Finance Director and President of the Congress (see below). The Finance Director is responsible for managing the finances of the organization, and the President of the Congress leads the IQA Congress. The Executive Team is supported by administrative staff appointed by the Executive Director.

IQA Congress

The IQA Congress is the representative body in which each IQA member league has a stake in the organization and development of the sport.

The IQA Congress holds regular meetings twice a year, and may hold additional meetings as deemed necessary by the Executive Team or the Congress. The President is elected by the Congress for a two-year term, and is responsible for creating the agenda and running each Congressional meeting.

The IQA Congress may also create committees consisting of volunteers that are responsible for carrying out specific league operations.

Membership in the Congress is a three-tier system consisting of member leagues, developing leagues and emerging areas. Eligibility for each tier is determined by a metric called the Quidditch Development Index (QDI), which is proportional to both the absolute number of teams in the member league and the number of teams relative to the population of the league’s territory. The three types of leagues are differentiated as follows:

  • Member leagues receive between one and three delegates in the IQA Congress, with each delegate receiving one vote. All delegates for a member league must vote as a bloc. The number of delegates afforded a member league are proportional to its QDI. Member leagues are also required to offer an annual culminating championship tournament.

  • Developing leagues have two teams or more and a QDI below the threshold set by the IQA and are entitled to an independent voice in the IQA Congress, but cannot vote. Developing leagues are required to have evidence of regular competitive play.

  • Emerging areas have more than zero teams, but might not have a governing body or evidence of regular competitive activity. Emerging areas are represented in the IQA Congress through IQA expansion staff; they do not have representatives of their own.

QDI values and eligibility for membership tiers will be recalculated based on team numbers every September; for the leagueandrsquo;s first official season, the number of teams as of June 2014 will be used to determine QDI.

First IQA Congress Meeting, President of the Congress Elected

The first IQA Congress meeting was held over two sessions, on 28th August and 4th September. Minutes will be published soon, but the primary focus of these meetings was establishing how the congress would function and the structure and focuses of the IQA going forward. One of the main points of order was electing a president and secretary of the congress. The president and secretary are there to chair and document the congress meetings, and to assist the Executive Director in various tasks as and when appropriate.

The position of secretary is still open, as nobody stood for it, and this issue will hopefully be resolved in the next congress meeting. There were two people nominated for the role of president – Matthew Guenzel from QuidditchUK, nominated by USQ’s Alicia Radford and AQA’s Eva Anastasia, and David Danos from Benelux, nominated by FQA’s Hugo Spahr and AIQ’s Michele Clabassi. The vote took place on the second half of the congress meeting, after the candidates had given speeches during the first. The voting was done in blocks as nations anonymously, and the outcome was 12-2 in favour of Guenzel.

Guenzel says he is excited to assist in the future of the IQA. “It’s a fantastic opportunity, and I strongly believe I have the skills and the drive to establish the role of President of the Congress.” Guenzel will be keeping his role as Vice President at QuidditchUK, but will be stepping down as a QuidditchUK delegate, to be replaced by Melanie Piper, QuidditchUK’s Teams Director.

The next congress meeting will be held in November. There are currently a large amount of job openings for IQA, so if you want to get involved, make sure to apply for one of those positions!

European Games Date and Location Announced

The International Quidditch Association is proud to formally announce the inaugural European Games. The tournament will see national teams from across the continent converge on Sarteano, Italy from 24 July to 27 July for a weekend of sport, camaraderie, and fun. We are proud to be working directly with the IQA Congress’ European Committee, and to have partnered with l’Ombrico Cultural Association to produce this event.

After receiving and reviewing multiple strong bids from organisations seeking to host the event, a committee of IQA staff and IQA Congress members, representing various European leagues, ultimately chose Sarteano. The city’s enthusiastic support for quidditch and for this event, Italy’s travelling convenience for most teams, and the quality of the city’s play areas played a major role in the decisionmaking. Sarteano’s high-quality facilities and hospitality have led it to play host to many major sporting events in the past, and its excellent weather and sense of history have made it a popular tourist destination in its own right.

The IQA is grateful for the interest of all bidding parties, and looks forward to working with Sarteano to create an amazing weekend for players and fans this summer.

We are now hiring tournament staff for this event. Check our volunteer openings for more information.

Gallaway Elected President of the Congress

The IQA is excited to announce that Brian Gallaway has been elected as the new President of the Congress. Matthew Guenzel, the previous President of the Congress, had to step down due to time constraints.

Gallaway, formerly the IQA Congress delegate representing Canada, was first introduced to quidditch just under two years ago. His involvement with the sport has since grown exponentially, and aside from his work with the IQA he is also the beater captain for the Alberta Clippers and serves on the board for Central Alberta Quidditch, the first registered nonprofit for quidditch in Canada.

Gallaway also has a wealth of experience working with and encouraging the growth of both water polo and Ultimate. Gallaway has been a water polo player, team captain, coach, and regional referee, and is a current member of the board of directors for the Saskatoon water polo club. He is currently the vice-president of the Alberta Ultimate Association as well.

Gallaway’s experience in sports administration and enthusiasm for quidditch are invaluable to the IQA and the sport as a whole, and is looking forward to working with both the Congress and IQA staff. “In the upcoming year,” he says, “I anticipate that the IQA will promote and expand the game at a grass-roots level, as well as establish a calendar of international events to provide for competition at the highest level of play.”

2015 European Games Tournament Staff

There’s less than three weeks until the inaugural European Games – are you ready?

This July 24 through July 26, 12 teams from around Europe are going to come face-to-face in Sarteano, Italy, and our tournament staff is working hard with the city of Sarteano to make sure that everything is ready for the players, the volunteers, and the spectators when they get there. Many of you have already seen them posting information about the tournament for some time now, but here’s a chance for you to get to know more about some the people helping put this spectacular event together!

Karen Kumaki is serving as the 2015 European Games Tournament Director. Kumaki has a wealth of experience dealing with international tournaments, as she was the Event Director for the Quidditch Summer Games in 2012, and organized a European regional tournament in Brussels while serving as the IQA’s International Director from 2012 to 2014.

Morena Lanzo is serving as the Assistant Tournament Director. She is also currently the head Public Relations officer in organizing the Apulia Summer Tournament 2015, a member of the Italian rulebook translation team, and a member of the national Italian team commission.

Michele Clabassi is the tournament’s Gameplay Coordinator. Clabassi has both player and referee experience when it comes to international tournaments, having played in multiple and having served as the 2014 European Quidditch Cup Referee Coordinator. He also used to serve in the IQA’s Referee Development Team as an Italian and European Representative and has reffed at multiple international tournaments.

Alper Erişen is the tournament’s Snitch and Referee Coordinator. Erişen has experience with these roles, having worked as the Gameplay Director and the Snitch and Referee Coordinator at the 2015 Turkish Quidditch Cup. He was also the first Head Referee in Turkey and has officiated a large portion of all the official games that have taken place in Turkey.

Rebecca Alley is working as the tournament’s Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Gameplay Coordinator. Alley has been to countless tournaments, having coached in North America for over three years, and was the Assistant Tournament Director of the 2015 European Quidditch Cup. She also currently serving as Canada’s Coaching Resource Development Coordinator while abroad in France, and is the Executive Manager for the European Committee.

Sandra Kreit is serving as the tournament’s Hospitality Coordinator. Kreit recently served as the Tournament Director for the Tournoi International de la Violette, an international tournament hosted by her team, Toulouse Muggle Quidditch. She has also help to tournament staff running other tournaments in France and Spain.

This staff is extremely excited about this tournament, which is evident whenever you ask any of them about it as their enthusiasm is contagious. Kumaki says will be “of a caliber that we have not seen before in the quidditch world.” Much of this is thanks to the city of Sarteano: “The original bid was the most impressive I’ve ever seen,” Kumaki describes, “and Sarteano have continued to be amazing partners, working diligently to make this a real professional, inclusive, and wide-reaching event.” Alley agrees, stating, “From what I’ve seen so far, this is the biggest partnership with a host community that we’ve ever had in the sport of quidditch”. In the past, host cities have only offered so much in terms of space and funds, but Clabassi notes that “not only [is Sarteano] offering a major part of their own budget for the realisation of the event, but [they’re] also putting incredible amounts of time and dedication by their members into this event.”

Sarteano’s vital help with marketing and hospitality means that tournament staff can focus more on the gameplay aspects of the tournament. Clabassi is convinced that “it is the first step in the direction of a more legitimate sport that year by year can fully rely upon a National body and their partners to organise professional level events.” Kumaki also points out that this event is “the first of its kind in that it is a regional, national-team based event.” Unlike Global Games, “the teams are all from Europe, where countries are a bit smaller, people play against each other more regularly, and the level of play is a little more even.”

And it’s not just the staff and players that make the tournament such an international effort: “We have volunteers coming in exclusively to volunteer from all over the continent,” Alley says, “some coming across an ocean!” Erişen’s working “with the best referees and snitches from Europe (and also from all around the world)” to ensure that the matches played at the European Games will be officiated and snitched at the highest level possible.

Kumaki hopes it will have a big impact on quidditch expansion in Europe, especially considering that the event will has “excellent livestream capabilities”. Clabassi works with the wish that not only will this tournament “be a new frame of reference for all the tournaments to come”, but that Europe will come to see “the potential of Italian quidditch, in gameplay and events alike.” Kreit feels the same, aiming to “honor the players by supplying them a quality service” and to raise the bar for quidditch tournaments across the continent. “Set the standard high” is Erişen’s goal, and Lanzo agrees, stating “everyone is focused and doing their best”.

“I think we will see some exciting games in this event, with some surprising upsets,” said Kumaki. “And I always love national team events, as having a full nation behind your team lends a more exciting atmosphere than individual club events do.” Lanzo, however, puts it more succinctly: “This EG will be one of the best events that you’ve ever been to!”

For more information about the 2015 European games, visit the Sarteano website, follow the Facebook Page, and join the Facebook event

IQA European Games Recap

The 25th and 26th July saw European Quidditch teams descend on Sarteano, Italy for the first ever IQA European Games. Twelve national teams battled it out in the summer heat to be the European champions.

More established teams tended to conquer the newcomers, but the newer teams put up a valiant fight and some games were extraordinarily close. Hopefully, the European Games were a good experience for all teams involved and maybe some of the newer teams had a chance to test their mettle in an international competition.

France eventually rose victorious, beating out Team UK in a closely fought final, which even included a broken shoulder. Blood, sweat and tears indeed. If you missed out on the action, you can watch the match here. For those statistically inclined, a full list of games and scores can be found here.

The European Games were an excellent weekend, showcasing some of the best quidditch skills on the continent. If you took part, we hope you had an excellent time and if you’d like to review your referees, you can do so here. If you were there to support your team, we hope you were proud to cheer them on. And if you couldn’t make it and had to make do with Twitter and Facebook updates, we hope you enjoyed the weekend as well.

IRDP Joins the IQA

The International Quidditch Association is excited to announce that the International Referee Development Program (IRDP) will be integrating into the IQA starting immediately. The IRDP and its volunteers will become the Referee Development Team within the IQA Gameplay Department.

The IRDP is known internationally for its top-notch certification and training program, which is trusted around the world to produce strong referees, as well as for its volunteers, whose numbers boast many of the best officials in the world. By joining the IQA, they will be able to reach and help more players than ever, in addition to allowing the organization to better serve our national governing bodies. We are very excited to improve refereeing worldwide alongside our new staff!

World Cup 2016

The 2016 World Cup will be held 23-24 July 2016 at the beautiful Rebstocklage sports facility in Frankfurt, Germany. The best players worldwide will compete for national teams at the International Quidditch Association’s premiere event for international glory and the title of world champion. Frankfurt’s bid, sponsored by Deutscher Quidditchbund and the city of Frankfurt, was unanimously selected by the IQA Events Committee and Executive Team for its excellent facilities and amenities, its ease of access and central location for many quidditch-playing nations, and its clear preparation and readiness for the undertaking.

The sports complex offers ample outdoor space for competition-ready grass pitches, indoor changing areas and on-site restrooms, and well-appointed space for a players’ village and warm-up area. It is easily accessible by public transit, and is situated near likely event hotels.

DQB has expressed significant enthusiasm for hosting the event. Lisa Struck, Chair of the Frankfurt2016 Organizing Committee, said, “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome the world to the heart of German quidditch, and look forward to working together with the IQA to ensure a memorable tournament experience for both players and spectators.”

“We are all extremely glad to be working with such a passionate hosts, and to use this opportunity to bring our sport to new eyes in Central Europe,” said IQA Executive Director Harrison Homel, “We believe that Frankfurt, a major travel hub, will prove to be an ideal gateway to the players and fans of the quidditch world next July as we crown our newest World Champion!”

Biannually, the IQA conducts a detailed bidding process for the World Cup. The organization received impressive bids from three continents this year, and faced a difficult deliberating process. The decision was ultimately based on costs associated with hosting the event, cost and convenience of attendance and travel for a global player base, and geographic rotation as much as possible.

The IQA thanks all bidders and looks forward to working with Frankfurt to organize the best World Cup to date.

We are now hiring tournament staff for this event. Check our Volunteer page for more information.

Tournament Director

Yesterday, the IQA announced that it will be bringing the unique magic of the World Cup to Frankfurt, Germany next July. Today, we are pleased to announce the Tournament Director for this event, Matthew Guenzel.

Originally from Derby in the United Kingdom, Guenzel started one of the first teams in the nation at his university in 2012. Later that year he played for TeamUK at the 2012 Summer Games, and joined QuidditchUK shortly thereafter. Rising from Gameplay Director to Vice President of that organization and organizing the first and second British Quidditch Cup along the way, Guenzel is no stranger to service in the quidditch world. He stepped down only recently in order to focus on his university studies and his new undertaking, acting as Tournament Director for the 2016 World Cup.

In light of Guenzel’s appointment, we took the opportunity to catch up with him and ask about his vision for the World Cup.

IQA: What do you do when you’re not playing quidditch?

Guenzel: I’m currently in my third year of studying for my degree in History at the University of Derby. When I’m not studying, I’m either watching rap battle videos or selling brownies!

IQA: Which quidditch teams are you associated with?

Guenzel: I started Derby Union Quidditch in 2013, which became associated with the University of Derby in 2014. I’ve been involved with the team in various ways since; as secretary, treasurer and coach. They just can’t get rid of me.

IQA: Have you ever been a Tournament Director before? How was it?

Guenzel: World Cup will be my eighth tournament acting as Tournament Director. I won’t bore you with all the details, but among the most exciting projects I’ve worked on have been the first and second British Quidditch Cups, as well as the Annual Mercian Cup. I love that feeling of watching something come together, and being able to blow people’s minds and expectations of the event.

IQA: Are you excited to be Tournament Director for such an important tournament?

Guenzel: Beyond excited! With this being the tenth year of the sport and the first World Cup organised by the new IQA, this is an enormous opportunity to kickstart a new era in the sport’s growth!

IQA: Any particular challenges that you think you’ll face? How are you going to tackle them?

Guenzel: There are always challenges when organising a tournament as prestigious as the World Cup, and there’s only one way to overcome them – by having a dedicated, passionate team who are all working towards the same vision. What makes World Cup different is that our ‘team’ is every quidditching volunteer across the world – from USQ to MLQ, from QUK to AQA, we are all striving towards advancing this sport, and World Cup is the perfect event to be bold in striding towards that future.

IQA: What’s your vision for the World Cup?

Guenzel: It’s pretty simple really – I want World Cup to be unlike anything that’s happened in this sport to date. The World Cup should be the absolute pinnacle of everything this sport stands for, and it’s the duty of the tournament director to make that mission manifest. I have a couple of fantastic ideas and some amazing people are on board with the project. It’s going to be unreal.

The IQA is greatly looking forward to seeing Guenzel’s vision realised in Frankfurt the 23rd and 24th July 2016 and wish him the best of luck in this exciting and challenging role.

Design Competition

The International Quidditch Association is happy to announce that it will be holding a logo design competition for World Cup 2016. The competition will be open to entries from all over the world. The winning designer having their branding featured across all official merchandise, marketing materials, and digital media for the event.

The competition will run from 3rd December until 31st December. Designers may submit a maximum of three different logos to the competition. Each logo must be submitted in three editions: in up to three colours of the designer’s choice, in black and white, and in one colour of the designer’s choice.

Designs should focus on the international nature of the event, as well as focusing on the city of Frankfurt and Germany as the host nation. The design should also include the date of the tournament (23-24 July) and the name of the host city (Frankfurt). Successful designs will reflect the character of quidditch as an emerging, inclusive sport – and be crafted with replication across multiple media in mind.

The designer should also be available for further consultation on their designs from Thursday 31st December to Friday 15th January.