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Eligibility for World Cup 2016

The International Quidditch Association is excited to announce that ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, the organisation has created an Eligibility Policy which will be determine which nations and athletes are eligible to compete at the event.

The policy is available to read in full here. All IQA member nations in good standing will be able to attend, with emerging areas and national teams without national governing bodies to be accepted on a case by case basis.

The policy also outlines eligibility requirements for athletes, which are as follows:

All qualifying applicants for a national team should be considered and have an equal chance under a fair and transparent method of selection.

Every national governing body may choose their own criteria for who may be compete on their team. Minimum requirements for consideration are:

  • Anyone at least 16 years old by 22nd July 2016 AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
  • Anyone with citizenship OR
  • Anyone who has lived in the country for at least 3 years OR
  • Anyone who has played quidditch only in the nation ­OR
  • Anyone who for at least the last international season (July 2014 to June 2015) has been playing in the nation (and not their nation of citizenship)

NGBs are free to set more restrictive guidelines for selection to their National Team

Further details regarding the registration process and the requirements from attending national governing bodies can be found in the full policy document.

World Cup Expansion Fund

The International Quidditch Association is proud to announce that in preparation for World Cup 2016 this summer, it will be launching a brand new initiative, The World Cup Expansion Fund, to increase participation on an international stage by Emerging Areas and Developing Members.

There will be a fair application process, which will be open to all quidditch national governing bodies across the world; including member leagues, developing members and emerging areas. The applications will be reviewed by the World Cup organising team, in collaboration with the IQA’s Executive Team. A maximum of two nations will be selected for the initiative for World Cup 2016.

Applications should include:

  • A covering letter explaining why the National Governing Body should be selected for the fund.
  • A strategic plan detailing how attendance at the World Cup will assist growth in the nation, and what the National Governing Body will be doing to support this growth. This should be no more than five pages.
  • A budget for how the National Governing Body intends on spending the fund. This should include quotes for flights, accommodation and other necessities as required.

After making the selection, IQA administrative staff will work collaboratively with the selected partner organisations to create an effective crowdfunding campaign aimed at the wider quidditch community. The campaign will aim to raise €1000, to be split equally between the partner organisations. The IQA will also meet however much is raised by the campaign – meaning if the campaign reaches its target of €1000, the IQA will also donate €1000 to be split equally between the partner organisations. If the campaign exceeds this target, the IQA will continue to meet it, up to a maximum of €1500.

Applications for the fund will open on January 1st 2016. Applications will close on January 21st. Applicants will find out if they have been selected by February 1st, with the kickstarting aiming to be launched in late February.

Referee Development Team Policies

As announced a few months ago, the International Referee Development Program (IRDP) has become the IQA Referee Development Team (IQA RDT) and folded all of its previous operations within the governing body of international quidditch. It has taken some time to fully incorporate this group and their online presence, but we are happy to now make some announcements and clarify our policies going forward.

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Why this incorporation?

We believe this evolution is what is best for quidditch worldwide. It will enable the IQA to offer services it was seeking to provide; facilitate the RDT members’ work; avoid recruitment conflicts; and clarify the situation on the international stage. It should also relieve the team from some of the operations that slowed its other projects down.

What does it mean in terms of resources?

This evolution will not change anything when it comes to training tools provided to referees worldwide. The IQA Referee Development Team will create written tests for Assistant Referees, Snitch Referees and Head Referees, as well as guides for good refereeing. The IRDP had started to create video guides for close calls and will keep working on those in the future. New tools and material will be developed, the same way it would have been otherwise.

Our referee directory will stay in place and the ability to provide feedback and reviews will remain. This creates a free-to-use referee database, with features that will be developed and fine-tuned along the way to accommodate the needs of various National Governing Bodies.

All tests and referee resources are available here.

What about certifications?

The new certification process is simple: the IQA RDT creates tools while NGBs decide on their own referees’ obligations when it comes to certification. This means that a league might decide that, in order to be a head referee in their territory, an individual needs only pass the IQA RDT Assistant Referee and Snitch Referee tests. Or, alternatively, that they need to pass an AR and SR test created by their own Gameplay Department, before taking the IQA RDT Head Referee test. Permutations are endless, though the IQA RDT will suggest a standardised way of proceeding.

Referees at all international events governed by the IQA will be required to have passed the IQA exam commensurate to their position on the field by the time of the match. More stringent requirements may be in place for some IQA events, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

The IQA RDT will not field test any referee, but will work on a variety of field test rubrics to help NGBs structure their own practical examinations. It will also be developing new certification options that promises to increase overall quality for all players and officials. Meanwhile, on the ground training sessions are anticipated where requested, whenever funds and manpower allow.

What about the fees?

We have developed a new system of payments in line with the IQA’s membership structure. Fees go towards operating costs associated with the online testing, and towards improving the IQA’s gameplay services internationally.

To begin with, in the interest of improving quidditch officiating worldwide, all written and filmed referee resources for all positions will be free and available to any interested party. They can be found here, and will continue to be expanded.

Developing and Member NGBs in good standing will receive access to the current Assistant and Snitch Referee tests for free as an additional benefit incorporated in their existing annual dues. Referees in these leagues will be required to pay a discounted 15 Euro(or the equivalent thereof in other currencies) fee for four attempts at the Head Referee exam.

Meanwhile, interested referees from Emerging Areas (or Developing or Member NGBs found not in good standing) will be required to pay 5 Euro (or the equivalent thereof in other currencies) for six attempts at the Snitch and Assistant Referee tests, and 20 Euro for four attempts at the Head Referee exam.

Exams and resources based on the previous rulebook will remain available online, and those still holding credits for Rulebook 8 exams will be able to use them for those tests. Tests for the current rulebook require a new purchase.

What happens to contracts?

No more contracts. All agreements are now handled by way of membership in the IQA. This will allow the RDT to focus on creating and updating its materials, without worrying about negotiating minute details of individual agreements, and gives member NGBs one more benefit to IQA membership.

Further questions can be directed to RDT Coordinator Cory Faniel.

We are very excited about the future of officiating under this new arrangement, and look forward eagerly to future developments from the Referee Development Team!

World Cup 2016 Team

The International Quidditch Association is pleased to announce that the organising team for this summer’s World Cup has been selected, and is now hard at work to make the event one of the most memorable in quidditch history.

The team is as follows:

  • Matthew Guenzel – Tournament Director
  • Tom Challinor – Assistant Tournament Director
  • Rebecca Alley – Logistics Coordinator
  • Anna Kramlova – Hospitality Coordinator
  • Alice Faux-Nightingale – Finance Coordinator
  • Josh Maher – Gameplay Coordinator
  • Alex Scheer – Marketing Coordinator
  • Bethany Ashley – Volunteers Coordinator

The team is still looking for a Referee Coordinator and a Snitch Coordinator to join them.

World Cup Equipment

Do you have the best quidditch equipment in the world?

The World Cup 2016 organizing team is looking for hoops and brooms for the tournament, taking place July 23-24 in Frankfurt. If you think your equipment is a contender, please send us a quote!!

In your quote, please include the following information as applicable:

HOOPS

  • A diagram of your hoop design
  • The cost for 5 sets of hoops
  • Potential for tournament branding of hoops
  • The cost for shipping 5 sets of hoops from where you’re making them to Frankfurt, or a detailed plan for how you would make them to your specifications in Frankfurt.

BROOMS

  • Dimensions and construction details of your brooms
  • The cost for 90 brooms
  • Potential for tournament branding of brooms
  • The cost for shipping 90 brooms from where you’re making them to Frankfurt, or a detailed plan for how you would make them to your specifications in Frankfurt

If you are sending us a quote for hoops AND brooms, please include the cost of shipping them together if it would be different from the cost of shipping each individually.

In your quote, please also include two (2) tournaments that your equipment has been used at as well as the name of the Tournament Director for both of those tournaments.

World Cup Teams

The International Quidditch Association is incredibly excited to announce that 24 teams, from six continents are preregistered to attend this summer’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.

Preregistrations closed on the 31st, and were intended to give an indication of the number of teams intended on attending the event. A more comprehensive registration process will begin in the coming weeks.

The nations preregistered are as follows:

Australia Italy Slovenia
Austria Mexico South Korea
Belgium Netherlands Spain
Canada New Zealand Sweden
Catalonia Norway Turkey
France Pakistan Uganda
Germany Peru United Kingdom
Ireland Poland USA

World Cup Expansion Fund Selection

The International Quidditch Association is pleased to announce that after a competitive application process, national teams from Uganda and Peru have been selected for this year’s World Cup Expansion Fund.

Both teams will be travelling an incredible distance to attend the event, and this, combined with their level of development both as National Governing Bodies and as Nations, lead to them being selected for the fund.

As recipients of the fund, the two national teams, alongside the World Cup staff team, will be putting together a shared crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the cause. The campaign will go live on Monday 15th February, and will have perks including the jerseys of both teams, supporters t-shirts and a wide variety of other merchandise and benefits.

The campaign will aim to raise €1500. The IQA will match whatever is raised up to this figure, and continue to support the campaign once the target is reached.

Expansion Fund Campaign Delayed

Due to events beyond the control of the IQA, the launching of the World Cup Expansion Fund has been delayed. It was intended that the campaign would be launched this week. Now, the campaign will be aiming to launch towards the end of February. We would like to thank everyone for their gestures of support so far, and look forward to getting the campaign underway.

Board of Trustees Appointments

The IQA Congress has confirmed three individuals to form an inaugural Board of Trustees. The Board, tasked with ensuring the good governance and long-term financial success of the organization’s business operations, will provide incredibly valuable perspective and insight to the Executive Team as the IQA builds its business.

The appointed trustees, Chris Daw, Nicholas Oughtibridge, and Alicia Radford, come from diverse business backgrounds and bring a variety of skills to the table.

Chris Daw is a former paralympian based in British Columbia, Canada. As a multi-sport professional athlete for many years, he has seen sport from the player side, and while working for organizations like AthletesCAN and the Canadian Curling Organization he has been directly involved in sports management and promotion. Most recently, Chris was hired as Executive Director of Quidditch Canada, where he has been learning our sport and providing his management expertise.

Nicholas Oughtibridge is the father of a university quidditch athlete and the Head of Information Standards for the British government in Essex, UK. In addition to his important work managing his daughter’s youth team when she was younger, his long professional career has brought him significant experience in navigating government bureaucracy, developing international policy, and ensuring good governance as a board member.

Alicia Radford has been involved in quidditch since starting a team at her university in Washington, US in 2008. She has a long history of nonprofit management experience and perhaps most notably played a driving role in developing US Quidditch into a fully-fledged nonprofit with a full-time staff and a major footprint in the US. She currently works as the Operations Manager at the Progress Alliance of Washington, where her portfolio includes overseeing communications, events, and a $1.5 million annual budget.

Executive Director Harrison Homel could not be happier with the new trustees. “We spent a significant amount of time on recruitment and vetting for these positions because we felt it was incredibly important that we get this right the first time. I firmly believe that we have done that. I am incredibly excited to learn from and work alongside these business professionals to continue developing our organization and better serve our constituents,” he said.

World Cup Teams

After much deliberation with the World Cup team, the IQA is excited to announce that we will be adding a 25th team to the 2016 roster: Slovakia. Tournament director Matthew Guenzel and the IQA staff look forward to seeing Slovakia compete alongside the rest of the world this summer in Frankfurt.