World Cup Expansion Fund
Written by: IQA Staff
1 January 2016
L’Associazione Internazionale di Quidditch (IQA) è orgogliosa di annunciare il lancio di una nuova iniziativa in preparazione per la World Cup 2016 della prossima Estate: il Fondo World Cup per l’Espansione mira ad aumentare la partecipazione di Aree Emergenti e Membri in via di Sviluppo sulla scena internazionale.
Ci sarà un regolare concorso, che sarà aperto a tutte gli organi governativi di quidditch del mondo; il che include le federazioni già membri dell’Associazione, membri in via di sviluppo e aree emergenti. Le domande di partecipazione saranno esaminate dal team organizzativo della World Cup, in collaborazione con il Team Esecutivo dell’IQA. Un massimo di due nazioni sarà scelto per la World Cup 2016.
Le domande di partecipazione devono includere:
- Una lettera di presentazione che spieghi perché la l’Organo Organizzativo Nazionale dovrebbe essere scelto per il fondo
- Un piano strategico dettagliato che illustri come la partecipazione alla World Cup aiuterà la crescita nella nazione, e cosa l’Organo Organizzativo Nazionale farà per supportare questa crescita. Questa sezione dovrebbe arrivare a un massimo di cinque pagine.
- Un bilancio che mostric ome l’Organo Organizzativo Nazionale intenda spendere i fondi. Questa sezione dovrebbe includere preventivi per i costi degli aerei, alloggio e quant’altro necessario.
Dopo aver deciso il risultato, lo staff amministrativo dell’IQA collaborerà con l’organizzazione scelta per creare un’efficace campagna di raccolta fondi mirata alla comunità del quidditch in generale. La campagna avrà l’obiettivo di raccogliere €1000, da dividere equamente tra le due organizzazioni. Inoltre, l’IQA raddoppierà quanto raccolto, donando per esempio €1000 in caso la campagna raggiunga il suo obiettivo. Se la campagna supererà il suo obiettivo, l’IQA continuerà a raddoppiare i fondi raccolti, fino a un massimo di €1500.
Le domande di partecipazione apriranno il 1 Gennaio 2016, e chiuderanno il 21 Gennaio. I candidati riceveranno i risultati entro il 1 Febbario, mentre la campagna comincerà alla fine di Febbraio.
Per candidature e informazioni, rivolgersi a Matthew Guenzel via email a email@example.com.
Eligibility for World Cup 2016
Written by: IQA Staff
24 December 2015
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. Any questions, concerns or queries concerning the policy or its implications should be emailed to Tournament Director Matthew Guenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: IQA Staff
3 December 2015
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.
All designs, as well as any further queries, should be submitted to email@example.com. Designs should be submitted in a .jpg format, with .ai or comparable available upon request.
Written by: Kathryn Harris
19 November 2015
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.
Want to join the team? Find out about volunteering opportunities here!
World Cup 2016
Scritto da: Staff IQA
18 Novembre 2015
La World Cup 2016 si terrà il 24 e 25 Luglio 2016 al bellissimo impianto sportivo Rebstocklage a Frankfurt, in Germania. I giocatori migliori del mondo si batteranno per per il titolo mondiale e la gloria delle loro nazionali al più prestigioso evento dell’Associazione Internazionale di Quidditch. La candidatura di Frankfurt, sponsorizzata dalla Deutscher Quidditchbund (Associazione Tedesca di Quidditch, NdT) e dalla città di Francoforte, è stata scelta all’unanimità dalla Commissione Eventi e dal Team Esecutivo dell’IQA per le sue eccellenti infrastrutture e amenità, per la sua posizione centrale e facilmente raggiungibile da molti Paesi in cui si gioca a quidditch, e per la sua evidente preparazione e prontezza a prendere l’incarico.
Il complesso sportivo offre ampi spazi all’aperto con campi in erba pronti per le partite, spogliatoi e bagni pubblici, nonché uno spazio predefinito per il villaggio dei giocatori e l’area riscaldamento. Ci si arriva facilmente con i trasporti pubblici e si trova vicino a alberghi adeguati.
DQB ha espresso grande entusiasmo alla notizia. Lisa Struck, Presidentessa della Commissione Organizzativa Frankfurt2016, ha detto “Siamo entusiasti per l’opportunità di accogliere tutto il mondo nel cuore del quidditch tedesco, e non vediamo l’ora di lavorare con l’IQA per fare di questo torneo un evento memorabile per giocatori e spettatori.”
“Siamo estremamente compiaciuti di poter lavorare con un Paese ospitante così appassionato, e di usare quest’opportunità per mostrare il nostro sport a un nuovo pubblico in Europa centrale,” ha detto il Direttore Esecutivo dell’IQA Harrison Homel, “Crediamo che Frankfurt, un importante nodo viario, sia ideale per portare giocatori e fan del mondo del quidditch all’incoronazione del nuovi campioni del mondo!”
Ogni due anni, l’IQA conduce un complesso processo di valutazione per la World Cup. L’organizzazione quest’anno ha ricevuto eccellenti candidature da tre continenti, e ha dovuto fare delle scelte difficili. Alla fine la decisione è stata presa basandosi sui costi associati all’organizzazione dell’evento, sui costi e sulla facilità con cui i giocatori potranno arrivare al torneo, e sull’intenzione di offrire l’organizzazione a Paesi in aree diverse.
L’IQA ringrazia tutti i Paesi candidati e determinata a collaborare con con Frankfurt affinché questa sia la migliore World Cup di sempre.
Stiamo reclutando personale per questo evento. Vai alla pagina Volontari per ulteriori informazioni.
Squadre, città e altre organizzazioni interessate a ospitare eventi futuri possono scrivere a firstname.lastname@example.org per ulteriori informazioni.
Aspettatevi altre notizie importanti su questo evento nelle prossime settimane.
26 September Congress Meeting Minutes Available Now
9 October 2015
The minutes from the IQA's 26 September meeting are now online. Check them out here.
IRDP Joins the IQA
Written by: Sophie Bonifaz
30 September 2015
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!
IQA European Games Recap
Written by: Kathryn Harris
3 August 2015
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.
If you attended the event you can let us know what you thought about it here. If you have specific feedback please email Karen Kumaki at email@example.com.
Pubblicato il verbale della riunione del Congresso dell'IQA
6 Luglio 2015
Il verbale della riunione del Congresso è online. Leggilo qui.
European Games 2015. Il Direttivo
Scritto da: Sophie Bonifaz
5 Luglio 2015
Mancano meno di tre settimane all'inizio degli European Games - Siete pronti?
Il prossimo 24 Luglio, e fino al 26, 12 squadre da tutta Europa si affronteranno a Sarteano in Italia e lo staff del torneo sta lavorando duro insieme alla città di Sarteano per garantire che tutto sia pronto per accogliere giocatori, volontari e spettatori al loro arrivo. Molti di voi avranno già visto le informazioni sul torneo che stanno diffondendo già da un po' di tempo, ma ecco per voi un po' di informazioni sulle persone senza le quali questo spettacolare evento non esisterebbe!
Karen Kumaki è Tournament Director degli European Games 2015. Kumaki ha esperienza in abbondanza in quanto a tornei internazionali, essendo stata Event Director per i Quidditch Summer Games 2012 e avendo organizzato il torneo europeo regionale a Bruxelles durante il suo mandato come International Director per l'IQA dal 2012 al 2014.
Morena Lanzo è Assistant Tournament Director. È anche a capo delle pubbliche relazioni dell'organizzazione dell'Apulia Summer Tournament 2015, è membro del team di traduzione del regolamento in italiano e fa parte della commissione incaricata di selezionare la nazionale italiana.
Michele Clabassi è Gameplay Coordinator del torneo. Clabassi ha esperienza in tornei internazionali sia come arbitro che come giocatore, avendo partecipato spesso in prima persona e avendo rivestito la carica di Referee Coordinator all'European Quidditch Cup 2014. Era anche parte del Referee Development Team come rappresentante italiano e europeo e ha arbitrato a molteplici tornei internazionali.
Alper Erişen è Snitch e Referee Coordinator del torneo. Erişen’s ha esperienza in questi ruoli, avendo lavorato come Gameplay Director e Snitch e Referee Coordinator alla Turkish Quidditch Cup 2015. È stato anche il primo arbitro qualificato in Turchia e ha arbitrato un gran numero delle partite ufficiali in Turchia.
Rebecca Alley è Volunteer Coordinator e Assistant Gameplay Coordinator del torneo. Ha partecipato a innumerevoli tornei in Nord America come coach per più di tre anni e come Coaching Resource Development Coordinator in Canada. È stata anche Assistant Tournament Director all'European Quidditch Cup nel 2015.
Sandra Kreit è Hospitality Coordinator del torneo. Kreit è stata recentemente Tournament Director del Tournoi International de la Violette, un torneo internazionale organizzato dalla sua squadra, Toulouse Muggle Quidditch. Ha anche fatto parte dello staff organizzativo di vari tornei in Francia e Spagna.
Lo staff ha grandi aspettative per questo torneo, fatto evidente quando si parla con uno di loro in quanto il loro entusiasmo è contagioso. Kumaki ha detto che il torneo "sarà di un calibro ancora mai visto nel mondo del quidditch." Questo è dovuto in buona parte alla città di Sarteano. "La loro candidatura è la più notevole che io abbia mai visto," ha dichiarato Kumaki, "e Sarteano continua a essere un partner eccezionale, lavorando diligentemente per fare di questo torneo un evento di ampia portata, aperto a tutti e professionale." Alley si dice d'accordo, dicendo che "da quello che ho visto sinora, questa è la più forte partnership con una comunità ospitante che ci sia stata nel quidditch." In passato, le città ospitanti hanno dato contributi limitati in termini di fondi e spazi, ma Clabassi fa notare che "non solo [Sarteano] offre una parte consistente del suo budget per la realizzazione dell'evento, ma sta anche dedicando una quantità incredibile di tempo tramite i suoi membri."
Il supporto vitale di Sarteano nel marketing e nell'ospitalità fa sì che lo staff del torneo può concentrarsi di più sugli aspetti del gameplay del torneo. Clabassi è convinto che questo sia "il primo passo verso uno sport legittimo che anno dopo anno può fare affidamento sempre di più su un organo nazionale e sui suoi partner per organizzare eventi professionali. " Kumaki precisa anche che questo evento è "il primo del suo genere, in quanto è un evento regionale per squadre nazionali." A differenza dei Global Games "le squadre vengono da tutta Europa, dove i Paesi sono un po' più piccoli, la gente gioca insieme più di frequente e il livello del gioco è leggermente più omogeneo."
E non sono solo lo staff e i giocatori a rendere questo torneo un evento internazionale "Abbiamo volontari che vengono da tutto il continente solo per aiutare," dice Alley, "alcuni da oltreoceano!" Erişen sta lavorando con i migliori arbitri e boccini di tutta Europa (e da tutto il mondo) per garantire che le partite giocate agli European Games vengano arbitrate al più alto livello possibile.
Kumaki spera che avrà un forte impatto sull'espansione del quidditch in Europa, specialmente considerando che l'evento avrà "un'eccellente copertura in streaming." Clabassi lavora con la speranza che non solo questo torneo diventi "un nuovo termine di paragone per i tornei a venire", ma anche che l'Europa veda il potenziale del quidditch italiano, sia nel gioco che nell'organizzazione degli eventi." Kreit è d'accordo e mira a "fare onore ai giocatori fornendoli di un servizio di qualità" e a alzare l'asticella dei tornei di quidditch nel continente. "Puntare in alto" è l'obiettivo di Erişen, e Lanzo dichiara che "tutti sono determinati a fare del proprio meglio."
"Penso che vedremo diverse partite emozionanti in questo evento, con alcune sorprese inaspettate," dice Kumaki "e mi piace sempre vedere eventi per squadre nazionali, perché avere un intero Paese dietro la tua squadra da una carica più emozionante che gli eventi per club individuali." Lanzo, invece, sintetizza "questi European Games saranno uno degli eventi più belli a cui tu sia mai stata!"
Gallaway Elected President of the Congress
27 February 2015
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."
European Games Date and Location Announced
24 February 2015
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.
Teams, cities, and other organisations interested in hosting future events should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In the coming days and weeks, keep an eye out for more exciting news regarding this event!
10 December Congress Meeting Minutes Available Now
25 January 2015
The minutes from the IQA's 10 December meeting are now online. Check them out here.
Minutes from First IQA Congress Meeting Released
4 November 2014
Read the minutes from the IQA Congress' inaugural meeting, held over two sessions on 28 August and 4 September, here.
Glynn hired as Finance Director
13 October 2014
The IQA is thrilled to announce that Rachael Glynn has been hired as the organization’s first Finance Director, effective immediately.
Originally from Ireland, Glynn is now based in Luxembourg where she is an accountant.
Harrison Homel, the IQA’s Executive Director, is thrilled to work with Glynn in her new position.
“Rachael’s professional skill set positions her perfectly to excel in this role, and her experience and business acumen have already distinguished her clearly as a major asset to our organization,” Homel said.
Glynn comes to the IQA after learning about the sport through the Harry Potter podcast “Alohomora!” She was listening to the podcast one day when they mentioned World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“Amazed, I went Googling and found the [the former IQA and World Cup website] and the live stream—it was fantastic,” Glynn said. “I was definitely hooked from there. I wanted to get involved in any way I could, which brought me to the IQA and applying for a position.”
Glynn felt that volunteering was the best way for her to get involved with the sport—that is, until she can attend her first tournament, which she hopes will be the British Quidditch Cup in the United Kingdom next year.
“It really was perfect timing,” she said. “I saw [a] post on Facebook [for the Finance Director position] and thought here’s my chance, let’s apply for something I think I could help with. I work as an accountant here in Luxembourg, and I [am] delighted to have the chance to use my knowledge to help with getting the IQA up and running.”
Although she is just getting started, Glynn has set many goals for herself in this position, both in the long-term and short-term.
“In the short-term, it will be building the foundations on the finance side and making sure we are as well-equipped as we can be from the start,” she said. “I think that is the best thing we can do at the moment, planning and organizing. I find [this] is the best way to ensure any success.”
Her long-term goals include further developing the structure of the IQA, which she believes will help secure the sport’s growth in an international environment.
“Sound financial management is an essential part of the IQA’s continuing success, and I firmly believe that it is now in very capable hands,” said Homel. “We will be working very closely together to ensure that success, and I am tremendously excited by the prospect.”
First IQA Congress Meeting, President of the Congress Elected
14 September 2014
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!
Harrison Homel announced as IQA Executive Director
26 August 2014
The IQA is thrilled to announce that Harrison Homel, USQ's former Teams Director and current Board Member, will serve as the inaugural IQA Executive Director.
As IQA Executive Director, Homel will be charged with, among other tasks, setting up the IQA Congress, launching the IQA website and hiring a staff. Once those more immediate tasks have been completed, Homel will manage the daily work of the organization, including helping to plan international events such as Global Games, establishing development grants, and developing international policy.
Homel took over for Kristen Howarth as Teams Director in September 2012. In that position Homel oversaw the eight Regional Directors and was ultimately responsible for ensuring team services worldwide, including the then "international" teams. Prior to serving as Teams Director, Homel was the second West Regional Director, helping to popularize the now-famous "West Coast, Best Coast" chant.
Homel believes that his past experience has prepared him well for his new position with the IQA.
"My role has always had a non-American focus to it," Homel said. "We developed the national leagues policy which was the organization's first real start in this direction, and I was very involved in that. More and more, the work I was doing in the former IQA was dealing directly with international matters."
Homel, who moved abroad in 2013, has already begun working with the IQA. He was involved in writing the constitution and worked with worldwide leaders to design the new organization.
The IQA will feature two main branches: a Congress where representatives from each of the national leagues will serve, voicing concern and participating in debates to develop new policies. The other half of the organization will be headed by Homel who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day of the organization including hiring staff and carrying out policies dictated by the Congress.
Homel has set a series of goals for himself in the new position.
"One of my overall goals is to develop trust with the international community and ensure that everyone feels as though this is an organization that they want to be a part of and that they are enthusiastic to participate in," he said. "There's work to do in that area and I'm very excited to start building an organization that is truly representative of and for players and leagues around the world."
On an immediate basis Homel has more modest goals to get the organization off the ground.
"I am looking forward in the very short term to getting my staff together and holding the first IQA Congressional meeting," he said. "This has been a long time coming, and being able to simply start the work of the organization in earnest is extremely exciting to me."
Staff positions will be posted on the new IQA website and Homel encourages everyone to apply soon as he would like to start filling the positions right away.
New IQA Structure Announced
28 June 2014
The transition team for the new International Quidditch Association is excited to introduce the IQAandrsquo;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 sportandrsquo;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 IQAandrsquo;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.
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.
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 leagueandrsquo;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.