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.
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 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.