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Hiring Announcement

Written by: IQA Staff
15 May 2016

Nicole Hammer is the IQA’s new Executive Assistant. She will be assisting the IQA’s Executive Director, Harrison Homel in various tasks and other duties as assigned.

Nicole will have her Bachelor’s in Social Work as of August. She currently interns in the City of Orlando’s Parramore Kidz Zone, which is a non-profit agency that helps at-risk youth. She is a Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity and a Sister of Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Music Fraternity .

Nicole began quidditch in 2011 when she jokingly told her university that she was captain of the school’s quidditch team and then her team became a reality. Since then, she has held President and Vice President roles for 3 different quidditch teams and she is currently the President of the Florida Quidditch Conference.

In her free time, you can find her going on some kind of adventure, telling her stuffed animals she loves them, and doing light political work.

IQA mourns loss of Mexican Quidditch Player

Written by: IQA Staff and Trustees
13 May 2016

The International Quidditch Association is shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Jose Manuel Enriquez. Jose was a member of the Mexican national team and the Los 9 ¾ Quidditch team. Jose was a wonderful person, teammate, and leader who will be sorely missed by his teammates, family, friends, and the global quidditch community. The community will forever remember his contributions to our sport. This is an important time for the quidditch community to come together in support and solidarity to honour his memory. We are there for you if there is anything you need in this difficult time.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jose's family, friends, and the entire Mexican quidditch community.

At this time the IQA requests that any enquires be directed to IQA Trustee; Chris Daw at chris.daw@quidditchcanada.com.

World Cup Ticket FAQ

Written by: IQA Staff
18 April 2016

This short FAQ is intended to address some of the questions which have consistently arisen in the confusion over the ticketing of World Cup. Any further concerns should be emailed to Tournament Director Matthew Guenzel, who will get back to you with all due haste. His email is wc2016.guenzel@gmail.com.

How many tickets will be available?

In total, 1500 tickets will be available for booking in advance. More tickets will be available for sale on the day, but we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

When and how will tickets be released?

Tickets will be released in waves on the World Cup website. The first wave will be released on May 4th, at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10), and consist of 250 tickets. The second wave will be released on May 15th, at 8pm Central European Summer Time (GMT +2), and consist of 250 tickets. The third and final wave will be released on May 22nd, at 8pm Central Time (GMT -6), and consist of the remaining 1000 tickets.

How much will tickets cost?

Read the full breakdown of ticket packages.

How does the ticketing system work?

When you go through the ticket purchasing system, you will reserve the ticket(s). You will then receive a confirmation email that you have secured your ticket(s). You will then be required to pay with reasonable deadlines once the current financial obstacles are surpassed.

Will volunteers need tickets?

No, volunteers will not need tickets.

When will we know if we’re volunteering or not?

We will get back to you within a week of volunteer signups closing. This will give you plenty of time before the first wave of tickets are released.

I already booked flights, what if I don’t get tickets?

If you booked flights before the announcement on 27 March and don’t get tickets through the conventional system, get in touch with Matthew Guenzel via email.

My significant other / family member is playing on a national team, and I want to support them. Do I get priority on tickets?

Not as the system currently stands. We are currently looking into a system where this might be possible, but have not reached a decision at the current time. We will keep everyone updated as and when we do.

Will there be a limit on how many tickets an individual can buy?

Yes, this will be limited to five tickets a person. If you need more send an email to maria123belyaeva@gmail.com with the reason as to why you need more.

Will I be able to buy tickets on the day?

Yes, a certain number of tickets will be available for purchase on the day. However, to avoid disappointment we recommend booking in advance.

Updates: World Cup Policies and Location, Management Shuffle

Written by: Alex Benepe
1 April 2016

In an effort to improve transparency, the IQA would like to take this opportunity on the first of April to make some major announcements related to World Cup and our organizational management.

After significant deliberation and in response to the wants and needs of our community, the IQA has decided to move the location of World Cup 2016 to South Carolina, United States.

South Carolina’s excellent weather, proud history of major quidditch events, and palmettos make it an ideal location for our largest event. The facility will have many palmettos as well as easy access to public transportation and hotels. We are confident that this move will allow players to have an even better experience from as they compete for glory on the world stage.

“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 the southeastern United States,” said IQA Executive Director Harrison Homel, “We believe that South Carolina, often called the gateway to the world, will be a perfect location for the players and fans of the global quidditch community to meet next July as we crown our newest World Champion!”

It is with great sadness that we must also announce that Executive Director Harrison Homel has been removed from his position, effective immediately. Former US Quidditch CEO Alex Benepe, pledging to “Make quidditch great again,” and also inexplicably speaking at length about building a wall, accepted the Board of Trustees’s nomination to fill the vacancy. Congress President Brian Gallaway expressed great enthusiasm for the change of leadership and the new direction heralded by Benepe’s rise.

Homel’s final decision as Executive Director was to finalize the IQA’s policy on tickets and prices for World Cup. At his great insistence, all tickets will be free. However, only seven will be released. Our staff have hidden these tickets in PVC pipes all around the world. The lucky seven who find them will be flown directly to South Carolina to watch quidditch teams from around the world compete for victory. Admission to the event is only possible with one of these tickets. We wish all individuals the best of luck.

World Cup Tickets

Written by: IQA Staff
27 March 2016

Following some confusion over the event, the World Cup Organising Team would like to clarify that this summer’s World Cup will be a ticketed event for spectators. This is partially due to the size of the facility, and for further due to concerns over public safety. Tickets will be released in waves; with the first wave being released on the World Cup website on April 20th, the second wave being released on May 4th, and the third wave being released on May 18th. In some cases, limited tickets may be available outside these release dates as part of publicity campaigns and fundraisers. These tickets will be extremely limited and should not be relied upon.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any potentially spectators who had impressions to the contrary. We would recommend spectators delay booking flights and accommodation until they have purchased their tickets. Whilst volunteers at the event will not have to purchase tickets, we would also recommend volunteers to delay booking flights and accommodation until we have confirmed with them that they will be required to volunteer at the event.

The World Cup Organising Team would like to thank the community for their support; and express their gratitude and excitement over the eagerness to see what will be truly a unique event in the sport’s history. Anyone with concerns or questions should not hesitate to get in touch with Tournament Director Matthew Guenzel at wc2016.guenzel@gmail.com.

World Cup Teams

Written by: IQA Staff
8 March 2016

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.

Board of Trustees Appointments

Written by: IQA Staff
26 February 2016

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.

Minutes from the IQA Congress Meeting Released

26 February 2016

The minutes from the IQA's February Congress meeting are now online. Check them out here.

Expansion Fund Campaign Delayed

Written by: IQA Staff
15 February 2016

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.

World Cup Expansion Fund Selection

Written by: IQA Staff
8 February 2016

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.

For more information about the fund, please get in touch with Matthew Guenzel at wc2016.guenzel@gmail.com.

World Cup Teams

Written by: IQA Staff
6 February 2016

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:

AustraliaItalySlovenia
AustriaMexicoSouth Korea
BelgiumNetherlandsSpain
CanadaNew ZealandSweden
CataloniaNorwayTurkey
FrancePakistanUganda
GermanyPeruUnited Kingdom
IrelandPolandUSA

World Cup Equipment

Written by: IQA Staff
27 January 2016

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

BROOMS

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.

Please email your quote in a PDF to the Logistics Coordinator, Rebecca Alley, at wc2016.alley@gmail.com no later than Friday, February 12 at 23:59UTC.

If you have questions about information required in your quote, feel free to contact Rebecca via email -- she will not reply to questions sent via social media sites.

World Cup 2016 Team

Written by: IQA Staff
11 January 2016

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:

The team is still looking for a Referee Coordinator and a Snitch Coordinator to join them. If you are interested, please apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to hiring@iqaquidditch.org.

Referee Development Team Policies

Written by: IQA Staff
7 January 2016

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.

To do so, a hypothetical Q&A.

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 Expansion Fund

Written by: IQA Staff
1 January 2016

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:

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.

Applications and inquiries should be emailed to Matthew Guenzel at wc2016.guenzel@gmail.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:

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 wc2016.guenzel@gmail.com.

Design Competition

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 wc2016.guenzel@gmail.com. Designs should be submitted in a .jpg format, with .ai or comparable available upon request.

Tournament Director

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

Written by: IQA Staff
18 November 2015

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.

Teams, cities and other organisations interested in hosting future events should email info@iqaquidditch.org for more information.

In the coming days and weeks, keep an eye out for more exciting news regarding this event!

Minutes from the IQA Congress Meeting Released

9 October 2015

The minutes from the IQA's October 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 eurogames@sarteano2015.eu.

Minutes from the IQA Congress Meeting Released

6 July 2015

The minutes from the Congress meeting on June 20th are now online. Check them out here.

2015 European Games Tournament Staff

Written by: Sophie Bonifaz
5 July 2015

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

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 info@iqaquidditch.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.

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 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.

 

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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:

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.


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