Quidditch Team Seeks New Muggles
The USF Quidditch team is gearing up for the World Cup this November and needs talented new players.
TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2011) – “Alright, everybody! Brooms up! On the count of three…one…two…three…Go!”
Students walking past the Bulls Market recently may have seen people running around the lawn with PVC pipe in between their legs and pelting each other with dodge balls. But the students playing were the real deal - a Quidditch team on broomsticks, throwing quaffles and dodging bludgers.
Students snickered to their friends or on their phones until they realized what was going on.
“What is this, the ‘Throw Balls Through a Hoop Club’?” one girl remarked to her friend.
“I think it’s Quidditch, actually”
“What? Oh my God! It’s Quidditch?”
The USF Quidditch team ranks 29 out of 319 teams nationally, according to the International Quidditch Association rankings. They also won third place this past spring in the Gainesville Swamp Cup, beating out the University of Florida. Not too shabby for a team less than a year old.
USF Quidditch is seeking new players. They will hold practices Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the lawn near the Fine Arts Building (FAH). There won’t be official try-outs, but current members will keep an eye on new players and announce an official team roster sometime in the next month.
“It’s a completely different sport than anything you’ve ever played,” said Quidditch President Zachary Cornett. “We don’t care about your athletic background. If you want to play, come out and play.”
As the team played, onlookers gathered on the sidelines, fascinated by the Mugglefied version of the popular Harry Potter sport.
“I can honestly say this looks super cool,” said freshman Penni Hilson. “I didn’t think they’d have an actual snitch running around. It’s hardcore.”
Her friend, freshman Alexandra Bobrova, agreed.
“I find it interesting how they managed to make Quidditch real,” Bobrova said. “It’s pretty entertaining.”
Quidditch hoops are made from modified hula hoops and PVC pipes, then spray painted green and gold.
The team is working on logos for a USF Quidditch fan shirt that will help them raise money for their trip to the World Cup in November in New York City. They need about $15,000 to pay for the team’s travel expenses, lodging, food and IQA fees.
Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.