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The International Quadball Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sport throughout the world, primarily on college and university campuses. The sport is best described as a combination of rugby, dodgeball, and some wrestling/flag football.

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Hear me out: Bicycles

Okay just up front, I have never participated in this sport in any way, so consider me an ignorant outsider, and please judge only slightly harshly what I am about to say, because it's essentially a stream of consciousness that I got stuck sailing down, while I was riding my bike home from work one day.

Playing a game where you need to hold a broom between your legs, in a world without actual magic, is silly. It requires no skill, provides no challenge, and isn't even particularly adherent to the spirit of the fictional game, because the player should be transported by their stick, not the other way around. So, how can we fix that?

What is the closest real-world equivalent to a flying broomstick, in terms of function rather than aesthetic? A bicycle. Sure, it can't fly, and broomsticks seem to contain their own power source of some kind, rather than being powered by the energy of the rider, but otherwise I think we're on a winner - they both require strength and skill to manoeuvre, both carry the inherent risk of falling off, and both are chiefly designed as a mode of transportation. To accommodate the higher speeds of travel on a bike, rather than on foot, the dimensions of the pitch should also be multiplied, and the surface should probably be a smooth tarmac or something, as opposed to grass.

Real world 'Sport-which-has-no-official-affiliation-with-a-particular-nasty-british-author' should be played on Bicycles, and not on foot, while limply holding a stick in your crotch. If a player's foot, or any other body part, touches the ground during play, it's a penalty, and the player must drop any ball they're holding, and take their bike back to their team's goal line and re-join play from there, while not interacting with any other player or any ball until they officially re-enter play.

This also adds the additional tactic of using bludgers to attack the player's bike, rather than the player themselves, such as by aiming for the front wheel to try and unbalance the player and force them to touch the ground. It also makes the game generally more physical, and challenging (and dangerous - helmets and pads are now mandatory), which may not appeal to the vast majority of nerds who make up this game's core audience, but I still think that it is important to consider the ways that a game can be "improved", by raising the skill ceiling.

Also, you then have the type and construction of the bicycles to consider, as an interesting element of strategy. Do you focus on speed or manoeuvrability? Do you want a low seat so you can more easily pick balls up from the floor, or a high seat that allows you to pedal harder? Thick, stable wheels, or thin, fast ones? Different styles of bike for different roles on the team? etc.

Obviously, bicycle polo already Nas a sport, but that doesn't involve smacking people in the face with a ball, or coming up with fun fantasy themed team names, so this new sport is better. I don't intend to completely replace the existing game of course, so I suggest something like "Wizard Ball" as the name of this new version.

Okay, that's my rant. Please feel free to tell me how stupid I am now, but kindly. Thanks!

12 Comments
2024/05/03
17:36 UTC

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Wtf is the point of the rest of the quidditch team if literally nothing matters but the seeker

5 Comments
2024/04/29
02:40 UTC

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Does anyone know why the McGill quidditch team disbanded?

4 Comments
2024/04/18
19:57 UTC

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NEED PARTICIPANTS Anonymous, online survey research focused on female sports participation

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2024/02/29
11:44 UTC

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No caption needed or sufficient?

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2024/02/12
04:02 UTC

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Quadball Resources

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2024/01/29
10:57 UTC

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2024 Major League Quadball Schedule Just Dropped

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2024/01/17
17:52 UTC

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Taking "hard to get" too far

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2024/01/06
14:04 UTC

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House Quidditch Robe Merch

I've been looking into the Harry Potter shop and the one thing they don't seem to carry is the house quidditch robes. The quidditch robes in the first movie are essentially what I'm after. Is there anywhere online I can find a good quality one? I wish the official shop had them available. The regular house robes look good but I really want a quidditch robe. THX

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2023/12/27
03:23 UTC

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What is your favorite broom from the movies? Mine is a little basic but it's the Nimbus 2000

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2023/12/14
13:55 UTC

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What kind of cleats should I get? (New to sport)

Recently joined my university's quadball team, I'm a female player and I was wondering if I should get men's football cleats or women's soccer cleats. I have wider feet and find that average womens shoes don't fit me well. I have joint issues so I would appreciate the ankle support from football cleats, but I have also read that they have clunkier spikes. Does it really matter if I get soccer vs. football cleats? Should I get football cleats for the ankle support to priortize my joints? Or should I get women's soccer cleats for mobility?

8 Comments
2023/10/01
07:47 UTC

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What bags do you use for Quidditch

I've recently gotten into quadball and I was just using a drawstring bag for my equipment but I'm starting to outgrow it. I'm wondering what bags other players are using.

2 Comments
2023/09/28
20:19 UTC

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Quadball Nations Cup Groups are drawn

2 Comments
2023/09/06
17:30 UTC

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Quidditch: The Broken Game That Makes No Sense

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2023/06/20
23:05 UTC

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EQC 2023 Division 2 - Day 2 - Livestream

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2023/04/30
10:02 UTC

0 Comments
2022/11/21
17:49 UTC

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Catching the snitch to end the game??

I understand that catching the snitch ends the game, and that it is possible, although rare, to catch the snitch and still lose if the team that catches the snitch is down by more than 150 points (quidditch world cup in book 4). What I don’t understand is why the seeker, knowing their team is down by more than 150 points, would snatch the snitch instead of defending the snitch so it’s not caught by the opposing seeker, until your team is within 150 points. Is it possible to secure the dub by reaching a certain point total?

5 Comments
2022/11/11
22:56 UTC

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YOUR BROOMSTICK!

Hey guys, what's your broomsticks made of?

I'm looking for some material to make new broomstick for my team, and I want it to be LIGHT and FLEXIBLE

Could you guy help me with that.

Thanks!!

6 Comments
2022/10/07
18:52 UTC

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[USA Quadball] Quadball comes to ESPN8: The Ocho on Aug. 5. Be there.

7 Comments
2022/07/25
20:52 UTC

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And just like that, Quadball England wins the finals of the IQA European Games, taking the gold against Germany!

0 Comments
2022/07/24
22:48 UTC

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Origin of the Sport: My high school teacher created Quidditch/ Quadball

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/tv_film/newsid_1871000/1871622.stm

Mrs Curry was my English and Media Studies teacher. Funny, quirky and firm supporter of Irish Unionism, so prettt quite sturn too. This started off small in our school, so its wild how big it is to me!

From an Irish lady in a small Welsh high school, to the entirity of the globe.

4 Comments
2022/07/20
22:27 UTC

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we have a name change. is dropping the brooms next?

The brooms or sticks slow the game down, limit your hand freedom, look silly, and, most importantly, its an injury hazard. Should we drop the brooms?

52 Comments
2022/07/20
14:30 UTC

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Quidditch will eventually be named Quadball. How do you feel?

22 Comments
2022/07/19
22:19 UTC

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New rulechanges!

Today IQA announced the new changes for our sport and i d like to know your input especially about 2handed tackling and 3 max.

https://iqasport.org/news/this-year-the-iqa-has-started-using-a-new-process

4 Comments
2022/05/27
14:17 UTC

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Podcast Episode with Quidditch Player!

Hi Quidditch players!!!!!

Just chatted with a friend and comedian who spent his time playing Quidditch at Macaulay Honors College in NYC. We chat about why he joined and how its not as nerdy as everyone thinks it is. We also go into internal team drama and i get roasted for judging the sport so badly.

Would love to get y'all's thoughts on it.

Here's the episode on YouTube

and here are links to listen to it basically anywhere else

0 Comments
2022/05/26
19:21 UTC

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Dead sub? Dead game?

This sub seems dead. Some sidebar links are broken. Has the real sport of Quidditch died out?

20 Comments
2022/02/15
04:57 UTC

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