You’re welcome to come out and try anytime – we’ll even lend you a broom!
Our season is almost over, but stay tuned for all the exciting things we’ll be doing this summer!
About the Edmonton Aurors Quidditch Club
We were founded in the summer of 2014 when the University of Calgary Mudbloods quidditch team ran a quidditch workshop at Camp fYrefly, a queer youth leadership camp. Campers and volunteers alike were hooked, and the Edmonton Aurors were soon running regular practices.
As a community team, we pride ourselves on promoting healthy and active living in Edmonton. Everyone is encouraged to pick up a broom and join in, whether they are a varsity athlete or have never played a sport before. We are proud to boast players who compete nationally and internationally, but we value inclusivity above all.
Quidditch is a mixed-gender sport that can be played at many different levels, from pickup to recreational leagues to international tournaments. At the highest competitive levels, it is played at full contact. A mixture of rugby, dodgeball, flag football, wrestling and handball, quidditch has captured the magic of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series upon which it was based. It has since become an internationally competitive sport, with over 300 teams in 20 countries and over 20 in Canada alone.
Three chasers pass the quaffle (a volleyball) in an attempt to score a goal (10 points) through any one of the opposing team’s three hoops.
Two beaters wield bludgers (dodgeballs, of which there are three) in an attempt to hit opposing players, thereby knocking them out of play. Players hit with a bludger must dismount their broom and touch their own hoops before rejoining play.
One keeper defends the hoops. Keepers may also handle the quaffle and attempt to score.
One seeker attempts to catch the snitch (a ball attached to the shorts of the snitch runner, an impartial player trained specifically for the position who is not mounted on a broom). The game ends upon a successful snitch catch (worth 30 points).
Each team may have up to 21 players on their roster. Of the seven players per team on the pitch at any one time, no more than four may identify as any one gender.