Start a team
So you want to start a quidditch team? Great! There have never been more resources available or a larger player community to help you out. No matter what age group you're looking to start a team for, USQ has resources to help. Check out the pages on the right for more specific information, and see below for a brief overview.
eight steps to starting a team
1. Get your friends on board
While your friends might not ultimately become your team’s World Cup tournament roster, they’re a great place to start. Convince them to come to your first practices and help you find and make equipment.
2. Find equipment
Unfortunately, there’s no out-of-the-box solution for quidditch equipment (but we're working on it!). Your first set of equipment doesn’t need to look good; it just needs to get the job done. All you need is 14 lengths of PVC pipe or lobby brooms (you can even get away with “BYOB” for awhile), a volleyball, three dodgeballs, a tennis ball and sock (for the snitch runner), and three hula hoops attached to just about anything for starting hoops. It’s useful to have two sets of pinnies to distinguish between scrimmage teams, but they aren’t necessary. When you’re ready to upgrade, check out our resources.
3. Promote your team
Create a team email address and Facebook page. Invite everyone you know and update it often. If you’re looking to start a school team, post flyers all over campus and hold practices in high-traffic areas. Find out how to become a student organization or sport club on campus; this will bring much more visibility and often funding. Once you are a school organization, don’t miss club fairs and especially new student orientation. Incoming freshmen are looking for extracurricular activities and many are looking to play intramural or club sports in college.
4. Reach out to other teams
Are there other quidditch teams near you? If so, email or Facebook them! Ask if you can attend their practices or if they’ll play a best out of three series with you. If you don’t know if there are teams near you, contact your USQ regional director through USQ website.
5. Don’t do it alone
Once you’ve got people regularly showing up to practices, identify anyone with leadership potential. Put together an executive board to help run your team. Many eboards consist of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and team captain, but these roles can be adapted and more can be added as your team grows.
We call this “using other people’s money to buy brooms.” Everyone loves clever t-shirts, so quidditch shirt fundraisers are usually a big success. Bake sales, communal garage
sales, and car washes are also tried and true options. Many quidditch teams host very successful “Yule Balls” open to the whole community, and the teams traveling to World Cup VI collectively
raised over $77,000 on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.
7. Use those funds to start attending tournaments
Attending tournaments is one of the best ways to get your team to bond. There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere at a quidditch tournament: you’ll meet tons of other players who will become instant friends and possible mentors for your team, and you’ll get the competition experience that will motivate your team to keep practicing and training.
8. Join USQ
USQ offers two types of membership: team membership and membership for individual players. Team benefits include:
- Ranking on USQ website and a team page.
- Discounted or free registration to sanctiond events.
- Ability to apply for USQ grants.
- Eligibility to compete at regionals and World Cup.
- Priority support from USQ staff.
Individual membership benefits include:
- Accident insurance coverage in the US.
- Eligibility to compete in sanctioned events.
- Free registration to regionals.
- Membership patch.
- Access to team and player resources.
- Merchandise discounts.
Learn more about membership here.