US Quidditch Rulebook 9 is now available, and will be in effect for the 2015-2016 season.
The USQ rules team has been hard at work on this release for the last year, and US Quidditch is excited to announce the release of the ninth edition of the rulebook.
US Quidditch Rulebook 9 can be accessed online here. The print version of the rulebookwill be available for sale shortly.
This rulebook will go into effect for the 2015-2016 season in the United States. To view the full changelog from the 8th edition, please view Appendix F in the rulebook.
Summary of Major Changes
US Quidditch makes changes to the rulebook for several different reasons: to improve the clarity of existing rules, to make the game safer and flow better, and to make sure the rulebook is consistent with the way the game is evolving.
USQ will be mandating the use of mouthguards starting with the 2015-16 season. Mouthguards make the game safer by protecting against injuries to the teeth, lacerations to the mouth and fractures and dislocations of the jaw. USQ came to the decision to require mouthguards at all official games at the advice of Tackle Project consultant, Augustin Brajeux, and several athletic trainers and medics that we have worked with.
Rulebook 9 adjusts the function of the blue cards. A blue card indicates that a player must spend one minute of game time in the penalty area and the player’s team must play a player down for this minute. If the opposing team scores before the minute expires, the player may be released early and reenter play. Unlike yellow cards, blue cards do not “stack” to become higher penalties.
Formerly worded as coach in Rulebook 8, Rulebook 9 uses the term speaking captain instead. During the pregame meeting each team must designate one person to serve as speaking captain to represent the team during the game. The speaking captain is the only person who may speak on behalf of the team to any referee or official with regard to the game. The speaking captain must be on the team’s official roster. A team’s coach may serve as the speaking captain. Any official team captains and coaches may attend the pregame meeting, but the team must clearly indicate which individual is the speaking captain for the game.
Separate Team Bench
Rulebook 9 gives specifications and requirements to the team bench areas. Players and team staff, except the speaking captain, not in or about to enter active play should be located for the majority of the game within the team bench area.