Learn from teams around the country and the advice they have to share for planning recruitment for your team.
Recruitment is an important aspect of being able to operate your team. Having the ability to plan out how to grow your team and feeling comfortable with engaging new individuals will help your team feel prepared and hopefully feeling confident. USQ has gathered some advice below from teams around the country who share some of their thoughts on things to consider when planning for recruitment. If you are looking for further resources, we encourage you to check out USQ’s recruitment/retention resource page. If you would like even more advice, you are always welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to your regional coordinator or reach out to other teams in your region for advice on USQ’s region social media groups.
As we continue to navigate COVID-19, please reference USQ’s COVID-19 web page for additional measures and precautions to keep in mind for any recruitment ideas you might be pursuing. Be mindful to check on local and state regulations as well.
Be sure to check back in September for the final article in this edition of the series talking about retention methods for your team. We thank the teams who have contributed and look forward to sharing more responses in this new series!
“Always be up for discussing quidditch. If someone is asking what you are doing this weekend, tell them. Don't sell it as rugby, or soccer, or just a "sports championship." Let them know you play quidditch. Someone could think it is the coolest thing ever and now you have a new member. For colleges, go to your school's club/student organization fairs. Make sure you have a table and a means of showcasing what quidditch actually looks like. A laptop with a video playing or a board with photos actually helps people see the reality of the sport and for them not to just see it as a Harry Potter club. Even better, if you have the space, put on a demonstration. Play on campus/in your city/town in a place that is visible to people passing by. You never know who might stop and watch, share a comment, photo, or video on social media, and suddenly the number of people that know that your club exists is compounded ten-fold.”
“Never stop recruiting whether you have 4 players or 40 there’s always room for more growth.”
“What I found most successful is forming relationships with college teams and directly pursuing graduates who may be interested in continuing to play quidditch. Advertising tryouts and having joint tryouts with club teams close in proximity also helps reach out to teams we may not have a relationship with. As far as attracting people new to quidditch, posting in local Facebook groups and holding public events seem to have some success as well.”
“Attend student org fairs and have a "try quidditch" event in a public area that is easily seen by freshman during the first two weeks of school. At recruitment events, show the kind of player you want to attract (having diversity at your table ups your chances of keeping a balance).”
“As a team, we try our best to utilize every recruitment opportunity the university provides, small or large. For events, we register to have a table, bring out a big poster, and if possible, bring the hoops to attract attention. We also try to have as many players as possible show up in uniform to pass out flyers and talk to people across the event. Our main focus is to gain attention (at a big event this is a must) and talk to people face to face.”
“Take advantage of everything your college offers to freshman and transfers! Talk to university staff about getting quidditch apart of freshman activities in the beginning of the year, or getting a practice or tryouts event out in an events page or newsletter. Make sure you're taking advantage of not just events, but space as well. Be a presence where new students tend to group together, wear jerseys or merch a lot in the beginning of the semester and just hang out, look fun and exciting. There's likely a park or green space where students will congregate in the beginning of the semester, take advantage of that space and amount of eyes! Try and reach out individually, not just as a team, to new students you've notice look interested or might be on the fence about joining. Use social media a lot, we've created a name on our school's meme page on Facebook and Instagram, and grown our presence a lot through that. Making yourself look fun is definitely key to growing an audience!”
“Be as active as possible on social media and attend as many public events as your team is able. We were invited to Keystone ComicCon and got a lot of interest for tryouts for this season from attending that. Freedom is comprised of athletes who are former collegiate quidditch players, current college students, and those who just love the sport. While we don’t encourage those who attend colleges with already established quidditch programs to try out for us, we don’t turn them away either. Also, open your mind to those new to the sport or just huge Harry Potter nerds. We hold tryouts every August and welcome anyone looking to become a part of the quidditch community to come out. We have a couple of people who have never played before this season who didn't make the team, but they are able to attend practices to help build their skills and knowledge of the game.”
“Everybody needs to get out there and help table and find people, especially the leaders. Having your leadership present to help answer questions potential recruits may have is very helpful.”
“Everyone on the team is responsible for recruitment. Make sure your team knows to be very nice and welcoming toward all the people in your first open practice. Avoid having side conversations or making inside jokes. Make sure everyone feels included.”
“The Lost Boys have done work with fliers around the greater LA area as well as using very small budget Facebook ads and Meetup to host events and see if there are people out there interested in joining us. We also encourage players to share open practices and etc. to their Facebook pages because you never know who may be interested!”