Start a team: Middle school
Your middle school is a great place to start a quidditch team. You can get together with other students at your school to enjoy the Harry Potter books and have a blast playing quidditch at the same time! Starting a team requires some hard work, but the IQA is here to help you in any way you need!
The best place to start a team at your school is to talk with a teacher who you think may be interested in helping sponsor a quidditch team. Since sponsoring a school club is extra work for a teacher, make sure to approach them with all the facts about quidditch, and show that you are willing to work with them to create a schedule that works well for both of you. It is important to show how excited you are about quidditch, because that will help others get excited!
Once you have a teacher who wants to sponsor your team, you will be able to work with your sponsor to talk to the administration in your school (principal, assistant principal) to figure out what steps you need to take to become a school club. They will also be able to help you get the other resources you will need, like a space to practice and materials for quidditch equipment!
How can the IQA help?
- The IQA has staff members that are here just to help student in middle school create a team and have fun. If you have any questions or problems while working to create your team, the middle school team will work as hard as they can to help you.
- The IQA is also happy to work with you to try and find established high school or college teams in your area to help you develop your team, or to come out to a practice and teach you some drills that they do! Again, all you need to do is email and ask!
You can find adaptations to the rules for middle school play in the rulebook or on this page.
- Scrimmaging with your team is a great way to begin to understand the rules, and it can help you figure out which areas your team wants to work on! Make yourself familiar with the rules, and then get out and start playing!
- Make sure chasers and keepers practice passing (while holding a broom!) and shooting into the three hoops. Beaters may do drills on their own to practice beating, or join in and try to beat chasers during a passing drill.
- There are many games that can be adapted to play at quidditch practice! Some examples include Basilisks and Acromantulas (like Sharks and Minnows, but with bludgers), dodgeball variations, and different tag games!
- If you have and specific questions about drills or games, or have things to add to this page, contact us!