Quidditch — not just for Hogwarts anymore
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 16:11
Calling all muggles, witches and wizards!
A new club sport will be present on SMU's campus this spring that is bound to excite all Harry Potter fanatics.
It is the competitive game portrayed in the Harry Potter books and movies, Quidditch.
Currently, SMU students Jenna Peck, Daniel Peck and Kate Petty are in conversation with SMU Club Sports to have a Quidditch team officially sanctioned by SMU.
Although the club team is not yet official, those hoping to get involved can still participate immediately.
This fall the team will hold scrimmages and small tournaments to attract interest in the club.
If the team has enough members by the spring semester, they will begin to compete against other schools.
Sophomore Jenna Peck invites all "SMUggles" to get involved.While some may think of Quidditch as a game reserved for fictional characters, Peck says it is a "legit sport."
She said once the team becomes sanctioned, it will be offered next to well-known club teams like SMU Club Baseball.
Quidditch is a sport that requires athleticism and drive, as it incorporates aspects of soccer, dodgeball, flag football and basketball.
There are seven players from each team on the field at once, plus one neutral player that participates as the "Golden Snitch." Once the "Golden Snitch" player is caught, the game is over.
While players on the Quidditch field may not actually fly, as seen in the books and movies, there are other elements to the club sport that reflect the game
For example, competing players wear robes and are required to either carry a broom or run with it between their legs.
In addition, the positions are the same from the Harry Potter series, including chasers, beaters, keepers and seekers.
There are already a number of schools with competitive Quidditch club teams, leaving no lack of competition for the SMU squad. Middlebury College in Vermont currently holds the top spot in the standings.
There are also many talented teams representing colleges in Texas. Some of these schools include Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M. Currently, Texas A&M is fourth in the rankings.