Levelling the playing field - gender inclusivity in quidditch

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Levelling the playing field - gender inclusivity in quidditch

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Sounds good...but what is quidditch? 

Quidditch was imagined from the mind of J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter novels. But it has grown beyond the books to take on a life of its own.

It is best described as being a full-contact sport - like a combination of rugby, dodgeball, and OzTag.

Chasers use the quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball) to score goals through their opponents’ hoops, while the keeper defends them. Beaters throw bludgers (dodgeballs) to knock opponents out of play. Seekers fight to catch the snitch, which is a ball in a sock attached to a neutral player’s pants.

The game is played on plastic broomsticks, which act as a handicap for players. The sport is complex, and can seem chaotic to the uninitiated. Once you get the hang of it, though, it’s a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, rewarding sport to play.

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