RIT Dark Marks
Cortland SnowBelt QUidditch Conference Meet

The RIT DarkMarks had a pretty good day yesterday going 3-1 for the day. They started off the day with victories against Syracuse and then Guelph. The third game of the day was a hard fought low scoring game agasinst McGill. The score was 20-10 in favor of McGill when the snitch was caught ending in a 50-10 loss. Lastly the DarkMarks ended the day with a victory against the Cortland quidditch team.

What to take away:
(Note: Thie remaining portion of this article is the singular viewpoint of this editor and not necessarily that of the RIT Quidditch program.)
Any tournament or meet you go to is not only a great time to test you teams strategies and prove the skill of your team but is also a great chance to observe other teams; this allows you to see who has improved from previous years  and who could be potential threats in the future.. So without any further explination, here is what I believe can be learned about the teams that were present yesterday.

SUNY Cortland
Cortland has not been a terribly competitive team in the past. This year they are registered as a basic member team and still not a top tier team level, but they are definitely moving in the right direction. The team seems to have found some new talent in a handful of more athletic players. While they still have some work to do before they start to turn any heads, they are clearly moving in the right direction.

Alfred University
Alfred was a new team last year and like most new teams did not pose the biggest of threats at the time. I still wouldn’t predict them to win regionals or anything, but they are a team that has clearly taken strides in the right direction. They seemed to be playing as a much more uniform team this year and have clearly spend some time working on communication and strategy. The real player to watch on this team is there new Keeper, #00. At first sight this player is clearly an thlete and I became interested in seeing what he can do. A good combination of speed and sized mixed with a clear desire to win makes him an excellent keeper and a player who could definitely make waves in the future if he sticks around.

Syracuse University
Syracuse is a team that despite being around for some time hasn’t done anything terribly impressive.And while many teams take leaps and bounds forward some years only to fall back others, it seems Syracuse just slowly moves forward. Since I’ve been watching them I’ve never seen them have a breakout year, but I’ve also have never seen them move backwards, or even stand still. Syracuse just seems to be a team that is slowly moving forward one step at a time and each year is just a little bit more threatening. This is no exception. I think there are two players to watch on this team if you want to see good play. #11 is a chaser who at first glance doesn’t look like a major threat, but if you made that assumption you would be wrong. She is the kind of player who is constantly impressing me with her level of play. The other player I’m excited to watch on this team is #5. A chaser who is clearly new to the sport as he doesn’t quite have a solid grasp on all of the rules. However yesterday he displayed a high level of athleticism and I believe after he spends some time learning the rules and understanding some finer points of strategy, he will definitely be a significant player on the team.

McGill University
Unfortunately I never got to see McGill play last year so I can’t give you a perfect review of how the team has changed.That being said the team I saw didn’t seem at the level necessary to win the Canadian regional tournament. I still believe they are a very powerful team, but it seems like they may have graduated some key talent and are still working out some kinks in their lineup. When communication was good this team was a force to be reckoned with, but the few plays where communication broke down, a few key yellow cards and some unfortunate luck made all the difference for this team. If there is a player to watch on this team, they are on the beater line. I couldn’t give you an exact player but while watching I saw near constant subbing and more importantly any time it looked like one beater was in trouble the other was there to help. There beating game was fierce and definitely a threat to other teams. Between a solid beater core  and the amount of travel they are willing to do, McGill is clearly still going to be a threat this year, it’s just a matter of time for the team to get all its communication down to a science.

Canada’s Finest Quidditch Club
Canada’s Finest is similar to Boston Riot  or the Silver Pheonixs in that while they are a community team, they function as the B team for a university. In this case they are the McGill B team. The first two things you are likely to notice about this team is that there jerseys say McGill quidditch and they just yelled out something about eating babies in their team chant. Disregard those two facts, they’re unimportant; what you should be focusing on is how close they are in skill level to the official McGill team. Canada’s finest runs a similar strategy set to McGill and runs it almost just as well. At this exact moment in time I couldn’t even tell you who would win between them and McGill because Canada’s Finest seemed to have their communication more set in stone. In time I believe you will see McGill pull ahead, but both teams have to potential to bring home plenty of wins this year. I didn’t get a ton of time to watch their games from the sidelines so I couldn’t give you all the ins and outs of their team, but it seems to me the weakest point is their seeking core, which isn’t all that weak. Canada’s Finest sports three seekers which allows them to frequently sub in a fresh seeker to keep pressure on the snitch.  However none of the seekers are terribly big. While they all have good speed and positioning, they struggle when put up against a bigger snitch who likes to throw. Their best seeker is certainly skilled but struggles against larger snitches. If he could put on a little more muscle to avoid getting thrown I think he would find even more success.

Guelph Quidditch
When I first saw the name Guelph on the list of attending teams I wasn’t expecting much. As far as I’m aware Guelph is a new team this year, which usually means they will struggle with strategy and not be able to keep with the better teams. But if you walk into a game against them expecting to steamroll a group of scrubs who barely know how to run on a broom, you’re in for a brutal awakening. The team needs some refinement and needs to get a better grasp on the rules, but when they do this team could a be a force to be reckoned with. The team is very athletic  which makes them a dominant force on the pitch. The team brings a near constant physical force that gives them amazing potential for the future. The really impressive point for me were their two seekers.  They have two young gentlemen who stand at roughly 5’10 and can be briefly described as built. As a snitch I could tell you one of the scariest sights is watching them sub out because that broom gets handed off and they come at you like a bullet from a gun. With two hyper aggressive seekers who have no fear of being thrown, I could see this team making some serious waves as long as they can keep the quaffle game close.

So there you have it, the weekend in review through my eyes. Why some teams are getting better and a couple players to keep tabs on.

Hey there RIT people, tomorrow is Roar Day.

Now you might be asking what that means, so I’ll tell you. Roar Day is and annual event in which students may donate money to RIT clubs and organizations and receive cool gifts like free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or sunglasses.  So why are we excited? Well you are allowed to chose what club you would like your donation to go to and if you do thatn RIT will match your donation up to $50. So if you’re willing to part with a little bit of spare cash then you should go donate on Roar Day to your favorite club (I hope it’s quidditch).

We painted the rock in excitement for our meet this saturday. 

We painted the rock in excitement for our meet this saturday. 

Hey there Quidditch enthusiasts!

I know you haven’t heard much from us recently but rest assured we are still here. In fact we are more than just here, we are pumped up and excited to start the year. We’ve had some great new players come check out the team this year and are really excited about all the things we have planned this season. 

Speaking of exciting things, our very first meet of the year is here at RIT this Saturday, September 21st. It will take place on the fields next to the RIT baseball diamonds and start at 10 am. The meet will feature teams such as RIT, University of Rochester, Alfred University, Ives Pond Quidditch Club, and even a Canadian merc team. And if the promise of quidditch alone wasn’t enough to get you excited I’ve heard rumors that there may be raffles for some of our “What’s your position?” shirts. So if you’re in the  area you should come watch some quidditch and have a good time.

Champagne Cup 2 Predictions

Pool A: Dragon, Phoenix, Tiger, Rabbit

 

Dragon:

Color: Grey

Strength:

This army has probably the strongest defense of the whole tournament.  With a aggressive and determined beaters supporting them in Samy Mousa and Alex Leitch, the already hard hitting chasers on this team will have nothing to fear about going after whoever carries the quaffle into their lair.  Then if the ball gets past all of that on a fast break, they have a strong keeper defending the heart of their side of the pitch in Aaron Pinzer.  I think that this team’s ability to go all out and force the other armies to retreat time and again will be what leads them to victory.  It’s hard to win when you aren’t able to get many points on the board.  It also helps having 1/3 of the army come from the same regular season team (Hollenbach, Haerter, Desmond, Sherman, and Pinzer play for RIT).

Weakness:

Dragon is going to have to remember that playing with fire can sometimes get you burned.  By that I mean that with being aggressive comes at a price.  If they let their temper get the best of them, the dynamic of their team will disintegrate.  When the dragons start hurling fire at one another, an opportunistic team should take advantage and run up the score as quickly as possible.

Prediction:

I see Dragon coming out on top of this pool with a perfect record.  It is theirs to lose, but I unless a snitch pull goes the wrong way for them at the wrong time, I don’t see their games even being within range.  The closest battle will be their game against Phoenix due to it being the wrong end of a double header.

Phoenix:

Color: Red

Strength:

The beater core here is really strong.  With Amanda Dallas and Robby May leading the way they have several smart beaters to bring to the field.  Added to that is the scoring ability of Jake Parisi, Mo Haggag, and Michael Parada, which makes any team without a strong defense likely to suffer from a score being run way up.  If two of the founders of NYDC – Dallas and Parada – are able to bring this group together they have a strong potential to win games with big margins.

Weakness:

I think this team’s weakness comes in their second string.  Once their starters get tired, they don’t have the same depth of talent to maintain the same high level of play. So endurance for their first string and how well they can balance their power players throughout longer games with the newer ones will be the biggest obstacle for them to over come.  Any team that is down by 40+ against them shouldn’t fear about the game running long as I can see it hurting these fire birds.

Prediction:

I can see Phoenix Army soaring into second place in this pool with a high point differential and a 2-1 record.  Losing to the strong defense of Dragon, but being able to run up the score on the other teams in their pool, they won’t need to shed any tears to heal wounds.

Rabbit Army:

Color: Pink

Strength:

The strength for Rabbit lies with their chasers.  I’ll go on the record and predict a line of Tom Skudlarek, Frank Tamburrino, and Jenna Melvin.  I feel comfortable doing this because these three Rochester based players are good at supporting one another and have Katie Pieper to help coordinate them.  They also have a great utility player in Matthew Zeltzer who can help support them in whatever aspect they need when he’s able to pry himself away from the yellow headband.

Weakness:

I think that the beaters on this team are going to send Rabbit tumbling down their hole.  A beater alone can only do so much good.  And while Ricky Nelson is used to having to hold down the fort, he will need to sub out at some point and I don’t see a pair that will hold bludger control for any significant amount of time that doesn’t involve him.

Prediction:

It is hard for me to see this team do better than 3rd due to a lack of coverage in every aspect.  They have a couple of players that will hit hard, a seeker capable of handling his own, and a solid keeper, but it’s not going to be enough to have them finish higher.

 

Tiger Army:

Color: Orange

Strength:

The two keepers on this team are going to be the best assets for Tiger.  Jamie LaFrance and Max Curran need to find a way to be on the field at the same time if Tiger wants to pull out of snitch range they’ll need to make big quaffle plays and their two keepers are the key to that.  It will also depend on if Harry Clarke is able to connect with the other beaters on this team, because if he’s alone there’s only so much he can do.

Weakness:

Seeking.  Casey Sabal is coming off an injury, and from what I’ve been able to gather, won’t be at full strength come tournament day.  So without her there, the team doesn’t have a real seeker as they’ll need Alex Linde’s help on quaffle play.  This means that any game within snitch range they will likely loose.

Prediction:

It breaks my heart to say, but I think Tiger will finish 4th in the pool.  Without the ability to shift someone to seek, they’re not going to do well in close games, and while I think they have the ability to keep a game within snitch range, they won’t be able to pull ahead of it.

 

Pool B: Griffin, Leopard, Salamander, Rat

Griffin:

Color: Blue

Strength:

This is the team that should be wearing black because their strongest asset is their solid beater core.  Jenna Jankowski and Anna Parker are two solid female beaters that can hold their own with the big boys.  Shenuque Tissera will likely be seeking with Joey O’Connor and this tag-team will be the best competition for any snitch throughout the day.  Skyler Crossman from RIT makes a return to quidditch so it will be interesting to see how he fits in to the new dynamic of the sport given that he was a large part of their old defense at World Cup V.  The Griffins also have a lot of depth in their chaser line with no one chaser that’s an obvious weak link.  When they go to switch lines I don’t see much faltering.

Weakness:

While Griffin is very well balanced, they don’t have many players that would be considered on that elite level of talent.  If some of the bigger names at the tournament are able to live up to their reputations then Griffin will see competition come their way.

Prediction:

It’s easy to call a pool victory for the Griffins.  I see this well-rounded team getting every snitch they come up against and it is hard to sit down and see any chinks in the armor of the Griffin Army – trust me I tried.

 

Leopard:

Color: Yellow

Strengths:

Wow this team has some good names that when combined equals fear for those who come up against them.  Devin Sandon, Patrick Callanan, and Junghune Nam all hail from Rochester teams and know how to play together due to inter-team pick-ups.  Anyone who hasn’t seen Devin play will learn very quickly why he’s as feared on the pitch by his opponents as he is.  Junghune comes from RIT and adds the trucking and power ability the team needs to remind the other teams in the pool that nothing will come easy.  I see this team shifting Adam Robillard to seeking, which would be the smartest move, and once he’s there causing almost any snitch to be caught in a matter of moments.  All of this is before Heather Knoch is mentioned – the best beater in the tournament makes her return to quidditch and will only help the Yellow team find gold.

Weakness:

If any of the above people gets injured/tired then Leopard will have a hard time filling those slots.  Ethan Sturm can fill one of the chaser slots, but that still leaves 4 others and I don’t see any beater on this team that can hold a candle to Heather’s ability.

Prediction:

While lack of depth is their greatest weakness, the powerhouses on this team will allow a 2nd place finish in pool B to go to Leopard Army.  The only reason for this is that I don’t think they’ll be able to get out of snitch range against the pool champs – Griffin Army – and Adam won’t be able to go against the best seeker team in the tournament and win.

Salamander:

Color: Green

Strengths:

Salamander has a good balance of speed and power chasers.  Their power comes from people like Rob Clifford and Joe Monoenko who can truck through just about anyone on the pitch.  If a beater comes near they’ll dump the ball to a speed player like Dante Close, Indiana Kuffer, or Joey DiStefano with confidence that they’ll score.  But the most useful aspect of the team resides in their seeker slot.  Depending on how Justin Kieber-King is used will determine just how effective Salamander is.

Weakness:

Salamander is an army lacking in beaters.   I don’t see anyone that is able to help Kerri Donnelly hold down the fort other than Justin, and if he is doing that it means they’re lacking their best seeker. 

Prediction:

It’s going to be a rough going for this army, but if they’re able to find a groove that works they won’t go winless.  I think they’ll finish 3rd in the pool but not have a good point differential.  Also having the best seekers all in the same pool against one another isn’t going to go well for them.

Rat:

Color: Black

Strengths:

There aren’t a lot of big names on this team, but they can do some damage if they use Kyle Savarese, Howie Levine, and Michael Pascutoi effectively.  These three chasers should figure out a rotation so 2 of them are out at any one time and have Marilyn Tourangeau or Alicia Caruso for support.  If they can keep the game within snitch range Andrew Zagelbaum will use his talents to get a quick pull and end the game before the other team can push back.

Weakness:

There’s only one person on the team that is a big hitter – being Pascutoi.  Other than that I don’t see much if any strength in Rat Army’s beater game that will help sway the tides in their favor.

Prediction:

I see Rat coming in last in their pool due to a lack of a strong defensive game.  They have some potential, but I think they’re going to get overwhelmed by these other teams.  They may rise above Salamander but that would be due to Zagelbaum getting them a clutch pull.

Bracket Play:

Seeding:

1.     Dragon

2.     Griffin

3.     Leopard

4.     Phoenix

5.     Salamander

6.     Tiger

7.     Rabbit

8.     Rat

Quarter Finals:

Dragon over Rat

Griffin over Rabbit

Leopard over Tiger

Phoenix over Salamander

Semi Finals:

Dragon over Phoenix

Leopard over Griffin

Finals:

Dragon over Leopard

protectthesehoops:

Canada Day Fantasy Tournament was had surprises, injuries, and many new friendships. The event ended with my blue team taking the title against black in the finals, ending what was one of the most solid days of quidditch.

I’m going to recap how each team did in reverse standings finishing order…

Jamie wrote some great stuff about an awesome tournament in here. But if you wanted a little more about some of the RIT players that were competing then I’ve got the rundown for you right here. 

I’ll start with Kyle Lelslie. I didn’t get to see Kyle play much so I can’t tell you any super plays he made but from what he told me it sounded like he played pretty well. He had a rough day as he was competing on the red team which finished 0-5. 

Jeff Sherman. Jeff was playing for the pink team which played some solid and hard hitting quidditch making to the semi-finals after defeating the green team twice (in consecutive games with the same snitch) where they had an unfortunate loss to the blue team where confusion surrounding a goal cause an unknown suicide snitch pull. Sherman played well and to my expectations for him. Often taken the grunt of physical chaser play in an effort to drive to the hoops and scoring a respectable amount of goals. 

Tom Skudlarek. Tom was also a member of the pink team. When Tom showed up to our practices in the beginning of the year it was clear that he was going to be a fast and strong player. With good knowledge of positioning based largely in his soccer experience Tom was constantly an offensive threat on a team that did a great job of drawing out beaters and setting up a pass to near the hoops where the only way to stop Tom was usually to put him on the ground, which was a difficult task in itself. We saw a new strategy to using Tom this weekend of putting him in off the start or briefly during the game as a beater in order to get bludger superiority. His good speed and physical play were a great match to this strategy and clearly useful to his team.

Josh Kramer.  Josh played for the black team which honestly surprised me and made a great run to the finals. Josh used to play chaser for us but switched to beater this year and had us wondering why he was a chaser since his beating game is phenomenal. So honestly I was a bit surprised when I saw a white headband on him at the tourney, but then I thought about it and remembered he is a pretty nice guy and also has such speed to him that when everyone looked around and was a beater he probably volunteered to do whatever was needed. The big surprise for me was when he pulled out the green headband and started playing keeper. In my opinion Josh doesn’t quite have the size to be a great keeper. It’s difficult for him to defend the top of the tall hoop and hitting has never been his strongest point, so he doesn’t have the most defensive pressure in the zone. But he surprised me. I don’t think we are moving him to keeper anytime soon but his shear athleticism and commitment to a play made he performed some excellent moves and did much better than I expected as a keeper. Overall he seemed to have a really goo tournament.

Aaron Pinzer. Aaron played on the championship Blue team. Aaron started of the day playing fantastic. He was definitely a sleeper pick on this team  and a valuable asset to his team. Making some impressive saves and setting up some great offensive drives. He suffered a minor injury in his fourth game of the day taking him out for the rest of the day but otherwise had a great day of solid quidditch.

Daniel Gagne. Dan was also playing for the blue team. Dan spent most of the day seeking He subbed in briefly as chaser for about as long as it takes to run onto the field, lay out an opponent and sub back out. Although most of the snitch catches ended up going to a fellow teamate Dan played a solid game all day and put some major presuure on the snitches.

Alyssa Giarrosso. Alyssa was playing on the green team. The team had a rough start in their first two games and ended up taking 5th for the day. Alyssa was originally worried that as the sole female chaser she would see little to no play time, but the green team worked her into their strategy for the day and it was a good call. She brought a highly physical game that was truly impressive. Many spectators were in awe as she stopped an offensive charge by Daniel Daughtery and brought him to the ground. However perhaps her most impressive play of the day was while all alone at the opponents side of the pitch in the game against red. Alyssa was brought down near the hoops, managed to roll out, recover the ball and score on the highest hoop in a play that was truly amazing. Also she make a turtle shell shirt and cookies for the tournament, how cool is that?

Overall we had a lot of excellent performances up in Canada and can’t wait for next year. 

RIT Dark Marks Graduating Class

It’s graduation season. This means that some of our players will be leaving us, which is sad. However we are happy for them because they are going on to bigger and better things, and that’s exciting. But before they go we want to tell you a little bit about them. So without further ado, 

RIT Dark Marks is proud to present: Allison Rabent


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Name: Allison (Alli) Rabent

Number: 00

Position: Chaser

Years playing quidditch: 3

Major: Art Conservation/Museum Studies

Favorite Quidditch memory: At world cup five beating the outside magazine partially Icelandic team in the semi-finals to move on to play in the D2 finals in Ichan stadium. There was so much excitement and emotions all around. Alli remembers crying because of the excitement.

Future Plans: Alli will be participating in an internship in Wyoming this summer. After that she is looking to find a job or attend graduate school for museum studies. For those of you still wondering what that is I will attempt to describe it. As a museum studies major Alli would most likely work in a museum to arrange exhibits as well as preserve artifacts. If you’re still confused, it’s a little bit like the group of scientists Nicholas cage steals the Deceleration of Independence from in National Treasure.

Fun Facts about Alli: -Alli has sometime shaved the side of her head (I believe in support of some cancer research) which has earned her the nickname Skrillex among some teamates. The same Team mates will not let her carry our hoops when they need to be moved, out of fear that she might drop the base.   -Alli was the sole designer of the very successful RIT Quidditch winter hats. -Alli served as vice president of RIT Quidditch, keeping meetings running smoothly and shuting down all of my terrible ideas. - Alli calls it pop, good for you Alli.

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Editor’s comments: Alli has been with the team for my entire time at RIT and has always been an a great asset. If nothing else she was willing to put up with a ridiculously high guy to girl ratio on the team. But she is much more than a player to fill a gender role. She has been a critical asset on the field and made some truly amazing plays.  On e-board she always keep us on track and prevented us from straying to far on tangents. She is a great girl who is amazing to have around as a teammate and a friend. We are looking forward to her coming to visit us in the future with exciting tales of the real world.

zombieninjasonbrooms:

I uhhh well ummm this is a picture of ahhhhhh, I’m not quite sure what I’m doing, but it looks cool and that’s all that really matters.
For the record, this is not my picture. It was taking by Annie Marie Photography.  She has a facebook page with some great pics that I pretty blatantly stole this from. I just want people to see it

Brian, what are you doing? get down from there! 

zombieninjasonbrooms:

I uhhh well ummm this is a picture of ahhhhhh, I’m not quite sure what I’m doing, but it looks cool and that’s all that really matters.

For the record, this is not my picture. It was taking by Annie Marie Photography.  She has a facebook page with some great pics that I pretty blatantly stole this from. I just want people to see it

Brian, what are you doing? get down from there! 

In the wake of all the amazing quidditch feelings you have going on it becomes very easy to forget about people like refs and snitches. Having done some of both of these I find that in the long haul reffing becomes incredibly more taxing on you. Snitches have to physically exert themselves, and it’s hard work, but it’s always a fun and amazing experience. And yes, snitches can make or break a game, but referees always make or break a game or even tournament. They have to make tough calls and more importantly make consistent calls. So why the picture of this attractive referee in front of the UCLA team, because I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank this referee in particular.
Before I talk about him I would like to make a note of my relationship with referees. It’s not good. I’m a relatively athletic looking guy and I like to hit people. I tend to hit everyone hard be it Giant  barrel cheested men who could snap me over their knees or girls barely 5 ft who everyone is going to underestimate due to her size. In the end refs tell me to watch the amount of force and look for me to be behind or near the neck, but rarely make calls when players (specifically ones of the smaller variety) have been around my neck, punching me in the chest, or hanging on my back. I’ve had missed calls go for me and against me but the problem just tends to be inconsistent calls in a game.
Finally we arrive at the man attraction. That man up there is Sammy Mousa. He was the head ref for three of our games at World Cup VI and never stopped impressing me. From the moment he started the pre game by explaining that he will not tolerate disrespect of any kind I started to take a liking to him. He consistently made fair calls on both sides of the ball all day. Upon receiving a warning for a less than legal hit I politely attempted to confirm what the warning was for because sometimes I come at an awkward angle and I just wanted to know what the ref saw. Traditionally such a question has made refs very displeased with me as they think I am questioning their authority. Sammy however graciously explained what he saw and why he made the call he did. I even saw Sammy card players for rushing the field when a snitch was caught that ended up being no good. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine and I was inspired by his willingness to make the call. Throughout the tournament Sammy was polite, official and helpful, everything a ref should be and then some. He was decisive with his calls and knew to listen to his assistant referees. On top of it all, he didn’t have any breaks, he just kept going. With all of this I immediately found something to offer up when a member of our team suggested we attempt to bring him a snack late on Saturday. Without a doubt Sammy Mousa is the best head referee I have ever seen in quidditch, and I hope more referees become like him in these aspects. So thank you Sammy for doing such a great job and making our world cup experience amazing

In the wake of all the amazing quidditch feelings you have going on it becomes very easy to forget about people like refs and snitches. Having done some of both of these I find that in the long haul reffing becomes incredibly more taxing on you. Snitches have to physically exert themselves, and it’s hard work, but it’s always a fun and amazing experience. And yes, snitches can make or break a game, but referees always make or break a game or even tournament. They have to make tough calls and more importantly make consistent calls. So why the picture of this attractive referee in front of the UCLA team, because I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank this referee in particular.

Before I talk about him I would like to make a note of my relationship with referees. It’s not good. I’m a relatively athletic looking guy and I like to hit people. I tend to hit everyone hard be it Giant  barrel cheested men who could snap me over their knees or girls barely 5 ft who everyone is going to underestimate due to her size. In the end refs tell me to watch the amount of force and look for me to be behind or near the neck, but rarely make calls when players (specifically ones of the smaller variety) have been around my neck, punching me in the chest, or hanging on my back. I’ve had missed calls go for me and against me but the problem just tends to be inconsistent calls in a game.

Finally we arrive at the man attraction. That man up there is Sammy Mousa. He was the head ref for three of our games at World Cup VI and never stopped impressing me. From the moment he started the pre game by explaining that he will not tolerate disrespect of any kind I started to take a liking to him. He consistently made fair calls on both sides of the ball all day. Upon receiving a warning for a less than legal hit I politely attempted to confirm what the warning was for because sometimes I come at an awkward angle and I just wanted to know what the ref saw. Traditionally such a question has made refs very displeased with me as they think I am questioning their authority. Sammy however graciously explained what he saw and why he made the call he did. I even saw Sammy card players for rushing the field when a snitch was caught that ended up being no good. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine and I was inspired by his willingness to make the call. Throughout the tournament Sammy was polite, official and helpful, everything a ref should be and then some. He was decisive with his calls and knew to listen to his assistant referees. On top of it all, he didn’t have any breaks, he just kept going. With all of this I immediately found something to offer up when a member of our team suggested we attempt to bring him a snack late on Saturday. Without a doubt Sammy Mousa is the best head referee I have ever seen in quidditch, and I hope more referees become like him in these aspects. So thank you Sammy for doing such a great job and making our world cup experience amazing

professorbutterscotch:

cupcakemichi:

redcardquidditch:

myquidditchlife:

Quidditch is at a crossroads of sorts. We just had the highest level of competition ever seen at a World Cup, and there were very few “cupcake” teams at the tournament. On the other hand, while the level of competition is high across the board, the standards of personal conduct at World Cup were…

This, 100 million times. And I’m not even the best sportsman, by a long shot. But I know what I need to work on with sportsmanship, and actively want to improve. That should be everyone. Best place to start is find the person/group whom you consider to be the epitome of a good sport, and figure out what you need to change to be like that. For me, that epitome is UCLA.

Dude Ringling. I effing LOVED reffing them. I warned them once and their ENTIRE team stopped doing that thing. Multiple times.

And RIT were the classiest losers ever. And also a GREAT team. They crawled back from being down 60 in our game, then we caught the snitch and alskdhgkjadfhga they were just really great.

Also yes, UCLA.

Just jumping in to say that RIT is *SUCH* a class act. Everyone on that team is a sweetheart. They are one of the first teams uOttawa made “friends” with and I’m so glad, because they’re wonderful. Make sure you keep in touch with them, they’re wonderful friends to have! 

Pool 6 also became biffles after (and sometimes during or before) we all played each other, which was weird and cool. I just love when teams and players recognise that going hard on the pitch doesn’t have to be a contradiction to being supportive off the pitch.

Naw, screw RIT, bunch a dicks. Can’t stand those guys. But actually, we love you all. and yea sportsmanship is good and stuff and yea……..don’t do drugs kids……um other positive messages.