I completely understand why quidditch isn’t taken seriously as a real sport. It originated from a young adult fantasy series and requires players to run around with a PVC pipe between their legs. It can look really silly. When I first started, it was more of a nerdy sport. Some people were athletes, but the majority were geeks. The sport has grown a lot since then, and nowadays it seems to attract more athletic people. Despite this, I’ve also seen uncoordinated, geeky people practice enough to excel in their positions.
Many people do seem interested and eager to learn more when I tell them I play quidditch. Some people, however, think it’s stupid. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but especially since my parents are harsh critics of the sport, I thought about why I enjoy it, what it means to me, and why I keep playing. Quidditch has honestly taught me a lot these past few years, and many are lessons that I can take with me anywhere.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge guy or a small girl; don’t back down.
Playing co-ed sports can be hard. Obviously you don’t want to be so rough and reckless that you injure yourself (or others!), but I have no problem trying to defend anyone based on their gender or size. Sure, larger guys are likely going to be able to get past me but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. Sometimes it even works out for me and I take someone down or strip the ball from someone I didn’t expect!
Even if your team gets ranked below others, you can still come out winners if you fight hard.
Every regional and every national, my team is consistently underestimated. The media sites always claim that we’re going to lose every game. We might not fare very well at nationals, but we’ve been able to secure a bid at regionals quite a few times. We win games that we were predicted to lose by a landslide. Even if all the odds are not in your favor, you shouldn’t give up. Instead, work harder and prove them all wrong! This is also the case when it comes to being a female in a coed sport-the other team is likely to leave me unguarded, so I try to take advantage of that whenever I can. It makes me snicker to myself when I start scoring and then I can hear the other captain yelling at their players to guard me.
Put in the work, you’ll see results.
Like with any hobby really, the more you practice, the better you’ll get! When you attend more practices and tournaments, you’ll learn more and enhance your skills. It’s always helpful to play new teams and learn from other players as well! With sports, it can also be helpful to watch recordings of your own games AND video from other teams so you can see the game from another perspective.
Communicate and be there for your teammates, and the other team is going to have a challenge.
I love being a part of a team. Sometimes it can be hard to feel like you ‘belong’, but once you do, it kind of drives you to win. Some people might be more individually motivated, but personally, I try harder when I’m doing things for other people. If I want to win for my team, I’m going to play harder. Plus, you learn all of your teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, and you learn to understand what works well and what doesn’t. If your team works well together, it’s honestly going to be a lot harder for another team to defeat you!
Obviously if something makes you happy and entertains you, that’s reason enough to do it! I just felt like quidditch HAS meant more to me than just a silly nerd sport (and is my go-to method of meeting people and making friends), which is why I wanted to discuss the lessons I’ve learned from it and share. Maybe you can relate with your hobbies, careers, or interests! Thanks for reading!