Archive | September, 2011


20 Sep

Tryouts for the competitive team will take place over the week of Sept. 26-30 on Tabaret Lawn. There are 3 tryout days, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Sept. 26, 28 and 30) and we would like you to attend at least 2. If you have extenuating circumstances (eg. class, school comes first!) let us know ahead of time by emailing us (

During these practices we’ll be assessing your skills as well as talking to you about your availability to commit to extra practices each week. We will release a tentative competitive team on Friday afternoon. This will be sent in an email to those who attended tryouts. This team will play together as the University of Ottawa competitive team against Carleton’s competitive team on October 1, and our final selection for the team will be released on Sunday Oct. 2 at practice (we’ll also send out an email with the team). The final team size is undetermined, but will be between 14 and 21 players depending on how many players we feel deserve to be on the team.

Tryout dates and times are as follows:

Monday, September 26 – 9:30am-11:15amΒ 

Wednesday, September 28 – 8:45am-10:45am

Friday, September 30 – 8:00am-10:00am

Friday, September 30 – 19:00-20:30 (7:00pm-8:30pm)Β 

Note: Friday evening practice is in addition to the two morning practices you attend during the week. So, 2 practices plus Friday evening.


“Is that Quidditch?! Awesome!”

13 Sep

This Sunday we had our very first ever University of Ottawa quidditch practice, right in the middle of campus on Tabaret Lawn. (Hear that? Everyone who came, you helped make HISTORY.) With a fantastic turnout of 65 people, there are now even more muggles in Ottawa who know how to ride broomsticks, score with a quaffle, and knock people out with bludgers. We also had a couple of excellent snitches and seekers, including one snitch who dropped off the side of the Tabaret staircase to avoid capture, and another who hid out in the outhouses on the side of the field (smart move!).

The practice started with some drills:

Showing them how it's done.

First broken broom of the season!

Then, on to the scrimmaging. The old hands from last year (plus a couple extras) started off to give everyone an idea of what to do and let them watch a game.

At the blue team's end, looks like Alex is about to score!

Chris getting ready to take to the field

And then, it was time for everyone to play. See if you can find yourself in one of the pictures! If you couldn’t make it out this weekend (but think that this looks like fun), come out next weekend and try playing! Newcomers are always welcome (as long as you’re not a Death Eater. If you’re Snape, it’s OK, but nobody else.)

Back to school, back to quidditch!

6 Sep

UOttawa Quidditch has a bunch of exciting events going on this fall. Stay tuned for updates as they happen!

This Thursday, Sept. 8, we have a table in the UCU answering questions about all things Quidditch, between 10:00 and 5:00. We also will be having a snitch chase on campus, so keep an eye out for either a bright yellow snitch or a bunch of seekers on brooms!

This Sunday, Sept. 11, is the FIRST QUIDDITCH PRACTICE of the year! It’s open to anyone to join, find out what quidditch is like, and meet other like-minded muggles (or at least wizards who haven’t got our letters yet). If you want to come, bring your own broom at 1:00 to Tabaret Lawn (this is subject to change, so stay tuned) and be ready to run, jump, roll, dodge, and have fun.

We will be having a bake sale on Saturday night/Sunday morning for all the ickle firsties coming back from Fedstock. Look for us selling cauldron cakes, butterbeer, and other delicious treats!

Later in September, the 17 and 18, we’ll be having a training camp, both days from 1-4pm. This is designed to develop skills especially for those who are new to the sport. This will be very beneficial for veterans as well. Anyone who wants to be on the competitive team should consider this a must.

We also have some competitive events that we’ll need both cheering sections and players for, so if you can’t play we’d love to see you out to cheer for us at the Canadian Cup, at Carleton on Sat. October 29, or on our bus to New York City for the Quidditch World Cup on November 12!! We also are planning to enter a team in the dodgeball intramurals, so come on out and cheer for your quidditch players!

That’s all for now, but check back this fall for pictures and stories about all those events and more.