Archive | September, 2012

Competitive teams announced!!

25 Sep

Thanks to everyone who tried out and congratulations to all, the coaches both saw a lot of improvement over the weekend. We want to let you know: if you didn’t make either team, we still love you and want to see you every Sunday to play, and cheering for us at games, and at potlucks, and at study parties, and building blanket forts…! There is potential to move between the teams, so if you’re playing really well at rec practices and improving you may be invited to join the comp dev team.

You know you want to be part of this.

Competitive Team:

Seeker:
Kera Lanouette

Keepers:
Alex Goudreault
Isaac Corey
Jamie Lafrance

Beaters:
Alex Badassa
Andrew Baggett
Clare Hutchinson
Erin McCrady
Marisa Sauret
Matthew McVeigh

Chasers:
Adam Robillard
Cam Buie
Chris Radojewski
Claire Steckle
Gabriel Weekes
Michelle Ferguson
Mike Howard
Matthew Bunn
Nick McKnight
Sam Cheung
Steven Kimball

Competitive Development Team:

Aaron Shifman
Ahmed
Brian Wong
Candace Blake
Crysana Copland
Elise Champaigne
Ian Carey
Katie Sharpe
Marc Jan
Marilyn Tourangeau
Michael Brannen
Reilly Ragot
Tegan Bridge
Tom Cortlett

Competitive Team Tryouts

19 Sep

All right, folks. Tryouts for our competitive team will be held on the following days:

Saturday September 22nd @ 1pm

Sunday September 23rd @ 1pm

Tuesday September 25th @ 6pm

It is highly recommended that if you are interested in trying out for the competitive team, you attend 2 of the above sessions. If for some reason you are unable to attend any of these sessions but are still interested in becoming a part of our competitive team, email our coaches at uo.quidditch[at]gmail[dot]com.

Why should you try out? Our competitive team will be made up of 21 highly skilled, dedicated players who will compete to represent uOttawa Quidditch at tournaments. If you make the competitive team, you are committing to a practice regimen and a standard of sportsmanship – you’re also joining an amazing group of people working hard to do great things. We have 3 upcoming tournaments already planned: a 4-team meet in Ottawa on October 20th, a 4-team meet in Canton, NY on October 27th, and the Canadian Cup (the Eastern Canadian Regionals) in Kingston on November 11th. There will be more competition dates announced later, including more international tournaments.

Joining the competitive team is an incredible way to challenge yourself athletically, travel internationally to represent your school, and meet amazing people on other quidditch teams. As Benny says in his wonderful post What September Means To Me,

“We have a new team. A team, that for even just a split second, has the potential to be the best team of all-time. Every new practice or team dinner is a chance to be better than you were before. It’s a fresh start. […] It’s worth it. Worth every penny you spend, every tear you shed and every minute you give up. Give Quidditch everything you have and I promise you that our sport will give it right back.”

Let’s go.

Are you ready?

Not interested in joining the competitive team? No worries – our recreational team is going strong, and we’ll still be having rec practices on Saturday and Sunday alongside the tryouts. Not everyone has the time or interest to play quidditch competitively, so don’t sweat it and make sure to bring your broom along πŸ˜‰

Official Business

14 Sep

First Order of Business:

Our next practices will be Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th – both will begin at 1pm on Tabaret Lawn at uOttawa. Please come prepared to run and bring your water bottles and a broom or broomlike object! If you missed the first practice, don’t sweat it – we’ll be going over the rules again, and new folk are always welcome.

If you gave us your email on clubs day or this week but haven’t received an email, it means someone put a scrambling jinx on your pen and we couldn’t read your address – shoot us a line at uo.quidditch[at]gmail[dot]com to be added to the mailing list and receive all the details.

Second Order of Business:

uOttawa Quidditch supports the spread of quidditch across Canada, and wants to support Canadian quidditch teams to become stronger and more awesome. To that end, two of our players have recently been selected by the International Quidditch Association for official positions. Tegan Bridge, one of our team presidents, is now the official IQA Representative for Eastern Canada and will be supporting Canadian teams and representing them and their interests at the IQA. Reilly Ragot, an excellent Chaser/Keeper of ours, is now the official IQA Expansion Rep for Eastern Canada, in charge of spreading quidditch to more schools and communities and helping to support new teams. We’re very proud of Tegan and Reilly, and wish them all of the of luck in their new positions.

Third Order of Business:

uOttawa Quidditch would like to thank the previous IQA Canadian Rep, Carleton University Quidditch‘s Andrea Hill. Andrea helped us start our own team way back in December 2010, and she has been a tireless advocate for Canadian quidditch: her hard work and passion saw the very first Canadian Cup hosted in Ottawa, the growth of quidditch in Ottawa and throughout Canada, and increased international participation and enthusiasm for the sport. We are personally indebted to and grateful for Andrea and her work, and would like to ask uOttawa, Ottawa, and the international quidditch community to thank her for her years of dedication.

Andrea Hill is the bomb

Fourth Order of Business:

We sell stuff now! Swank fan shirts, to be precise. We will be updating our online store as we get more merchandise: you can purchase the shirts in person, at tournaments, or online.

Fifth Order of Business:

Make sure you go outside and breathe some fresh air this weekend. Eat some pie if you like pie. Take a jog up to Tabaret and watch us play. Read some Ulysses if you’re me. Go enjoy yourselves, darlings.

FAQs: Fleece, Acorns, and Quinksy Quimpernels. (That’s what those letters mean, right?)

1 Sep

Yoo halloo! Do you have more questions than Neville Longbottom has phobias? We have more answers than Hermione has… well, answers.

1) What is Quidditch? Are you guys for real? For complete and utter realsies, je vous promettez. Quidditch is a full-contact (!) co-ed sport that is a Muggle (non-magical) adaptation of the wizard sport from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Invented by students at Middlebury College in Vermont, it has similarities to rugby, dodgeball, and flag football, with a special subculture and athletic flair all its own. It is incredibly competitive, with a governing body, international (as well as national, regional, and local) tournaments, and over 600 teams in 25 countries. For more info on Quidditch as well as a great way to spend 27 minutes of your life, watch this excellent documentary on the 2010 Quidditch World Cup in NYC.

2) How do I join the team? Do you want to be on the team? Then congratulations, you’re on the team! uOttawa Quidditch welcomes any and all players regardless of skill level – just show up to our Sunday recreational practices with a broom (or broomlike implement) whenever you’d like. Once you attend 3 practices or more you’ll have to pay a $20 membership fee.

If you would like to join our competitive team, tryouts will be held on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd (times forthcoming) – we recommend attending two of them. Our competitive team will be 21 focused, committed, high-level athletes who will travel to tournaments to compete for the University of Ottawa.

3) Do I have to be a uOttawa student/undergrad/insert qualifier here? You do not need to be a uOttawa student to play with us; whoever you are, you are always welcome to come to our practices. ALL uOttawa students are welcome regardless of age or program, including grad students, international students, and exchange students.

4) What if I’m not good at sports? You can still join! We like to think that we challenge the “not good at sports” mentality – we’re a diverse group of people with plenty of different athletic backgrounds, and even if you’ve never felt at home or at ease playing sports you might find that you’ll surprise yourself in the right (read: supportive, awesome) environment. If you’re not comfortable playing – Quidditch is a very physical sport, and not for everyone – we loooooooove fans. Fans come to our practices, our tournaments, and our social events: you are just as much a part of our group as our star Chasers are, we promise. (Hilarious sideline signs are a must, though.)

5) Do you guys just run around on brooms all the time? Pretty much. It’s surprisingly natural once you get used to it. But we’re not just a sports team – we’re a community. We participate in and host all kinds of social events: movie nights, sleepovers, potlucks, charity events, Kidditch workshops, festival expos, fundraisers, bake sales, Yule Balls, ceilidhs, snowball fights, live music, blanket-fort competitions, the Spartan Race, team dinners, tea parties, swing dancing, pole dancing, bouldering, dodgeball, book clubs, pub nights, and many more. We like to give back to the community and participate in anything creative, outdoorsy, nerdy, and healthy. We’re friends. We want to be your friends.

6) How do I get in touch with you to ask a question or hear about practices? You can sign up for our mailing list by shooting an owl to uo.quidditch@gmail.com, but the easiest and fastest way to hear about practices and upcoming events is by liking us on facebook and following us on twitter. We, uh… we’re on there a lot.

7) Your jerseys are gorgeous! How do I buy one? Thank you! *preens* They are made by Row West, an awesome little Canadian company. Unfortunately for you, our jerseys are not for sale to the public, only to members of the team. However, we will soon have fan shirts and other merchandise for sale, and you can totally buy those!

8) Are you a varsity team or something? We are not an official University of Ottawa sports team in any capacity; we are, however, an official club of the SFUO/FEUO. We have represented the University of Ottawa in an unofficial capacity at several international tournaments and have proudly helped to raise the school’s international sports profile, AND we’ve got enough school spirit to fill the Rideau Canal, but we are not Actual Gee-Gees.

9) Is the team just full of Harry Potter nerds? Nope! We’ve got players who’ve never even read Harry Potter. As Jamie says, “[the team isn’t] just a bunch of nerdy Harry-Potter-reading weirdos; when I played in Oxford England against Team USA I played against one of the most athletic teams in any sport I have ever seen, and I’ve been playing sports for a large portion of my life.” And as Claremom says, “You don’t have to be a nerd or a jock: that dichotomy doesn’t really exist. You just have to be badass enough not to apologise for liking the things that you like.”

10) How are you guys all so attractive? We work out.

And finally,

11) Do you guys actually fly? That’s, like, the first time anyone’s asked us that. You’re super witty.

Email/tweet/or facebook us any other questions you have!

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