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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:

Kera Lanouette

Alex Goudreault
Isaac Corey
Jamie Lafrance

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

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
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 😉

Summer Update and Important Fall Things

11 Jul
It’s summer! The folks on the quidditch team have been busy, that’s for sure – we even have three players who are currently in England representing Canada in a series of exhibition games around the Olympics. (Links to the matches can be found here if you want to see Team Canada in action.) We’ve also been keeping busy playing quidditch every Sunday, from 2-4ish pm, at Carleton, and anyone who’s in town is welcome to join us whether or not you’ve played before!
We also wanted to let you all know what our plan is for the fall. Our first practice for the fall will be Sunday, September 9th at 1pm in Strathcona Park (the 101’ers are using our field, alas.). We’ll be publicizing this more closer to the date but you can all mark it on your calendars now!
The following weekend, September 15th and 16th, is our introductory training camp – it’s not as scary as it sounds, we promise. It will be two days of quidditch for the new players to learn the game, for people who we met at our table in clubs week to come try out the game, and a chance for the returning players to get back into the swing of things. Anyone can come for some or all of that weekend.
Competitive team tryouts will be September 22, 23, and 25th. This year we are also expanding our recreational team. We’d like to see more of you coming out just for fun on Sundays, enough that we maybe can get a couple of rec teams going!
Let me repeat: If you don’t want to be on the comp team, JOIN OUR REC TEAM! We promise fun, general hilarity, and lots and lots of awesomeness on a weekly basis. 


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-11:15am 

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) 

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