When you think of sports at college, you think of football, baseball or basketball. But just a few years ago, a new college sport was announced and it has taken the United States and world by storm. It’s called Quidditch, and you might know what sport it is. The infamous sport from the Harry Potter novels, involving brooms, an assortment of balls, and seven players on each team fighting to win the game is officially a sport in colleges all over the world. The University of Kansas is one of them. Being ranked number two in the world isn’t easy, but KU is preparing to go to New York and dominate the World Cup this month.
“We’re in a fantastic pool for us with us going against Utah, Vermont, Ringling College and Hofstra. We’ll have some even tougher matches after pool play is over and maybe even deeper in the tournament. But I’m focusing on one game at a time,” Doug Whiston, captain of the Jayhawk Quidditch club said.
If you didn’t know what Quidditch here is a brief run down: seven players on teams, one keeper, three chasers, two beaters, and the seeker. The teams try to score against each other, before the seeker on either team gets the Golden Snitch that is carried by one of the referees monitoring the match.
“It combines aspects from almost every sport you can imagine. Rugby and dodgeball would be the big ones I’d say. It can’t fully be understood until it’s played,” Whiston said.
And played it is. 100 teams are in the contenders for the World Cup, being held at Randall’s Island in New York on November 12 and 13, and even more are playing, whether it’s here in the United States, or abroad. KU has a high chance of winning the cup, as the team is currently six-one and won the Midwest Cup. So be ready to support your Jayhawks as they face their opponents in a chance to wow the world.