Volunteer Registration For 2017 Divisional Fixtures Opens

We are pleased to open registration for our divisional fixtures this summer. This includes referees, snitches, first aiders, general event helpers, and media volunteers (photographers and videographers).

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/1XYudF5pp2ejPAAf1

We are also pleased to confirm that Head Referees, Assistant Referees, and Snitch Referees will be allocated and paid on the same basis as the QuidditchUK Referee Qualification Procedure. The full text of this document can be found here.

In addition to this, snitches will be paid £3 per game regardless of their qualifications, but will be allocated to games based on their experience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email contact@quidditchpremierleague.com, where we’ll be happy to help!

We look forward to working with you this summer to #ChangeTheGame!

Tamara Morris Appointed as Volunteers Director

With Ashley Cooper stepping down as Volunteers Director due to lack of available time, the Quidditch Premier League is delighted to welcome Tamara Morris as his replacement in the role.

Tamara is an English graduate from the University of Exeter, Cornwall campus where she helped found the Tremough Quidditch Club (TQC), home of the Falmouth Falcons. She very much enjoys being involved in the development of quidditch both from a club management level as president of TQC from 2014 – 2016 and club coach from 2013 – 2016, and also on a national level with QuidditchUK as the Human Resources Director from 2015 before stepping down in early 2017. Tamara has experience in public and third sector events management, government administration, and recruitment and careers advice.

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Tamara Morris will be filling the role of Volunteers Director left vacant by Ashley Cooper | Photo credit: Yani Ahmed

‘I’m so excited to have Tamara join the team,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘She has done great things at TQC and during her years at QuidditchUK, and having someone of her passion and experience with us is going to usher in a wonderful future for our volunteers and growth.’

The Quidditch Premier League would like to thank Ashley Cooper for his time with us, and the contributions he made, and wish him the very best for the future!

Quidditch Premier League Expands Staff With Further New Volunteers

The Quidditch Premier League are pleased to welcome several new staffers on board to our executive team, in the streaming, social media, financial, and administrative sectors.

Joining as our new Financial Director is Michael Ansell. Currently the manager for the Southeast Knights, Ansell has significant experience within the quidditch community, and is training as a professional accountant after the summer. Ansell will be working with our core team to submit corporation tax returns and file company accounts, as well as monitor and advise on the financial health of the business.

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Michael Ansell will be joining as Financial Director

Also joining the team is Betsy Lewin-Leigh, who has been appointed as Assistant to the Director. She will be key to helping organise and coordinate the wider Quidditch Premier League volunteer team, as the organisation grows.

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Newly appointed Assistant to the Director, Betsy Lewin-Leigh, will be vital to keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes of the Quidditch Premier League | Photo credit: Howard Orridge

Sam Senior will be joining the team as Social Media Assistant, helping Social Media Coordinator Fraser Posford keep all eight team Facebook pages and Twitter feeds full of entertaining and informative content.

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Sam Senior has been brought on as Social Media Assistant | Photo credit: Vanieztia Inniss

Finally, Giordano Di Pino-Forino will be joining the recently hired Matt Smith in our Media department, working on logistics for streaming and video production to bring the excitement of the Quidditch Premier League to as many people as possible.

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Giordano Di Pino-Forino will work on supporting streaming and video production within our Media department | Photo credit: Vanieztia Inniss

‘I am so pleased to bring more people into this incredible team,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘Working on this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To be able to have fantastic, committed, and talented volunteers join us, and to be able to offer them that experience back, well, it just works brilliantly for everyone!’

If you are interested in joining our extraordinary team, send over an email to contact@quidditchpremierleague.com outlining how you’d like to be involved.

Quidditch Premier League Announces Trading Card Partnership With Bluehawk Quidditch Supplies

The Quidditch Premier League are delighted to confirm that we will be partnering with Bluehawk Quidditch Supplies to produce and sell trading cards for the 2017 season. The 2017 Quidditch Premier League trading card set will be open to cards featuring all 240 players, all managers, and all Quidditch Premier League staff members to submit cards to, and will be sold at all seven fixtures this season. Packs of ten cards will be available for £5, or you can buy five packs for £20.

In addition to this, the Quidditch Premier League will also be purchasing referee cards and score markers for our officials to use from Bluehawk Quidditch Supplies.

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‘Bluehawk Quidditch Supplies have always produced phenomenal products, and we’re so excited to be able to offer players and fans alike a lasting memento of this first season through their trading cards,’ Quidditch Premier League Director Jack Lennard said. ‘I can’t wait to buy some for myself to remember this remarkable inaugural season with!’

‘We’re extremely thrilled to be involved with the Quidditch Premier League from the earliest stages of the inaugural edition,’ said Jan Mikołajczak, one of the Directors of Bluehawk Quidditch Supplies. ‘It’s just the kind of initiative we love seeing in the quidditch community and we believe it is uniquely placed to help quidditch grow as a sport and as a phenomenon. We couldn’t be more excited to work alongside the dedicated team at QPL, developing our flagship merchandise in new ways. ‘

Quidditch Premier League Announces Several New Volunteers

The Quidditch Premier League are pleased to announce some new additions to our formidable organisational team. These are Raza Khan, who will be joining Ollie Riley as Co-Northern Director, Laura Jamieson, who will be working with Communications Director Thomas Ffiske as Communications Executive, and Matt Smith and Keiron Bishton, who will both be working with Logistics Director Mubariz Mujtaba in his department.

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Raza Khan will work alongside Ollie Riley as Co-Northern Director.
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Laura Jamieson has joined as Communications Executive.

‘Once again, we have shown our ambition and our dedication to this project by bringing on these fantastic volunteers,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘With their help, we can build something really special in the coming season. Raza has already been vital to scouting out venues, Laura has put her talents to great use by helping craft one of our press releases, and Matt and Keiron are both playing large roles in the logistical and video streaming planning for the season ahead. I’m delighted to have all of them join us.’

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Keiron Bishton brings a wealth of passion to the Logistics Department | Photo credit: Katherine Watson

All four of these new volunteers have immediately begun work within the Quidditch Premier League, and will no doubt be absolutely invaluable to the growth of the organisation. Welcome aboard!

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Matt Smith will be vital in planning the logistical elements of video coverage for the 2017 season | Photo credit: Sam Instone

Quidditch Premier League Partners With SISU Mouthguards To Offer Players And Volunteers Discount

The Quidditch Premier League are delighted to announce a partnership with SISU Mouthguards. This partnership will give all Quidditch Premier League players and volunteers the chance to buy mouthguards from SISU through the Quidditch Premier League for up to 50% off the retail price.

The SISU Mouthguards logo will also feature on the front of the kits for the West Midlands Revolution and the Southeast Knights as a final element of the partnership.

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‘I’m really excited by this,’ said Director of the Quidditch Premier League Jack Lennard. ‘Safety is something we take extremely seriously, and SISU provide comfortable protection for many players in the sport already. This partnership will allow that safety to be even more accessible for our players and volunteers, and is just one more perk of being part of the Quidditch Premier League.’

Mouthguards are not mandatory for the 2017 season, but are very strongly recommended. Players and volunteers will be contacted shortly to place their orders.

You can follow SISU on Facebook and Twitter.

Quidditch Premier League Announces Partnership With Two Hands Events

The Quidditch Premier League can today announce that brooms and hoops for the 2017 season will be provided by Two Hands Events.

‘Two Hands have immediately set themselves up as purveyors of quality equipment for our sport,’ Director of the Quidditch Premier League Jack Lennard said. ‘The hoops and brooms they provide for our 2017 season will match the high level of play that the Quidditch Premier League will bring to the UK this season, and I’m looking forward to working with them on this project.’

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All equipment will feature the Quidditch Premier League’s distinctive brand, and will ensure all players have everything they need to perform at their very best this summer. The team at Two Hands Events represents a group of incredibly experienced members of the community, and it’s from this background that the quality and safety of the equipment used by the Quidditch Premier League will come.

‘We can’t wait to get started on this project with the team over at the Quidditch Premier League,’ said Two Hands Events Director Matthew Guenzel. ‘Everyone involved is really excited to push the boundaries of what this sport is about. Let’s go and #changethegametogether.’

2017 Quidditch Premier League Rulebook and Gameplay Amendments

Official rulebook

QPL matches will be played according to USQ Rulebook 10 with QuidditchUK Amendments and the following QPL amendments. Information on registering interest as an official, and certification, will be released shortly.

Revised seeker floor and snitch handicaps

The snitch will be released at 19 minutes of game time. The seekers will be released at 20 minutes of game time. Snitch handicaps will be called at 25, 30 and 35 minutes. The handicaps themselves are unchanged from the rules adopted by QuidditchUK from USQ Rulebook 10.

Game time cap

Game time will be capped at 45 minutes. The timekeeper will warn the head referee at 40 minutes, who will announce this to both teams. If the snitch is not caught, the team that is leading on quaffle points wins the game.

Backcourt violation

Once the quaffle has been advanced by a team outside their keeper-zone, if the ball is carried or propelled by any player on the same team back into their own keeper-zone, this results in a turnover of quaffle possession with the following clarifications:

  • The backcourt violation call is made at the time the quaffle carrier steps into the keeper-zone, or a quaffle reaches its destination in the keeper-zone (touching the ground or touching a player of the same team)
  • Legal contact (e.g. tackle/push/stiffarm) that pushes a quaffle carrier back into their own keeper-zone results in a violation and quaffle turnover
  • A beater from the same team propelling a loose quaffle into their own keeper-zone with a bludger will result in a violation
  • Brooms down is called on a backcourt violation call. The quaffle is turned over to the quaffle player nearest to the player who last contacted the quaffle before the quaffle entered the keeper-zone. The player who commits the violation remains on broom.
  • Shot attempts by a team that cross their own keeper-zone line are not backcourt violations.

Timeouts

Timeouts are stoppages in play and game time.

  • Each team receives one, one-minute timeout per game.
  • Timeouts may only be called before the snitch is released (19 minutes).
  • The timeout may be requested by the on-pitch keeper, the speaking captain or the designated coach only.
  • The timeout may only be requested by the keeper, in their own keeper zone, with possession of the quaffle, and with immunity.
  • On receiving the request, the head referee stops play. The head referee may delay stopping to allow active beater play to resolve.
  • After checking with the scorers table, the head referee announces the game time and score. The timeout lasts one minute, starting from this announcement.
  • At the end of the minute, the referee signals the end of the timeout with one whistle.
  • Penalty – Blue card – Any illegal attempt to call a timeout or refusal to end the timeout when the referee instructs players to return to their brooms and the sub box will result in the speaking captain of the team at fault receiving a blue card.
  • No substitutions may be made during the timeout.

Championship fixture rosters

Although teams will have to select a roster of 21 from their 30 players for each divisional fixture, all 30 players can attend the Championship fixture with their teams. Teams will then select 21 players from this for each game, rather than for the fixture as a whole. This will enable all players to experience the excitement of the Quidditch Premier League Championship.

Epione Medical Services Sign Three-Year Deal As Quidditch Premier League Exclusive Medical Partner

The Quidditch Premier League are proud to announce that Epione Medical Services have signed a three-year deal to act as the League’s exclusive medical partner. The contract means that players in the Quidditch Premier League will receive Epione’s exemplary medical care at events.

‘Player safety is a major concern for us,’ Quidditch Premier League Director Jack Lennard said. ‘Epione have an incredibly strong understanding of the sport, and have proven time and time again to be a fantastic choice for medical coverage at quidditch events. Securing this partnership with Epione will help keep our players safe as we put on thrilling and high quality events every summer.’

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The agreement will begin for the 2017 season, and will also run during the 2018 and 2019 Quidditch Premier League seasons.

‘We are thrilled to be able to work with the Quidditch Premier League, and watch it grow with the sport over the coming years’ Epione Medical Services Director Paul Kizintas said. ‘Above all we are pleased to be in a position to help with the safe running and the promotion of safe practice within the Quidditch Premier League and the wider quidditch community.’

We’re excited to work with Epione for this and future seasons, and look forward to what will surely be a very healthy partnership.

2017 QPL Championship to be held at KCOM Craven Park Stadium, Hull

The 2017 Quidditch Premier League Championship fixture will be held at KCOM Craven Park Stadium in Hull on Saturday 26th August, it can be revealed.

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The stadium is home to Hull Kingston Rovers rugby club, currently top of the Rugby League Championship. It has a 12,225 capacity, and a full size professional grass rugby pitch, which will be marked out with three quidditch pitches for the purposes of the Championship.

Spectators will have access to the Roger Millward West Stand, which has a seated capacity of 5000. Players will also have use of the away changing room and showers, as well as additional rooms within the stand to rest and prepare. The stadium also features a bar in a gallery overlooking the pitch, as well as a central food kiosk, both of which will be open for the Championship. In addition to this, the stadium features a high quality PA sound system, as well as large car parks adjacent to the stadium itself.

Hull is easy to get to; the city is well serviced by train and coach. The stadium itself is even easier to get to; there are bus services running direct from the station to the stadium departing every 10 minutes, taking only 20 minutes.

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‘We are delighted to be bringing the sport we all love to a professional stadium for the first time in the UK,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘Not only is it a fantastic facility, but it’s based in an excellent location for a Championship. There are strong transport links to the city, the stadium is easy to get to, and Hull is currently the 2017 City of Culture – something we hope to get involved with and maximise our presence! I can’t wait for the season to get underway, and I hope our players and fans are as excited about this venue as I am.’

The rest of our fixture venues for the 2017 Quidditch Premier League season will be announced in the next week.

If you have any questions about the stadium or club, please contact Sarah Sparke at sarah.sparke@hullkr.co.uk.