PORTSMOUTH – For some, the sight of children running around a field with sticks between their legs, hitting their new friends with dodge balls while others attempting to throw volleyballs through hoops can be a problem. strange sight.
For Ruthie Wood, a former high school student in Portsmouth, this is the exciting start of a new children’s sports league in Portsmouth.
“Quidditch is my passion,” said Wood. “I wish I had the chance to play at a younger level… It’s just a fun game to play and gives the opportunity for new friendships to really blossom.”
Quidditch is a game from the Harry Potter book series that was turned into a real sport in 2004. Away from JK Rowling’s fantastic world of magic students and flying brooms, the real game of Quidditch is played as a combination football, catch-the-flag and dodge ball.
How to play Quidditch
Two teams of seven players run across the field on “brooms,” usually just a pipe or stick, trying to score the most points. The team’s “chaser” can score points by throwing a volleyball, the “quaffle”, through one of the other team’s three hoops while the other team’s “keeper” guards them. hoops, like a soccer goalie.
After approximately 15 minutes during the match, the “seeker” of each team has the opportunity to score a much greater number of points and to finish the game by capturing the “snitch”, usually represented by a tennis ball in an attached pouch. to a neutral. yellow “snitch runner” shorts.
Throughout the match, the other eight players, the “batsmen” attempt to temporarily put the players out of the game by hitting them with “bludgers” or dodge balls.
University students developed and cultivated the mechanics and rules of the real world of sports, and the game attracted an international audience of sports fans and Harry Potter fans, which led to the establishment of several leagues and championships.
Portsmouth Quidditch coach Ruthie Wood plays as a drummer for the Johns Hopkins University team and also taught the modified version, Kidditch, to young people at a Harry Potter festival a few years ago. It was there that she said she had the idea to create a team in Portsmouth.
With around nine children enrolled on the team, Wood said she hopes more people register through the Portsmouth Leisure Center after a protest on July 6. She even got custom Portsmouth Quidditch brooms, which are little red rectangular pipes with “Portsmouth Quidditch” printed on the side. The team will meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Glen Park.
“We are a Harry Potter family”
About 12 children attended the opening demonstration, which was interrupted by thunderstorms coming from the west. Despite the rain, Wood spent about an hour teaching and playing the intricate game with the group, themselves a mix of Potter fanatics and athletic kids looking to fill their summer with activities now that the gathering restrictions. social were mostly raised in Rhode Island.
Portsmouth resident and self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan Kristine Richards brought her son Jack and his two friends to the protest. Richards said she and her son have read the series several times and are even planning a trip to the Universal Studios theme park to visit its Harry Potter-themed attractions.
“We are a Harry Potter family,” said Richards. “We’re very excited (to go to Universal) and (Quidditch) will be a fun thing for him over the summer… It was just to get him out and exercise and not look at his Playstation. . “
Jack Richards has said he really enjoys playing Quidditch in real life.
“It was good,” he says. “I would get rid of the sticks, personally. They are just a little boring. Also, this arm is very tired now from constantly dragging a stick.
Another youngster from Portsmouth, Kendall Chaves, has arrived with his grandmother. Although Chaves has seen all of the Harry Potter movies, she is currently reading the third book in the series for the first time.
“When we first stopped and saw the hoops, I was like ‘Yes! “,” Said Chaves. “I thought it was really fun. It was really, really hilarious with everyone running with sticks between their legs.
To find out more about the league in Portsmouth, call 787-0281 or visit Portsmouthri.recdesk.com.