League update 2020-2021

In March of 2020, Quidditch Nederland had to shut down all its activities due to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. By now it is allowed to play contact sports again in The Netherlands, despite the virus still being present. After consultation with all team, Quidditch Nederland has decided to continue the Dutch Quidditch League as much as possible.

Two splits

In the 2020-2021 season, the Dutch Quidditch League will consist of two parts: an Autumn Split and a Spring Split. The ranking of the Autumn Split would determine which teams may represent the Netherlands at the European Quidditch Cup (EQC) in 2021. In consultation with the boards of the teams, however, it has been decided to no longer count the results of the league as qualification for EQC.

League days Autums Split:

  • Sunday 18 October 2020 – Enschede
  • Sunday 15 November 2020 – Wageningen
  • Sunday 29 November 2020*

League days Spring Split:

  • Sunday 14 February 2021
  • Sunday 18 April 2021
  • Sunday 16 May 2021
  • Sunday 13 June 2021 (reserve)

The location of the league days of the Spring Split will be announced at a later time.
* The third leagueday of the Autumn Split was originally planned to take place in Utrecht, however due to new measures against the corona virus it is likely a new location will be chosen.

COVID protocol

Quidditch Nederland is drawing up a protocol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This COVID protocol contains the disinfection measures and the code of conduct surrounding the virus. The protocol will be made public as soon as possible.

European Quidditch Cup

The ranking of the Dutch Quidditch League no longer determines which Dutch teams can go to EQC. Instead, a separate qualifying tourament will be organised at a later date. Do you want to help organise this tournament? Send an email to bestuur@quidditchnederland.nl!

Photo credit: Juliane Schillinger

Flying Dutchmen want to go to World Cup

Dutch national quidditch team, The Flying Dutchmen, wants to go to World Cup! The tournament, which was supposed to take place this year, has been postponed to next year due to the corona virus outbreak. The Netherlands would not have send a team to the US this year, due to a lack of funds and the high costs associated with participating in the tournament.

Now that the tournament has been postponed by a year, we will use this extra time to raise money for the team. We hope to participate in the world championships in 2021 after all.

Our funding team is already working hard to make this dream come true. Do you want to help achieve our goal? Make sure you keep an eye on our social media and website to see how you can support the team!
Would you like to be part of the funding team or make a proposal to support us (financially)? Please contact us at flyingdutchmen@quidditchnederland.nl.

World Cup will take place in Richmond, VA (US) from 31 July- 1 August 2021.

Information on becoming part of The Flying Dutchmen will follow soon.

Photo credit: Juliane Schillinger

Teams must re-qualify for EQC

On the 10th of May, the Euopean Quidditch Federation announced the cancellation of European Quidditch Cup (EQC) in 2020. Division 2 of EQC, in which two Dutch teams were to participate, would originally take place on April 28 and 29 and was moved to September this year due to the outbreak of the corona virus CoVid-19. It has now been announced that the tournament cannot take place in September due to the same virus. The tournament will be moved to 2021 in its entirety.

The allocation of the number of teams allowed to participate remains the same. Quidditch Nederland therefore retains its two participation spots. European Quidditch Federation allows each NGB to decide whether the current qualifications for the tournament remain valid. The board of Quidditch Nederland has decided that the current qualifications expire. The board believes that QNL should be represented by the best Dutch teams. Every year major changes can take place within teams, therefore the board chooses to re-select the two best teams.

Twentse Thestrals and Rotterdam Ravens had qualified for EQC D2 2020. The qualifications will be canceled and the teams will have to try to qualify for the tournament again.

There are no details available about the new Dutch qualifying tournament yet.

Photo credit: Juliane Schillinger

Open Dutch Summer Cup 2020 cancelled

We are sad to announce that the 2020 edition of Open Dutch Summer Cup is cancelled.

The tournament, originally planned to take place from 21 to 23 august 2020, has been cancelled due to the outbreak of CoVid-19. We care about the health of our community and deem a large tournament unsafe. Besides that, the Dutch government has has issued several measures in order to control the outbreak, that make it impossible for us to organise the tournament that we want to deliver. All large events en sports competitions are cancelled until the 1st of September.

But fear not! The committee is working on a corona-proof alternative, so keep an eye on our socials to stay up to date!

Open Dutch Summer Cup will (hopefully) be back next year!

Train safe during the pandemic

From today onward we are allowed to train again in The Netherlands!
The government now allows outdoor sports activities for people over 18 years old, including group trainings. Outdoor group trainings for minors were already re-allowed. Existing hygiene measures still apply, so if your team eases back into training, make sure you #trainsafe.

  • Stay home if you, or any of the people you live with, show symptoms. Follow the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
  • Wash your hands before you leave the house and when you get back.
  • Keep 1,5 m distance from other people at all times. Adjust your training to make sure this is possible.
  • Make sure there is enough space to keep distance. Consider applying a maximum number of attendants.
  • Bring your own bottle of water and do not share with others.
  • Use your own equipment as much as possible. Clean all shared training materials after each session.
  • Dressing rooms and cantines have to remain closed. Change and shower at home.
  • Spectators are not allowed. Go home if you are not attending the training session.

Minimize the risk of injuries during training. Do you need to provide first aid anyway? Check the website of the Red Cross for tips on providing first aid during the pandemic.

Please note that indoor training sessions are not allowed yet.

Season 2019/2020 ended

Quidditch Nederland officially declares the competitive season of 2019/2020 as ended.

Due to the outbreak of the corona virus CoVid-19, the board has decided to cancel all remaining league days of the season. After the government’s decision to cancel all events until the 1st of September 2020, we unfortunately have no other choice. The 2019/2020 season ends immediately.

None of the participating teams is recognized as the winner of Dutch Quidditch League 2019/2020. No prize will be awarded either. The Twentse Thestrals finish in first place.

The Twentse Thestrals at the first league day of the season | Photo credit: Juliane Schillinger

The final ranking of Dutch Quidditch League 2019/2020 is as follows:
1. Twentse Thestrals
2. Rotterdam Ravens
3. Chaos Chimaeras
4. Wageningen Werewolves

NT coaching & management squad announced

After we recently announced the appointment of Nicolas Volders as new head coach of the Dutch national team, we are happy to announce the rest of the coaching and management squad of the Flying Dutchmen! They will guide the team to the IQA European Games in 2021.

Congratulations to Gaëlle Pelupessy, Nick Assenbroek, Ernst De Schrijver, Lennard Hommel and Robin Moscato for being selected as part of the coaching team.

The Flying Dutchmen: coaching & management team

We would also like to give a massive THANK YOU to Ingeborg and Mick Pelupessy for taking up the management duties of the team.

More information about selection of the team will be announced as soon as possible.

EQC D2 postponed

European Quidditch Cup Division 2 is postponed to September 2020, the European Quidditch Federation (EQF) announced.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, EQF had to decide to postpone the tournament, which was originally planned to take place on March 28 and 29 2020. A new date for the tournament has already been chosen: 12 and 13 September 2020. During the Nederlands Kampioenschap Quidditch (Dutch Quidditch Championships) in November 2019, the Twentse Thestrals and Rotterdam Ravens managed to qualify for the tournamen. These teams will remain the two teams that may represent the Netherlands on the new date.

Categories EQC

ODSC committee & date announced

The committee and date for the 2020 edition of Quidditch Nederland’s annual summer tournament, Open Dutch Summer Cup, are known. Mark your calendar for 22-23 august 2020!

More information about the tournament will follow.

ODSC 2020 committee | Photo credit {bottom pictures): Jeroen Alkema

Nicolas Volders steps up as new Flying Dutchmen head coach

We are happy to announce that Nicolas Volders has been hired as the new head coach of the Dutch National team, the Flying Dutchmen.

Belgian quidditch player Nicolas Volders has taken over the role of head coach of the Flying Dutchmen. Previously, Nicolas was Assistant Coach to the team and helped coaching the team to the 13th place at European Games 2019. The process of selecting a team of assistant coaches and other team staffers is still going on.

Due to financial and time constraints, Nicolas Volders and Quidditch Nederland have decided against participating at the IQA World Cup 2020 in Richmond (VA), United States.

Nicolas will be head coach for the period February 2020 until European Games 2021. Continental Cup in May 2020 is too soon in the process, so Nicolas has decided to solely focus on European Games. Quidditch Nederland however, is trying to work on an alternative to be able to send a team of interested Dutch player to this tournament.

Nicolas Volders

More information about try-outs (etc.) for the national team, will follow as soon as possible.