A quidditch match is only considered to be official when there are enough referees present to oversee the match. An official match always requires at least a certified head referee, also known as HR, assistant referee, AR, and snitch referee, SR, to be on the field. There also needs to be a goal referee behind the hoops of each team and a scorekeeper on one of the sidelines.
We are always looking for help from referees and scorekeepers!
Everyone who wants to can always help out during a match by being a goal ref or scorekeeper. For head ref, assistant ref and snitch ref you need to make sure you are certified first.
Becoming a ref
The good news is, everyone can be certified to become a ref!
The first step to becoming a certified ref is signing up for the International Referee Development Program, IRDP for short. On their website you can take the AR and SR tests and once you’ve passed those you can take the HR test.
For QNL members the AR and SR tests are free of costs. If you want to be certified contact our gameplay director, Bram. He’ll make sure that you get a code that allows you to make the tests for free. Even if you’re not a QNL member you can still get certified. The AR and SR tests cost $5USD each and the HR test cost $20USD for both league members and everyone who’s not a league member.
After successfully finishing the tests you’ll be a certified referee on paper. To make everything official head refs will need to do a field test. Field tests are done by IRDP instructors. At this moment there are no field tests planned for the Netherlands.
Are you already a certified ref and are you interested in leading the field tests for the IRDP here in? Please contact the IRDP itself!
Want to become a snitch?
Besides referees we also need snitch runners. A snitch runner is a neutral player, a ref even, who has a tennisbal in a sock attached to the back of their pants. The snitch runner is allowed to do all sorts of things, the so called snitchnanigans, and needs to be caught by one of the seekers in order to end the game.
Sadly, in the Netherlands we currently have no way of training you to become an official snitch. We invite everyone who is interested in becoming a snitch runner to contact us and we'll try our best to get you into that snazzy, yellow snitchoutfit for one of our matches.
We highly recommend everyone who is interested in becoming a snitch to become a certified snitch referee so that you will have a basic understanding of all the rules. In order to become an official snitch in the future you’ll also need to pass the SR test.
For official matches and tournaments that are played during the 2016-2017 season up until December, QNL uses the internationally acknowledged rules from USQ rulebook 9.
You can find the official rulebook here here.
You can find a summarized, Dutch version here.
If you have any questions contact our gameplay director, Bram Vries, via firstname.lastname@example.org.