NKQ gameplay format announced

The tournament will be played according to a round robin format on day 1, followed by a double elimination system on day 2. 
On Saturday, each team will play every other team once. The ranking after day 1 will decide the seeding for day 2. 

Participating teams:
– Chaos Chimaeras
– Rotterdam Ravens
– Twentse Thestrals
– Wageningen Werewolves

NKQ double elimination bracket: day 2

The tournament schedule can be found here.

Tiebreakers
1. Wins
2. Head to head
3. Wins out of SWIM
4. Point Differential
5. Lowest amount of straight red cards
6. Lowest amount of yellow cards
7. Rock, Paper, Scissors (best of three)

Click here for more information about the tournament.

NT vacancies open

Quidditch Nederland is looking for people to complete the national team coaching staff for the 2019/2020 season. The list of vacancies can be found here. Would you like to apply for a position? Send an email with your motivation and relevant experience to contact[at]quidditchnederland.nl.
The deadline to apply for a position in the NT coaching and management staff is Tuesday 19/11 2019 at 20h (CET).

We have received applications for the position of Head Coach and trainer.

IQA World Cup 2020

In the summer of 2020, the IQA World Cup will take place in Richmond, Virginia (US). Of course QNL would love to see the Flying Dutchmen compete at World Cup. However, due to the high financial demands, this is a difficult task.
In consultation with the coaching staff, the decision to whether the team will participate in the tournament or not will be made. Even if it turns out that the Flying Dutchmen won’t be able to participate at World Cup, this season will be used to train and to develop the team.

Photo credit: Juliane Schillinger

Dutch Quidditch League about to begin

On 13 October 2019, the Dutch Quidditch League of the 2019/2020 season will start. We’ll kick off the season in Enschede.

Participating teams of the league are Rotterdam Ravens, Twentse Thestrals, Wageningen Werewolves and the newly established team Chaos Chimaeras. The Chaos Chimaeras are formed from existing teams Amsterdam Manticores, Dom Tower Dementors, Lumos Eindhoven and Maastricht Mosasaurs.
German team Concordia Kleve will also participate on the first league day, whether they will also participate in the rest of the league will soon become clear.

Click here to go to the event page.

Photo credit: Bruggeling Quidditch Photography

The other league days of the season are:
– 8 March 2020
– 5 or 19 April 2020 (depending on the date of EQC D2)
– 10 May 2020
– 7 June 2020

Categories DQL

Date and location NKQ announced

Nederlands Kampioenschap Quidditch 2019, the Dutch quidditch Championships, will be on 16 and 17 November in sports park Zuilen, Utrecht.

The battle for the title of Dutch Champion is going to take place on 16 and 17 November 2019 at sports park Zuilen in Utrecht. The tournament also decides which team(s) may represent The Netherlands at the European Quidditch Cup in 2020.

Click here to go to the event page. More information about the tournament will be released there and on the NKQ page on our website (the website page is currently still under construction and will be live as soon as possible).

Tournament logo
Categories EQC

EKTQ renamed to NKQ

The QNL board has decided to change the name of the former Europees Kwalificatie Toernooi (EKTQ) to Nederlands Kampioenschap Quidditch (NKQ).

In May 2019 it was decided to merge the Dutch championship and the Dutch qualification tournament for the European Quidditch Cup, together. The board of QNL has now decided to change the name of the tournament to one that is a better fit with it’s new status.

The tournament does not only decide which team gets to call themself the Dutch Champion, there is/are tickets to the European Quidditch Cup* (EQC) on the line as well.

NKQ 2019 is expected to take place in the middle of November. Futher information about the tournament will be released as soon as possible.

The organisational committee for the tournament is introduced below.

The organisational committee of NKQ 2019
Photo credit picture 2 & 3 (fltr): Honey Badger Quidditch Pictures & Leila Bee Media

Do you want to help make NKQ 2019 a success? Send an email to gameplay@quidditchnederland.nl

* The number of spots for Dutch teams at EQC has not been announced yet.

Season Kick-off in Wageningen

It’s time to open the 2019/2020 season together! Quidditch Nederland invites you to start the year off right with some mixed games and a fun potluck.
The event is a great opportunity to introduce your teams’ new players to the Dutch quidditch community and let them play their first real games. We also encourage (new) referees and snitches to join and practice their skills!

The season kick-off will take place in Wageningen at sports centre De Bongerd from 11 to approximately 15h. The address of the sports centre is Bornsesteeg 2, 6708 PE Wageningen.

We ask everyone to bring something to eat and/or drink to share with others during the potluck.

Want to let us know that you’re coming? Click here to go to the Facebook event.

Photo credit: Bruggeling Quidditch Photography

Candidate board 2019/2020 announced

At the General Members Meeting of 31 August 2019, the new candidate board for the 2019/2020 season was chosen.

The candicate board is working on their policy plans and will present them at the next GMM (date unknown). Afterwards, they will officially continue as the board of Quidditch Nederland.

We wish the new board a lot of luck!

QNL at the NL Sports Convention 2018

On 14th May two of our board members, Chula Bruggeling (vice chairman) and Twan Elting (Gameplay), travelled down to the Sport & Congress Centre Papendal for the Dutch Sports Convention 2018. This convention, organised by NOC*NSF, was a unique opportunity for both them as Quidditch Netherlands to gain new knowledge, making connections and to give quidditch more publicity within the world of sports. Below a short report by Chula.

The two main themes during this year’s Dutch Sports Convention were #trotsophetverleden (proud of the past) and #zinindetoekomst (looking forward to the future). Mostly the second theme was one where we could relate very well. Beforehand we didn’t know what we could expect of a day like this, but we trusted that we could learn a lot at the sports convention and hopefully gain useful contacts for the future.

During the convention we’ve attended multiple sessions where several organisations and departments of the NOC*NSF talked about sports related subjects. That’s how we gained knowledge and new insights about a future-proof sports board, association directors, digital marketing (for events) and the AH sports activity/National Sport week. The useful information and knowledge of this afternoon will be written down (digitally) as much as possible and used for general improvement within QNL. Anything relevant will also be passed on to several teams (such as information about the National Sports week in September).

There was also room for networking. We have exchanged several business cards and had some interesting conversations. In response to all our networking we have already received a couple of emails and we also send out some emails ourselves, discussing subjects such as training possibilities for coaches and trainers, problems and start-up issues among small sports federations, diversity in sport, and admission requirements and quality requirements for sports federations / members of NOC*NSF. As some of you might have already noticed on Twitter, our networking also resulted in new followers from the general sports world. Next to that we also made a couple of personal LinkedIn connections. All in all, it was a useful and interesting afternoon.

Regarding the admission requirements of NOC*NSF, the mandatory membership of the IQA within the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), formerly known as SportAccord, is unfortunately beyond the control of QNL. We do, however, appear to comply with the other admission requirements (as soon as the statutes are submitted to the notary this summer and QNL becomes an association with full legal capacity) and in the next few years we are able to work on the latest quality requirements that have not yet been met.
After a joint evening meal, the representatives of more than one hundred Dutch sports federations officially met for the semi-annual General Meeting of NOC*NSF. Because of the link with this sports convention, it was also possible for interested parties in general to be present, and to look at how this works for such a large association.

With a large projection screen, microphones and cameras everywhere in a packed room it certainly feels impressive. Looking at the other attendees it was soon clear that we certainly were the youngest attendees. Though representatives of the Skateboard Federation Netherlands (based on their appearance they were at least 10 to 20 years younger than the average member present) fortunately made that we did not feel completely out of place.

A financial annual report showing tens of thousands of euros on the screen shows once again what kind of meeting we were attending, especially after we noticed the memorandum which indicated that all amounts had to be multiplied by 1,000. That’s completely different from the type of discussions we have in Quidditch Netherlands, where 50 euros more or less within the budget already is a very serious issue. Another difference is the general annual report; a complete book was on display at the presentation board, and on the laptop of one of the attendees in front of us we could see that the digital file covered around a hundred pages.

There were also topics that are directly relevant to a sport association on a scale as QNL. For example, the presentation of a national report on sexual harassment and sexually transgressive behaviour within sport, carried out by an independent committee, and the changes based on this report and the recommendations of this committee. Although we like to see quidditch as a large community of great people, it always remains important to reflect on the fact that sexual harassment and sexual abuse can also occur within our sport, and that strict and clear rules must exist. Quidditch Netherlands has been working for some time on a general disciplinary regulation, and a more specific regulation on undesirable behaviour (including sexual undesirable behaviour). We are currently trying to obtain the report and the recommendations from this committee, so that we are as well prepared as possible if something ever happens.

The general meeting was closed with a positive note: A look back on the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The two national team leaders of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, reported on the experiences in Pyeonchang, from the achieved results to points of improvement for the future. All was concluded with two beautiful retrospective videos.

It was very special to be present at a presentation like this, especially when you realise that the people in this room are ultimately responsible for almost all sports within the Netherlands. From the local club teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And hopefully, somewhere in the upcoming years, board members of Quidditch Netherlands will be present in this room not only as general interested parties, but as official members. That is what gives us #zinindetoekomst.

Team Spotlight: Rotterdam Ravens

From Rotterdam, the city best known for its inhabitants directness and its (some may say harsh) grey modern physique hail the Ravens. The first team in the Netherlands with a name that doesn’t reference Harry Potter or a fantasy creature, they came onto the scene in 2016 and quickly proved that they would not be easily cast aside.

Which three keywords would you use to describe your team, and why?
“Mean green killing machine (if we count killing machine as one word it works right?)”

How did the team start?
“A quidditch team in Rotterdam had been a long time in the making. Former QNL president Jerona van der Gevel had been wanting to start a team in her city for almost two years but hadn’t been able to find the time. Breaking away from QNL work and meeting up with enthusiastic newcomer Samantha van den Heuvel, the ball really started to get rolling when quidditch veteran Arjen van Assem announced he would be moving to Rotterdam for his studies. Not even two months later they kicked their plans into action and the Rotterdam Ravens became a force to be reckoned with.”

What is the most important motto for your team?
“Ravens don’t forfeit. Or translated into Dutch: niet lullen maar poetsen.”

What non Dutch team do you really like?
“The Bruges Bridgebacks. We loved them so much, we adopted them.”

Want to meet the team?
The Rotterdam Ravens have weekly practices on Thursday at Sportplaza Zuiderpark in Rotterdam starting at 18.00. You can also find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RotterdamRavens/

 

 

Looking Back at EQC2018

Now that everyone is safely back home and properly rested again, time for us to look back at an amazing European Quidditch Cup 2018 this past weekend!

As the sole Dutch team attending, our national hopes were on the North Sea Nargles. Sadly, they lost all of their games on the European stage, but with several key players were missing, and their roster having quite a share of newer places, the focus was on gaining (international) experience and hopefully make some international friends in the process. It is safe to say that these goals were reached easily!

Next year, Quidditch Europe is introducing a new system for the European Quidditch Cup, in which the event is divided into two divisions. Based on the performance of the Dutch teams over the last few years, Quidditch Nederland has been put into Division 2. We are looking forward to a new and improved European Quidditch Cup next season, and are excited about what the future might bring.

The Nargles were not the only Dutchies to be working up a sweat at the tournament! The Netherlands once again brought various highly motivated volunteers and officials: 6 referees, 2 snitches, and 2 livestream volunteers spent their weekend helping to make EQC2018 the event it was. Three of these we would like to give some special mentions to:

First, our membership director Annemieke Drost, who has clearly found her new passion in quidditch livestreams. Annemieke spent the past few months helping Toni Zimpel and the Ruhr Phoenix livestream team prepare for the massive undertaking of livestreaming EQC with two cameras (regular view and snitch cam), a moderated chatroom, various commentators, and even interviews. Operating the main camera for over half of the event, she was certainly an important part of this year’s livestream.

Next, Max van Veen, who stepped up to volunteer as a Snitch at EQC2018. At his first international tournament in the role of Snitch, he managed some impressive performances against the various teams, and certainly left an impression on the attending teams. Special congratulations are also in order for managing to last 16 minutes in his very first game of the weekend, reaching his last handicap!

Lastly, our vice president Chula Bruggeling, once more gave an impressive showing as not only a referee but general support to the event. Officiating a whopping 13 games over the weekend, 10 of which as a Head Referee, apparently wasn’t all she did last weekend; she could also be found from 5am to late into the evening helping out the committee tirelessly!

Quidditch events cannot happen without volunteers, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all Dutch volunteers who helped make EQC2018 a resounding success. As an NGB, we are proud of our Dutch tradition of volunteering abroad in large numbers, and hope to see this continue for many years still.

Last but not least, we want to extend our congratulations to ex-QNL member Adrienne Robert-Vassy and her current team, Titans Paris, for their gold medals. Congratulations on your third European title, Titans!