Rulebook update

From 2021 onwards, national and international matches will be played under the new rulebook: IQA Rulebook 2020. It is important that we have enough referees to run our competion succesfully, so we can use your help!

Quidditch referees exist at three levels: assistant referee (AR), snitch referee (SR) and head referee (HR). From this season, it is mandatory to obtain the AR certificate before you can obtain the SR certificate. To become a head referee, you must have obtained both an assistant referee and a snitch referee certificate. In addition, it is now also mandatory for head referees to pass a test for time and score keeping.

Have you not been certified before and do you want to become a referee this season? Then sign up at the IQA Referee Hub and create an account. Tests for AR and SR are free, but the HR test is not. However, you will earn that investment back in no time; our referees receive a volunteer contribution for each match!

Were you already certified under the previous rulebook? In that case it is possible to request a recertification test! You’ll have the option of taking a single test to become certified at the same or lower level. If you want to obtain a higher level, you’ll have to do an extra test afterwards. You can request the recertification test through this link. If you obtain a recertification as a head referee, you do not have to take a scorekeeper/timekeeper test.
The recertification tests focus mainly on the changes between the old and the new rulebook, an overview of the changes can be found here. Those who take the initial certification tests, will get 6 attempts at each certification. Those who take the recertification tests, will get 3 attempts at each level and if they fail all 3, they will be granted 3 attempts at each of the initial certification tests.

Snitches are not required to obtain certification in The Netherlands, but we do encourage this. At internation tournaments, certification sometimes provides a higher rewards compared to uncertified snitches.

Tomorrow evening, Nov 21 at 22u (Dutch time), the IQA will hold a referee training session on their youtube channel. These sessions will be organized more frequently throughout the year. They are not mandatory, but may be required for future recertification testing.

A competitive team is required to have at least 1 certified head referee, 3 certified assistant referees, 1 certified snitch referee and 1 snitch in order to enter our competition.

Happy testing!

Photo credit: Jeroen Alkema

Autumn league cancelled, EQC qualifier postponed

On Tuesday the 3rd of November, the Dutch gouvernment announced a temporary increase in the partial lockdown. This means that, at least until 18 November, events are not allowed. Therefore Quidditch Nederland has decided to cancel the autumn league of the 2020/2021 season in its etirety. The leaguedays of 15 and 29 November will therefore be cancelled. The league day of 18 October had also been cancelled.

After the winter break, we hope we can continue with the spring league in a normal way.

The European Quidditch Federation announced the postponement of both divisions of the European Quidditch Cup on 7 November. The Netherlands would participate in division 2. This tournament was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, but was already postponed to September 2020 and then April 2021. Now the tournament is postponed again to the summer of 2021. The board of Quidditch Nederland had decided to postpone the Dutch qualifier tournament for EQC as well. A new date has not yet been announced.

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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

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

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

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Dom Tower Dementors win spring competition 2017

After a series of games that stayed exciting until the very last minute, the Dom Tower Dementors from Utrecht arose on top, making them the winners of the spring halfseason of the QNL Dutch Quidditch League. The Dementors’ score ended with five won games, four of which outside of SWIM range. During these games they managed to catch the snitch four times, one of those resulting in a win during SWIM range. With both a strong defense and strong offense the Dementors have shown themselves all-rounders with star players in every situation.

Dom Tower Dementors celebrate their win | Photo Credit: Alexander Blass

Earlier this season the Dementors also managed to win the autumn halfseason, as well as the Dutch qualificationgames for the European Quidditch Cup.

Second place went to the North Sea Nargles from Amsterdam/Leiden, with five won games, three of them out of SWIM range, and five snitch catches. The Wageningen Werewolves became third, with newcomers Rotterdam Ravens ending fourth.