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.

Picture by QuidPic.be, edit by Quidditch Europe

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

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

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.

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!

Team Spotlight: North Sea Nargles

Credits: YV photography

This spring every team will get their time to shine in the QNL Team Spotlight, and what better team to start with than the one representing the Netherlands at EQC 2018: the North Sea Nargles!

The North Sea Nargles is a team known for their tendency to be unable to break the gender rule on most match days, and for being located in not one, but two cities. Home to some of the best seekers of the country, and one of the oldest teams in the Netherlands, the Nargles are a team to look out for! We spoke with their president and captain Charlie Hölscher. 

When and how did the team get started? 

In April 2014 at Elfia Haarzuilens, there was a  introduction tournament organised by the predecessor of QNL, MQN (Muggle Quidditch Nederland). This is where Dutch quidditch really kickstarted, leading to the beginning of the Nargles. Some people were really eager to start a team after this tournament, en thus the Amsterdragons in Amsterdam was born. At the end of summer 2014, there was interest for a team to start up in Leiden. This team was called the Leiden Portkeys. EQC 2015 was approaching and the Netherlands gottwo spots: one for the Wageningen Werewolves and one for another Dutch team. Since neither the Amsterdragons nor the Leiden Portkeys had enough members to go to the tournament, and there were already a lot of overlapping players, a new team was created uniting players from both cities. Thus, the North Sea Nargles was born!

How did you come up with the team name? What about the logo?

The team name was chosen by democratic vote at our founding party. Several other names were considered (amongst which something monstrous including cheese… we try to forget) but North Sea Nargles came out on top. We didn’t want to pick a city name since we’re spread over two cities, so we figured, in this part of the country you’re bound to be near the sea. The logo was designed by our own wonderful Noah, who spent so much time perfecting a wave-themed visual that afterwards his head must have felt like it was full of Nargles..

What celebrity do you think would fit right in the team? Why?

Hannah Hart! She is a queer dork who loves puns and general good fun, need we say more?

Credits: YV photography
Credits: YV photography

Announcement EQCQ committee

The committee has been active for a few weeks already, so we felt it was finally time to announce who will be making the Dutch EQC qualifiers possible for you this season. We present to you our full board commitee:

Twan Elting – Tournament Director
Chula Bruggeling – Gameplay Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Joel Noah Vissenberg – PR Coordinator

See you on the pitch!