Nicolas Volders steps down as Flying Dutchmen head coach

In March of 2020 we announced the Flying Dutchmen coaching team. Under the leadership of head coach Nicolas Volders, this team would prepare the best Dutch players for the European Games in 2021. However, in February of this year, the International Quidditch Association announced that this tournament will be canceled due to the pandemic. Nicolas has decided not to renew the position of head coach.

Due to the same pandemic, no training of the national team has yet taken place, and it is also expected that this will not happen in the short term. Nicolas will therefore stop immediately.

The IQA European Games are now scheduled for the summer of 2022. We will soon start forming a new coaching team.

Thanks for your commitment, Nicolas!

Train safe during the pandemic 2.0

From Wednesday 3 March we are allowed to train again in The Netherlands!

The government now allows outdoor sports activities at sports accomodations for people under 27 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 before and after training. During training, it is not mandatory to keep distance from others.
  • Only train with people of your own team. It is not allowed to train together with players of different teams or clubs.
  • 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.
  • Players of 27 years or older are not allowed to participate.
  • Keep track of the number of players that are attending training. Consider applying a maximum number of attendants.
  • Spectators are not allowed. Go home if you are not attending the training session.

Please note: group trainings are only allowed at sports accomodations. Training in groups in parks or other public spaces is not allowed.

The curfew at 21h is still in effect. Make sure you finish training on time and all members can get home safely and on time.

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.

QNL organises First Aid courses with Dutch Red Cross

If there is sufficient interest, Quidditch Nederland will be organising First Aid courses at the Dutch Red Cross.

The course contains a standard first aid part and a part that focuses on sports injuries. After passing the course you will receive a certificate that is valid throughout Europe (European First Aid Certificate). The course consists of an online (+/- 8 hours) and a classroom part (+/- 6 hours). The classroom part will take place in Utrecht, in groups of six (if the corona measures allow this).

The cost of the course is € 125. Many (additional) health insurance policies reimburse (part of) the course. We also have a first aid certification fund, to which one person per team can claim. For more information about this fund, click here.

The courses will take place on 11th, 18th and 25th of April. Only a few spots are left (two on the 11th and 18th, one on the 25th of April), so be quick to reserve your spot if you want to join! You can sign up for the course by emailing to financien@quidditchnederland.nl.

The courses are given in Dutch.

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

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.