The Tufts University Tufflepuffs started in 2009, and we’ve been catching snitches and wrecking pitches ever since. Our organization currently consists of three intramural teams and over 80 players.
The Tufflepuffs scrimmage regularly against other Boston-area quidditch teams. We broke on to the international quidditch scene by taking home second place at the 2010 Quidditch World Cup, and we’re happy to call ourselves true underdogs once again following our 2011 World Cup performance.
We practice Saturdays at noon on the Tufts Resquad, and we always welcome new players. We are currently looking to increase the size of our team, and to expand our impact on the community by hosting kidditch games and other community outreach programs.
About the IQA:
The IQA started in 2005 as an intramural league at Middlebury. The rules were adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels by Alexander Manshel, the first Quidditch Commissioner.
In 2006, Alex Benepe took over as the Middlebury Commissioner, and in 2007, he founded the IQA, following the first Intercollegiate Quidditch match between Middlebury College and Vassar College on November 11th, 2007.
Since then, more than 200 institutions from around the world have joined the league. The vast majority are based in the US, and are divided among five regions: The Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest. Other countries with teams or leagues that play by the IQA rules include Canada, Mexico, Argentina, England, Iceland, France, Israel, and Australia.
Additionally, dozens of High Schools around the world have started playing by the IQA rules as well. In an effort to standardize the rules as much as possible, the IQA will distribute its official rulebook to any team, of any age, representing any institution (clubs and community groups are allowed as well) in any country of the world. Currently the rulebook is only available in English, but that will change soon.
Today the IQA comprises the Commissioner, Alex Benepe, and groups of college volunteers working to network and coordinate matches between schools around the country.