Posted April 10, 2014 by Cooper Point Journal in Sports & Recreation

Hula Hoops and Wizard Sleeves

CRC and GO Team Up to Create Some Magic

A chaser takes a shot at one of the hoops. JAMES GUTCH

A chaser takes a shot at one of the hoops. JAMES GUTCH


For those of us, such as myself, who have not picked up a Harry Potter book in a while, or who have never even touched the things (the first four were good, after that they go downhill pretty fast), Quidditch is an ordinary sport played by  extraordinary people.

A co-ed game of magic, flight, and mischief, the real-world adaptation is a combination of rugby, dodgeball, and a lot of cardio.  Despite not having the game’s most intriguing aspect – flying on a broomstick – organized Quidditch has caught on around the world, with over 300 teams competing in the International Quidditch Association, founded in 2010.

With Quidditch epitomizing non-traditional sport, it was about time that Evergreen joined in on the action. The first Monday of spring quarter the Greener Organization and the CRC put on the first Evergreen Quidditch Tournament held in the CRC gymnasium. Kevin Schilling of the Greener Organization and Katie Mendoza of the CRC organized the event. The game was played six on six, with players subbing in and out.

“We just wanted to create an alternative sporting event that was fun, carefree, and still fairly competitive,” Schilling said. “We were hoping for more people to show up, but the ones that did still had a good time.”

Hula-hoops hanging from the basketball rims served as goals, and players mimicked flying on broomsticks by running with sticks between their legs (quite cumbersome). The Golden Snitch was a flag attached to a neutral runner, to be pulled by the seekers.  The runner, and therefore the snitch, was taken out of the game fairly soon after the seekers chasing it proved faster than the snitch itself.  Although the handful of Greeners who played showed both heart and promise, aspirations of winning the fabled Quidditch World Cup (currently held by the University of Texas) are, at this point, utter fantasy.