U.S. Quidditch Gearing Up for Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in Goldsboro on Nov. 9-10
In early July, the Travel and Tourism Department for the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County, also known as Visit Goldsboro, announced the US Quidditch (USQ) organization chose Goldsboro as their host city for the 2019 and 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. With the tournament weekend just around the corner on Nov. 9-10, 2019, the USQ organization is working with the host city to finalize the schedule and activities for the athletes and spectators.
“Because this is the USQ’s first time bringing an event to the state of North Carolina, and it’s likely this will be many athletes’ first time to Goldsboro, we really want to roll out the red carpet to provide a great experience both on and off the field,” said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel & tourism for Goldsboro-Wayne County. “Goldsboro is known for its southern hospitality, and we are planning exciting ways for our visitors to enjoy all the amenities at the sports complex and throughout our community during their time here.”
The Visit Goldsboro and Goldsboro Parks & Recreation staff are planning a Players Party to welcome the athletes and kick off the tournament weekend. During the tournament itself, spectators and athletes alike will enjoy spontaneous acts of entertainment performed by local talent. Additionally, special tournament guides will be provided to the visitors upon arrival outlining things to do in and around Wayne County over the weekend.
Games will take place at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex, 501 S. Oak Forest Road, and are tentatively scheduled to start at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and bleacher seating will be available. Spectators are also welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Concessions and food trucks will be available on-site for purchase. On Saturday and Sunday, the USQ staff will host a free “Introduction to Quidditch” workshop for those aged 5-18 (aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students). USQ will go over the basics of the game, run drills, and arrange a scrimmage. The exact time of the workshops will be available on October 30th. Participants can sign up in advance through Eventbrite, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Spectators are also encouraged to use the free Eventbrite link to show their interest in attending, as well as a source of information for the tournament weekend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usq-2019-mid-atlantic-regional-championship-tickets-75252587515.
Ten days before the tournament weekend, the public can view the full game schedule online here: https://www.usquidditch.org/events/view/usq-2019-mid-atlantic-collegiate-regional-championship. More information and updates can also be found under the events tab on Visit Goldsboro’s Facebook’s page: https://www.facebook.com/visitgoldsboronc.
US Quidditch hosts seven regional championships each year with the intent to showcase the growing sport in different areas around the country and increase awareness of the USQ organization. USQ includes official club teams at collegiate and club levels that compete over a yearlong season. The regional championships are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup, which will take place on April 18-19, 2020 in Charleston, West Virginia.
Quidditch originated as a fictional sport invented by author J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter book series. The sport evolved into reality when a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont laid the foundation for the sport’s rule book and the very first game of quidditch was played in October 2005. Over the last 14 years, the sport has grown into a widely respected, physically intense sport. Quidditch is a mixed gender contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodge ball, and tag. A team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play. The US Quidditch official rule book is available free for download here.