Victorian leadbeaters 2019: staff and selection panel applications now open

Applications are now open for Head Coach, Assistant Coach/es, Team Manager and all five positions on the selection panel for the 2019 Victorian Leadbeaters.

If you believe you have the skills and commitment required to be on the coaching team or selection panel, please complete the form below in as much details as possible. Quidditch Australia’s State of Origin Championship weekend is planned to be held in October with the panel’s main goal to be to select the team, reserves and development squad for this event, the team managers role to ensure the smooth execution of the process from an administrative aspect, and the coaching team to develop all players into a cohesive unit for the championship.

A full breakdown of all positions and respective duties can be found here.

The coaching team and selection panel members are required to attend and assist with the running of try-out sessions for the selection process, to be held in June. The head coach is automatically a member of the selection panel.

Coaching, Team Manager and Selector applications close 11:59pm  Friday, May 24th 2019.

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Melbourne Mudbash 2019: staff applications now open!

The Victorian Quidditch Association is seeking applications for a tournament director and two assistant tournament directors for Melbourne Mudbash 2019. All positions are voluntary. The tournament will be held on the 6th – 7th of July at Fawkner Park, South Yarra.

Applications open: Wednesday, 1st May 2019

Applications close: Friday, 17th May 2019

Any and all questions can be directed to the VQA Executive at team@quidditchvictoria.com. If you have another role or way in which you’d like to contribute to the tournament, please send us an email! We are also seeking keen individuals to generally assist with the running of the event.

Tournament Director: The tournament director (TD) is responsible for the overall running of the tournament, including supervising the organising committee, working with the team to determine the general direction and flavour of the event, and liaising with outside bodies. The tournament director shall be responsible for curation and execution of the timeline of the event, inclusive of all planning stages and the event days themselves, from start to finish. The tournament director is the direct liaison between the tournament organisers and VQA committee. In conjunction with the VQA Executive, the tournament director shall be responsible for handling any issues, grievances or disciplinary action which may occur or be required over the tournament weekend.

Assistant Tournament Director x 2:  The assistant tournament directors assists the TD in their duties wherever required, dividing up duties according to the TD’s and assistant TD’s respective strengths, and taking over in the case that the TD is not available. Both ATD’s will be required to assist the TD and VQA Executive in handling any issues, grievances or disciplinary action which may occur or be required over the tournament weekend.

First Focus: Logistics, Equipment, Venue

Duties may include:

  • Sourcing and management of equipment for the tournament, including sourcing marquees, tables, chairs and other non-gameplay equipment.
  • Coordinating the layout of the event, as well specific tasks such as set-up and pack-up
  • Provide public communications about the venue, such as a transport plan for travelling to the tournament by PT.
  • Work with the other ATD to develop a volunteer’s roster for logistic based tasks such as set up and pack up.
  • Liaise with the VQA’s Media and IT Directors to ensure the spread of information to players through the VQA’s media channels.
  • Any other duties which may be befitting to the focus of Logistics, Equipment and The Venue.
  • Assist the TD in the creation of the tournament information package

Second Focus: Volunteers, Hospitality, Merchandise

The focus of this role is to develop the overall internal feel of the event and to be an internal contact for entities within our community. Duties may include:

  • Seeking, coordinating and rostering volunteers for the event.
  • Coordinating hospitality related aspects of the event, such as organising the BBQ or player lunches
  • Assist the VQA’s Events and Fundraising Director in coordinating the Mudbash Social
  • Putting together a package for teams of recommended accommodation, attractions, local shopping options and other relevant things in the area.
  • Developing potential merchandise and the sale of merchandise
  • Liaise with the VQA’s Media and IT Directors to ensure the spread of information to players through the VQA’s media channels.
  • Any other duties which may be befitting to the focus of Volunteers, Hospitality and Merchandise.
  • Assist the TD in the creation of the tournament information package

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Victoria Cup 2019 Fixture and Registration

Photo Credit: James Layh Graphic Design: Massimo Galli
Photo Credit: James Layh
Graphic Design: Massimo Galli

The Victoria Cup Fixture and Registration is now live on our website!

The VQA are proud to announce that the Victoria Cup 2019 will feature two divisions! While teams will have the opportunity to play against all other teams for ladder points, teams will play more games against those in their division. This change seeks to make games more entertaining, competitive, and a better opportunity to develop and improve for all teams.

Division One:
Melbourne Manticores Quidditch Club
Whomping Willows Quidditch Club
Monash Muggles Quidditch Club
Melbourne Ravens Quidditch Club

The 2019 Fixture is available here.

If you wish to register for the season, click here!

Interested in joining a team? Find us on Facebook

VICTORIAN FANTASY JERSEY PRE-ORDER

Copy of A STAR WARS STORY

A very limited pre-order period is available for the Victorian Fantasy 2019 Starwars Jerseys, featuring Team Maul (Red), Team Vader (Black), Team R2D2 (Blue), Team BB8 (Orange), Team Yoda (Green) and Team Troopers (White). Jerseys feature the character, faded faction logo background, VQA logo and faction logo on the sleeves, and team name, number and Victorian Fantasy in the iconic distant galaxy font.

Orders are open till 3pm, Friday 18th January due to the production timeframe, and can be made below. There will be a limited number of jerseys available at the event for purchase, however colours and sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Uniforms are produced by Beastwear. Click here to view sizes.

$25 Pre-Order with a custom number | $30 On The Day 

Australia Wide Postage $8.50 or Pick Up Available 

TEAM VADER
Images are indicative of jersey design. Printed jersey may differ slightly due to how colours appear on screen. The Victorian Quidditch Association claims no copyright over Lucasfilm intellectual property. 

VICTORIAN FANTASY 2019: Registration Now Open!

 

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A long time ago in a galaxy far away…

Victorian Fantasy: A Star Wars Story

It is a time of peace in the galaxy. After the Battle of the Sunshine Coast, all has been quiet in the off-season. But a new threat rises. With a new year brings new struggles as the War is about to heat up.

2019 has brought a new conflict to the Victorian system. A fantasy tournament in the sport of Quidditch will be fought by 6 brave teams to decide which controls power in Victoria. Armed with brooms, balls and determination, our brave heroes prepare to begin their 2019 conquest with the Victorian Fantasy…

$40 EARLY BIRD TILL THE 20TH JAN | $45 THEREAFTER 

Forest Hill College | 16th – 17th February 2019

Team Themed Jersey Included

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN, CLOSING FEBRUARY 4TH.

Please note, refunds for change of mind will be available until the close of registration. After this time, all registrations are non-refundable unless in exceptional circumstance.

Victoria Cup Presentation Night 2018: Tickets Now On Sale

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Looks like we jumped the gun a little, but we are excited to share with you that we have found a bigger, better venue for our presentation evening, which will now be held at the Bells Hotel in South Melbourne! You’ve also now got another week to purchase tickets and to deliberate over your outfit!
 
So without further ado, the Victorian Quidditch Association cordially invited you to the Victoria Cup Presentation Night for 2018!
In celebration of our Victoria Cup season, we will be presenting awards to celebrate the top achievers within our community, including the season and grand final MVP’s.
The event will commence at 6:30pm with finger food to be served between 7pm – 9pm and guests are welcome to purchase a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
 
The awards presentation shall commence from 8:30pm.
 
Tickets can be purchased through the Victorian Quidditch Association website. Tickets will be on sale til the 1tth November, after this date tickets purchased are non-refundable by the VQA, however, may be sold onto a third party.
 
**This is an 18+ event. The venue reserves the right to deny entry or remove individuals from their premises. The Victorian Quidditch Association reserves the right to remove individuals from their event for inappropriate behaviour.**

Purchase your own Leadbeaters Jersey!

Jackson Weaver Photography
Jackson Weaver Photography

To support the Leadbeaters in 2018 we are once again opening up orders for Team Victoria Jerseys, as worn by our Leadbeaters in 2017 and now again in 2018.

Jerseys are $40 and all profits go to supporting our athletes on our way to the Victorian #threepeat. Provided by ZONE Ultimate, jerseys are high quality, soft, stretchy and great for athletic activities.

Payments can be made via PayPal when completing the order form below. Orders will be taken up until 5pm, Friday 8th September. Anyone wishing to pay via direct deposit should get in contact at team@quidditchvictoria.com.

There is also a limited selection of caps and snapbacks available for purchase at $20 and $25 each.

Victoria Cup Finals Appeals

Photography: Jessica James-Moody Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler
Photography: Jessica James-Moody
Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler

Finals appeals for the 2018 Victoria Cup season are now open and will close on Sunday the 9th of September. These appeals are for players who have not participated in the required number of games to be eligible to play in the finals series, however, believe they have reason to be exempt from these requirements. These reasons may be but are not limited to serious injury, University commitments such as exchange, or work related commitments. All appeals shall be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants shall be notified of the outcome of their appeal by email in the week following the 9th of September.

Players are required to have participated in 6 games during the season to be eligible to play finals. An appeal is not required for teams who finish in the 9th or 10th position on the ladder as they do not enter the upper or lower finals bracket play.

From the Victoria Cup League Rules:

2.8. For any player to compete in finals, they MUST have played 33% of games for the League with the team they are intending to play finals with. If there are 12 games, they MUST have attended 4 games to play finals. If there are 8 games, they MUST have attended 3 games to play finals. This is to prevent new players being brought in just for finals.

2.8.1. New players cannot be added to a register in the last game of the league unless they were registered to play and on the team roster prior to the previous game.

2.8.2. Players who have not made their 33% attendance requirement with their intended finals team may submit a finals exemption application for consideration by the Head of Gameplay and VQA executive.

2.9. All players who have not made their 33% attendance requirement may submit a finals exemption application for considered by the Head of Gameplay and VQA executive.

 

Victorian Leadbeaters Selectors Announced, Coach and Player Applications Open for 2018

Photo Courtesy of Quidditch Australia
Photo Courtesy of Quidditch Australia

 

With Quidditch Australia’s State Shield pencilled in for October 2018, player and coach applications for the Victorian Leadbeaters are now open!

The Association is pleased to announce the selection panel for the 2018 Leadbeaters; Congratulations to Nicola Gertler, Dean Rodhouse, Nathan Morton, Edward Vienet, Michael Braham and Ben Watson on their appointment. The Leadbeaters are now seeking a coach to take on the helm of leading the team to another back to back victory for Victoria.

The role of the coach is as follows;

The Leadbeaters coach will be responsible for the overall coaching and training based management of the team. The successful applicant will be expected to act in conjunction with selectors to decide on team composition, train the Leadbeaters over several months and run the team on the day of the Championships. The coach will also be required to assist with the logistical organisation of the trip. The coach will become a member of the selection panel if they are not already a member of the panel.

The time commitment of the coach would be to run one or two training sessions per week as well as travelling with the team to the championships in October (currently forecast for October). All travel, accommodation and spending money is the responsibility of the individual, however, the VQA intends to fundraise for the team which should hopefully assist some of the financial burdens of the players and coach.

Applications for the coaching position may come from individuals who intend to be playing or non-playing and are required to state their intentions when completing this application.

Applicants will be required to submit an application, including a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation may be from any individual of the applicant’s choosing, not exclusive of a member of their own team or individual outside the quidditch community.

Applications for the coaching position close at midnight, Friday 27th July. 

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Players!

All Victorians wishing to play for the Leadbeaters must completed the form below and attend any but preferably all of the following sessions;

Melbourne MudBash, 21st – 22nd July: Players who sign up by Friday, 20th July, will be viewed at Mudbash participating with their club teams. The intent of watching players at club event is to see them working in a familiar environment with players they train with. The selectors hope this should allow players the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and discipline they have within their club lineup. Players will not be judged on the final position of their team within the tournament, however, will be judged on their teamwork.

Try-out #1, 2:30 – 5pm,  Sunday 5th August: Players will participate in a serious of drills and scratch matches with the intent of playing with new teammates and exhibiting their skills and versatility.

Try-out #2, 2:30 – 5pm,  Sunday 12th August: Players will participate in a serious of drills and scratch matches with the intent of playing with new teammates and exhibiting their skills and versatility.

Players who cannot attend any of these events may still apply however will be required to provide a justification as to their non-attendance. The two try-out sessions are free, however, signing up BEFORE the event is mandatory to ensure insurance requirements are met. Applicants must be members of the Victorian and Australian Quidditch Associations, as well as meeting the eligibility criteria as follows;

 

  1. You currently play for a club from that state;

  2. You currently live in that state;

  3. The team that you first played quidditch for is from that state,

  4. You spent the majority of school (K-12, at least 7 years cumulative).in that state

 

If you have different states for each of the above criteria, you may choose which team you wish to apply for.

Once you are chosen to represent a state as either a player or reserve, you forfeit your eligibility based on clauses B, C and D. For example consider a player who grew up in Melbourne spending all of their schooling there, but then went to NSW for university and began playing quidditch there. If they choose to represent NSW this year, they may only play for NSW in future years until they play for a club team in a different state.

Withdrawing your application or failure to make the state team you applied for does not forfeit your eligibility to apply for other teams. You may apply for multiple states but must withdraw all but one application before final selections.

As these are new regulations for 2018, we will be allowing people to use their eligibilities under B and C even if they have already represented a state, as they may not have been aware of these options. Going forward however, these criteria will apply. – Quidditch Australia

 

The two try-out sessions are open to all applicants. From these events, the selection panel will determine the necessity to hold further invitational sessions or begin selecting the squad.

Player applications close on Friday, 10th August 2018, however application sooner allows the selectors more time to consider your application. 

Questions may be directed to the Leadbeaters Selection Panel at team@quidditchvictoria.com.

 

Melbourne MudBash 2018: Information Package

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With Melbourne Mudbash right around the corner, here is some essential information for players and spectators attending the events. All this information and more can also be found in the 2018 Melbourne Mudbash Information Package.

Fixture

The full fixture for the tournament, including pools, the refereeing roster and volunteer roster, can be found here.

Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game, whether playing or refereeing. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match. For refereeing slots, teams are required to provide a referee team which includes at minimum 3 Assistant Referees, 1 Snitch Referee, 2 Goal Referees and 1 Scorekeeper. After your game please vacate the field as quickly as possible and have your ‘post- game chat’ off the field to ensure the next game may begin on time.

Sign-in and Requirements

All players on your team must sign in for the weekend before play begins. This is to confirm your final roster, jersey numbers and cross-check each player’s registration and membership status to ensure they are eligible to play. Any player who is found to have played without signing in will be suspended for their next match of the tournament. Teams who do not present for sign in may be at risk of forfeits or disqualification.

FIRST GAME:  You must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:00am.

SECOND GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.

THIRD GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.

Sign-in requirements only apply on the Saturday, unless as an individual you did not attend the Saturday games.

Gameplay

RULEBOOK: Melbourne Mudbash will be played according to IQA 2016-2018 Rulebook with QA’s amendments. Due to the nature of our booking, only plastic cleats will be allowed. Red cards will be reviewed by the game’s Head Referee, Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay where appropriate.

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record.

Points will be awarded on the following basis:

Win – 4 points

Overtime Loss – 2 points

Loss – 1 point

Forfeit – 0 points

Ties will be broken by the following procedures in order:

  1. Head to Head results between the tied teams.
  2. Points differential (with a max value of +/- 120 points for each individual game)
  3. Snitch catch percentage
  4. Coin flip

Any games forfeited will be entered as a 150*-0 loss for the forfeiting team. Forfeiting teams will not be penalised and are eligible to participate in finals.

 

Location & Grounds Rules

Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The association has been allocated three different areas with a total of 5 quidditch fields to be used over the weekend based on grounds conditions. Our relationship with Fawkner Park is very important, so we ask that everyone shows the utmost respect to the venue as well as picking up their rubbish and putting it in the bin.

Change rooms, toilets and a cafe (run by South Yarra FC) are located within the Southern Pavilion. We have specifically been allocated change rooms 2 and 4 and there are also single cubicles on the outside of the building. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.

The canteen will be open all weekend for our convenience, serving hot and cold food as well as coffee and a variety of snacks. They accept both cash and EFTPOS payments.  

Transport

Parking: Parking at Fawkner Park can be difficult on weekends due to a high volume of sports and park usage, however it is not impossible. It is recommended to spare an extra 10 – 15 minutes to find parking in the surrounding streets. Please be aware of all parking signs, as some areas are resident permit only, and some areas are only for 2 hours on Saturday. We would recommend parking in Pasley Street if you must drive to the park.

Public Transport: Public Transport is highly recommended! However there are a number of changes due to roadworks along Toorak and St Kilda roads. Those wishing to travel on any Victorian public transport systems must use a Myki card, which can be purchased at most train stations and 7/11 convenience stores.

To get to the park by train, catch the Frankston, Sandringham, Pakenham or Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station. It is then a 10 – 15-minute walk from the station to the field down Toorak Road. The number 58 trams will not be in service along Toorak Road during the event; instead, buses will be running from Domain Interchange along the tram route. The closest stop is #124 (Walsh Street) when heading towards Toorak or #26 (Park Street) when heading towards the CBD. A replacement bus can also be caught to the corner of Commercial road and St. Kilda road at stop #25 and then it’s a short walk down Commercial road to the park.  To plan your journey via public transport: https://ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

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Melbourne Mudbash Social

More details surrounding the social can be found in the information package or by RSVP’ing to our event!

Enquiries

For further enquiries, you can contact Tournament Director Nicola Gertler at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our Facebook event to keep up to date in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend.