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Victorian Quidditch Association 2017 Committee

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The Victorian Quidditch Association would like to thank all those who attended our Annual General Meeting this morning, and we are proud to announce our committee for 2017.

President: N. Gertler
Vice President: A. Langdon
Secretary: C. Bridle
Treasurer: R.Atkinson
Head of Officials: L.McCoppin
Head of Gameplay: N. Morton
Head of Media: S. Hicks
Head of Events and Fundraising: L. Pahl
Head of IT: vacant.

Team Representatives
Blackburn Basilisks: E. Farrell
La Trobe Trolls: G. Beggs
Melbourne Manticores: D. Rodhouse
Melbourne Unicorns: E. Kirsh
Monash Muggles: M. Kerr
South Melbourne Centaurs: TBA
Whomping Willows: Z. Giofkou
Wrackspurts QC: D. Jenkins

The VQA would also like to extend our thanks to former president Kassi Grace and former treasurer Graham Done. Since their election, Graham and Kassi have both worked tirelessly in their respective positions to ensure the smooth and successful running of the association. Their contributions to the VQA have been invaluable, and we wish them the best in their future endeavours and hope they enjoy their well-earned rest.

All You Need to Know for Melbourne MudBash 2016

The Victorian Quidditch Association will be holding our annual tournament, Melbourne MudBash, for the fourth year in a row! This year’s tournament will be on the 25th & 26th June at Monash University, Clayton.

Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY
7.30am-8.30am:
Team sign-in
9.00am-6.00pm: MudBash Round Robin Stage

SUNDAY
9.00am-5.00pm:
MudBash Finals & Consolation Games
2.40pm: Australian Dropbears v Dropkicks Exhibition Match
4.00pm: MudBash Grand Final
7.30pm-12:30am: MudBash Social at The Savoy Tavern, CBD

 

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 and jersey numbers as well as to cross-check with each player’s registration and membership status to ensure they are eligible to play. Any player who has not signed in will not be allowed to take the field. 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 7:30-8:00am.
SECOND GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.
THIRD & FORTH GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.
Sign-in requirements are both the same on Saturday and Sunday.
Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match.
After each match, both captains will be required to sign the match scoresheet.

 

Equipment

Equipment will be checked before your team’s first match on each day. Please ensure that you are not wearing metal cleats, jewellery, or any other metal or otherwise dangerous items as outlined in the rulebook. Any disallowed equipment or item of clothing may not be worn at any time during a game at the tournament. We would like to discourage the wearing of hooded jumpers under jerseys whilst playing as they can be considered a choking hazard and encourage all players to wear warm clothing under their jerseys without hoods.

Teams are permitted to bring their own brooms to the tournament however all brooms must be approved by the Head Referee of your game or the Tournament or Assistant Tournament Director.

Players may be penalised if any Head Referee or the Tournament Director or Assistant Tournament Director determines that a piece of equipment or clothing is illegal or unsafe and it is not removed immediately.

 

Policies

WEATHER: Though the intention of Melbourne Mudbash is to get muddy and play regardless of the weather, we have set in place the following conditions. As determined by the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay, in the event of severe weather the seeker floor may be cut down from 18 minutes to no less than 10 minutes to reduce game length but still allow teams to play. The snitch handicaps may also be lowered.

DELAY OF GAMES: In the case that games are delayed due to uncontrollable or unforeseen circumstance, the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay may reduce the seeker floor from 18 minutes to no less than 15 minutes to reduce game length but still allow teams to play and all tournament games to be completed. The snitch handicaps may also be lowered.

CODE OF CONDUCT: All players, whilst playing, officiating and spectating are required to following Quidditch Australia’s code of conduct. Serious breaches of this code will result in the player being disqualified from the tournament and required to leave the venue. All participants are expected to be respectful to tournament staff and referees and any requests made of them. Disrespect to any official or staff will not be tolerated.

Please note that this is a drug and alcohol free tournament for all players and spectators.

The Code of Conduct may be found here

GRIEVANCES: All grievances may be brought to the Tournament Director (N. Gertler), Assistant Tournament Director (D. Rodhouse), Head of Gameplay (N. Morton), or the President of the Victorian Quididitch Association (K. Grace). Grievances will be discussed in private between the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director, Head of Gameplay and VQA President and where necessary the Head of Officials (L. McCoppin) and any Head Referee or Official relevant to the matter. The urgency of the grievance and best course of action shall be determined by this group and relevant parties shall be made aware of any decisions. Where possible, grievances will preferably be dealt with after the tournament through the grievance procedure outlined in the Victorian Quidditch Association’s constitution.

 

Gameplay

RULEBOOK: Melbourne Mudbash will be played according to rulebook 9 with the IQA’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.

The snitch handicaps will be as follows:

22 Minutes: Confined to the area between each teams hoops

25 Minutes: Snitch is limited to the use of one hand to defend against seekers

28 Minutes: The snitch is confined to the centre line of the field

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record.

Points will be awarded on the following basis:
Win – 3 points
Overtime Loss – 1 point
Loss – 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

Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Monash University Clayton Campus. Games will be played on Soccer Oval 5. Change rooms, toilets and a cafe are located within the Monash Sport building. The cafe is not to be used as a team area or area to store belongings as there are other Monash Sport patrons who require access to this area. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.

13494760_1398343203515995_6878883015255158236_nMonash University Clayton campus address:
Wellington Road & Blackburn Road, Clayton VIC 3800
Monash Sport’s address:
42 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University Clayton VIC 3800

Monash Clayton is located just off the Princes highway on Wellington Road and is also close to the Monash Freeway (M1). The Monash Freeway between the Toorak road exit and CBD is a toll road ($16.51 for a Weekend pass, midday Friday till midnight Sunday) however there are a number of other options from Toorak road to the city or to travel along the Princes highway into the CBD.

Parking: Parking on weekends at Monash is free in Blue permit areas. For your convenience please park in the blue permit area of the South 1 Carpark as circled on the map. Please refer to parking signs for all other areas as they may require a ticket.

13442434_1398344173515898_2066245525645649201_oFrom the bus loop, Monash is serviced by numerous buses passing through making it very accessible. From the CBD, it’s an approximately 40min trip on Saturdays and a 1 hour trip on Sundays by catching a train to Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne to Huntingdale station and then catching a route 601, 630 or 900 bus for 5 minutes to Monash.

Monash is serviced by the following buses: 691 Bayswater-Waverley Gardens, 703 Blackburn-Middle Brighton, 733 Boxhill-Oakleigh, 737 Croydon-Clayton, 742 Eastland-Chadstone, 802 Dandenong-Chadstone, 804 Dandenong-Chadstone, 862 Dandenong-Chadstone and 900 Rowville-Caulfield.

To plan your journey via public transport, visit PTV

 

Tournament Fixture

Pools are horizontally sorted rather than vertical; therefore you will play a mixture of games across more than one pitch. Teams with a BYE are not required to present to a pitch. Teams must arrive at their pitch 10 minutes before your game.
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.

13475221_1398342860182696_4431557711440397854_oFor a more detailed fixture, rosters & refereeing document, visit our tournament google sheet

 

Refereeing

All teams are required to provide referees for their allocated games. If teams do not present themselves to referee at their required time they risk forfeiting subsequent games. Referee teams are required to present themselves 10 minutes before their allocated refereeing spot. The refereeing team is obliged to find a replacement for any missing referees in their team and alert the relevant Head Referee, Tournament Director, or Assistant Tournament Director of these changes.

To see the full refereeing schedule as well as team lists, visit our tournament google sheet

 

Melbourne MudBash Social

After you’ve finished grinding your opponents’ bodies into the mud, join them for a dance, a bite to eat and perhaps a beverage at the Melbourne MudBash Social! Hosted at the Savoy Tavern, with our own allocated space (see dance floor) in the lounge bar, please remember to drop by to join in the festivities before you travel back home and after you’ve had a chance to scrub yourself clean. Savoy Tavern is located across from Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne Central Business District, and as such is very accessible by public transport, be it train, tram, bus, or hot air balloon.
Wristbands must be worn throughout the duration of the social and presented at the door upon arrival to gain entry. Please treat your wristband like cash as misplaced wristbands will not be replaced. Wristbands will be handed out to all those who purchased a social ticket at sign-in on Saturday the 25th. Address: 677 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Corner of Bourke St and Spencer St)
Dress code: Smart casual, no thongs or boardies, or footy boots!
The Social is an 18+ event (please bring your ID) and the venue reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons.

 

Enquiries

For further enquiries you can contact Tournament Director N. Gertler – neger1@student.monash.edu

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

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The VQA needs you for a role on our committee!

Two of our longest serving committee members, Jamie and Matt, are stepping down from their roles as Treasurer and Head of Officials to pursue exciting new things in their outside lives. We’d link to extend our thanks to them for all the work they’ve done in their time to make Victorian Quidditch as great and dynamic as it is. Just because you’re not in charge doesn’t mean we don’t hope to still see you at game days.

As you can probably guess, this means we’re now looking for a new Treasurer and a new Head of Officials until our AGM at the start of next year (~Feb 2016). Look at the end of this for the official election notice and the agenda for the meeting.

If you think you’ve got a knack for money or for wrangling referees then read on for a brief overview of each role. For a formal description of the positions, check out our constitution or if you have any questions then please contact the Returning Officer Luke at team@quidditchvictora.com.

We will be holding a general meeting on August 9 at Fawkner Park, after Round 13 of The Victoria Cup. There will be an election for these positions, and you can have your say in the future of quidditch in Victoria. You can RSVP to that meeting here

Election Notice
Meeting Agenda

 

Treasurer

As Treasurer, you’re the first port of call on money matters.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll have the honour of presenting the monthly financial report – keeping everybody up-to-date on the VQA’s financial position and ensure its squeaky clean. At the end of each year, you’ll summarise this into the annual report for members too.

You’ll work with other members of the VQA Admin Committee to manage their relevant budgets responsibly, as well as the VQA’s budget as a whole. You’ll be the primary person responsible for all money coming in, and money coming out.

Money matters, and Treasurer is a crucial role in the committee that we wouldn’t be able to run without. Money isn’t the only thing you’ll get to do though – like all committee members you’ll have a chance to have a say in the VQA more broadly and happy out were you can to keep Victorian Quidditch great.

 

Head of Officials

As Head of Officials, your job is to do your best to have highly skilled Head Refs and Assistant Refs at all VQA Games.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll propose and discuss with the rest of the committee ways to ensure that we maintain and improve the standard of Victorian referees. Maybe you’ll run workshops, or institute a mentoring program, or distribute guides, or get the rulebook tattooed on your chest in small font.

Another main part of your role will be organising referees. For new tournaments, you’ll develop a draft roster for the Admin to approve. For existing ones, you’ll make sure that the referees are able to make it each week, and if they’re not you’ll find a replacement.

As Head of Officials you’ll be passionate about quality officiating at our games, and you’ll be passionate for the VQA as a whole and take part in and work with the committee on other activities as required.

All You Need to Know for Melbourne MudBash 2015!

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Photo Credit: Kirk Donaldson Photography

MELBOURNE MUDBASH 2015

USEFUL INFORMATION!

 

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Tournament Schedule

Melbourne Mudbash will consist of a round robin competition between the nine teams where everyone will play everyone once. The top four teams will progress to semi-finals, with the winner of both matches progressing to the grand finale!

Gameplay

We will be using Rulebook 8. There will be no off pitch seeking due to space restrictions with the Seeker Floor being 20 minutes. 

Snitch Handicaps
25 minutes: One hand
28 minutes: No hands
30 minutes: the snitch is confined to the middle of the pitch.

Egregious red cards will be reviewed by the game’s head referee, tournament director and pitch manager where appropriate.

All players will be required to use the standard VQA style brooms. Interstate players will be provided with brooms to borrow for the weekend, Victorian teams are expected to provide their own. All equipment will be rulebook standard, including player equipment.

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record. Tie breaks will be determined by:

  1. Head to Head
  2. Point Differential (of final score, including snitch catch, with a 120 point hard cap.)

Any games forfeited will be entered as a 120*-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

Code of Conduct

All players, whilst playing, officiating and spectating are required to following the Australian Quidditch Associations code of conduct. Serious breaches of this code will result in the player being disqualified from the tournament and required to leave the venue. Please note that this is a drug and alcohol free tournament.

The Code of Conduct may be found here

Locations

Melbourne Mudbash this year will take place at Monash University Clayton Campus. Games will be played on Soccer Oval 5. Change rooms, toilets and a café are located within the Monash Sport building.

Monash University Clayton campus address:
Wellington Road & Blackburn Road, Clayton VIC 3800

Monash Sport’s address:
42 Scenic Boulevard
Monash University
Clayton VIC 3800

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Parking: Parking on weekends at Monash is free in Blue permit areas. For your convenience please park in the blue permit area of the South 1 Carpark as circled on the map.

Public Transport: Monash is a local public transport hub for South-East Melbourne, with numerous buses passing through making it very accessible. From the CBD, its an approximately 40min trip on weekends catching a train to Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne to Huntingdale and then catching a route 601, 630 or 900 bus to Monash.

Other buses that stop at Monash include:
691 Bayswater-Waverley Gardens
703 Blackburn-Middle Brighton
733 Boxhill-Oakleigh
737 Croydon-Clayton
742 Eastland-Chadstone
802 Dandenong-Chadstone
804 Dandenong-Chadstone
862 Dandenong-Chadstone
900 Rowville-Caulfield

For timetable information, go here

The Social

The official tournament after party (*ATP*) will be held at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne’s CBD on the night of Sunday the 5th. Social tickets will be given to your team representative or captain at sign in on the Saturday morning of the tournament so they can distribute them to you. Your ticket at $20.00 will include two drinks as well a light finger food. Beverages available include basic house spirits, soft drink, juice, house red/white/sparkling or a ‘beer special’ all determined by the venue. If you’re desperately hungry after the tournament, dinner beforehand is recommended. This is an 18+ event. No ticket = No entry.

The Highlander Bar is close to both Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations as well as a number of tram routes. It is a 10 min walk from Southern Cross, or you can get the 70/71/75 tram from Flinders St Station to Melbourne Aquarium and it’s a 1 min walk from there.

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Enquiries

For further enquiries you can contact either:

Tournament director N. Gertler – neger1@student.monash.edu

Assistant tournament director G. Gibson – team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our facebook events to keep up to date throughout the day:

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Social

And follow the Victorian Quidditch Association on twitter for live score updates here