Quidditch Australia’s inaugural State Shield has officially been announced to be held at Spencer Park in Brisbane, QLD on the 15th & 16th of October 2017. The Victorian Leadbeaters are seeking players wishing to try out for the squad who are prepared to train hard for the next three months and travel with the team to Brisbane for the tournament to bring home the shield. The selection panel of Dean Rodhouse, Nicola Gertler, Nathan Morton, Neil Kemister and coach Liam McCoppin shall be holding open tryouts on the 9th and 23rd of July from 2:30-4:30pm at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. Following these tryouts, the panel will select a training squad and then a final squad of 21 team members and 4 reserves.
Any player who wishes to attend the tryouts must complete the following form as a part of their application by Wednesday, July 5th. Please take the time to fill in this application with as much relevant detail as possible.
Furthermore, players are expected to be prepared to fund their own travel, inclusive of flights, transportation, accommodation, food and spending money. The Victorian Quidditch Association is dedicated to supporting our athletes by providing uniforms through fundraising for the team, however financial assistance for the trip cannot be guaranteed by the association.
Individuals selected for the training squad and final team are expected to attend a minimum of one training a fortnight with a three strikes policy in place for players who fail to attend the required number of training sessions. The Association and panel recognise that the commitment made by all individuals who wish to play for the Victorian Leadbeaters is substantial, however, it is imperative to the success of the team to ensure all players comply with the aforementioned requirements as well the player’s code of conduct (to be released soon).
The Victorian Quidditch Association is currently seeking one enthusiastic individual to coach the 2017 Leadbeaters side. 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 in either Brisbane or Sydney). 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 open: 15th May 2017
Applications close: 29th May 2017
Questions can be directed to the VQA executive at firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria’s state team, the Leadbeaters, are taking expressions of interest for a series of three exhibition/practice matches against the NSW Blue-Tounge Wizards to be held across Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th of March at the VQA’s Victorian Fantasy Tournament. The location for the tournament is still to be confirmed however it will be announced before selection for this Leadbeaters squad closes. If the likelihood of your attendance changes once the location is released, please send us an email at email@example.com to rectify your response.
These games are currently scheduled to be played however the VQA administration is waiting on final confirmation of the Blue-Tongue Wizards attendance. These games will be confirmed on the 5th of February.
It is expected that players selected for the squad attend regular team trainings to be held on weekday evenings or weekends at Fawkner Park or Caulfield Park. The most suitable time and location for training will be determined by the group after selection.
Applications close at 11:59pm on Tuesday the 7th of February. In lieu of try-outs due to this short time frame, selectors will be evaluating players on their written application, past performances throughout previous tournaments and seasons as well as game footage.
If you have represented Victoria during the 2016 Origin series you are still required to complete this form in full. Applications submitted are considered for these exhibition games only. Applications for future Leadbeaters games will be advertised specifically for those other games, including Quidditch Australia’s State of Origin Championship tournament in October.