New NMB Sports Complex lands quidditch tournament

Brush up on your broom sticks and bone up on your Harry Potter. The 2014 Quidditch Word Cup VII is coming to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex on April 5-6.

In anticipation of its grand opening next spring, the NMB Park and Sports Complex wanted a unique event to increase interest and name recognition to the new venue.

Local leaders believe they have found it in the game of quidditch, a fictional game made famous by British author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. The sport was adapted to mere Muggle status in 2005 on college campuses and has grown into a game of its own.

The IQA (International Quidditch Association) selected North Myrtle Beach over Kissimee, FL. The tournament will attract more than 80 teams and 1,500 competitors. The IQA cited the local group’s excellent facilities and location for giving NMB the nod.

In the IQA version of quidditch, like in the novel, each team features seven players on the field at a time: three chasers, two beaters, a keeper and a seeker. The game is played on a field the size of a hockey rink with three circular goals aplaced on either side of the field.

All players are required to carry a broom between their legs at all times and volleyballs are used as the quaffle and dodgeballs serve as the bludgers. The snitch is a tennis ball stuffed in a sock and tucked in the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral player who is allowed to roam an area beyond the playing field.

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