The IQA Rulebook for the 2018 – 2020 period can be found here.
There are 7 people from each team on the field. A team may have a maximum of 21 people play in one match/tournament.
The chasers focus on the quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball) and attempt to throw through one of three hoops at each end of the field. This scores 10 points for their team.
The keeper guards the hoops and restarts play. The keeper has immunity in their keeper zone.
The beaters focus on three balls called bludgers (dodgeballs). They throw them at any player on the opposing team, who if hit must drop any ball they have and run back to touch their team's hoops before they can resume play.
The seeker attempts to catch the snitch. The snitch is a ball in a sock hanging out of the shorts of the snitch runner. There is an 18-minute seeker floor where there is no active seeker on the field, and no snitch on pitch. Once the seeker floor ends, the snitch enters the pitch and is free game to both seekers. When the snitch is caught the successful seeker earns 30 points for their team and ends the game.
An independent snitch runner dressed in yellow runs around evading capture for as long as possible. There are few limits of what the snitch is allowed to do to avoid capture, making the seeker's job a challenging, but very entertaining one.
Quidditch is a mixed gender sport, and as such there are rules on how many genders can be on the field at one time.
The "four maximum" gender rules means that each team can have a maximum of four players who identify as the same gender on the field at one time.
We accept that not everyone identifies within the binary gender system and acknowledge that not all of our players will identify as male or female, and that a person's gender may or may not be the same as that person's sex. The WAQA aims to welcome people of all identities and genders into our community, and hope to create a safe space for all people to play the awesome sport of quidditch.