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Anonymous said: Hi!! I'm planning on coming to UMD and I definitely want to play quidditch so I was wondering how to make your travel team?

Yay that’s awesome to hear!!
We actually start practices tomorrow, September 1 at 1:00 on McKeldin Mall. Our usual practice times are Sundays 11:00-1:00, Mondays 5:45-8:00, and Wednesdays 4:45-7:00.

The way we do our travel roster is this: we have what we call a rotating roster. There are no beginning of the year tryouts. Instead, about a week before every tournament the roster for that tournament will be announced. That way if you can’t make one you can still try and go to the next one. Also it promotes people attempting to improve because if you improve you increase your odds of making the team! Best way to make the team is to show up to as many practices as possible and work hard!
Can’t wait to meet you!!
—Erin M, President

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Thanks to everyone who voted for Turtle Cup!
We try our best to hold wonderful events and your continued support and attendance make them happen.
Special congratulations go to cp-quidditch-gal since this was her first time as TD though of course she had some great tutelage from sarahwoolsey (and of course help from yours truly).

Thanks to everyone who voted for Turtle Cup!

We try our best to hold wonderful events and your continued support and attendance make them happen.

Special congratulations go to cp-quidditch-gal since this was her first time as TD though of course she had some great tutelage from sarahwoolsey (and of course help from yours truly).

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somejuju:

Now presenting UMD Quidditch BUTTS!!! #quidditch #worldcup7

I had a feeling a picture like this might happen with the turtling pose…

somejuju:

Now presenting UMD Quidditch BUTTS!!! #quidditch #worldcup7

I had a feeling a picture like this might happen with the turtling pose…

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So the shirts have shipped (arrived, in my case) and the printing looks pretty great (the color is much better in real life, my webcam is awful).

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amelia13274:

Ugh…. I made that post with all the due dates and everything (just as much for myself as for you guys), and I still totally missed the deadline to donate to  Maryland Quidditch on Indiegogo….

Damn. :(

Well if you guys start up another one let me know cause I totally want a team photo. But of course, in the meantime at least I have that teespring Turtle Cup shirt to wear at World Cup to cheer you all on.

If anyone’s missed the due date and still wants in on some of those perks, email us! (umdquidditch@gmail.com)

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Only one more day to get your Turtle Club tee!
Thanks to everyone for supporting us and being generally awesome.

Only one more day to get your Turtle Club tee!

Thanks to everyone for supporting us and being generally awesome.

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damienwolf666 said: I was wondering if you might be able to share some advice. My team began the semester at 20 strong and now were lucky to get 7 to practice. How would you go about to rebuilding/ building a team?

Sorry this took so long to answer, I wanted to get some input from the team.

This is a problem that affects a lot of teams to varying degrees and can have several causes. I would start by finding the root of the problem, contacting people individually and asking them (in a non-judgmental way, work together to find a solution) about why they aren’t coming to practice or why others are not attending. It may be something as simple as schedule changes or being too busy. You may be able to adjust practice schedules and get more people.

The problem can also be more complex, involving the personalities of people involved. If a certain group of players is kind of clique-y and makes others feel excluded, that’s a major issue. Every team will have minor drama but huge divides within a team cause instability, especially if they involve team leadership. If necessary, have a meeting to discuss the issue (this can be hard, emotional, and draining but sometimes necessary just to get everything out in the open and stop having it drag the team down).

Also if people feel like practices are too relaxed/too competitive/not what they are looking for, they may stop attending. I’ve noticed a lot of people will start a semester regularly attending and then stop as the school workload increases and practices get more intense. It may take some adjusting to find the right balance for your team. We had a bit of a rough patch when we switched our intensity, but we got through it.

After you figure out the root of the problem, take various steps to solve it. Adjust the practice times/intensities if necessary, keep communication channels open, set up various reminder systems (sometimes people just forget, seriously), recruit more, and find bonding activities that work for your team. Figure out what types of personalities and people you have and make them feel included: give them responsibilities, invite them to social events, attend events for their other clubs and activities, and generally make them feel like part of the “family.”

Maryland Quidditch spends nearly excessive amounts of time together. We go to concerts and games together, support each other’s other clubs/activities, eat together, study together, and celebrate together. We also try to recruit fairly aggressively (though always be nice and stay positive!) and constantly remind everyone where/when practices are.

Hope this helps!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Testudo’s shell is red…

World Cup VII is blue…

Snow ruined travel plans :( 

And we have fundraising to do!

TURTLE CLUB SHIRTS or INDIEGOGO!

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umdquidditch:

Are you turtle-y enough for the Turtle Club?
Come turtle with Maryland Quidditch by wearing our newest shirt!

We need at least 25 orders to print. Get one here!

Photo of pre-game turtling at MARC taken by sarahwoolsey courtesy of rebeccam12.

A new take on brooms down! You can see how awesome that shirt back would look…

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Are you turtle-y enough for the Turtle Club?
Come turtle with Maryland Quidditch by wearing our newest shirt!

We need at least 25 orders to print. Get one here!