IQA creates a development funds to support quidditch growth

 

Quidditch is played in more than 35 countries spanning six continents. From the United States to Turkey and Uganda to Chile, quidditch is a passion that unites people around the world. While some of the most established countries feature dozens, if not hundreds of teams, in many places around the world quidditch is a novel sport. For nations new to quidditch, starting and growing the sport to a sustainable level can be a real challenge.

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IQA Trustee Applications Now Open

Dear all,

As previously announced, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) is looking for new trustees to serve on its board. After the approval of the constitution on Dec. 15, 2018, this is the next big step for IQA as it will dictate the organization’s direction moving forward. Given the changes resulting from the incorporation of the IQA, including the formation of a new entity, and that only one trustee’s term was not expiring, the board of trustees felt it appropriate for any trustee who wished to continue with the IQA to stand for re-election at the annual general meeting and allow for a new slate of trustees to be elected as the organization transitions with incorporation. At the December meeting, the assembly of members, formerly known as the IQA Congress authorized the creation of a temporary committee to manage the board recruitment process.

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IQA Announces 2019 Pan-American Games and European Games Locations

On April 25, 2018 the International Quidditch Association (IQA) announced the creation of continental championships that would take place every other year alternating with World Cup.

Finalists for Pan-American Games and European Games (EG) were then announced on Nov. 16, 2018. Representatives from the IQA have visited each of the finalists and met with bid organizers and local officials.

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Deathly Dragons Rosario are the champions of the fourth Copa Del Sur

On Dec. 14-15, 2018, the fourth edition of Copa del Sur was held in Lima, Peru. Seven teams competed to become the South America champion. The Deathly Dragons Rosario were crowned as the champions defeating the Leones Quidditch Club, 220*-160.

The first and second editions of Copa del Sur were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015 and 2016. Last year Copa del Sur was held in Santiago, Chile, and this year the competition took place in Peru for the first time.

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IQA Adopts New Constitution

On Dec. 15, 2018, the members of the International Quidditch Association (IQA) met to adopt a new constitution and other motions for the IQA to become incorporated as a nonprofit organization, registered in the US state of Delaware. This is a major step for the IQA in terms of stability as an organization and will provide us with an increased ability to interact with other organizations internationally.

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European Games 2017 - Finances Erratum

FINDING

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is writing to let you know of a misstatement in its financial statements for the IQA fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2017. In the financial statements (page 7) the IQA reported that European Games incurred a loss of ~500 Euros. This correct amount was in fact ~4,100 Euros.


ISSUE

After the organization closed its accounts for last year, it paid additional expenses of ~3,600 Euros. The revenue for this tournament was held, at the IQA’s request, by the Norwegian national governing body (NGB), Norges Rumpeldunkforbund and the IQA only discovered the discrepancy recently in trying to reconcile its finances and collect the outstanding money owed from the Norwegian NGB.

The IQA wants to emphasize that the Norwegian NGB did nothing wrong, the fault is on the IQA for failing to attempt to collect in a timely manner, failing to notice the error, and failing to adequately oversee the tournament committee.

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An open letter from Trustee Nicholas Oughtibridge to the IQA's Members

On Dec. 1, 2018, Congress will vote on whether to adopt a new constitution that will completely transform the International Quidditch Association. Ahead of this crucial meeting, Trustee Nicholas Oughtibridge sent a letter to IQA members (National Governing Bodies [NGBs]; President of Congress Brian Gallaway, and the Quidditch Post. Before we release a full article on the new constitution after the Congress meeting, we would like to clarify some points mentioned in Oughtibridge’s letter. The full text of the letter is provided at the end of this article.

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This Month in the IQA September

Hello All,

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) has made a lot of progress this month, particularly in the Gameplay Department. We have released an updated version of the Rulebook and a new website for referee testing. Furthermore, to increase transparency and ensure that you are able to have multiple points of contact for the IQA, we have also created a contact us page on the website with the names and email addresses of our leadership. Yes, this means you will no longer have to contact a generic IQA email address! We have also completed a first draft of the World Cup tournament report and have begun writing our annual report.

As always, we welcome the opportunity to chat with any and all people in the quidditch community and appreciate your support and patience.

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IQA Releases 2018-20 Referee Hub Website and Written Tests as well as Updated Rulebook

The International Quidditch Association is pleased to release the new Referee Hub website, which will house the new head referee, assistant referee, and snitch referee written tests for the new 2018-20 Rulebook; it will also be home to all IQA referee development resources going forward. As noted in an earlier announcement, the registration process for the website and written tests have been updated, meaning future referees can now register for an account on their own and no longer need an access code from their National Governing Body.

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IQA Commends India’s Decision to Allow Consensual Gay Sex

On Sept. 6, 2018, India’s Supreme Court, under outgoing Chief Justice Dipak Misra, struck down India’s ban on consensual gay sex.

Upon reading his ruling, Chief Justice Misra said, “Criminalising carnal intercourse is irrational, arbitrary and manifestly unconstitutional.”

“Punishment under Section 377 made the LGBT a closeted community, destroyed the identity of members and reached their dignity, all part of the right to life. The state has no business to get into controlling the private lives of LGBT community members or for that matter that of any citizen,” further opined Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud.

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Bids Wanted for 2019 Continental Games and 2020 IQA World Cup

After the 2018 IQA World Cup in Florence, Italy we received your solicited and unsolicited feedback. The overwhelming majority of the feedback indicated that IQA World Cup was disappointing and did not meet expectations.

We strongly believe that we need to make vast improvements upon our performance at IQA World Cup in order to regain your trust.

To improve upon the IQA World Cup 2018 and host stellar world wide events that will exceed the community’s expectations, we need your bids. We have become aware that certain aspects of the bid package are discouraging you from bidding. Please note that everything in the bid package is not a requirement, and not being able to provide one aspect listed in this document will likely not prevent you from hosting the event. If there is anything in the bid package that is preventing you from bidding, or if you have any questions about the bid package or any other topics, please let us know! We want to host amazing continental games and an even more amazing IQA World Cup, but we need your support. As a reminder, bids are due by Oct. 1, 2018.

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