A message from the IQA's Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership
- Published: 04 July 2018
- Written by The Board
Eighteen months ago, various National Governing Bodies (NGBs) acting through Congress entrusted the International Quidditch Association (IQA) to four new trustees, Alex Benepe, Nicole Hammer, Andy Marmer, and Luke Nickholds. The four joined Nicholas Oughtibridge who was previously a trustee and a year later were joined by Christina Verdirame, to make up the current board.
Over the past 18 months, we made a list of items that we wished to accomplish. This list was based on our own agenda and what Congress asked us to achieve. We were hoping to incorporate the IQA, resolve questions regarding the Uganda funds, publish financial statements, provide increased transparency especially financially, expand quidditch to more nations, set up the IQA to exist long-term as a viable international sport federation, and host a successful, financially stable, and competitively interesting World Cup.
In many areas we've succeeded. This past weekend, we hosted the largest World Cup yet, with 29 teams competing and gaining global recognition. This was achieved through the hard work and collaboration of our volunteers and partners, and we are incredibly thankful for their efforts for this tournament. Additionally, we have also published the IQA’s annual report, a budget for the organization and World Cup, a bursary program to strengthen our support to National Governing Bodies and developed short and long-term goals in collaboration with Congress.
However, we have not yet incorporated the IQA - though we have had conversations with Congress and they understand we have made substantial progress in this regard, resolved the Uganda funds, and, most recently, we feel we have failed to host a World Cup that met community expectations. The fees, although necessary, were higher than the quality of tournament that we provided, alongside logistical issues throughout the weekend.
We understand there is a lot of frustration with the IQA and we feel that much of it is justified. We fell short of expectations, but we want to work with the community and our NGBs to do better.
There is justifiably a lot of negative attention being paid to the IQA; yet this sport undoubtedly needs an international federation and that federation is the IQA.
The IQA can bring NGBs together like this past weekend, spurring hype and developing connections that help countries collaborate and develop. We can put together a universal rulebook for the sport. We can move quidditch toward legitimacy. We can act as a steward for the whole sport of quidditch, in partnership with NGBs. We learned a lot of lessons this weekend and we hope that we won't repeat any of our mistakes. If you have specific feedback you would like to provide, please submit your thoughts here.
One of the main reasons that the IQA hasn't been everything that it could be is that we have tried to do too much with too little. There are two ways to solve this and we are attempting to do both.
The first is to make volunteering with the IQA easier and more accessible. In the past, we have heard that volunteering with the IQA can feel like too large of a commitment and it can be too hard to get involved - we want your help however you can provide it. If you fill out this Google form, we will contact you about ways that you might be able to volunteer with the IQA and help us out.
We are also having conversations about reducing the scope of work the IQA attempts. On the Monday following World Cup, Congress met with the Board of Trustees and executive staff for more than six hours. As a result, we are:
1) Re-evaluating our ability to host a successful Continental Games in 2019 and whether this is something we will be able to offer; we are discussing this with NGBs (including those that could not make the meeting on Monday)
Finally, we know that many of you are dissatisfied with how you were personally treated by IQA volunteers at World Cup. This is not acceptable and on behalf of the IQA's leadership we sincerely apologize. We are having conversations with the appropriate people and will strive to do better going forward. If you would like to discuss specific examples please message us.