What is the IQA
The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the international governing body for quidditch, and supports quidditch development and competition worldwide. We promote gender equity and an inclusive athletic environment at all levels, and develop the sport worldwide. The positive impact of physical activity on health, self-confidence, and well-being for all genders has been proven time and again. Through quidditch, traditionally less active groups such as women, transgender individuals, and those who quit competitive sports are provided with a safe and encouraging sports environment.
Finally, the International Quidditch Association develops and empowers future leaders. We inspire young people to lead physically active and socially engaged lives and work to support our volunteers and the volunteers within national governing bodies to grow their skills and hold leadership roles. Many of our leaders are in their twenties and may not have similar opportunities in other domains, but quidditch is still developing and that leads to amazing opportunities for quidditch volunteers around the world.
What is quidditch?
Quidditch has existed since 2005. Quidditch players gather daily in 40 countries. We embrace players of all genders and sexualities, and athletes play as their stated gender (whether they are cisgender or transgender, with a binary or nonbinary gender). All quidditch athletes have the right to define how they identify and it is this stated gender that is recognized on pitch whether the player is cisgender or transgender. Many players have, for the first time, found a team sport that recognizes them as they are.
Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player must keep a broom between their legs at all times. The ‘four maximum’ rule of quidditch states that there may be no more than four players of the same gender on pitch at one time, ensuring the sport is inclusive to all genders and that gender diversity is always maintained on the field of play.
How do I get involved?
If you're interested in volunteering for the IQA, you can chose one of the following options:
- Filing our recruitment form: IQA Recruitment
Check our actual vacancies by reading our get involved page.
You can also get involved through bidding to host the next IQA event. The bid package is available by following this link: IQA events 2019-2020 bid package.
How does the IQA work?
The IQA is made up of three main arms.
Congress is the gathering that’s representative of the member NGBs. Each member NGB has a specific number of representatives based on its size. Congress votes to make the most wide-reaching decisions and to approve certain actions, and also votes to elect the Board of Trustees.
The Trustees manage the risks of the IQA and select the Executive Director. They are responsible for agreeing to and ensuring adherence with guiding policy for the organization.
The Executive Director and operational branch of the IQA are responsible for creation of policy and for the day-to-day operations of the IQA. Volunteers within this branch are usually selected by their supervisor, and will generally be responsible for a specific type of work within a specific department.
Who are current volunteers?
The Board of Trustees is currently made up of Luke Nickholds (NZ), Alex Benepe (US), Nicholas Oughtibridge (UK), Andrew Marmer (US), Brian Gallaway (CAN) and Christina Verdirame (US).
The President of Congress is Brian Gallaway (CAN).
Volunteers at a management level or higher in the operational branch are:
Andrew Marmer, Interim Executive Director
Vanessa Sliva, Finance Director
Pauline Raes, Gameplay Director
Alberto Coronado, Membership Director
Betsy Lewin-Leigh, Human Resources Director
Armand Cosseron, Communications Director
Thomas Ffiske, Deputy Communications Director
What is the budget?
Our budget for the 2018-2019 season is still in progress. It will include items such as development funding, tournaments, and legal fees.
Follow thins link to read the IQA budget for the 2017-2018 season.
What is the role of the trustees?
The Board of Trustees is elected by the NGBs' representatives in Congress each year at the Annual General Meeting. There are up to seven Trustees at any given time. Three are elected in odd years while four are elected in even years.
The Board of Trustees are responsible for managing the risk of the IQA and for ensuring it is protected legally, financially, and otherwise. They represent the interests of the NGBs in day-to-day management. They also bring substantial business, policy, and legal expertise to the IQA at an administrative level. In practice, tasks of the Board of Trustees may include:
- Approval of the annual budget,
- Approval of organization-wide policies,
- Consultation with outside agencies or sport organizations,
- Requesting reports on risk management procedures,
- Amending the Constitution, and/or
- Hiring the Executive Director.
At this point, the Board of Trustees meets every 2-6 weeks as needed and is working towards the incorporation of the IQA as a legal entity, recognition from the wider international sports community, strategic planning for the next 5 years, and management of risk created by Warner Bros' licensing requirements.
What is the role of the IQA?
The IQA is responsible for governing the sport at an international level. This includes the development of quidditch in new parts of the world, support and resources for NGBs, and the creation of international gameplay opportunities such as IQA World Cup, European Games, or European Quidditch Cup. The IQA works in service of its members, the NGBs.
What is the legal position of the IQA?
The IQA is not yet a legally incorporated entity. At this point, the Trustees are personally liable for any errors or legal missteps from the organization. Some of the IQA's current funds will go towards payments for lawyers to support new plans for incorporation. The IQA has an organizational bank account located in Canada.
What is the relationship between the NGBs and the IQA?
NGBs are members of the IQA; therefore, they pay membership fees and send representatives to Congress in exchange for international play opportunities, resources, and assistance with expansion and funding where necessary.
Where will the IQA be in 1/3/5 year(s)?
The IQA will be bigger, better, more organized, and with more volunteers. The Trustees and executive will be working on a detailed 5-year plan that should be available by Fall 2018. The IQA looks forward to taking the information from our focus groups and putting that to use in our strategic plan.
Do you get paid to work for the IQA?
Right now, everyone at the IQA is a volunteer, just like most other quidditch organizations. We hope to be able to hire staff in the future so we have one or more people who are able to dedicate more time and attention to the growth of the IQA.
How are activities prioritized and decisions taken?
For the past few months, activities and work to build a solid foundation has been prioritized. This is likely to continue into the short-term future at the very least, as we focus on activities to build the foundation of the IQA, enabling us to implement more complex and diverse development initiatives, events, etc. in the future.
How often are meetings?
Meetings of the Board of Trustees are currently every 2-6 weeks. Meetings of the NGB representatives (Congresses) are usually held every 6-12 months. Department directors meet every two weeks. Other meetings such as departmental meetings, committee meetings, or more casual discussions between working teams take place more often.
Who should I contact with questions?
- talk with us on social media, either on Facebook or Twitter.