The new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) has hinted about the rules of this new hybrid sport since announcing their launch in the Spring. League officials have stated that the new sport would feature rules which are a variation of the fictional sport of quidditch. The most obvious difference, of course, is that the players will ride electric scooters instead of flying on broom sticks.
The use of electric scooters will add a twist to the game but fans should expect the same excitement as the game that was shown in the Harry Potter movies with the exception of the aerial maneuvers. XSQL Commissioner Mark Rockwell says that the scooters will be the key component to make it work.
“We are currently working with a company to design special scooters for the league,” he said.
Rockwell would not reveal the company name at this time.
“The main difference will be the steering so that players will not need to keep both hands on the scooter if they are in possession of quaffle, bludgers or snitch.”
Yes, all those terms will be a challenge for anyone not familiar with quidditch.
The field will be SportCourt which is a form of artificial turf used by some college field hockey teams. The surface is flat and will not impede scooters like natural grass fields would. The field is rectangular with rounded corners (60 yards by 36 yards) with three hoops of varying heights at each end. The ultimate goal is to score more points than the other team by the time the snitch is caught. The snitch is a tennis ball placed at the bottom of a yellow long pouch which is attached to the back of the player’s shorts as if it were a tail.
“We still have some work to do on the rules but we will do our best to stick to the original quidditch game. Obviously some variations are needed with using electric scooters,” Rockwell added.
The game will be shorter with four 10-minute quarters rather than traditional quidditch so that players can keep their scooters charged. Quick chargers will be available between quarters to allow players to keep sufficient charge.
In response to Mayor Briley’s threat to ban scooters, the Nashville Boot Scooters conducted their first educational party last weekend. Thousands attended the party as the XSQL gave out hundreds of helmets to scooter riders in an attempt to help with safety issues raised by the mayor. The party also included scenes from Harry Potter of quidditch as a way to attract attention to safety tips for riding scooters downtown.
“We hope it will be effective,” said team manager Ryan Cooper. “I have seen a few riders whiz by me this morning wearing the helmets and abiding by the rules but there are many more who are not. I’m not sure if we are going to be able to meet the mayor’s demands or not but we are doing what we can.”
The Boot Scooters are planning to hold another open tryout this weekend as they will be in Centennial Park on Saturday from 1-5.
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