Quadball is the new name of the sport formerly known as Quidditch.
If you are a muggle, Quidditch is the magical game played by witches and wizards in the Harry Potter books and movies. The non-magical version of the game is played as a club sport in college across the country. Today, Major League Quadball (MLQ) and U.S. Quidditch (USQ) announced is rebranding to Quadball.
Part of the reason is to avoid the association with JK Rowling’s terrible anti-trans statements and the Warner Bros legal team. For obvious reasons, MLQ and USQ could not trademark the tern “quidditch,” so this is a good move.
“Quadball isn’t just a new name. It’s a symbol for a future for the sport without limitations,” the MLQ founders wrote in a statement. “With it, we hope to turn the sport into exactly what it aspires to be: something for all.”
My daughter played chaser at Illinois State University, and it was by far the most violent, dangerous club sport I’d ever seen. At least hockey players and football players are wearing pads. Quadball is soccer, lacrosse, and rugby combined with some old-school dodgeball thrown in.
The only thing seriously hokey about the whole thing is the holding of the brooms.