FAQs

What is quidditch?

Quidditch is an exciting, fast-paced, full-contact sport. A quidditch team consists of up to 21 athletes with seven 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.  

 

What is the IQA?

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is the international governing body for quidditch, and supports quidditch development and competition worldwide. The IQA aims to lead and promote the sport of quidditch by holding international sporting events, supporting other quidditch groups, and by sharing quidditch and its values of gender equity and inclusivity with a broader audience.

How is the IQA organized?

The IQA is set up in three hierarchical branches. The members of the IQA elect a board of trustees who is responsible for the governance of the organization. The board hires one or more executive directors who are responsible for day-to-day operations and oversee a staff in executing such operations.

Who are the IQA’s members?

The IQA’s members are National Governing Bodies around the world who regulate quidditch in their respective countries. For more information, see the National Governing Bodies page.

What are the IQA’s membership fees?

IQA members pay an annual fee ranging from 25 Euros to 500 Euros. Fees historically were determined based upon the number of votes an NGB had in membership meetings, including for the year beginning September 1, 2018. The number of votes are determined by the number of players in a given country. With the passage of our new bylaws on December 15, 2018, the board has the power to set membership dues and has not yet determined how fees will be set.

Who are the IQA’s trustees?

The current board is Luke Nickholds (chair), Alex Benepe, Andy Marmer and Christina Verdirame.  Trustee elections are occurring on February 16 and this page will be updated shortly thereafter with information on the new trustees.

How were the trustees selected?

The Board of Trustees is elected by the members (NGBs) each year at their annual meeting. Prior to December 15, 2018, the board consisted of a maximum of seven trustees elected every two years. With the amended constitution, there are now up to 12 trustees at any given time, with four trustees elected annually to three-year terms. NGBs are required to nominate any individual wishing to stand for election.

Who can be a trustee of the IQA?

Anyone nominated by a member NGB to serve as a trustee and so elected, or anyone appointed by the board, pursuant to their authority, is eligible to be a trustee.

What is the IQA’s operations branch?

The IQA’s operations branch is a group of IQA volunteers who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization. At present, it is split into seven departments: Communications, Events, Finance, Gameplay, Human Resources, Information Technology and Membership

Who is in charge of the IQA?

The trustees are ultimately responsible for the IQA, but from a day-to-day standpoint, each department is led by a director who reports to Andy Marmer as interim Executive Director. These are:

Communications – Aldo Mastellone (Italy)

Events – Pauline Raes (Belgium)

Finance – Vanessa Sliva (USA)

Gameplay – Austin Wallace (Canada)

Human Resources – Jessyka Schwandt (Canada)

Information Technology – Alexis Moody (USA)

Membership – Alberto Coronado (USA)

How much do IQA trustees and staff get paid?

All positions with the IQA are voluntary and nobody is paid. Where volunteers need to incur expenses (such as for travel) in completing work for the IQA, the IQA reimburses those expenses as appropriate in line with policies such as the Travel Policy.

As a part of selecting bids for Continental Games and World Cup the IQA paid travel expenses for our Events Director to visit finalists to conduct site visits. This was approved to allow for more thorough evaluation of the locations and ensure the quality of future events.

As a part of the 2018 World Cup the IQA paid travel expenses for members of the organizing team, department directors, and trustees. Not all members of these groups who attended chose to claim costs from the IQA with some self-funding their attendance.

This was approved to improve the running of World Cup and to improve the running of the organization in the long term. Having key leaders present for the tournament allowed for instantaneous decisions where necessary and high-level trusted volunteers present for smooth running of the event. Before and after the tournament we held strategic planning and other meetings which were greatly facilitated by not being held online, and the weekend provided an opportunity for multiple in-depth discussions with key stakeholders in the community about the future of the IQA.

What is the legal status of the IQA?

The IQA is a non-profit corporation, formed in the state of Delaware in the United States on January 9, 2019. The IQA is presently preparing an application for 501(c)(3) status under the United States tax code.

What if I have additional questions?

Please reach out to IQA volunteers using our “Contact Us” page or info@iqasport.org.