Coach Doyle, here. This week I am taking our blog to the land of Harry Potter, complete with pictures!
Over the past month, some of our PE classes have been working to bring the Harry Potter game, Quidditch, to life. Several years ago, I made it a class project when one of my students found the version we play online. It was developed by a college professor who goes by the pseudonym, “Leo Lionheart.” Our version of Quidditch is a fast-paced game which involves many skills from basketball, team handball, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball. It’s like a game of team handball, inside a game of dodgeball, inside a game of monkey in the middle. We have chasers, keepers, beaters, seekers, bludgerers and snitchers, just like in the books. Chasers and keepers play with the quaffle. Beaters and bludgerers are worried about the bludgers. Seekers are trying to catch the golden snitch that the snitchers are passing to each other across the field.
As you can see, there is a lot going on in a game of Quidditch, which helps to keep participants engaged both physically and mentally while encouraging and developing teamwork. I have found that the kids really enjoy the game because it brings a piece of their reality to the PE field. I don’t know if the explanation I have provided here has done the game of Quidditch justice, but you can always ask the kids about it since they are the experts and love to play it. As I said before, the teamwork the kids have to use to be successful in this game is awesome to be a part of! Enjoy.