Muggles are welcome to come watch the Keller High School Quidditch Club take on the Arlington Martin club on May 3.This is the first game between Keller High and another local high school.Quidditch, a game invented by author J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series, is an odd conglomeration of dodge ball, soccer, rugby and tag and is played by teams of seven trying to throw a ball into one of three hoops and capture “the snitch.”While the snitch in Harry Potter is a flying golden ball, a snitch in non-magical (or Muggle) Quidditch is played by someone not on either team who wears a sock containing a tennis ball tacked into his or her belt. The game goes until the snitch is captured.The Keller High club began in 2009. Members tried for a few years to get Quidditch included as an official high school sport with the University Interscholastic League.Sponsor David Clemmons said UIL officials told them the organization did not have the budget available to add the sport. Without sanctioning, the club has a hard time getting transportation to play other school teams.The Arlington Martin club is able to come because their school is not in session on May 3.The Keller High Quidditch Club has about 40 members with 24 to 30 who play regularly during the fall season. For the match with Arlington Martin, Clemmons said they developed an all-star team.For their championship games in the fall, several Keller High graduates who now play Quidditch in college came to act as referees.Former Keller players have started clubs at Baylor and St. Joseph’s University and play on teams at Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.Many of them played in the April 13-14 International Quidditch Association’s World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida. Keller grad Erin McDonald plays for Sam Houston State, which won the Division 2 Championship.Clemmons said that Quidditch is truly a co-ed sport. Two women are required to be on the field for each team at all times.The game between Keller and Arlington Martin will take place at 4 p.m. May 3 on the Quidditch pitch next to the portables on the northwest side of campus, southeast of Johnson Road and Bluebonnet Drive.
Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland