Each team consists of seven players. For Quaffle play: 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters and 1 Keeper; 1 Seeker takes part in Snitch play. The team captains are responsible for deciding who plays in each position.
Team captains are responsible for ensuring their players are eligible to play. The minimum requirements to play HOL Quidditch are as follows:
- If you played quidditch last term, you must have earned 1 quill in a class to play this term.
- All "Students" must be enrolled in a class and have 'active' status on the HOL members list. This means points must have been earned within the last 60 days before the match.
- All "Post Graduates" must be enrolled in a class and earned points within the last 60 days before the match (i.e. the equivalent of 'active' status).
- All "Professors" should be teaching a class.
- Any "Professor Emeritus" without an existing Student/Post Graduate account must be enrolled in a class and earned points within the last 60 days before the match (i.e. the equivalent of 'active' status).
From the time a person changes house, the house they end up joining must play 3 Quidditch games before they are allowed to play. From the 2nd time on that someone squibs, the squib period will be added to. Both students and professors are equally affected by this.
This means the house that a player moving house is joining must have played 3 games (from the date a person leaves their old house) for each house change that the person has made:
- First house change: 3 games
- Second house change: 6 games
- Third house change: 9 games
During a match, no substitutes in players are allowed, for any reason (disconnected, forced off). There is one small exception to this rule:
If the Keeper times out, and it comes to Chaser v. Keeper, the game will be paused for 1 minute. If the Keeper doesn't return the team then has two choices:
- Leave things as they are
- Move a player who is already on the field to the Keeper position
Once a player has been moved to the Keeper position, these positions are set - if the original Keeper returns they must sit out the remainder of the game.
Doubling of Positions.
If a team shows up with 4 or fewer total players, they may have 1-2 players double in order to field up to 4 Quaffle positions and (if possible) snitch. For example, a team of two may have both players double, or a team of 4 may have one player double if one is seeking.
A team is eligible for doubling if:
1. Four or fewer team members are present to play
2. The team had four or fewer players in each of their previous two games.
3. The opposing team has at least 5 Quaffle players (i.e. 6+ players if one is seeking; 5+ players with no Snitch).
*Special case (4 v. 2): If team A has 4 Quaffle players and team B has 2, team B may allow one player to double, so that 3 Quaffle positions will be covered
A match may be conceded at break if there is a point spread of at least 100 points. This may happen only if there is no snitch play. If there is snitch play, the game ends when the snitch is caught. Conceding is up to the discretion of the losing team; they are never obligated to concede and may choose to play the entire match if they like.
The team who concedes gets House Points for showing up and playing. (This is not a forfeit.)
This rule is effective now (start of Spring 2017 Term).
Effective as of posting (October 1, 2016):
1) If a student (or postgrad, or professor emeritus) plays Quidditch in a given term but fails to earn a quill that term, then they will ordinarily be considered ineligible to play for the next term.
2) However, a player who would normally be considered ineligible to play as per 1) may instead choose to go on probation for the next term instead, subject to the following caveats:
-A player CANNOT choose probation if they have already chosen probation in any term in the preceding two and a half years (i.e. any of the preceding FIVE terms).
-If a player chooses probation, they MUST declare their intent to do by informing their Captain, who will then inform the Quidditch Board of the player's choice. This process must be completed no later than 24 hours before their team's first game that term.
- Professors are NOT eligible for probation. Even if their status changes to Post Grad, Professor Emeritus or Student in the Term following that in which they did not fulfill their commitment to their classes, they still must sit out the next Term's play.
3) People CAN play Quidditch while on probation. However, their eligibility requirements will become stricter while they are on probation:
a player on probation will need to earn 1 Quill AND earn at least 250 total points to fulfill the requirements of their probation. Fulfilling these requirements will return the player's status to normal in the next term. If the player fails to fulfill these requirements, they MAY NOT PLAY in the next term.
Playing Quidditch while on probation will be seen as agreement with the stricter eligibility requirements above.
4) If a player chooses NOT to go on probation, they will become eligible to play Quidditch again after sitting out for one term.
Quidditch is a sport and teams get competitive, but we ask that you keep your frustrations in your team channels and other private venues. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, taunting the other team in the game channel or insulting nicks on IRC or even refusing, when participating in a Quidditch match, to play.
Players who exhibit unsportsmanlike conduct will be suspended. In order to lift the suspension, the player must be present at next game their team plays AND stay the entire game. They can help out their team, but they cannot play.
If an entire team is deemed unsportsmanlike, they forfeit their next match. In order to be eligible for the match after the forfeited match, they must still show up and play in the forfeited match.