In keeping with last season’s policies, mouthguards are not mandatory (but highly recommended), blunt smooth metal studs are permitted, and there is no restriction on the number of brooms in the player area.
The major amendment to USQ Rulebook 10 is that the four maximum gender rule will apply throughout a game, including when seekers are in play. Seekers count towards a team’s gender composition, and out of the seven players a maximum of four may identify as the same gender. The decision to implement this version of the gender maximum rule was taken in order to encourage the recruitment and selection of female and non-binary players for all playing positions and appropriately reflect their value within a team.
In addition to the above amendments, the linked document includes clarifications on some areas of the rulebook which have been inconsistently officiated in previous seasons. This is not an exhaustive list, and our Referee Development Coordinators will be producing materials to aid in refereeing the more complex portions of the rulebook in the coming months.
We advise all those intending to play or serve as a match official in the 2016/17 season to familiarise themselves with USQ Rulebook 10 (which can be found here), particularly the changelog and clarifications (Appendix E).
With the first tournaments of the season only a matter of weeks away, QuidditchUK have decided to commit to these rules for the 2016/17 season with online tests becoming available shortly. In the event that the International Quidditch Association releases its own rulebook, QuidditchUK will not be changing to it for the 2016/17 season.
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