QuidditchUK follows the traditional model of certifying snitches, dividing certifications into bronze-level, silver-level, and gold-level. A bronze-level snitch runner is a capable and adept individual, with a grasp of all of the basic skills and a good sense of professionalism. A silver-level snitch runner is a formidable opponent for seekers, highly skilled and able to use a variety of resources to outdo them, frequently needing to be handicapped in order to be caught. Gold-level snitch runners are rare and possess exceptional physicality, speed, and initiative, not only able to use a wide range of skills but knowing exactly how they are best applied to deter seekers.
Snitch certifications are achieved through a field test conducted in a single QuidditchUK official game. Field tests are conducted by two members of QuidditchUK’s Gameplay Department, who compare their perspectives to produce a final result. Any QuidditchUK individual member may be field tested without cost, although irrespective of the results of the field test, they will not be considered a fully certified QuidditchUK snitch without being a certified snitch referee (find out how here). Events where QuidditchUK snitch certification field tests will be taking place will be announced in advance, and it will be possible to register to be field tested before the event.
As an alternative to live field tests submitted video footage will be accepted as a basis for a field test provided it meets certain criteria, listed here. Video footage must be clearly footage of a QuidditchUK official game, and must be of sufficient quality that individuals and plays can be clearly and consistently distinguished. The filming must be conducted from a third-person perspective, and must cover the prospective snitch runner for the duration of the game, including prior to their coming on pitch. Footage must also include all instances of ‘Brooms Up’ in the game, and must cover the prospective snitch runner from five minutes before the game begins to five minutes after it ends, including during any breaks for overtime. As with a live field test, a video field test should not be retrospective or impromptu; the candidate should be aware that a test is being conducted before the game begins. Additionally, the game featured in the footage should have taken place no more than one month prior to the footage being submitted. To submit a video as a field test, please e-mail one of our Snitch Development Coordinators (see this page), detailing the candidate’s name, the teams and date of the game in which the test is to be conducted, and providing a means to view the footage. The recommended way to to present the footage is to upload it to YouTube or another video hosting side as an unlisted video, and include the viewing link in your e-mail.
Once an individual has a QuidditchUK snitch certification, the certification will stand indefinitely. They will be periodically reviewed by a Gameplay Department staff member, who may adjust their certification level accordingly (or remove it entirely), but will not have to re-test as long as the current certification process remains the same. Reviews will typically only be conducted by a single staff member. If an individual presents a snitch runner field test which the examiners find to be invalid, they may apply or submit to be retested immediately. If an individual fails a snitch runner field test, they are entitled to feedback from the examiners explaining why they did not pass, and must wait one month before attempting another field test. This period is measured by the date of the games in which the tests are conducted.