“Can I have your number” was a phrase heard all day at Emerson College Quidditch’s intramural combine, as captains scouted players for that night’s draft. Each year the combine is the first major opportunity for new players to show their skills and start making a name for themselves in house league.
The first-time players warmed up with some drills and then transitioned to scrimmaging once they were familiar with the game. From the first game this draft class showed a natural feel for teamwork. There were a lot of times when teams would work the quaffle between all four players before getting a good shot at the hoops. Beaters were also playing well that afternoon. They ended a lot of drives with their accurate beats, and battled back and forth with each other for bludger control. Overall, the 2014 draft class was giving the captains a lot to watch out for.
One player who turned heads as soon as his broom left the ground was John “The General” General. He immediately took command through his beating, showing a natural grasp for field spacing. Later in the day he even went in at keeper and scored a handful of goals using his speed and strength. This was one player whose number was known by all captains before he ever stepped off the field.
Captains weren’t just looking for the most athletic players though. Many of them often look at other elements to decide who to pick, because they want the new players to fit in with the particular vibe that each team has. The captains also have to consider which positions they need filled the most.
At the end of the combine, the spectators in attendance felt that these new quidditch players had done very well. All of the house league captains were excited at its depth, because that means a wealth of new players for every team. Look for many of these new players to make an impact from their first weekend onward.