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"Mudbloods" Documentary on UCLA Quidditch in Final Hours of Fundraising

by Ra Hopkins on Nov. 11, 2013, 8:19 p.m.

"Mudbloods" is a documentary that follows the UCLA quidditch team on their journey to the 5th International Quidditch Association World Cup, held on Randall’s Island, New York, in 2011.

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2013-2014 Rosters Announced

by Ra Hopkins on Aug. 30, 2013, noon

Bay Area Quidditch is excited to announce that for the 2013-2014 season, we will have two official teams! The first is the competitive team, which will retain the Silicon Valley ...

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Skrewts Turn Heads, Take Third at Western Cup IV

by Kevin Oelze on Feb. 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

The Skrewts were finally knocked out of the Western Cup, losing 100^-60* to the Lost Boys in overtime. The Skrewts were engaged in a hard-fought, physical game against the Lost ...

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Skrewts Qualify for World Cup VI!

by Kevin Oelze on Feb. 17, 2013, 2 p.m.

The Skrewts have become the first pure community team to qualify for World Cup VI! The Skrewts played 7th-seeded University of California at Berkeley's team, who had previously defeated Stanford ...

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Skrewts Take Pool by Storm, Take Second Seed Into Bracket.

by Kevin Oelze on Feb. 16, 2013, 9 p.m.

The Skrewts have won their pool in Western Cup IV, taking the overall #2 seed heading into the elimination bracket on Sunday. UCLA ended up the #1 seed, with the ...

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About Us

The Silicon Valley Skrewts are the community quidditch team for the San Francisco Bay Area. We organize casual pick-up games in Mountain View every Saturday, and we also play competitively in the International Quidditch Association. We’re a unique blend of people: athletes and people who never played sports before, Harry Potter fans and people who have not read or seen any HP, nerds and – ok, we’re all nerds. More importantly, our team is like family, and when not playing quidditch, we hang out, grab In-N-Out, play board games, watch Doctor Who, suit up for laser tag, and party together.

We regularly face off against our local competitors including SJSU, Stanford, and Berkley, and we’ve competed as far away as World Cup V in New York City. Eventually, everybody becomes a Skrewt, so you might as well join our Facebook group now

History

The Silicon Valley Skrewts is one of the oldest community quidditch teams in the country and the first true community team in the West, being founded in April 2010 by Sam Fischgrund and Jennifer Brown. Jenny moved away a few weeks after the team was made, but Sam continued to run and build the team. Although at first, the team was mainly comprised of Sam’s Disney-Playdom coworkers, the team has steadily grown with people finding out through friends of friends, the swing-dance community, the internet, playing in college, or just walking through the park and seeing it. In 2011, team members Kevin Oelze and Kathleen joined Sam as captains of the team.

The team started off hosting casual pick-up games every other weekend, which it now hosts every Saturday, year-round. Their first match against another team was in November 2010 against the SJSU Owls. Since then they have competed in many local tournaments, the past two Western Cups in Los Angeles, and the World Cup in New York City.

Every summer, they have biannual water balloon quidditch events using water balloons instead of dodgeballs. For the 7th and 8th Harry Potter movies, they received free Harry Potter paraphernalia and free movie tickets in exchange for being featured in HP ads. They have played quidditch in a Disney office, started a quidditch flash mob in downtown San Jose, demonstrated the sport at a movie theater, and ice-skated with brooms (before being kicked off of the rink). The team has also worked to inspire the next generation of quidditch players, having taught hundreds of kids, grades K-12, the wonderful sport of quidditch.

Schedule

The Skrewts have a drill-oriented practice every Thursday at 5:30 PM and host pickup games every Saturday at 1:30 PM at Rengstorff Park in Mountain View, CA .

Our practices are open to newcomers, veterans, fans, those curious, players from other teams, and anyone else remotely interested. We love meeting and teaching new people, although on slight occasions right before tournaments we may close our drill-oriented practices to the public to prevent strategies from being stolen.

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