Hello Canadians (or Americans who want to travel) this event is for you!
Coming up right away on January 2, 2017 from 8 am till 5:30 pm at Canlan Ice Sports Corp. in Burnaby, British Columbia is the first annual Vancouver Winter Fantasy. With a tournament goal to fill the gap over the holiday season during which time there are few, if any, events planned. The idea being to help players, snitches and other refs keep their conditioning and playing form up to par for the second half of the season come the new year.
The format for this tournament is a little different than a previous article explained the rules. The only change, albeit fairly substantial, will happen in the second round robin and will be to the seeker and snitch game. To start with, matches will take place in two 12 minute halves opposed to the 18 minute seeker floor of regular season games. Instead of the 18-minute seeker floor, there will be two seeker floors, timed at 12 minutes, where the snitch is released at the 7 and a half minute mark in each half, and the seekers being released at the 8-minute mark.
The real catch? In this fantasy (fun) tournament, the snitch will become a playable position! Opposed to in the past, and official, play where the snitch was an objective and impartial party and a ref in their own right. Each team in this “Halves” system will provide a snitch for a half of the match. The snitch catch will also no longer end the match, but will instead give the team of the seeker who catches the snitch the usual 30 points and the snitch will be removed from play for the rest of the half; the seeker floor will also last only 4 minutes long. Both snitches and seekers will have to abide by the gender rule the same as the other players (no more than 4 people identifying as the same gender).
There will be a “Snitch Zone” introduced which will be located around the middle of the field so as to prevent snitches from hanging out around their own hoops and thus, providing an unfair advantage.
In addition, players entering the game as a seeker are committed to playing that position for the remainder of the half. Co-currently, players choosing to play as the snitch position cannot leave (sub) the playing area for the duration of the seeker floor, unless a catch is made. There will only be one seeker and one snitch on the field during a half, thus giving each seeker “one on one” time with the snitch.
A full overview of the proposed rule change can be found here.
As of this article, there will be three teams fielded (with the possibility of a 4th if enough players sign up for the Dec. 27 draft pick). The GM’s for these teams are as follows: Red team - Austin Wallace, Philomena Chenne
Blue team - Nathan Ross, Serena Cheong
Green team - Cameron Cutler
The tournament staff is as follows: Tournament Directors - Calvin Ng (Lead), Nathan Ross, Austin Wallace (Gameplay Director), Cameron Cutler, Talor Mykle-Winkler. The Tournament Information package can be found here.
The facility is located at: 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby, British Columbia V5B 3B8
In standard quidditch tradition, there will be a post-tournament after-party which will be held after at The Thirsty Penguin, the host facility’s restaurant.