The High School World Cup was officially postponed. Which I can’t imagine is a surprise to anyone. However, I am surprised that just an email was sent out. There was nothing on the website, or any other form of social media.
I don’t know, I’m just sort of bothered. The whole point of having a separate world cup for high school teams was so we would get the recognition we deserve. Yet, the postponement of our biggest event is still overshadowed by the updates of World Cup VI even AFTER it’s over.
I should probably add that the email Alex sent out was kind, polite, and not a tad bit condescending. And I’m completely understanding and accepting of the whole postponement in general.
It’s just the fact that no one’s talking about it that’s upsetting.
Because no one really talks about high school quidditch.
Which can make it feel like no one really cares.
So you’re in the heat of a match. You’re playing seeker and arriving back at the pitch. Lets say the snitch is wide open for a grab but what is the best case senario for your team? Do you grab it and potentially win the game or do you wait and fend off the other seeker to…
[irrelevant, but very nice actual apology]
- Played by wizards who fly around on brooms.
- Has players who, when confronted about rape jokes, offer serious and considered apologies.
Now, riddle me this: Which of these attributes is easier for people to believe actually happens?
Seems to me that y’all are unlikely to ever become a major professional sport, though, because you’re apparently more concerned with creating a community that people are happy to be a part of, and less with affirming the self-worth of good players no matter who gets hurt. And I am pretty sure that “value bullies more than victims” is a core requirement of major professional sports. But you know what? I think you will probably be okay with just having fun and being the best people you can be, even without the lucrative sponsorship deals.
Actually they’re both kind of unicorns, and fuck bullies and oppressors I want my sport to be different, so why don’t you get the fuck off our nice mushy gushy accepting post and go be hateful elsewhere.
… I must be missing something here, because I missed the part where I was hateful, or where I said something that would imply that I don’t think this is something pretty fucking awesome about my (thus far limited) experience of Quidditch players.
Because you’re implying that we can’t “go pro” without sacrificing a good community. To which I say FUCK THAT SHIT.
Like can you not see how basically saying “and this is why we’ll never be a major professional sport” on a nice apology post is really stupid and pretty inappropriate?
I want my sport to be different.
I want my sport to be accepting and have the best people possible.
And I don’t believe it’s necessary to sacrifice an ounce of what makes a sport a sport to do those two things.
So I say unto you: fuck off.
Maybe now would be a nice time to talk about our little friends the Three Cs here?
Creativity: The sport fosters the innovation of new ideas and the opportunity to excel creatively.
Competition: The SPORT encourages everybody to bring their best game and to explore and thrive in athleticism.
Community: “We strive for sportsmanship and love of the game”. We are a family. We treat others with respect. We ACCEPT others. That is quidditch.
THIS is the foundation that quidditch is built off of. IT DOES NOT HINDER OUR GROWTH OR RECOGNITION. It is there to establish our values. We are not just “different” or “quirky”. We are trailblazers in the sporting world, and these are our goals.
This is the last time I want to talk about this. I want to personally apologize for the comments of myself and others on the flame war that went down. Nothing that was said on that thread was warranted or had any purpose at all. We made some jokes that were across the line and hurtful. I will not…
Hey, quidditch people.
Maybe give this a read?
Whoah. Actual apology. Thank you. You should post this in All the Regions and the singles page, and wherever else your hateful comments were posted.
Consider my faith in humanity partially restored.