As stated earlier, TAMU has two teams: Texas A&M and The Silver Phoenix. I asked Ms. Youngs what each of the team’s expectations were and the answer was simple. “
"We want to go out there and win our Region and advance to nationals. We think we have a good shot at it too, however it will be challenging. The Southwest Region is the toughest region. With teams like Texas, Texas State and TCU, there’s a bunch of athletes to choose from. Plus, the snitches here in the SW are much bigger than up north.They’re more physical and like to use their hands, so you have to up your game even more down here.”"
She also explained to me that it’s essentially a year round season. Tryouts and smaller tournaments take place in the fall. The bigger tournaments take place in the winter, spring, and even into summer. Regionals, this season, will be February 18th and 19th. After that is Nationals in April.
If anyone is interested in Quidditch and would like to come watch the Aggies or even try to play for them, they practice on the Simpson Drill Field on the west side of campus. The Aggies are hosting their own tournament this year in November so come out, watch and support your Fightin Texas Aggies!
I hope you’re excited about this sport as I am! Not only is it a great way to compete and have fun, but it’s also a fantastic way to bring together people from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. I’d like to send a huge shout out and thank you to those that met with me and talked with me about Quidditch. Everyone here at the Gazette wishes you the best of luck and hopes you BTHO the competition!
If you’d like to learn more about Quidditch’s magical history you can find out more here. ESPN, consider this our official petition. ESPN8 The Ocho won’t be the same without Texas A&M Quidditch earning a special feature on the show. Gig’em.