by Christopher Dobens
Imagine this: You are running full speed at the center of a field. A single ball lies there, waiting to be put into play. At the sound of the ref’s voice booming “ Brooms Up!”, three brutes from the opposing team start sprinting at you, full force, no regard for the impending collision. The game is on. The teams battle for the upper hand, going head to head, putting everything they got to do what they were chosen for: to score. Jumping, diving, dodging from side to side, skills that only these players know how best to utilize to lead their team to the victor’s circle. When it comes to playing defense, jersey grabbing and body checking are sometimes the only way to knock someone off their track. Using aggressive tactics to steal the ball and block others from getting possession is what it takes to keep your team at the top. These skills come from the dedication they have in order to be the best at what they do.Their persistence to score and the connection they have with their team is more than just the functionalities of their position. It’s the way they bring their morals into the game, showing others that they will not give up, and that they came to win.
To be a Chaser, it takes more than just scoring points with the toss of a Quaffle - - it takes endurance. It takes the drive to push yourself to no limit, constantly seeking out the open lanes and zooming past your unworthy opponents who dare to get in your way.
The Chaser is unlike the other players on a quidditch pitch. Sure, they run around on the same type of broomstick and rep their team’s swag, but it’s what’s on the inside that sets them apart from the others. They have the opportunity to show off their killer moves and quick footwork, finishing off plays with a skillful finesse. They are strategists, planning out their attack with their fellow Chasers, playing to make the catching of the Snitch void and place their team at the top of the podium. Intense, right? Well, that’s only the beginning, my friends. Being a Chaser means a lot more than just scoring the points. It takes the attitude of a true team player. It takes dedication and athleticism. It takes heart.
A Chaser is not just the team’s main source for racking up points, but they are also known for protecting their side of the pitch. A Chaser needs to possess a sense of the Quaffle’s location on the field as well as the opposing Chasers. It’s a game of strategy for Chasers and the only way to outscore your opponent is by outsmarting them. Intellect, endurance, and passion are what makes the perfect Chaser on the pitch.
So if you think you got what it takes, its never too late to become part of the team. Remember though, being a Chaser is not for the faint of heart. It’s for those who know how to bring it, from the time they take off on their brooms to final pull of the Snitch. Who knows, the sooner you join a team, the sooner you may realize that you could be the next Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, or Michael Phelps of Quidditch, racking up points, bringing your team to the Winner’s Circle, and having more gold medals than you know what to do with!