Booksellers and publishers alike are encouraged to register to play in the Ci7 Quidditch Match, taking place at the seventh ABC Children’s Institute (Ci7), June 26–28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Participants will be coached by members of the Steel City Quidditch Club, an internationally recognized quidditch club team. Steel City players will work with booksellers on quidditch basics, and then get the players into a scrimmage. Fifteen or more booksellers or publishers must sign up by mid-June for there to be enough players for the game to occur.
Quidditch is a fully gender-inclusive sport and originally become popular due to its origin in the Harry Potter books and movies. While quidditch can be played for fun or competitively, Children’s Institute attendees will be taught the “middle school rules,” which means no full-body contact.
The match will take place on Wednesday, June 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned Sports Dome Meeting Room at the DoubleTree Hotel; players must bring appropriate clothing and shoes to play, though brooms will be provided.