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The Ultimate Quidditch Hoops

When designing these hoops, we had a few goals in mind. We wanted them to be affordable, nearly indestructible, easy to assemble, and easily transportable. I think we did a pretty good job meeting those goals. As with everything, there’s always room for improvement and suggestions are welcome. We’ve really enjoyed playing on these hoops and hope you will too. For more information about the sport of Quidditch or our team, visit www.internationalquidditch.org or www.facebook.com/utahquidditch


Materials

Bases Need: 6 cost = $22.68

Poles Need: 3 cost = $31.44

Hoops Need: 1 cost = $23.80

Hoop Connectors Need: 6 cost = $5.88


Pole Connectors Need: 6 cost = $2.28

Total Cost = $86.08

Tools Needed -Measuring tape. -Hacksaw. -Hair dryer. -Sharpie -Ratcheting PVC pipecutter.


Warning: Using tools is dangerous and when done improperly can lead to injury or death. Please be safe and responsible whenever working with tools. When following these instructions you are responsible for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Construction  Bases the bases need no construction, they’re ready to go. Pat yourself on the back for your good work, and take a break to enjoy a welldeserved mug of butterbeer!

 Poles IQA rules state that hoops are to be at a height of 3 feet, 4.5 feet, and 6 feet. Within the bases we’re using, the poles will rest 5 inches above the ground. So we are going to cut 2 poles to a short length of 2’7”, 2 poles to a medium length of 4’1”, and 2 poles to a long length of 5’7”.  To save yourself a big OOPS, cut both medium poles from the first piece of conduit, a short and long from the second, and a short and long from the third.  Before you cut, use your measuring tape and sharpie to mark the spots will you be cutting.  Using a vise or other safe method, hold the pipe firmly in place and use the hacksaw* to cut through it at the marked lengths. Invite a friend over because your arm will get tired. This might be a good time to break for another refreshing pint of butterbeer. *if you don’t have your own hacksaw, the friendly people at Home Depot will let you use theirs right there in the store. Just look for the orange apron if you need help.

 Hoops IQA rules state that hoops may have a diameter of 33 to 40 inches, and that all 6 hoops on a field must have the same diameter.  Providing for the approximate one inch length of the connector and using a little math magic, we’ve provided the table below which


shows what length to cut your hoops depending on your desired diameter.  Using the table below, determine what length you will cut your hoops to. Unroll the tubing approximately that length (this may require the help of a friend), and using the measuring tape and sharpie, mark the point at which you will cut.  Using your handy ratcheting PVC pipe-cutter,* cut at the marked spot of tubing. At this point, you can either measure again for each cut, or use your first cut length as a template for the rest. Cut six hoops at the desired length. You will have left over tubing that you can use later to make a few hoops of different sizes to practice on. *if you don’t have a ratcheting PVC pipe-cutter, a hacksaw or other safe cutting method will also work, since the tubing is fairly soft to cut. Desired Diameter of Hoops 33” 34” 35” 36” 37” 38” 39” 40”

Length to Cut 103” 106” 109” 112” 115” 118” 122” 125”

 Hoop Connectors  Now we are going to take the hoops we have just cut and attach them to the T-shaped hoop connectors by inserting the connecters into the hoop ends.  To help make the tubing more pliable and easier to attach, use a hair dryer to heat each hoop end as you are attaching it to the connector.  Pole Connectors  All you need to do is screw the pole connectors into the hoop connectors, and your hoops are ready to go!


 To assemble, you just insert the pole into the base, insert the pole connector into the pole, and play!  Butterbeer, anyone?  Optional Additions  Using spray paint, stencils, or colored tape, decorate your hoops with your team colors and logo. We used two different color schemes to give us three “home team” hoops and three “away team” hoops.  Using caulk, super glue, or some other epoxy/adhesive, secure the pole connectors to the inside of the pole. Using this method, you will screw on the hoops to the pole for assembly, but the hoops will stay firmly in place in even the most brutal games.  Using short fasteners or screws, attach the hoops to the hoop connectors so that when hit hard they stay firmly in place without “rolling.” 

Last but not least- go out and play some Quidditch!

The Ultimate Quidditch Hoops  

Instructions for building the hoops used by the Utah Crimson Fliers.

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