In quidditch there are four positions. There are beaters, chasers, the keeper, and the seeker. Each team has 7 players on the field of play at a time. There are 3 chasers, 2 beaters, 1 keeper, and 1 seeker. Each of these positions carries out a different role for the team. The chasers' role is to throw a Quaffle through the opposing team's hoops. Beaters aim to knock the opposing teams players out. The beaters throw bulgers at opponents to temporarily knock them out. A keeper's role is to protect their rings from the chasers. The seeker's only goal is to find and catch the golden snitch. If the seeker is able to find the golden snitch, their team automatically wins the game.
The best position to play in quidditch definitely depends on who you ask. Some will say that being a keeper is the best position because it allows you to get the most involved in the game. As a keeper you need to be aware of where all players are at all times. Keepers know all formations, strategies, and plays the role of a coach on the field. Many others will argue that seekers have the best position in quidditch. Seeker is the best known position because it is the position that Harry Potter played in the first introductions of the game. The argument for seekers is that they have the most fun role. They only have one job. It is also the most important task. The game does not end until one seeker finds and possesses the golden snitch. The capture is worth a large amount of points compared to other scores, so often times whoever discovers the golden snitch wins the match for their team.
During each quidditch match there are 14 players on the field at each time, 7 from each team. 1 keeper, 1 seeker, 2 beaters, and 3 chasers for each team. With each position having distinct roles and limitations, teamwork and communication are extremely important in this game. Some players may be temporarily suspended from play. If a beater hits another player with a Bludger, the hit player is required to dismount their broom and run back to touch their own rings. Once they touch the rings they can mount their brooms and begin play again. Although the player may be unable to participate they remain on the field and thus 14 players are always on the field of play.
There are 4 positions in quidditch: the seeker, the keeper, the beater, and the chaser. There are a required number at each position that cannot be altered. There must always be 1 seeker, 1 keeper, 2 beaters, and 3 chasers. Every position has very specific goals and limits. Unlike some sports where certain positions are more important than others, in quidditch, it is very important to have a well rounded team.
A chaser's goal is to throw a Quaffle through the opposing team's rings. A Quaffle is a 12 inch, red ball. The 3 chasers pass the Quaffle between each other as they move down the field. They avoid the Bludgers being thrown at them by the opposing team's beaters. If the opposing team's beaters do hit a chaser with a bulger, then the hit player must get off of their broom and go back to touch their own rings. Once they touch the rings, they can get back into the game. Chasers have a tiring job of constantly chasing the Quaffle and attempting to fight through defenders. Quidditch is a physical sport and it is easy for chasers to get double or tripled teamed, causing them to be forcefully pushed down or have the ball stripped.
The beater has the opposite goal of the chaser. The beater aims to stop the chasers from scoring. Beaters are able to use Bludgers to temporarily knock out chasers. There are 2 beaters in play and they are the only ones able to use Bludgers. Their goal is to also keep the Bludgers away from the other team. If they allow the other team's beaters to gain control of the Bludgers then they put their teammates at risk. Although beaters' jobs appear simple, there is actually an extensive amount of strategy and preciseness involved. They need to decide when to throw the Bludgers or when to keep it in their possession. Beaters may also use their bodies to get in front of chasers and stop them from attacking. Beaters are often very physical and are not afraid to initiate contact.
Keepers try to keep the Quaffle from going through their teams rings. There are three rings for them to defend. Keepers must be athletic and able to move in all directions. The keeper in quidditch plays a very similar role to the goalie in soccer or hockey. They all have the same goal of protecting their assigned objects. The keeper is solely a defensive player and remains near the team's rings at all times.
The seeker has the most interesting job. Their goal is to find and catch the golden snitch. The golden snitch is a small ball, usually a tennis ball, inside of a sock. This sock is then tucked into the back of the seeker runner's shorts. This runner is not a part of either team and is able to run freely. The seekers must find the seeker runner and pull the sock from his shorts. When pursuing, the seeker must keep the broom between their legs at all times. The match cannot end until the golden snitch is found. That means the game can last days, but seekers usually find the golden snitch within an hour. The seeker is usually a small and very fast player.