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54 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 19: A Whole Lot of MLQ with Ethan Sturm
This week, Michael sits down with MLQ Co-Founder Ethan Sturm to discuss the history of the league, starting with its inception back in 2014 all the way through some plans for its future.
59 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 18: Managing an MLQ Team with Ali Markus
Michael sits down with Ali Markus, the manager of MLQ's Indianapolis Intensity to talk about how she got into the role, her process for keeping her team running throughout the season, and how she's stuck around as the longest-serving manager in the entire league.
1 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
OtP Episode 18: Ali Markus Excerpt
Why do you do what you do, and what is your favorite part of being a manager?
39 minutes | May 28, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 17: Quidditch Stats with Josh Mansfield
This week, Michael sits down with Josh Mansfield, the for The Eighth Man to discuss quidditch stats, creating the Elo system with Ethan Bogart, and his work expanding and iterating on the statistical coverage of our sport. Editor's note: Josh's audio get's a little garbled around the 38-minute mark – nothing major, but it's worth noting because it might sound a bit confusing.
49 minutes | May 14, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 16: Film Analysis with Naresh Edala
This week, Michael speaks with Naresh Edala, the co-Northeast Regional Coordinator, coach of Skyline Quidditch, and co-founder of Fast Break News to talk about starting his quidditch career with Rutgers University Quidditch/Reluctantly Unaffiliated Quidditch, the ins and outs of film analysis, and how he hopes to see quidditch film and analysis grow.
33 minutes | May 7, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 15: Video Editing and Highlight Reels with Ariel Heiblum
This week, Michael sits down with video editor, visual effects (VFX) artist, and creator behind Ariel Heiblum to discuss highlight reels, and his meticulous process in creating them. If you want a great primer to get started on your own highlight reels, this is the multi-stage breakdown for you.
27 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 14: Sports Videography and Highlight Reels with Billy Quach
This week, Michael sits down with Billy Quach, the Creative Director for and NFL content creator. They talk about Billy's love of filming, his start with quidditch highlight reels, how he transitioned to filming for the NFL, and more.
59 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 13: USQ Volunteer Roundtable with Marky Kimball, Christian Barnes, and Miles Travis
This week, Michael sat down with USQ Executive Director Mary Kimball, Northeast Regional Coordinator (among many, many other things) Christian Barnes, and Referee Team Lead Miles Travis to discuss volunteering with USQ. *Editor's note: Christian's audio gets a bit garbled during the part about Rochester from about 48:45-49:45. It's intelligible enough that the information can still be understood, and it's valuable insight into the nation-wide issue of "unpopular" bid locations.
22 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 12: Graphic Design and Branding with Austin Sharp
Michael sits down with Austin Sharp, long-time west coast quidditch player and graphic designer behind the branding mentioned on last week's podcast to talk about what drew him to design and branding, and how his process works. Austin's also behind the branding for the newest SoCal team, Anteaters Forever, as well as having a hand in the Long Beach Funky Quaffles branding and social media.
34 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 11: Western Championship Quidditch with Alexia Barnes and Steve DiCarlo
Michael is joined by Western Championship Quidditch commissioners Alexia Barnes and Steve DiCarlo to discuss the creation of the league, dating back to Steve's initial push for a west coast summer league in 2014, as well as the future plans once the world is safe enough to open up again.
23 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 10: The History of the Bay Area Breakers with Shirley Lu, Rocio Salas, and Duran Allison
This week, Michael sits down with Bay Area Breakers founders Shirley Lu, Rocio Salas, and Duran Allison to discuss the tumultuous creation of the newest Bay Area team, the Breakers, and the dissolution of the Bay Area's oldest community team, the Silicon Valley Skrewts.
27 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 9: Recruiting with Sam Fischgrund
Sam Fischgrund is back to talk with Michael Goldman, this time to talk about how to recruit new players to join your existing team.
19 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Off the Pitch Ep. 8: Snitching with Anthony Hawkins
We're back! Michael Goldman is joined by Anthony Hawkins, aka the Spider Snitch to discuss his highs and lows in the yellow shorts, as well as some tips and advice for people looking to improve their snitching game.
15 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Off the Pitch Ep. 7: Skills Training and Coaching with Kimberly Megan Cheng
This week, Michael Goldman sits down with San Jose State University and San Francisco Fog Coach and Glorious Bitches Skills Camp Leader Kimberly Megan Cheng to discuss what got her into coaching, her experience as a skills coach, tips to work around small practice sizes, and more.
34 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Off the Pitch Ep. 6: Coaching with Azeem Hussain
This week, Michael Goldman sits down with three-time USQ Nationals and two-time MLQ Championships coach Azeem Hussain to discuss how he got into coaching, advice for other coaches in the sport, and the importance of a well-timed dad joke.
23 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Off the Pitch Ep. 5: Getting Women and Non-Binary People Involved Lindsey Simpson
This week, Michael Goldman sits down with Lindsey Simpson to discuss her numerous projects, her efforts towards getting more women and non-binary people involved in all levels of quidditch leadership and analysis, and her plans for the future when we can get back out on the pitch.
33 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Off the Pitch Ep. 4: Reffing with Toby March
This week, Michael Goldman sits down with 2019-2020 Ref of the Year Toby March to discuss how he first got into reffing quidditch, the differences between refereeing both quidditch and flat-track roller derby, what it takes to become a Nationals-caliber head ref, and more. Toby was one of the most active refs in the country last year, filling nearly 50 head ref slots and another 10 as a lead assistant ref .
54 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
West Coast Bias Ep. 13: Kiddie Pool Party
Jackie Ross took time off from recording 'What's Next?' to join Ryan Smythe and Elizabeth Barcelos to talk about US Cup 12 for this episode of West Coast Bias. Read more:
20 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
Off the Pitch Ep. 1: Elizabeth Barcelos
Michael Goldman sits down with Elizabeth Barcelos to discuss what it takes to successfully plan and run a tournament as a Tournament Director.
60 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
West Coast Bias Ep. 17: Summer Fantasy, Neverland Classic, and Western Championship Quidditch
Ryan Smythe and Elizabeth Barcelos have a lot to cover in this episode of WCB, starting with Hella Summer Quidditch and SoCal Summer League (2:28), Neverland Classic (8:20), and Western Championship Quidditch (45:44). Read more:
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