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Women's Flat Track Derby Association
WFTDA logo.jpg
WFTDA logo
Sport Roller Derby
Founded 2004
Country(ies)  United States
 Canada
 United Kingdom
Most recent champion(s) Oly Rollers (Olympia, Washington)
Most championships Texas, Kansas City, Gotham, and Oly all tied with one
Official website WFTDA.com

Founded in April 2004 as the United Leagues Coalition (ULC)[1] and renamed in November 2005,[1][2] the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is an association of women's flat track roller derby leagues in the United States. The organization is registered in Raleigh, North Carolina [3] as a 501(c)(6) business league organization, which is a type of non-profit organization. According to its mission statement, the organization "promotes and fosters the sport of women's flat track roller derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportsmanship, and goodwill among member leagues" and its governing philosophy is "by the skaters, for the skaters" — the primary owners, managers, and operators of each member league and of the association are women skaters, although this does not preclude any particular business structure (leagues don't have to be legally incorporated or internally egalitarian). The mission statement also says WFTDA sets "standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determining guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues" and says "all member leagues have a voice in the decision-making process, and agree to comply with WFTDA policies."[4]

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History

2004

In its first year, the ULC was an informal electronic message board through which established leagues compared notes in order to prepare for interleague play, and it was also used to exchange information to help new leagues that were just getting started.

2005

The ULC evolved into a more formal organization in July 2005, when representatives of 20 leagues met in Chicago to discuss establishing a governing body for women's flat-track roller derby. At the meeting, a voting system was established, as was a set of goals and a timeline was established for facilitating interleague play. Among these goals was the production of a standard track design and standard game rules. The design and rules which were settled upon and distributed later that year.

In November 2005, the ULC voted to change its name to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4]

2006

In early 2006, a track design and rules were published on the organization's fledgling web site. By that time, the organization had grown to 30 leagues, a cap decided upon at the July 2005 meeting.[1][5]

Induction of new member leagues was postponed until revised membership requirements could be discussed at the next face-to-face meeting, scheduled for the end of May. However, in February 2006, soon after the initial requirements were published and following the fragmentation of several leagues, a "multi-league per city" clause was added to the membership requirements. Although throughout early and mid-2006 the clause was listed as a requirement for membership, WFTDA's web site was later updated to state that the policy is "unofficial". WFTDA also claims the policy is intended to uphold goodwill between members — by excluding leagues not likely to find favor with established members — as well as to prevent rival leagues in the same city from being privy to each other's "proprietary information."[6]

Following the May 2006 meeting, a press release was issued to promote the organization and publicize the meeting.[5] The June statement covered the following points:

  • Representatives of the "30 founding leagues" met to discuss rules, business structure, skill standards, rankings and future tournaments.
  • 30 more leagues were slated to be inducted in late summer[7] 2006, bringing the total membership to 60.
  • Version Two of the WFTDA Flat Track Derby Standardized Rules for Interleague Play was announced as forthcoming in late summer, 2006.
  • Changes to the member league divisions were announced (see table below).
  • A 2007 tournament schedule was announced.

In addition, Eastern and Western divisions, delineated by the Mississippi River, were announced. Thus, each member league is either Eastern or Western, and Division 1, 2 or 3.

In September 2006, new membership was reopened.[4]

2007

By late August 2007, WFTDA membership was up to forty-three leagues.[8][9] On August 15, 2007, WFTDA announced it had struck a deal with the MavTV network to record, edit and broadcast the 2007 Eastern Regional Tournament as a weekly series of 12 one-hour episodes (one episode per bout).[10]

In mid-2007, WFTDA's Web site was updated to reflect changes in the requirements for placement in the three divisions: it is now based on seniority, as measured by readiness for inter-league play and the number of seasons completed while a WFTDA member (see table below).[11]

In September 2007, WFTDA was admitted to USA Roller Sports (USARS) as a Class V member — a national amateur roller skating organization — and a WFTDA delegate joined the USARS Board of Directors.[12]

2008

In February 2008, WFTDA announced that leagues from Canada would be eligible for membership.[13]

In June 2008, the WFTDA Rules Committee created a Question and Answer forum to "provide definitive and final answers about the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Standard Rules. Anyone with a question about the WFTDA Rules is encouraged to submit questions to the Rules Committee through this forum." Rules Committee Question and Answer Forum

In July 2008, WFTDA began a referee certification program.[14]

In September 2008, WFTDA had grown to 60 leagues, and the official WFTDA magazine fiveonfive began publication.

In November 2008, a flyer was published announcing that for 2009, WFTDA member leagues would be divided into four regions, rather than two: West, South Central, North Central, and East.[15] Each region has a tournament scheduled, followed by a national championship:

  • September 11–13, 2009: Eastern Regionals in Raleigh, NC
  • September 18–20, 2009: North Central Regionals in St. Paul, MN
  • September 25–27, 2009: South Central Regionals in Atlanta, GA
  • October 2–4, 2009: Western Regionals in Denver, CO
  • November 6–8, 2009: Nationals in Philadelphia, PA

2009

In January 2009, Montreal Roller Derby became the first Canadian league admitted as a member. The league was WFTDA's 66th member, and was placed in the East region.[16][17]

Also in January, the WFTDA announced it would stop accepting applications for new membership from February until July, so that it could concentrate on internal restructuring in order to, among other things, "grow the scope" of the organization.[18]

In April 2009 the WFTDA published revised rules, WFTDA Rules 4.0. The revised rule-set became effective for all WFTDA sanctioned bouts on June 1, 2009.[19]

In May 2009, the first officially sanctioned international WFTDA bout was played between Montreal Roller Derby and Harrisburg Area Roller Derby at the Olympic Skating Center in Enola, PA.

In July 2009, the WFTDA announced its new apprentice program for aspiring member leagues that replaced its traditional membership application process. The program is designed to act as a "WFTDA 101" tutorial, and will match new leagues with an established WFTDA mentor, who will guide the apprentice through the processes and requirements necessary to becoming a full member. Upon completion of the program, apprentice leagues will have the knowledge (and the recommendations) needed to apply for full WFTDA membership.

In November 2009 the WFTDA opened for worldwide membership and the London Rollergirls became the first league outside North America to join as apprentice members.[20]

WFTDA league divisions

WFTDA League Divisions
Division Definition to mid-2006 Definition to mid-2007 Current definition
1 Finished one season (season minimum: five games, including exhibition games), and "is ready to travel by being in compliance with interleague standards of play". Finished three seasons including inter-league play. Finished two seasons as a WFTDA member and is engaged in inter-league play.
2 Actively bouting and has completed at least one public game, including one or more exhibition games. Finished at least one season "including inter-league play" Finished one season as a WFTDA member and is engaged in or ready for inter-league play.
3 Still forming / has not completed any public games (including exhibition games), but is in compliance with WFTDA membership standards. In training / has not completed one season. Has not yet completed one season as a WFTDA member.

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Member leagues

As of July 2009, the following 78 leagues are WFTDA members:[16]

A map of WFTDA leagues, by region, can be found HERE.

East region

North Central region

South Central region

West region

Apprentice Leagues

As of January, 2009, the following leagues are enrolled in WFTDA's Apprentice Program[21]:

Accepted September 1, 2009:

Accepted October 6, 2009:

  • Fox Cityz Foxz
  • ICT Rollergirls
  • Jacksonville Rollergirls
  • Wasatch Roller Derby
  • Green Mountain Derby Dames
  • Sonoma County Roller Derby
  • Killamazoo Derby Darlins

Accepted November 5, 2009:

  • London Rollergirls
  • Pueblo Derby Devil Dollz
  • Paper Valley Rollergirls
  • Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby
  • Cajun Rollergirls
  • Mid Michigan Derby Girls
  • Route 66 Roller Derby

Accepted December 9, 2009:

  • Santa Cruz Derby Girls
  • Sick Town Derby Dames
  • Queen City Roller Girls
  • Derby Revolution of Bakersfield

Accepted January 19, 2010:

  • Rubber City Rollergirls
  • Battle Born Derby Demons
  • Mississippi Valley Mayhem
  • Spindletop Roller Girls
  • Dockyard Derby Dames
  • Wilmington City Ruff Rollers

Many roller derby leagues that are not WFTDA members use the WFTDA rules.

Former members

Rankings

Current Official WFTDA Regional Rankings[25] ( Updated January 2009)

Region East North Central South Central West
1 Gotham Girls Roller Derby Windy City Rollers Texas Rollergirls Oly Rollers
2 Philly Rollergirls Detroit Derby Girls Kansas City Roller Warriors Denver Roller Dolls
3 Boston Derby Dames Mad Rollin' Dolls Houston Rollergirls Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
4 Charm City Roller Girls Cincinnati Roller Girls Dallas Derby Devils Rat City Rollergirls
5 Carolina RollerGirls North Star Roller Girls Atlanta Rollergirls Rose City Rollers
6 Providence Roller Derby Brewcity Bruisers Nashville Rollergirls B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls
7 Steel City Derby Demons Minnesota RollerGirls Tampa Bay Derby Darlins Duke City Derby
8 Maine Roller Derby Arch Rival Rollergirls No Coast Derby Girls Angel City Derby Girls
9 DC Rollergirls Burning River Roller Girls Memphis Roller Derby Tucson Roller Derby
10 Harrisburg Area Roller Derby Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls Pikes Peak Derby Dames
11 Connecticut RollerGirls Naptown Roller Girls West Texas Roller Dollz Sacred City Derby Girls
12 Dutchland Derby Rollers Ohio Roller Girls Green Country Roller Girls Arizona Roller Derby
13 Montreal Roller Derby Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Hard Knox Rollergirls Slaughter County Roller Vixens
14 Dominion Derby Girls Fort Wayne Derby Girls Tallahassee Rollergirls Salt City Derby Girls
15 Suburbia Roller Derby Omaha Rollergirls Dixie Derby Girls Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls
16 Long Island Roller Rebels Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls Assassination City Roller Derby
17 Hammer City Roller Girls Big Easy Rollergirls
18 Gem City Roller Girls Oklahoma Victory Dolls
19 Alamo City Rollergirls

Member teams unranked at this time:

  • Bellingham Roller Betties
  • Central Coast Roller Derby
  • Derby City Roller Girls
  • Emerald City Roller Girls
  • FoCo Girls Gone Derby
  • Jet City Rollergirls
  • Lava City Roller Dolls
  • Pacific Roller Derby
  • River City Rollergirls
  • Slaughterhouse Derby Girls

Championship tournaments

2006

2006 "Dust Devil" National WFTDA Championship Tournament

2006 Dust Devil Logo

In Tucson, Arizona, over the weekend of February 24–26, 2006, Tucson Roller Derby hosted 20 WFTDA leagues from around the United States in a tournament to determine the nation's first-ever WFTDA national champion team.

Round robin bouts

Round-robin bouts were instituted to determine seeding for a single-elimination tournament]]. Four pools were created (Scorpion, Tarantula, Black Widow and Rattlesnake), with each pool consisting of 5 teams. On Friday, February 24, 2006, each team played four ten-minute bouts in each pool. Point differential was used to determine the ranking and placement of each team within its pool. With this information in hand, tournament officials selected the top three teams of each pool and seeded them according to the point differential of each team for the single-elimination tournament.

Single-elimination tournament

The single-elimination tournament started on Saturday, February 25, 2006 with 12 of the previous day's 20 teams. Scheduling of the bouts allowed for the top four seeded teams to receive a bye in the first round of play. Teams seeded 5 through 12 played in the first round. The winners of the first round of the single elimination tournament played the top four seeds in the second round. Bout winners advanced to the semi-finals and bout losers were eliminated.

Semi-finals and finals

On Sunday February 26, 2006, four teams (TXRG Texecutioners, Tucson Saddletramps, Minnesota Rollergirls and AZRD Tent City Terrors) played in the semi-final bouts. In the first bout, the Texecutioners defeated the Tent City Terrors in a full three-period bout, 114 to 81, sending the TXRG to the championship bout and AZRD to the 3rd-place bout. A second full three-period semi-final bout was played between the Tucson Saddletramps and the Minnesota Rollergirls. Tucson defeated Minnesota 136–75. This pitted the Tent City Terrors against the Minnesota Rollergirls for the 3rd-place bout, and set the WFTDA National Championship Bout to be between Texas and Tucson. The 3rd-place bout was played out with the Tent City Terrors upsetting 3rd-seeded Minnesota 115–88. The Championship bout was finalized later in the evening, with the Texecutioners defeating the Saddletramps 129–96.

2006 Bumberbout Flat Track Invitational

The 2006 Roller Derby "Bumberbout" Flat Track Invitational was played in Seattle on Saturday, September 2, 2006. Eight teams competed. The Texas Rollergirls beat the Rat City Rollergirls 74–69 in the invitational championship bout.

2007

2007 Dust Devil Tournament

On February 16, 2007, the Rat City Rollergirls beat the Tucson Roller Derby (Saddletramps) 83–72 in the finals of the Western Regional Tournament, the Dust Devil, held in Tucson, Arizona.

2007 Heartland Havoc Tournament

During August, the Eastern Regional Tournament was held in Columbus, Ohio. It was a 12-team single-elimination tournament with the same structure as February's Dust Devil Western Regional. There were numerous upsets on the second day: the Windy City Rollers, ranked #14 in the nation at the time, defeated the Mad Rollin' Dolls, ranked #1 at the time. Additionally, the #19 Detroit Derby Girls defeated the #6 Minnesota Rollergirls, and #10 Gotham defeated #9 Philly. In the championship bout, Gotham Girls Roller Derby beat the Windy City Rollers, 134–71.

2007 Texas Shootout, National Championships

On September 30, 2007, the Kansas City Roller Warriors beat[26] the Rat City Rollergirls[27] 89–85 in the final match of the Texas Shootout to become the 2007 national champion. The Texas Rollergirls placed third.[28] Eight teams competed in the tournament, four from the eastern regional division and four from the western regional division. These teams included the Carolina Rollergirls (fourth place), the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, the Tucson Roller Derby, the Detroit Derby Girls, and the Windy City Rollers.[29]

2008

2008 Battle Royale Tournament

On October 3, 2008, the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) beat the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (BAD Girls) 135-59 in the championship bout.[30] Rat City Rollergirls beat Duke City Derby (Muñecas Muertas) 158-95 in the consolation bout to take third place.[31]

2008 Derby In Dairyland Tournament

On October 10, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 133-92 in the championship bout.[32] Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat the Carolina Rollergirls 112-48 in the consolation bout to take third place.[33]

2008 Northwest Knockdown, National Championships

On November 16, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 134-66 in the championship bout. The Philly Rollergirls (Liberty Belles) beat the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) 114-95 in the consolation bout to take third place.[34]

2009

2009 Wicked Wheels of the East Tournament

On September 13, 2009, the Philly Rollergirls (Liberty Belles) beat Gotham Girls Roller Derby 90-89 in the East championship bout.[35] The Boston Derby Dames (Boston Massacre) defeated the Charm City Rollergirls 156-142 to take 3rd place.[36]

2009 Brawl of America Tournament

On September 20, 2009, the Windy City Rollers defeated the Mad Rollin' Dolls Dairyland Dolls 150-56 in the North Central championship bout. The Detroit Derby Girls beat the Cincinnati Rollergirls (Black Sheep) 126-62 to place 3rd.[37]

2009 Southern Fried Smackdown Tournament

On September 27, 2009, the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) beat the Kansas City Roller Warriors 153-70 in the South Central championship bout. Houston Roller Derby (HaRD Knocks) defeated the Dallas Derby Devils 113-101 to take third place.[38]

2009 Derby On the Rocks Tournament

On October 4, 2009, the Oly Rollers (Cosa Nostra Donnas) defeated the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls (5280 Fight Club) 119-64 in the West championship bout. The Denver Roller Dolls (Mile High Club) beat the Rat City Rollergirls 172-94 to place third.[39]

2009 Declaration of Derby, National Championships

On November 15, 2009, the Oly Rollers (Cosa Nostra Donnas) beat the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) 178-100[40] in the championship bout. The Denver Roller Dolls defeated the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 151-103 to take third place.[41]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "A Short History of the Sport of Roller Derby". Sin City Rollergirls. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. http://web.archive.org/web/20071208081505/http://www.sincityrollergirls.com/2nd_level/history.html. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  2. ^ Later histories recall the original name as United Leagues Committee.
  3. ^ "North Carolina Secretary Of State". http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/Corp.aspx?PitemId=8104033. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "About WFTDA". http://www.wftda.com/about.html. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b WFTDA press release: "FLAT-TRACK ROLLER DERBY SOLIDIFYS [sic] NATIONAL PRESENCE / SECOND ANNUAL FLAT TRACK DERBY CONFERENCE MEETS IN ST. PAUL, MN" (June 2006)
  6. ^ "Multi-league per city clause". Women's Flat Track Derby Association. http://www.wftda.com/multi-league.html. Retrieved 2006-07-09. 
  7. ^ Throughout the article, "Spring", "Summer", etc. refer to Northern Hemisphere seasons.
  8. ^ "WFTDA Member Leagues". http://www.wftda.com/leagues.html. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  9. ^ Chris "Hurt Reynolds" Seale (2007-08-22). "Tampa Bay newest WFTDA member". http://www.havederbywilltravel.com/news/latest/tampa-bay-newest-wftda-member.html. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  10. ^ Women's Flat Track Derby Association (2007-08-15). "WFTDA EASTERN REGIONAL ROLLER DERBY TOURNAMENT “Heartland Havoc” TO BE BROADCAST BY MavTV". Press release. http://www.wftda.com/broadcast/. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  11. ^ "Statistics and Rankings: Member Leagues' Bout Experience". http://wftda.com/stats.html. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  12. ^ "WFTDA joins USA Rollersports as a Class V national organization". 2007-09-19. http://leadjammer.com/wftda_joins_usa_rollersports_class_v_national_organization. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  13. ^ "WFTDA opens membership to Canadian leagues". 2008-02-20. http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2008/02/20/wftda-opens-membership-to-canadian-leagues/. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  14. ^ "WFTDA Referee Certification FAQ". http://www.wftda.com/officiating/referee-certification/. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  15. ^ "Introducing…2009 WFTDA Regions". WFTDA. http://www.wftda.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/wftda_4regionsflyer2008.pdf. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  16. ^ a b "Women’s Flat Track Derby Association - Members". http://www.wftda.com/member-leagues/. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  17. ^ Chris "Hurt Reynolds" Seale (2009-01-22). "WFTDA makes a run for the border". http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/blog/hurt_reynolds/2009/01/wftda_makes_a_run_border. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  18. ^ "WFTDA temporarily closes membership until July 1, 2009". Press release. 2009-01-15. http://www.wftda.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/wftdarelease01-15-09_final.doc. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  19. ^ http://www.wftda.com/official-rules/
  20. ^ http://wftda.com/news/london-rollergirls
  21. ^ http://wftda.com/leagues/apprentice
  22. ^ "OC Roller Girls Joins Women's Flat Track Derby Association". 2008-01-02. http://blog.ocrollergirls.com/2008/01/02/oc-roller-girls-joins-womens-flat-track-derby-association.aspx. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  23. ^ "Angel City squeezes OC Roller Girls 161-69". 2009-03-20. http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/03/20/angel_city_squeezes_oc_roller_girls_16169. Retrieved 2009-04-28. "OC Roller Girls resigned their WFTDA membership earlier this month. Founded in 2005 with 30 member leagues, WFTDA's membership has grown rapidly and now stands at 77 leagues. OCRG is the first league to resign membership." 
  24. ^ "WFTDA Releases Second-Quarter Rankings". 2009-07-29. http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/07/29/wftda_releases_secondquarter_rankings. Retrieved 2009-07-31. "Notably, original WFTDA league East Texas joins OC Rollergirls this year as one of the only two teams to leave the organization after being accepted." 
  25. ^ http://www.wftda.com/rankings/
  26. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/298252.html
  27. ^ Rat City Rollergirls lose championship bout
  28. ^ Home | Derby News Network
  29. ^ Texas Shootout - 2007 Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championship Tournament
  30. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/leadjammer/2008/10/05/battle_royale_championship_texas_rollergirls_vs_bay_area_derby_girls
  31. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/leadjammer/2008/10/05/battle_royale_third_place_bout_rat_city_rollergirls_vs_duke_city_derby
  32. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/leadjammer/2008/10/12/derby_dairyland_championship_bout_1e_gotham_girls_roller_derby_vs_3e_windy_city_rollers
  33. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/leadjammer/2008/10/12/derby_dairyland_third_place_bout_2e_carolina_rollergirls_vs_4e_philly_roller_girls
  34. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2008/11/20/2008_wftda_nationals_complete_recaps
  35. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/09/philly_upsets_gotham_eastern_regional_championship_90_89
  36. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/09/boston_upsets_charm_city_qualify_nationals_153_142
  37. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/09/north_central_regionals_capsule_recaps
  38. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/09/south_central_regionals_capsule_recaps
  39. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/10/western_regionals_capsule_recaps
  40. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/11/2009_nationals_capsule_recaps#comment-9681
  41. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2009/11/2009_nationals_capsule_recaps

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