|Country(ies)|| United States
|Most recent champion(s)||Oly Rollers (Olympia, Washington)|
|Most championships||Texas, Kansas City, Gotham, and Oly all tied with one|
Founded in April 2004 as the United Leagues Coalition (ULC) and renamed in November 2005, 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  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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
Following the May 2006 meeting, a press release was issued to promote the organization and publicize the meeting. The June statement covered the following points:
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.
By late August 2007, WFTDA membership was up to forty-three leagues. 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).
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).
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.
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. Each region has a tournament scheduled, followed by a national championship:
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
As of July 2009, the following 78 leagues are WFTDA members:
A map of WFTDA leagues, by region, can be found HERE.
As of January, 2009, the following leagues are enrolled in WFTDA's Apprentice Program:
Accepted September 1, 2009:
Accepted October 6, 2009:
Accepted November 5, 2009:
Accepted December 9, 2009:
Accepted January 19, 2010:
Many roller derby leagues that are not WFTDA members use the WFTDA rules.
Current Official WFTDA Regional Rankings ( 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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On September 30, 2007, the Kansas City Roller Warriors beat the Rat City Rollergirls 89–85 in the final match of the Texas Shootout to become the 2007 national champion. The Texas Rollergirls placed third. 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.
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. Rat City Rollergirls beat Duke City Derby (Muñecas Muertas) 158-95 in the consolation bout to take third place.
On October 10, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 133-92 in the championship bout. Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat the Carolina Rollergirls 112-48 in the consolation bout to take third place.
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.
On September 13, 2009, the Philly Rollergirls (Liberty Belles) beat Gotham Girls Roller Derby 90-89 in the East championship bout. The Boston Derby Dames (Boston Massacre) defeated the Charm City Rollergirls 156-142 to take 3rd place.
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.
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.
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.
On November 15, 2009, the Oly Rollers (Cosa Nostra Donnas) beat the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) 178-100 in the championship bout. The Denver Roller Dolls defeated the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 151-103 to take third place.