March 2017 WFTDA Rankings Review

March 2017 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo credit: Mr. McWheely. facebook.com/mrmcwheely

March kicked off the 2017 Roller Derby season with multiple tournaments giving us a glimpse at the trajectory for a handful of teams. The majority of major movement in the March WFTDA rankings were from teams outside of Division 1, however, there was one slight, but major rankings change at the top.

Here’s a look at how last month’s games affected WFTDA rankings and a brief look at what’s to come in April.

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know

Q’s Tips: Things Every New Skater Should Know Photo credit: Deadwards

The things every new skater (and vet) need to hear. Each year people try out for derby leagues all over the world, and some people jump right into the derby culture without really knowing what they’re getting into. Here are some tips I’ve discovered over my eight years in derby.

March 24th-26th: Tomodachi Euro Thrill

March 24th-26th: Tomodachi Euro Thrill Photo credit: Phantom Photographics. https://www.facebook.com/pg/PP8136

This weekend there are three major roller derby tournaments happening on three different continents, each consisting of teams that fall into different sections of the WFTDA rankings. The Tomodachi Derby Tournament is happening over three days in Okinawa, EuroClash in Europe, and Skate to Thrill in the United States. Be sure to check back here or our Twitter feed for scores throughout the weekend.

Concussions and Roller Derby

Concussions and Roller Derby Photo credit: Deadwards

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association of America‘s campaign for 2015-2017 is “Not Alone.” Brain injuries can be hard to diagnose, treat, and recover from, often leading the affected person to feel isolated and depressed.

Since Roller Derby is a contact sport, concussions are unfortunately a common injury but show themselves in many different ways. Today we will focus on some concussion education and highlight the importance of knowing the symptoms and how they might affect you and your recovery.

2017 Roller Derby Springs Forward

2017 Roller Derby Springs Forward Photo credit: Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography/

So far in 2017, we have had two mostly quiet months of  Roller Derby, on the track anyways, online we’ve been saturated with announcements. To name a few, we have learned the tournament locations for both the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and the Men’s Roller Derby Association, which both include locations in Europe for the first time. WFTDA introduced a new tournament structure and the women and men’s organizations are now partnering with the Junior Roller Derby Association on the rules of Flat Track Roller Derby.

WFTDA has released two months of rankings, but so far little has changed overall, and none of the top 16 teams have budged. A few events and games have already taken place around the globe, and we’ll take a minute to look at some important remaining March events. Check out our calendar page for events throughout the year, and let us know if there’s anything we should add.