WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Gameplay Changes

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Gameplay Changes Photo credit: Olivier Vax Photo. www.oliviervax.com

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association released their updated rules in December, and leagues have been able to use them since then, but the new rules won’t be optional any longer starting February 15th.

Last time we talked about the major overall format changes to the rules, and in case you still haven’t really looked them over yet, we picked through the specific changes to gameplay, and located where to find them in the new Rulebook and Casebook.

Q’s Tips: New Year, New Goals

I’m officially retired and it’s been an interesting transition. My goal was to taper myself off of practices (just like the junkie I am) and slowly switch over to reffing. Honestly, it hasn’t been the easiest thing to do; I’m basically walking away from eight years of one of the most exciting hobbies I’ve ever had, but life without change becomes boring and stale. Even though I’m shifting my focus to a different part of derby, I still have goals in derby.

2016 Concluded

2016 Concluded Photo credit: Deadwards

If you haven’t been over to our Facebook page, we’ve uploaded submissions from numerous photographers for three different categories depicting 2016. We received some great shots from photographers we hadn’t seen before and from places all over the world! Below we have put all three albums in one place and then listed each of the photographers who submitted and where you can find their work.

Holiday Gear Guide

Holiday Gear Guide Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The holidays are nearly here and that means three things: a much-needed off-season break, an abundance of festive gatherings, and the time to prep for the 2017 roller derby season. While there’s no way for us here at Derby Central to mention every awesome bit of derby gear, apparel, or collectibles out there, here are some suggestions from Disaster Chief to start skaters off on the right foot next year.

2017 European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC)

2017 European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC) Photo credit: Michael Wittig. facebook.com/Michael.Wittig.Berlin

Roller Derby as we know it now has been strongly rooted in the United States since the early 2000s, with many leagues hitting their 10-year mark the last few years. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has been a means to support and connect leagues, but being based in the U.S. it can only reach so far. WFTDA tournaments have always been held in the North America, eight of the top ten teams are from the U.S., and all of WFTDA leadership is located in the States which often gives the rest of the world a feeling of disconnect.

Roller Derby has spread around the globe now, but at a rate that hasn’t been able to fully support itself. After derby hit Europe in 2006, one of the ways the continent has sought to connect different nations and foster the growth of the sport has been the European Roller Derby Organizational Conference. Bear City will be hosting the 8th annual EROC next month.