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.

Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament 2017

Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament 2017 Photo credit: Andrew Keyes - Derby Photography. facebook.com/KeyesDerbyPhotos

Extended to four days this year, the Battle of the All-Stars States Tournament saw a new victor this year after Pennsylvania took 1st place every tournament prior. New York beat West Virginia, Michigan, and Texas before taking down the former champion 216-136 in the final game. Texas took on Virginia in a close 3rd place game, but the Texans prevailed, 184-178.

With many familiar faces from WFTDA tournaments skating alongside various other skaters from their respective states, 14 teams convened in Hatfield, Pennsylvania the weekend of February 16th-19th. We have a few quick notes on the 28 games that were played along with links to numerous photos from the event.

If you’re looking for archived video from the tournament, BOTAS has the first few games on their Facebook page, and Atomic Streaming is working on getting the rest up on their YouTube channel.

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby

The New Internationalisms in Roller Derby Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

Unless you’ve been hiding your face in the stinky gear bag you keep swearing to your significant other or roommate you’ll get round to cleaning one of these days, you’ll have noticed that recent tournament announcements have revealed locations that have kept the derby world abuzz. Whether you like to travel or loathe it, the fact of the matter is that the future of roller derby is truly international, and this year is just a taste of what’s likely to come.