2016 Men’s Roller Derby World Cup Central

2016 Men’s Roller Derby World Cup Central Team England vs Team Wales at the 4 Nations tournament last November. Photo credit: John Hesse. facebook.com/john.hesse

This year will be the second time the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup will take place. This time around it will be in Calgary, AB, Canada. 20 teams representing five continents are competing this long weekend for the cup and 19 countries looking to dethrone USA as standing champion.

JRDA Champs/Olympics & USARS Derby Nationals

JRDA Champs/Olympics & USARS Derby Nationals Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LINCOLN, NE — From July 9th to August 6th, USA Roller Sports is hosting the National Championships for five different disciplines, including Roller Derby, in Lincoln, Nebraska. To kick off this nearly month long endeavor, the Junior Roller Derby Association held their Championships there as well, followed by the Junior Olympic Games. The Roller Derby portion wrapped up over the weekend with the USARS Derby National Championships.

WFTDA 2016: The Pokemon Playoffs?

WFTDA 2016: The Pokemon Playoffs? Image by Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

In an effort to help the hardcore as well as casual roller derby fan better understand the recent playoff announcements, we felt it would be good to address the derbyverse in perhaps a more accessible language: that of Pokemon Go.

2016 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding

2016 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto/

Today, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association released its June rankings along with the 2016 Playoff seeding. Each year the WFTDA tournament season seems to become more and more “International” and this year Playoffs include a record high of 14 teams from outside the United States, coming from six different countries. Although still contained to the continent of North America, this is the second year tournaments will extend outside U.S. borders with with two taking place in Canada.

While that small growth spurt is exciting, there’s still a long way to go for the International WFTDA scene to balance out. Want to bring WFTDA tournaments to your region in 2017? Put in a bid by August 8th to host one next year.

Read on to see who managed to earn a spot in the top 60 just in time, who declined their invite, and where to find your favorite teams this fall.

Sidelined: How roller derby pushes trans women out

Last fall, the WFTDA released what felt like a long overdue statement on gender, removing the hormonal requirement for transgender skaters. A lot of my friends were very excited about this. I was a little underwhelmed.

It’s not that I don’t like that particular gender statement (though I personally much prefer the MRDA non-discrimination policy because – humblebrag – I wrote it). A policy based on self-identification is essential. After all, for nearly any minimum standard of femininity you set, you could find a cis woman who doesn’t qualify.

Rather, I was underwhelmed because a change in policy does precious little for the transgender skaters I know – myself included.