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.
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.