WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Format Changes

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update: Major Format Changes Photo credit: Deadwards

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association released the new rules at the beginning of the month, and we took a quick look at them last week and talked in general about the updated look and changes to the format. Now we are going to delve a little deeper to break down the organization of the Rulebook and the Casebook and how WFTDA went from 74 pages of rules to a much more condensed version.

Here, we will look at the rules as a whole and break them down for those who are familiar with the old format as well as those taking on derby for the first time and have no clue what they’re looking at.

We recommend spending some time with the rules, even if you had the old set memorized, and then follow up by reading them again alongside the Casebook. It sets up scenarios that teams could easily play out at practice, and catch even the derby veteran up to speed on the intricacies of things such as scoring or star passes – always a good thing.

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update

WFTDA 2017 Rules Update Photo credit: Deadwards

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has experienced many changes over the course of 2016. Early in the year, WFTDA announced plans to unify officiating certification with the Men’s Roller Derby Association while suspending the certification program itself a few months later to iron out the transition process. In April Cassie Haynes was selected as the new Executive Director after Bloody Mary stepped down prior to her retirement from skating at the end of the season. Then, just before WFTDA Championships, WFTDA rolled out their new website with both fan and member components.

Things haven’t slowed down since tournaments, and on December 2nd WFTDA released the newest version of their rules of Flat Track Roller Derby and it looks much different than before. They previously intended on revealing them in December with an enforcement date of January 1st, but with such an extensive overhaul, there are updated documents slated to be released February 1st. This means that leagues will have until February 15th to read up and apply any changes to the track.

Roller Derby Retirement Letter

Roller Derby Retirement Letter Photo credit: Deadwards

For those who feel the call of retirement coming on, but don’t quite know how to put into words what you should say to your league, Derby Central is here to help you out with our Mad Libs Retirement Letter.

2016: Year in Pictures

2016: Year in Pictures Photo credit: Deadwards

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on how the last 12 months in Roller Derby went. By the time we hit December there have been so many tournaments, games, traveling, and general life things keeping us busy, it’s hard to remember what happened as far back as January. After what’s felt like a very, very long year, we thought the best way to re-live it is to sit back and look at some amazing images.

There are tons of great photographers around the world documenting our sport and ensuring that some of the most exciting games and history-making moments are being immortalized. That way when we’re in our old age, we can reunite with our teammates, A League of Their Own style, and look back and remember the time that Rose City beat Gotham on their home turf or Europe held their first Division 1 tournament.

2018 Roller Derby World Cup Announcement

2018 Roller Derby World Cup Announcement Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

The location and dates for the third Roller Derby World Cup were announced today, information that skaters all over the world were eager to hear. The first two Cups were held in North America, Toronto in 2011 and Dallas in 2014, and took place over the first weekend in December. This year, however, it will be moving to a new continent and will be pushed back a little further to put the next World Cup tournament in 2018.