There are several types of roller derby out there these days – flat track, banked track, renegade, etc. Sick Town has chosen to play by WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) standard rules set. We graduated to WFTDA Full Member League status in June 2012.
What is WFTDA?
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 234 WFTDA member leagues and 110 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program.
What is their mission?
Founded in 2004, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) promotes and fosters the sport of women’s flat track roller derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among member leagues.
The governing philosophy of the WFTDA is “by the skaters, for the skaters.” Female skaters are primary owners, managers, and/or operators of each member league and of the association. Operational tasks include setting standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determining guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues.
All WFTDA member leagues have a voice in the decision-making process, and agree to comply with the governing body’s policies.
What are WFTDA Rankings?
WFTDA member leagues are ranked within divisions every quarter. Rankings are based on data from WFTDA-sanctioned games. Teams must play at least two sanctioned bouts before they are eligible to be ranked, and must play 4 sanctioned bouts per year. These bouts must be within their division or in a higher ranked division.