Junior roller derby
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Junior roller derby is the sport of roller derby, modified for children and adolescents.
Growth of the Sport
At the 2007 Women's Flat Track Derby Association Texas Shootout Nationals Tournament in Austin, Texas, the two existing junior leagues, the Tucson Derby Brats and the Seattle Derby Brats, held a demonstration bout between rounds in the tournament. Following this national exposure, leagues began forming in other towns across the United States. In order to support the growth of new leagues and standardize rule sets, the Junior Flat Track Derby Association (JFTDA) was formed. This informal association developed into the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) in 2009.
In of February 2010, there were over 40 junior roller derby programs across four countries at various stages in development. A map of the locations of the JRDA affiliated leagues is maintained by the JRDA. In 2013 there were 121 junior leagues listed on Roller Derby Worldwide and 38 international leagues located in Canada, Belgium, Japan and Australia. Although most leagues are solely for female skaters, some are co-ed and some have just boys. Because the sport is new and developing on a local level, there are differences between leagues in terms of skill levels and the amount of physical contact allowed between players. These local variations have made inter-league competition challenging. In spite of differences, however, many leagues travel to compete and socialize with other junior skaters.
Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA)
On October 1, 2009 The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) was formally established to promote the sport of junior roller derby by:
- Assisting with new league start-up
- Assisting with the expansion of existing leagues
- Creating rules that allowed for participation at all skill levels
- Creating a Trainer's Handbook containing best known drills for advancing skater skills
- Partnering with USARS (USA Roller Sports) to provide insurance and develop short and long term opportunities
- Creating a skills assessment that allows coaches to
- Plan skater development
- Match skaters for safe and fair interleague play during their first few years of development
In the last three months of 2009 the Board of Directors with assistance from dedicated committee volunteers drafted all of the documents needed to begin local grass roots junior roller derby programs. These documents are part of a free service provided by the JRDA to meet the JRDA purpose and mission.
In 2010 the JRDA began the process of incorporating in Austin, Texas as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation for promoting the advancement of national and international amateur athletics through roller derby.
of their locations is maintained by the JRDA.