Women's Flat Track Derby Association

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Women's Flat Track Derby Association
WFTDA logo.jpg
WFTDA logo
Sport Roller Derby
Founded 2004
No. of teams 234 Full Member leagues
89 Apprentice leagues
Countries  Australia
 New Zealand
 United Kingdom
 United States
Most recent champion(s) Gotham Girls Roller Derby (Division 1) & Jet City Roller Girls (Division 2)
Most titles Gotham Girls Roller Derby (4)
Official website WFTDA.com

The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is an association of women's flat track roller derby leagues around the world. The organization was founded in April 2004 as the United Leagues Coalition (ULC)[1] but was renamed in November 2005.[1][2] It is registered in Raleigh, North Carolina[3] as a 501(c)(6) business league organization, which is a type of non-profit organization. According to its mission statement, the organization "promotes and fosters the sport of women's flat track roller derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportsmanship, and goodwill among member leagues" and its governing philosophy is "by the skaters, for the skaters" — the primary owners, managers, and operators of each member league and of the association are women skaters, although this does not preclude any particular business structure (leagues don't have to be legally incorporated or internally egalitarian). The mission statement also says WFTDA sets "standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determining guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues" and says "all member leagues have a voice in the decision-making process, and agree to comply with WFTDA policies."[4]


In 2004, the ULC was an informal electronic message board through which established leagues compared notes in order to prepare for interleague play, and it was also used to exchange information to help new leagues that were just getting started.

The ULC evolved into a more formal organization in July 2005, when representatives of 20 leagues met in Chicago to discuss establishing a governing body for women's flat-track roller derby. At the meeting, a voting system was established, as was a set of goals and a timeline was established for facilitating interleague play. Among these goals was the production of a standard track design and standard game rules. The design and rules which were settled upon and distributed later that year. In November 2005, the ULC voted to change its name to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4]

In early 2006, a track design and rules were published on the organization's fledgling web site. By that time, the organization had grown to 30 leagues, a cap decided upon at the July 2005 meeting.[1][5]

Induction of new member leagues was postponed until revised membership requirements could be discussed at the next face-to-face meeting, scheduled for the end of May. However, in February 2006, soon after the initial requirements were published and following the fragmentation of several leagues, a "multi-league per city" clause was added to the membership requirements. Although throughout early and mid-2006 the clause was listed as a requirement for membership, WFTDA's web site was later updated to state that the policy is "unofficial". WFTDA also claims the policy is intended to uphold goodwill between members — by excluding leagues not likely to find favor with established members — as well as to prevent rival leagues in the same city from being privy to each other's "proprietary information."[6]

Following the May 2006 meeting, a press release was issued to promote the organization and publicize the meeting.[5] The June statement covered the following points:

  • Representatives of the "30 founding leagues" met to discuss rules, business structure, skill standards, rankings and future tournaments.
  • 30 more leagues were slated to be inducted in mid-2006, bringing the total membership to 60.
  • Version Two of the WFTDA Flat Track Derby Standardized Rules for Interleague Play was announced as forthcoming in mid-2006.
  • Changes to the member league divisions were announced (see table below).
  • A 2007 tournament schedule was announced.

In addition, Eastern and Western divisions, delineated by the Mississippi River, were announced. Thus, each member league is either Eastern or Western, and Division 1, 2 or 3. In September 2006, new membership was reopened.[4]

By late August 2007, WFTDA membership was up to forty-three leagues.[7][8] On August 15, 2007, WFTDA announced it had struck a deal with the MavTV network to record, edit and broadcast the 2007 Eastern Regional Tournament as a weekly series of 12 one-hour episodes (one episode per bout).[9]

In mid-2007, WFTDA's Web site was updated to reflect changes in the requirements for placement in the three divisions: it is now based on seniority, as measured by readiness for inter-league play and the number of seasons completed while a WFTDA member (see table below).[10]

In September 2007, WFTDA was admitted to USA Roller Sports (USARS) as a Class V member — a national amateur roller skating organization — and a WFTDA delegate joined the USARS Board of Directors.[11]

In February 2008, WFTDA announced that leagues from Canada would be eligible for membership.[12]

In June 2008, the WFTDA Rules Committee created a Question and Answer forum to "provide definitive and final answers about the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Standard Rules.

In July 2008, WFTDA began a referee certification program.[13]

In September 2008, WFTDA had grown to 60 leagues, and the official WFTDA magazine fiveonfive began publication.

In November 2008, a flyer was published announcing that for 2009, WFTDA member leagues would be divided into four regions, rather than two: West, South Central, North Central, and East.[14] Each region has a tournament scheduled, followed by a national championship.

In January 2009, Montreal Roller Derby became the first Canadian league admitted as a member. The league was WFTDA's 66th member, and was placed in the East region.[15][16]

Also in January 2009, the WFTDA announced it would stop accepting applications for new membership from February until July, so that it could concentrate on internal restructuring in order to, among other things, "grow the scope" of the organization.[17]

In April 2009 the WFTDA published revised rules, WFTDA Rules 4.0. The revised rule-set became effective for all WFTDA sanctioned bouts on June 1, 2009.[18]

In May 2009, the first officially sanctioned international WFTDA bout was played between Montreal Roller Derby and Harrisburg Area Roller Derby at the Olympic Skating Center in Enola, PA.

In July 2009, the WFTDA announced its new apprentice program for aspiring member leagues that replaced its traditional membership application process. The program is designed to act as a "WFTDA 101" tutorial, and will match new leagues with an established WFTDA mentor, who will guide the apprentice through the processes and requirements necessary to becoming a full member. Upon completion of the program, apprentice leagues will have the knowledge (and the recommendations) needed to apply for full WFTDA membership.

In November 2009 the WFTDA opened for worldwide membership and the London Rollergirls became the first league outside North America to join as apprentice members.[19]

In June 2010, the WFTDA announced the first round of Apprentice league graduates, and formed two new regions outside of the United States. (Leagues in those regions will compete in the closest US region until they develop more fully.)[20]

In March 2012, Bear City Roller Derby from Berlin, Germany became the WFTDA's first full member league in continental Europe.[21]

In June 2013 the Rock n Roller Queens of Bogota, Colombia become the first full member South American league. The Tokyo Roller Girls and Kokeshi Roller Dolls become the first full member leagues in Asia.[22]

Championship tournaments[edit]

Main article: WFTDA Championships

Each year a series of playoffs are held, based on the June 30 rankings. 40 teams compete in four Division 1 Playoff Tournaments, and the top 3 finishers from each tournament go on to the WFTDA Championship Tournament. The next 20 eligible teams compete in two Division 2 Playoff Tournaments, with the winners of each tournament meeting at the WFTDA Championship tournament, with the winner crowned the Division 2 champion.

WFTDA league divisions[edit]

WFTDA League Divisions[23]
Division Definition to mid-2006 Definition to mid-2007 Current definition
1 Finished one season (season minimum: five games, including exhibition games), and "is ready to travel by being in compliance with interleague standards of play". Finished three seasons including inter-league play. Finished two seasons as a WFTDA member and is engaged in inter-league play.
2 Actively bouting and has completed at least one public game, including one or more exhibition games. Finished at least one season "including inter-league play" Finished one season as a WFTDA member and is engaged in or ready for inter-league play.
3 Still forming / has not completed any public games (including exhibition games), but is in compliance with WFTDA membership standards. In training / has not completed one season. Has not yet completed one season as a WFTDA member.

Member leagues[edit]

As of May 2014, 243 leagues are WFTDA members:[15][24]

Apprentice Leagues[edit]

As of May 2014, 115 leagues are enrolled in WFTDA's Apprentice Program:[24]

Many roller derby leagues that are not WFTDA members use the WFTDA rules.[citation needed]

Former members[edit]


At the conclusion of each year's competitive season (immediately following that year's WFTDA Championship) final rankings for the year are issued. The top 40 leagues are placed in Division 1, the next 20 in Division 2, and the remainder in Division 3. A league's ranking through the season may fluctuate over the threshold from one division to the next, yet the assigned divisions are only set once a year. Therefore, in the following rankings table there may appear, for example, a team in Division 2 with a higher overall ranking than a team in Division 1.

Official WFTDA regional rankings[31] as of November 30, 2013
Rank Div 1 Rank Div 2 Rank Div 3
1 Gotham Girls Roller Derby 41 Sac City Rollers 101 Assassination City Roller Derby
2 B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 42 Fort Myers Derby Girls 102 Rage City Rollergirls
3 Texas Rollergirls 43 Treasure Valley Rollergirls 103 Little Steel Derby Girls
4 Rose City Rollers 44 Tri-City Roller Derby 104 Dixie Derby Girls
5 Denver Roller Dolls 45 Killamazoo Derby Darlins 105 Fort Wayne Derby Girls
6 Angel City Derby Girls 46 Columbia Quad Squad 106 Charlottesville Derby Dames
7 London Rollergirls 47 Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls 107 ICT Roller Girls
8 Windy City Rollers 48 Queen City Roller Girls 108 Sick Town Derby Dames
9 Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 49 Chicago Outfit Roller Derby 109 Hard Knox Roller Girls
10 Atlanta Rollergirls 50 Gold Coast Derby Grrls 110 Springfield RollerGirls
11 Oly Rollers 51 NEO Roller Derby 111 Bellingham Roller Betties
12 Naptown Roller Girls 52 Brandywine Roller Girls 112 Junction City Roller Dolls
13 Rat City Rollergirls 53 Blue Ridge Rollergirls 113 Mother State Roller Derby
14 Philly Roller Girls 54 Paper Valley Roller Girls 114 Cherry City Derby Girls
15 Montreal Roller Derby 55 Duke City Derby 115 Lansing Derby Vixens
16 Boston Derby Dames 56 Grand Raggidy Roller Girls 116 Tiger Bay Brawlers
17 Minnesota RollerGirls 57 DC Rollergirls 117 Red Stick Roller Derby
18 Steel City Roller Derby 58 Suburbia Roller Derby 118 Stockholm Roller Derby
19 Kansas City Roller Warriors 59 Burning River Roller Girls 119 Dominion Derby Girls
20 Arch Rival Rollergirls 60 Dallas Derby Devils 120 Slaughter County Roller Vixens
21 Victorian Roller Derby League 61 Brewcity Bruisers 121 Alamo City Rollergirls
22 Ohio Roller Girls 62 Silicon Valley Roller Girls 122 Lehigh Valley Rollergirls
23 Wasatch Roller Derby 63 Green Mountain Derby Dames 123 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz
24 Jacksonville Rollergirls 64 Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls 124 Helsinki Roller Derby
25 Charm City Roller Girls 65 Omaha Rollergirls 125 Central City Roller Girls
26 Houston Roller Derby 66 Gainesville Roller Rebels 126 Lava City Roller Dolls
27 No Coast Derby Girls 67 Tucson Roller Derby 127 Hellions of Troy Roller Derby
28 Detroit Derby Girls 68 St. Chux Derby Chix 128 Crime City Rollers
29 Toronto Roller Derby 69 Rideau Valley Roller Girls 129 Babe City Rollers
30 Tampa Bay Derby Darlins 70 Connecticut RollerGirls 130 NRV Rollergirls
31 Mad Rollin' Dolls 71 Arizona Roller Derby 131 Ark Valley High Rollers
32 Santa Cruz Derby Girls 72 Twin City Derby Girls 132 Bear City Roller Derby
33 Sacred City Derby Girls 73 Dutchland Rollers 133 Black Rose Rollers
34 Oklahoma Victory Dolls 74 Demolition City Roller Derby 134 Chattanooga Roller Girls
35 New Hampshire Roller Derby 75 Long Island Roller Rebels 135 Circle City Derby Girls
36 Jet City Rollergirls 76 Roc City Roller Derby 136 Mississippi Rollergirls
37 Terminal City Rollergirls 77 Carolina Rollergirls 137 FoCo Girls Gone Derby
38 Cincinnati Rollergirls 78 Ithaca League of Women Rollers 138 Derby City Rollergirls
39 Nashville Rollergirls 79 Maine Roller Derby 139 Pueblo Derby Devil Dollz
40 Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls 80 North Star Roller Girls 140 CoMo Derby Dames
81 Lowcountry Highrollers 141 Cape Fear Roller Girls
82 Tallahassee Rollergirls 142 Greenville Derby Dames
83 Humboldt Roller Derby 143 Central Coast Roller Derby
84 Hammer City Roller Girls 144 Vette City Roller Derby
85 Old Capitol City Roller Girls 145 Slaughterhouse Derby Girls
86 Sonoma County Roller Derby 146 Central New York Roller Derby
87 Garden State Rollergirls 147 Little City Roller Girls
88 Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby 148 Royal Windsor Rollergirls
89 River City Rollergirls 149 Gent Go Go Rollergirls
90 Des Moines Derby Dames 150 Glass City Rollers
91 Emerald City Roller Girls 151 Greensboro Roller Derby
92 Providence Roller Derby 152 Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls
93 Memphis Roller Derby 153 Dockyard Derby Dames
94 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 154 Leeds Roller Dolls
95 Pikes Peak Derby Dames 155 Cheyenne Capidolls
96 Charlotte Roller Girls 156 Magnolia Roller Vixens
97 Big Easy Rollergirls 157 Classic City Rollergirls
98 Sioux City Roller Dames 158 Hub City Derby Dames
99 Glasgow Roller Derby 159 Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby
100 Oklahoma City Roller Derby 160 McLean County MissFits
161 Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls
162 Pacific Roller Derby
163 West Texas Roller Dollz
164 Mason Dixon Roller Vixens
165 Rainy City Roller Dolls
166 Harrisburg Area Roller Derby
167 Rocktown Rollers
168 Southern Illinois Roller Girls
169 Tragic City Roller Girls
170 Fox Cityz Foxz
171 Castle Rock 'n' Rollers
172 Soul City Sirens
173 Fairbanks Rollergirls
174 Spindletop Roller Girls
175 Roughneck Roller Derby

Member leagues unranked as of November 20, 2013: (all unranked leagues are placed in Division 3 by default)


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