WFTDA Championships

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WFTDA Championships
Tournament information
Location Various
Month played November
Established 2006
Format Knockout
Current champion
Gotham Girls Roller Derby

The WFTDA Championships are the leading competition for roller derby leagues.

The Championships are organised by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). They originated in 2006 as the National WFTDA Championship. The "Dust Devil" tournament was contested in front of several thousand fans in Tucson, Arizona.[1] This was the first multi-league flat track roller derby tournament.[2]

In 2007, Western and Eastern Region Tournaments were held in order to determine qualifiers for the "Texas Shootout" National Championship, held in Austin, Texas.[3][4] By 2010, with leagues in Canada and the United Kingdom also enjoying membership of the WFTDA, "National" was dropped from the title of the contest.

Through the 2012 WFTDA season, the WFTDA was divided into regions based on geography. Each region held a tournament contested by its top ten leagues: the Eastern (2007-2012), North Central (2009-2012), South Central (2009-2012) and Western (2007-2012) Regional Tournaments. The top three leagues from each of these four tournaments qualified for the Championships. Together, the qualifying tournaments and Championships were termed the "Big 5".[5]

Starting with the 2013 WFTDA season, full WFTDA members are eligible for ranking in one of the association's three divisions. Division 1 comprises the top 40-ranked teams in the WFTDA, and the top 40 teams that meet eligibility requirements based on the June 30 rankings of that year are invited to Division 1 Playoffs, and are divided into four playoff tournaments (10 per tournament) using an S-curve for seeding. Participants in Division 1 Playoffs are not required to be current members of Division 1, as long as they meet ranking and other requirements. The teams that finish first through third at each Division 1 Tournament then move on to the WFTDA Championship tournament. Division 2 comprises the teams teams ranked 41 through 100, and the next 20 teams overall that meet requirements after the 40 confirmed Division 1 playoff participants are then invited to Division 2 Playoffs, and are divided into two playoff tournaments. The winners of each Division 2 Tournament then play each other at the WFTDA Championship Tournament, with the winner crowned the Division 2 champion. Division 3 comprises all ranked teams from 101 on, and there are no Division 3 Playoffs.

Since 2008, the winner of the Championships has been awarded the Hydra Trophy.[6]

Championships[edit]

Year Date Name Venue Champion Second Third MVP
2006 24-26 February Dust Devil Tucson, Arizona Texas Rollergirls Tucson Roller Derby Arizona Roller Derby Eight Track (Texas)[7]
2007 28-30 September Texas Shootout Austin, Texas Kansas City Roller Warriors Rat City Rollergirls Texas Rollergirls Xcelerator (Kansas City)
Miss Fortune (Rat City)[8]
2008 14-16 November Northwest Knockdown Portland, Oregon Gotham Girls Roller Derby Windy City Rollers Philly Rollergirls Bonnie Thunders (Gotham)[9]
2009 13-15 November Declaration of Derby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Oly Rollers Texas Rollergirls Denver Roller Dolls Heffer (Oly)
Rice Rocket (Texas)
Fonda Payne (Denver)
Whipity Pow (Rocky Mountain)[10]
2010 5-7 November Uproar on the Lakeshore Chicago, Illinois Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Oly Rollers Gotham Girls Roller Derby Sassy (Oly)[11]
2011 11-13 November Continental Divide and Conquer Broomfield, Colorado Gotham Girls Roller Derby Oly Rollers Texas Rollergirls Kelley Young (Kansas City)[12]
2012 2-4 November Grits and Glory Atlanta, Georgia Gotham Girls Roller Derby Oly Rollers Denver Roller Dolls Sandrine Rangeon (Denver)
Shaina Serelson (Denver)[13]
2013 8-10 November WFTDA Championships[14] Milwaukee, Wisconsin Gotham Girls Roller Derby Texas Rollergirls B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Bloody Mary (Texas)[15]
2014 31 October - 2 November WFTDA Championships[16] Nashville, Tennessee
Rank Team Champ 2nd Place 3rd place
1 Gotham Girls Roller Derby 4 0 1
2 Oly Rollers 1 2 0
3 Texas Rollergirls 1 2 2
4 Kansas City Roller Warriors 1 0 0
Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 1 0 0
6 Tucson Roller Derby 0 1 0
Rat City Rollergirls 0 1 0
Windy City Rollers 0 1 0
9 Denver Roller Dolls 0 0 2
10 Arizona Roller Derby 0 0 1
Philly Rollergirls 0 0 1
B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 0 0 1

2006 Dust Devil[edit]

2006 Dust Devil Logo

In Tucson, Arizona, over the weekend of February 24–26, 2006, Tucson Roller Derby hosted 20 WFTDA leagues from around the United States in a tournament to determine the nation's first-ever WFTDA national champion team.[17]

Round-robin bouts were instituted to determine seeding for a single-elimination tournament. Four pools were created, titled Scorpion, Tarantula, Black Widow and Rattlesnake, with each pool consisting of 5 teams. On Friday, February 24, 2006, each team played four ten-minute bouts in each pool. Point differential was used to determine the ranking and placement of each team within its pool. With this information in hand, tournament officials selected the top three teams of each pool and seeded them according to the point differential of each team for the single-elimination tournament.

The single-elimination tournament started on Saturday, February 25, 2006 with 12 of the previous day's 20 teams. Scheduling of the bouts allowed for the top four seeded teams to receive a bye in the first round of play. Teams seeded 5 through 12 played in the first round. The winners of the first round of the single elimination tournament played the top four seeds in the second round. Bout winners advanced to the semi-finals and bout losers were eliminated.

On Sunday February 26, 2006, four teams (Texas Rollergirls Texecutioners, Tucson Saddletramps, Minnesota Rollergirls and Arizona Roller Derby Tent City Terrors) played in the semi-final bouts. In the first bout, the Texecutioners defeated the Tent City Terrors in a full three-period bout, 114 to 81, sending the texas to the championship bout and Arizona to the 3rd-place bout. A second full three-period semi-final bout was played between the Tucson Saddletramps and the Minnesota Rollergirls. Tucson defeated Minnesota 136–75. This pitted the Tent City Terrors against Minnesota for the 3rd-place bout, and set the WFTDA National Championship Bout to be between Texas and Tucson. The 3rd-place bout was played out with the Tent City Terrors upsetting 3rd-seeded Minnesota 115–88. The Championship bout was finalized later in the evening, with the Texecutioners defeating the Saddletramps 129–96.

The tournament also saw the first collaboration between roller derby announcers. Following the event, announcer Bob Noxious founded "Voices of Reason", an announcers' association.[2]

2007 Texas Shootout[edit]

On September 30, 2007, the Kansas City Roller Warriors beat[18] the Rat City Rollergirls[19] 89–85 in the final match of the Texas Shootout to become the 2007 national champion. The Texas Rollergirls placed third.[20] Eight teams competed in the tournament, four from the eastern regional division and four from the western regional division. These teams included Carolina Rollergirls (fourth place), Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Tucson Roller Derby, Detroit Derby Girls, and Windy City Rollers.[21]

2008 Northwest Knockdown[edit]

On November 16, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 134-66 in the championship bout. The Philly Rollergirls (Liberty Belles) beat the Texas Rollergirls (Texecutioners) 114-95 in the consolation bout to take third place.[22]

2009 Declaration of Derby[edit]

The Denver Roller Dolls pioneered the "slow derby" style of play, utilizing slow and stopped packs and backwards skating, which proved effective against most opposition, but unpopular with crowds. They were finally defeated 178-91 in the semi-finals by the Oly Rollers were regarded as a largely unknown force, although they had gone undefeated through the whole season. Rocky Mountain Rollergirls had unexpectedly sailed through their qualifying tournament, and beat Philly Rollergirls in an overtime jam in their quarter final, but they lost to defending champions Texas Rollergirls 139-82 in the semi-final, in a bout which saw Rocky skater DeRanged ejected from the tournament after apparently punching Angie-Christ from Texas.[23]

Denver defeated Rocky 151-103 in the third place bout, greatly aided by forty-four points to nil scored in the later section of the first half. Oly dominated Texas in the championship bout, taking the title 178-100.[23]

2010 Uproar on the Lakeshore[edit]

The final was particularly hard-fought. The Oly Rollers built up a half-time lead, 84 points to the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 49, principally due to Atomatrix's power jams. Although she ultimately scored 101 points for Oly, Rocky Mountain were able to fight back in the second half. With one jam remaining, Oly retained an eight-point lead, but, jamming for the third time in a row, Rocky Mountain's Frida Beater scored nine unopposed points before calling off the jam, to secure a win by a single point.[24]

Quarter-finals:

6 November 2010 Charm City 103-165 Rocky Mountain
(52-67)
Report
6 November 2010 Kansas City 126-147 Philly
(55-78)
Report
6 November 2010 Oly 178-76 Windy City
(74-31)
Report
7 November 2010 Gotham 151-52 Texas
(65-39)
Report

Semi-finals:

7 November 2010 Gotham 79-113 Rocky Mountain
(31-75)
Report
7 November 2010 Oly 106-81 Philly
(52-34)
Report

Third place play-off:

7 November 2010 Gotham 162-51 Philly
(74-26)
Report

Final:

7 November 2010 Oly 146-147 Rocky Mountain
(84-49)
Report

2011 Continental Divide and Conquer[edit]

First round:

11 November 2011
14:00
Charm City 121-160 Minnesota
(42-94)
Report
11 November 2011
15:45
Nashville 58-198 Rocky Mountain
(41-101)
Report
11 November 2011
17:30
Kansas City 143-135 Rose City
(42-29)
Report
11 November 2011
19:15
Naptown 68-225 Philly
(20-104)
Report

Quarter finals:

12 November 2011
09:30
Minnesota 108-141 Texas
(67-56)
Report
12 November 2011
11:15
Gotham 187-134 Rocky Mountain
(75-53)
Report
12 November 2011
13:00
Kansas City 112-95 Windy City
(42-29)
Report
12 November 2011
14:45
Oly 181-95 Philly
(89-36)
Report

Semi finals:

12 November 2011
17:30
Gotham 195-113 Texas
(75-48)
Report
12 November 2011
19:15
Kansas City 104-124 Oly
(36-60)
Report

Third place play-off:

13 November 2011
14:00
Kansas City 112-136 Texas
(62-50)
Report

Final:

13 November 2011
16:00
Gotham 197-140 Oly
(59-38)
Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hot on the Track", Buffalo News, 5 August 2006
  2. ^ a b Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee, Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby
  3. ^ "Steel City Derby Demons put their bodies on the line for the thrill of the game", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 18 January 2007
  4. ^ Molly Yanity, "Roller derby enjoys rollicking resurgence", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 16 August 2007
  5. ^ "WFTDA 2011 Big 5 Tournament Schedule Announced", WFTDA, 9 November 2010
  6. ^ "The Hydra", WFTDA
  7. ^ "2007 WFTDA Championship Official Event Program", pp.29-30
  8. ^ Gnosis, "Live from the 2007 WFTDA National Championships", Derby News Network, 8 October 2007
  9. ^ "August 2010 Featured Skater: Bonnie Thunders", WFTDA, 1 August 2010
  10. ^ "WFTDA Announces 2009 Championship MVPs", WFTDA, 19 December 2009
  11. ^ "December 2010 Featured Skater: Sassy", WFTDA, 2 December 2010
  12. ^ Shelly Shankya, "Gotham Wins 2011 Championships!", WFTDA, 13 November 2011
  13. ^ "2012 Championships MVPs", WFTDA
  14. ^ "http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013/championships", WFTDA, 1 October 2013
  15. ^ "[1]", Derby News Network 10 November 2013
  16. ^ "http://wftda.com/news/wftda-announces-2014-tournament-dates-and-locations", WFTDA, 1 December 2013
  17. ^ Catherine Mabe, Roller Derby: The History and All-Girl Revival of the Greatest Sport on Wheels, p.80
  18. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/298252.html
  19. ^ Rat City Rollergirls lose championship bout
  20. ^ Lead Jammer
  21. ^ Texas Shootout - 2007 Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championship Tournament
  22. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2008/11/20/2008_wftda_nationals_complete_recaps
  23. ^ a b Matt Costa, "Declaration of Derby: The 2009 WFTDA National Tournament", Blood and Thunder #15, pp.40-47
  24. ^ Justice Feelgood Marshall, "Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Take It All", Derby News Network, 27 May 2011