Women's Flat Track Derby Association Division 1

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The Women's Flat Track Derby Association Division 1 (WFTDA Division 1) is the highest level of play in women's flat track roller derby.

Organisation[edit]

The division consists of the forty highest-ranked members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, based on performance over the previous year.

Historically, the WFTDA instead operated four regions: East, North Central, South Central and West. At the start of 2013, these were redivided into three divisions, each operating worldwide. However, foreseeing continued growth in membership, the WFTDA stated that future developments were likely to include new regional structures alongside the divisional system.[1]

Teams in Division 1 play in bouts through the year, aiming to qualify for one of the four Division 1 Playoffs. Starting with 2015, sanctioned-game play requirements were modified to be simply any 4 WFTDA-sanctioned games played between December 1 of the previous calendar year and June 30, without a requirement to play a certain number of games against similarly-ranked opponents.[2] Teams which do not play a minimum number of sanctioned bouts are not permitted to compete at the Playoffs.[1] Eligible teams ranked 41-60 as of June of the calendar year remain eligible for Division 2 Playoffs.

Member leagues[edit]

The 2014 Division 1 membership list was announced on 9 December 2013, based on the overall rankings that took effect as of 30 November 2013.[3][4] The membership of Division 1 for 2014 mostly comprised teams from the United States, but also Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. With Division 1 game play requirements abandoned starting with the 2015 season, this list comprises the most recent list of Division 1 membership,[2] as the division designation currently only exists for playoff tournament placement.

League City Country Entered division
Angel City Derby Girls Los Angeles, CA United States 1 January 2013
Arch Rival Rollergirls St. Louis, MO United States 1 January 2013
Atlanta Rollergirls Atlanta, GA United States 1 January 2013
B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Oakland, CA United States 1 January 2013
Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls Bloomington, IN United States 9 December 2013[4]
Boston Derby Dames Boston, MA United States 1 January 2013
Charm City Roller Girls Baltimore, MD United States 1 January 2013
Cincinnati Rollergirls Cincinnati, OH United States 1 January 2013
Denver Roller Dolls Denver, CO United States 1 January 2013
Detroit Derby Girls Detroit, MI United States 1 January 2013
Gotham Girls Roller Derby New York, NY United States 1 January 2013
Houston Roller Derby Houston, TX United States 1 January 2013
Jacksonville RollerGirls Jacksonville, FL United States 1 January 2013
Jet City Rollergirls Everett, WA United States 9 December 2013[4]
Kansas City Roller Warriors Kansas City, MO United States 1 January 2013
London Rollergirls London England 1 January 2013
Mad Rollin' Dolls Madison, WI United States 1 January 2013
Minnesota RollerGirls St. Paul, MN United States 1 January 2013
Montréal Roller Derby Montreal, QC Canada 1 January 2013
Naptown Roller Girls Indianapolis, IN United States 1 January 2013
Nashville Rollergirls Nashville, TN United States 1 January 2013
New Hampshire Roller Derby Nashua, NH United States 9 December 2013[4]
No Coast Derby Girls Lincoln, NE United States 1 January 2013
Ohio Roller Girls Columbus, OH United States 1 January 2013
Oly Rollers Olympia, WA United States 1 January 2013
Oklahoma Victory Dolls Oklahoma City, OK United States 9 December 2013[4]
Philly Roller Derby Philadelphia, PA United States 1 January 2013
Rat City Rollergirls Seattle, WA United States 1 January 2013
Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Denver, CO United States 1 January 2013
Rose City Rollers Portland, OR United States 1 January 2013
Sacred City Derby Girls Sacramento, CA United States 1 January 2013
Santa Cruz Derby Girls Santa Cruz, CA United States 9 December 2013[4]
Steel City Roller Derby Pittsburgh, PA United States 1 January 2013
Tampa Bay Derby Darlins Tampa Bay, FL United States 1 January 2013
Texas Rollergirls Austin, TX United States 1 January 2013
Terminal City Rollergirls Vancouver, BC Canada 9 December 2013[4]
Toronto Roller Derby Toronto, ON Canada 9 December 2013[4]
Victorian Roller Derby League Melbourne, VIC Australia 9 December 2013[4]
Wasatch Roller Derby Salt Lake City, UT United States 1 January 2013
Windy City Rollers Chicago, IL United States 1 January 2013

Former members[edit]

Eight teams which were original member of Division 1 dropped to Division 2 at the conclusion of the 2013 WFTDA season.[5]

League City Country Entered division Left division Destiny
Arizona Roller Derby Phoenix, AZ United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Brewcity Bruisers Milwaukee, WI United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Carolina Rollergirls Raleigh, NC United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Chicago, IL United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
DC Rollergirls Washington, DC United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Dutchland Rollers Lancaster, PA United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Omaha Rollergirls Omaha, NE United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]
Tallahassee Rollergirls Tallahassee, FL United States 1 January 2013 9 December 2013 Division 2[5]

Division 1 Playoffs[edit]

Teams in Division 1 play in bouts through the year, aiming to qualify for one of the four Division 1 Playoffs. Each Playoff includes ten teams. However, Division 1 teams are not guaranteed a playoff spot, as teams in lower divisions can qualify by being ranked among the top forty WFTDA members. Additionally, teams which do not play a minimum number of sanctioned bouts are not permitted to compete at the Playoffs,[1] with Division 1 teams required to play at least 4 WFTDA-sanctioned bouts following the previous year's championship and the current year's June 30, with at least 3 of those being against other D1 teams.[6]

2013 Playoffs[edit]

All four of the 2013 Playoffs were played in the United States. The top three teams from each Playoff qualify for the WFTDA Championships, and the London Rollergirls became the first ever non-U.S. team to achieve this.[7] The Oly Rollers, who on June 30 2013 were ranked 3rd overall, chose not to compete in the required minimum sanctioned games, with the full knowledge they would miss the WFTDA tournaments as a result.[8] Oly still remains a member of the WFTDA and may qualify for 2014 WFTDA playoffs if they meet their requirements.[8]

Location Dates Champions Second Third
Fort Wayne, IN 6-8 September 2013 Denver Roller Dolls Ohio Rollergirls London Rollergirls
Richmond, VA 13-15 September 2013 Texas Rollergirls Philly Roller Girls Angel City Derby Girls
Asheville, NC 20-22 September 2013 Gotham Girls Roller Derby Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Windy City Rollers
Salem, OR 27-29 September 2013 B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Atlanta Rollergirls Rat City Rollergirls

2014 Playoffs[edit]

All four of the 2014 Playoff tournaments were again played in the United States, and again the top three teams from each tournament qualified for the 2014 WFTDA Championships.

Location Dates Champions Second Third
Sacramento, CA[9] 5-7 September 2014 Gotham Girls Roller Derby[10] Denver Roller Dolls Minnesota Rollergirls[11]
Evansville, IN[12] 19-21 September 2014 London Rollergirls[13] Windy City Rollers Texas Rollergirls
Salt Lake City, UT[14] 26-28 September 2014 B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls[15] Angel City Derby Girls Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
Charleston, WV[16] 3-5 October 2014 Rose City Rollers[17] Victorian Roller Derby League[18] Philly Roller Girls

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Coby, Alex Sassoon (8 June 2013). "Oly Tournament Eligibility in Question". Derby News Network. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
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  11. ^ Wise, Beck (7 September 2014). "D1S 3rd: Minnesota Slaughters Rat City, 197-142". Derby News Network. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
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  14. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (21 August 2014). "Wasatch Roller Derby: 2014 Championship Preview". City Weekly. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bay Are Wins WFTDA Playoffs Salt Lake City". WFTDA. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ten of world's best roller derby teams competing in Charleston". Herald-Dispatch. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
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