Junior roller derby

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Junior roller derby is the sport of roller derby, modified for children and adolescents.

The first junior league, The Tucson Derby Brats, was established in Tucson, Arizona in 2006 by 3 young fans of the Tucson Roller Derby adult league: Tristan Hasman, Arlee Garcia-Thwing and Zoe Reeves.

Junior Roller Derby Association
Jrda logo original.png
JRDA logo
Sport Roller Derby
Founded 2006
Countries  Australia
 Argentina
 Belgium
 Canada
 Chile
 Finland
 France
 Germany
 Ireland
 Japan
 Mexico
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 United Kingdom
 United States
Official website http://www.juniorrollerderby.org/home

Growth of the Sport[edit]

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. In 2013 Junior Roller Derby grew its international presence including 38 international leagues located in Canada, Belgium, Japan and Australia. A global map of all Junior Leagues worldwide is maintained by the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA).

Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA)[edit]

On October 1, 2009 The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) was formally established. Continuing to grow and thrive, JRDA implemented a formal Membership program providing junior leagues with resources such as:

  • New League start-up and expansion for existing League
  • Creating modification to the current track derby rules that allowed for participation at all skill levels
  • Creating a training program for advancing skater skills
  • Partnering with roller derby organizations to provide insurance
  • Plan skater development
  • Match skaters for safe and fair inter-league play

In the last three months of 2009 the Board of Directors with assistance from dedicated committee volunteers drafted policies and mission statements needed to begin local grass roots junior roller derby programs.

In 2010 the JRDA began the process of incorporating in Austin, Texas as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation for promoting the advancement of national and international amateur athletics through roller derby.

The mission of JRDA is to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others. JRDA partners with competitive & recreational junior leagues, communities & schools, mentors & families; to empower youth through the international sport of roller derby.

Junior Roller Derby Championships[edit]

In 2014 the JRDA hosted the first Junior Roller Derby Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida and Kent, Washington in 2015. Dayton Beach received an outstanding JRDA tack over as 17 National JRDA Member Leagues rolled in for a 2-day Tournament played on 4 tracks.

With the implementation of the JRDA Games Dept., and newly formed Games Sanctioning policy, Team Divisions, and Team Rankings System at the end of 2014, the JRDA highlighted the top teams in the world with an invitation to participate in the 2015 JRDA Championships. The top teams from each Division played at the highest level of Junior Derby over 3 days on 2 tracks.

Year Host Female Division Open Division
1st Place Result 2nd Place 1st Place Result 2nd Place
2015 United States Kent, Washington Seattle Derby Brats-Galaxy Girls 189 - 168 I-5 Rollergirls California Mayhem 231 - 160 The Attack Pack

Junior Roller Derby World Cup[edit]

JRDA 2015 World Cup Logo

July 2015 the JRDA hosted the inaugural Junior Roller Derby World Cup held in Kent, Washington.

Although a number of nations were expected to participate, only 3 countries attended, with the USA providing two teams, one representing USA West and the other USA East. The two other nations were Canada and Australia.[1]

The first day of competition saw each team play each other to determine seeding for the following days competition bracket. The final was won by USA West defeating USA East. Canada took third place over Australia.

JRDA 2015 World Cup Bracket
Year Host Finals 3rd place playoff
Champion Result Runner Up 3rd Result 4th
2015 United States Kent, Washington United States USA West 194 - 139 United States USA East Canada Canada 258 - 114 Australia Australia

There is no confirmation of a subsequent World Cup in 2018 although rumors suggest it may be held in Montreal, Canada.

JRDA and the AAU Junior Olympics[edit]

JRDA and AAU 2016 Junior Olympic

In February 2015 the JRDA made history when they announced their partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to bring Junior Roller Derby to one of the largest world stages by taking Junior Derby to the Olympics.

The JRDA was quoted in saying, "The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) are proud to present a unique competition opportunity for junior roller derby athletes in a co-ed event hosted in Lincoln, Nebraska July, 2016." [2]

They then went on to add, "In this collaboration with USARS to bring Jr Derby into the AAU Junior Olympics, the JRDA is taking a big step forward in the development of the sport." This will be the first Roller Derby games that will be played and recognized by an Olympic committee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.juniorrollerderbyworldcup2015.com/nations.html
  2. ^ "JRDA/AAU Junior Olympics". www.juniorrollerderby.org. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 

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