It won't be the first time medals are handed to the winners here. Here's what color each team is aiming for.
It’s time for the second half of the WFTDA 2016 Division 1 playoffs. Following Montreal and Columbus, we’re headed back north of the border into friendly Canada, stopping in Vancouver, British Columbia for round 3 of 4. The venue for the event is very appropriate. The Richmond Olympic Oval hosted the speed skating competitions at the 2010 Winter … Continue reading WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Vancouver Gold (and Silver and Bronze)
We’ve had a bit of a snafu. When the WFTDA announced the locations for the 2016 WFTDA international playoffs, we got all excited that one of the international playoff sites would be Colombia. Friendly locals! Damn good coffee! Ecologic diversity! Equatorial paradise! The guerrilla war! … Damn good coffee! We spent weeks preparing a preview that would incorporate wonderful … Continue reading WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Colombia or Columbia?
Bienvenue à Montréal! The WFTDA opens its Division 1 playoff season in Canada, with Montreal Roller Derby hosting the tournament in its home city. Five countries are represented by the ten teams coming to town to play some playoff roller derby. This has us slightly concerned for their well-being. Different countries have different laws. What’s illegal in … Continue reading WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Quebec’s Language Police
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Playoff roller derby is happening! We didn’t forget—we were just lamenting about days gone by. And we’ve recently been informed that Brandywine Roller Derby and the Blue Ridge Rollergirls played against each other in the final game of … Continue reading WFTDA 2016 Division 2 Playoffs: Auld Lansing
USA Roller Sports and USARS Roller Derby are presenting the 2016 Roller Derby National Championships, held this year in Lincoln, Neb. The event is a part of the combined USARS Nationals happening all this month, and is the capper to a full week of roller derby that included the JRDA Championships and Roller Derby Junior Olympic Games. Until … Continue reading USARS Roller Derby 2016 Nationals Preview
Cassie Haynes has been appointed as the new executive director of the WFTDA by its board of directors. The news comes via an official announcement recently made by the WFTDA. The WFTDA had been without an executive director since the end of last year, when outgoing director Juliana Gonzales announced she would be stepping down. After an “extensive search” through “an … Continue reading WFTDA Names New Executive Director
This weekend in Philadelphia, Penn., Penn Jersey Roller Derby and the Roller Derby Coalition of Leagues will present Battle on the Bank IX, banked track roller derby’s biggest tournament of the year. Eight teams from literally all corners of the United States will play over three days to determine a champ. Battle on the Bank is … Continue reading RDCL Battle on the Bank IX Preview
The Roller Derby Coalition of Leagues, America’s banked track roller derby organization, is in a pretty nice spot with its rulebook. Three years ago in 2013, the RDCL published a major update that completely changed the game, literally overnight, from slow derby to go derby. As banked track leagues and teams came to grips with … Continue reading RDCL 2016 Rules Analysis
Something crazy is happening in Los Angeles on the banked track this year. The L.A. Derby Dolls have recently been engaging in some of the fastest-paced roller derby you’ll ever see. Like, really fast. The pace of play in L.A., and in the RDCL in general, has only been getting faster over the years. If the number … Continue reading Peanut Butter and 70 Jams
Last year, the WFTDA entered into a milestone partnership with ESPN to bring the final games of the 2015 WFTDA Championships to audiences on ESPN3, the online streaming portal of the sports giant. Today, the roller derby giant announced the partnership will be continuing into 2016, this time with an additional event added to the calendar. Once … Continue reading WFTDA Doubles Down With ESPN3 in 2016