MRDA 2016 Championships Preview

Ten top men’s roller derby teams are Messin’ With Texas as they vie for the title of the MRDA’s best.

It’s the middle of October, and in the flat track roller derby world, that means it’s time for the men to take center stage at the MRDA Championships. This year’s tournament has been dubbed the Lone Star Showdown and is taking place at the home of Texas Men’s Roller Derby in the suburbs of Fort … Continue reading MRDA 2016 Championships Preview

WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Vancouver Gold (and Silver and Bronze)

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)

WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Colombia or Columbia?

South Carolina or South America? Try our quiz as we review last weekend and preview 10 more playoff teams.

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?

WFTDA 2016 Division 1 Playoffs: Quebec’s Language Police

Canadian law requires that our Montreal D1 preview be in both English and French. (We're not very good at French.)

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

WFTDA 2016 Division 2 Playoffs: Auld Lansing

A look back at the Wichita D2 playoff tournament, a statistical interlude, and a quick preview of the action from Michigan this weekend.

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

USARS Roller Derby 2016 Nationals Preview

Two Oly teams and rosters packed with junior skaters make up the 5th American derby championship.

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

WFTDA Names New Executive Director

For the skater, by the non-skater? Maybe that's just what the WFTDA needs as a new top executive joins its ranks.

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

RDCL Battle on the Bank IX Preview

The best of the banked track play for the title in Philadelphia.

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

RDCL 2016 Rules Analysis

It took three years, but the banked track rule set has finally gone through enough changes for us to scrutinize it.

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

Peanut Butter and 70 Jams

When a banked track game is running smoothly, there's a whole lot of jamming going on. Here’s the how and why of the most jam-packed RDCL game in history (so far), and what happens during high-jam games in general.

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




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