USARS Finalizes Derby Rules, Launches Olympic Aspirations

USA Roller Sports officially gets into roller derby. How does its option fare?

After months of planning, tweaks, beta tests, and input of feedback, USA Roller Sports has approved its first official set of roller derby rules for submission to the the USARS executive committee for final review. They are also to be used in USARS roller derby member leagues, effective immediately. This marks yet another important step in roller … Continue reading USARS Finalizes Derby Rules, Launches Olympic Aspirations

For the Fans, By the Fans

"For the skater, by the skater" is missing something important.

A few days ago, I received an email. It was from a young woman who, like many playing the game, became enthralled with roller derby after attending her first bout. She immediately decided to play it, and committed herself to training to be a good skater. However… “One thing I’ve since learned is the standard of … Continue reading For the Fans, By the Fans

The 2011 WFTDA Penalty Derby Championships

If you have more penalties than rolling, you cannot have roller derby.

September 13, 2009 was a very significant date in the history of modern roller derby. Do you remember what happened then? Because I will never, ever forget it: (Derby News Network) RALEIGH, NC — Philly and Gotham provided what was by far the most dramatic bout of the Eastern Regionals, trading the lead all through the second half … Continue reading The 2011 WFTDA Penalty Derby Championships

Queens of the Mountain

At the 2011 WFTDA Championships, one team stands poised to remain on top.

And here we are. After a month of wall-to-wall regional playoff derby, lots of controversy, lots of action, lots of non-action, lots of surprises, lots of non-surprises, and a lot of waiting…it’s time for the 2011 WFTDA Championships. Twelve teams will play for the Hyrda, flat-track roller derby’s biggest prize. But let’s not beat around the … Continue reading Queens of the Mountain

MRDA Championships 2011: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

At the first-ever men's roller derby championship, prepare to see what has never been seen before.

Step aside, ladies. This looks like a job for a man. Lots of men. Lots of men…on roller skates. It’s time for the first-ever Men’s Roller Derby Association Championships. Okay, it’s actually the second time the guys have duked it out for the big prize. But this is the first under newly-created MRDA sanctioning.  Aa lot … Continue reading MRDA Championships 2011: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Chess, Roller Derby & Global Thermonuclear War

The only winning move is not to play.

GREETINGS, PROFESSOR FALKEN. Hello. HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? I’m fine. How are you? EXCELLENT. SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War? WOULDN’T YOU PREFER A GOOD GAME OF CHESS? Hmmm… sure, why not? Let’s play chess instead. NUMBER OF PLAYERS? One. GAME TYPE: REGULAR CHESS OR DERBY CHESS? Derby … Continue reading Chess, Roller Derby & Global Thermonuclear War

WFTDA North Central Playoffs 2011: My Kind of Town

Ten teams from ten places fighting for three finals spots? That's my kind of tournament.

The playoffs? Yeah, I guess they’re worth talking about. Monumental Mayhem is the last of the four smallish WFTDA Big 5 playoff weekends. Hosted by the Naptown Roller Girls, this event will be the last chance for teams to get their foot in the door at the WFTDA Championships in Denver. I know a lot of … Continue reading WFTDA North Central Playoffs 2011: My Kind of Town

WFTDA West Region Playoffs 2011: Westerns are the New Westerns

Yee-haw! Saddle up and go west for the next round of the WFTDA playoffs.

Well, that was an uneventful start to The Big 5, wasn’t it? Let’s get this playoff train back on its tracks. Next stop: The West. Destination: Portland, Oregon. Woah, woah there, Mr. Conductor! Wait a second. The West? Portland?? That’s not the first place that springs to mind when I think of the Wild Wild West. If … Continue reading WFTDA West Region Playoffs 2011: Westerns are the New Westerns

In Defense of Dutchland’s Forfeit

You don't have to like their decision. But you should understand why they made it.

The biggest story at Nightmare on 95 wasn’t who won the East Region playoff tournament. Gotham was simply on another level from every other team in attendence, and that they took the gold medal was a surprise to nobody. Gotham’s victory was so obviously inevitable, I wrote this sentence six hours before they were scheduled to beat play … Continue reading In Defense of Dutchland’s Forfeit




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