SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 1, 2011) — June 1, 2011 is a day of celebration for the Springfield Roller Girls as the league’s long-term goal of becoming a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the national governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby in the U.S., came to fruition. As a new member of the WFTDA, the Springfield Roller Girls joins the ranks of over 75 all-female, skater owned and operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
WFTDA member leagues engage in sanctioned interleague play, including regional and national tournaments. SRG will be a Class B member in the South Central region. The SRG All Stars and Battle Broads will take on the South Central Region’s No. 9 ranked Green Country on Sunday, June 5 in Tulsa, OK. The All Stars will play No. 16 ranked NWA All Stars at home on Saturday, June 25. Wins at both of these bouts will allow the SRG All Stars to begin earning high ranking in their region. The top 10 teams in the region will be invited to play in the South Central Region Playoffs, which will be held in Kansas City Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2011. The top three teams at regional tournaments move on to the national WFTDA Championships. The Springfield Roller Girls was one of just eight leagues graduating to full WFTDA status in June. Other leagues accepted include the Babe City Rollers of Bemidji, Minnesota; Cape Fear Roller Girls of Wilmington, North Carolina; Castle Rock and Rollers of Castle Rock, Colorado; Charlotte Rollergirls of Charlotte, North Carolina; Fairbanks Rollergirls of Fairbanks, Alaska; Rocktown Rollers of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and Toronto Roller Derby of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
About the WFTDA Founded in 2004, the WFTDA promotes and fosters the sport of women’s flat track derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among member leagues. The governing philosophy is “by the skaters, for the skaters.” Women skaters are primary owners, managers, and operators of each member league and of the association. WFTDA’s operational tasks include setting standards for rules, seasons and safety, and determining guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. All member leagues have a voice in the decision-making process, and agree to comply with the governing body’s policies. For more information, visit www.wftda.com.