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WFTDA has the end of year gift you did not know you needed! The Minimum Skill Requirement (MSR) Task Force, led by our MSR Curriculum Developer Maha El Nasser, and WFTDA Education are proud to release the beginner curriculum “This is Roller Derby” for participants new to the sport. As of December 15, 2020, the former MSR has been removed from the WFTDA Charter Policy and is no longer required for WFTDA charter skaters participating in a WFTDA-sanctioned game, and no longer recommended in general. There will be no other baseline skill requirements for entering into a WFTDA-sanctioned game. Furthermore, when submitting charters to WFTDA, WFTDA Member ...
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After over 1,684 views since its release in September 2019, we are happy to have updated the WFTDA Code of Conduct Toolkit in December 2020. Because the Coda document we were previously using for the toolkit didn’t allow for easy translations, we have changed the format of the Code of Conduct Toolkit. The toolkit is available in PDF and Google Doc format in the Membership Library in the WFTDA Community , alongside additional resources available to members of WFTDA and the WeFTDA Collective. The PDF is also available publicly on the WFTDA Resources website . Other 2020 updates: We added a preamble on Anti-Racism work and what the new Code of Conduct ...
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The WFTDA Board for Directors will hold its next open meeting session on Sunday, December 13 at 3pm Eastern/7pm UTC . Use this link to register and attend the meeting -- REGISTER Open meeting procedures can be accessed here and the agenda can be accessed her
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Throwback Throwdown is starting TODAY! Are you ready? How excited are you? Full Schedule Here: https://wftda.tv/.../throwback-throwdown-a-virtual.../ Join us and your favorite announcers for a weekend full of roller derby throwback games, chosen with YOUR help and some new episodes of your favorite WFTDA.tv shows—all live-hosted by your favorite announcers. Let’s end 2020 with one good thing: Roller Derby! Starting THIS Friday, 4th December to Sunday, 6th December from 6pm CEST, 12pm EST, 9am PST, 6am NZDT on Twitch and WFTDA.tv, we will show some of your favorite games from WFTDA events of the 2011-2019 postseasons, heartbreakers ...
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WFTDA Launches New Program: The WeFTDA Collective Be a part of the next generation of roller derby innovators through the WeFTDA Collective - an online community for collaboration and resource sharing. By joining the Collective, you’ll receive access to discussion forums, resource libraries and contacts in the global WFTDA roller derby community. Ever wanted to search for a derby resource, but didn’t know where to go? Come to the Collective . Ever wanted to ask a question about bout production? Come to the Collective . Ever wanted to discuss important derby topics among your peers? Come to the Collective ! ...
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La WFTDA est ravie de publier sa première formation en ligne en Français. Le programme de formation pour les Games Tournament Oversight est maintenant disponible en anglais ainsi qu’en français sur la nouvelle plate-forme d’apprentissage en ligne des membres de la WFTDA learning.wftda.org . Le programme de formation est gratuit pour les membres de la WFTDA, les partenaires ou les participant·e·s aux tournois reconnus par la WFTDA et sera obligatoire pour les GTO qui travaillent sur les tournois d’après-saison de la WFTDA. En complément du contenu et du test spécifiques au GTO et déjà existant, nous avons ajouté trois modules supplémentaires ...
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WFTDA Releases Updated GTO Curriculum in English and French The Games Tournament Oversight Training Curriculum is now available in English as well as French on the New WFTDA Member Online Learning Platform learning.wftda.org . The Training Curriculum is free for WFTDA Members, Partners, or WFTDA-Recognized Tournament Participants, and will be required for GTOs working at WFTDA Postseason tournaments. To augment the existing GTO-specific content and test, we added three additional courses on Risk Management, Sanctioning, and Code of Conduct/Grievances for GTOs (in English only). In order to update to the latest information, GTOs who completed ...
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The WFTDA and Quad Media are working to develop resources for roller derby leagues & events wishing to broadcast their games. Today we’re releasing the first volume of these resources: “ The Roller Derby Broadcast Event Planning Guide ,” a document for anyone involved in roller derby game or tournament planning. In response to the pandemic and suspension of the 2020 season, we’ve also developed “ The Broadcast Return to Play Guide ” which features ideas for re-engaging fans & community after the unplanned downtime. These guides are the first step in our plans to bolster roller derby video content by empowering leagues to self-produce or produce ...
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Dear Roller Derby Community, This week we are excited to roll out the full application for The Anti-Racism Team Project (The ART Project) , our new equity framework for examining WFTDA roller derby’s organization-wide systems. As detailed in our Latest News release, The ART Project will begin in late August 2020, and will center and make space for those voices that our organization has excluded over the course of our 15 years: the voices of our BIPOC community members. Specifically, the WFTDA is looking for community members who will be compensated to take part in Phase One of the ART Project , in which the WFTDA will use the next ...
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Hello WFTDA Community! We are pleased to welcome you to the 2020 WFTDA Online Annual Meeting. In order to provide a more equitable experience for all of our members, you will find a downloadable video of each of the Presentations in the Skating Representative and Officiating Representative Communities. The Library in each Community also contains the presentations and the accompanying slide deck as a pdf. Please share these presentations and/or their content with your League and if you have questions or comments please post in the discussion threads. Our staff and volunteers will be monitoring their presentations and will be happy to keep the ...
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5/11/20 – COVID-19 and Annual Meeting Update Dear Roller Derby Community, As mentioned in last week’s update, our annual meeting commences this Friday, May 15, with a public keynote address on “The State of the WFTDA.” This will be available to watch live on our Facebook page at 4:00 PM (16:00) EST. Additional meeting content will be available to WFTDA members through our new WFTDA Community Portal powered by Higher Logic beginning on May 16. You’ll be able to log into the Community Portal with the same credentials you used to log into our Member Portal. At that time, we’ll also be releasing our Return to Play Plan, a comprehensive ...
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Dear Roller Derby Community, As circumstances around the pandemic continue to progress and change, the WFTDA is strategizing around the potential impacts on the sport this season and into the future. We have assembled a volunteer committee of epidemiologists, infection control specialists, and medical frontline workers to assist us in the development of a comprehensive Return to Play Guide, and our decisions about the future are based on the best scientific information we can gather, with the ultimate goal of protecting the health and safety of our community. We are grateful for the responses that we received from our Membership on our recent Membership ...
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4/27/20 – COVID-19 Update Dear Roller Derby Community, Thank you for your continued engagement and feedback as WFTDA staff, leadership, and partner organizations continue to discuss and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the roller derby community. This week we have two updates and two time sensitive events. Updates Member leagues are asked to give feedback on a new Rankings Theory proposal for Return to Play that can be accessed on the WFTDA forum. WFTDA Reps should review and submit feedback by Thursday 30 April before it goes to the Board for a seal of approval where it will be posted for an additional week. The WFTDA is in the ...
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COVID-19 Letter to Membership

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Dear Member, The WFTDA takes the health and safety of its members and the entire roller derby community seriously. As the spread of COVID-19 intensifies and becomes more widespread, WFTDA leadership has been collaborating with National Governing Bodies and roller derby organizations to monitor conditions in regions around the world. We understand that COVID-19 recommendations have already started to impact roller derby gameplay worldwide and the WFTDA will continue to monitor and adjust our best practices as we learn more. Aside from health impacts, WFTDA members and leagues should also be ready to review possible financial ...
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