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January 31
Roller derby, sit down for a second. We need to talk. It’s taken me eight years to write down what I’m about to say. Not because I’ve forgotten what happened to me or because it doesn’t affect me. I’ve waited because I didn’t think my story was worthy of reporting, and lacked the bravery...
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Over the past 10+ years, hundreds of derby photographers have posted their photos online for you to enjoy. Think of all the photos documenting your derby life on the track -- how much are those photos worth to you? Hypothetically, how much would you pay to prevent all those photos from disappearing forever?

(If you'd pay to *make* all those photos disappear forever, use a negative number.)

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Painful to read, but not surprising. Stay away from leagues that allow toxic behavior.

Roller derby is filled with bullies who just want to make people suffer. I had to learn the hard way.
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It's come to my attention that Atom Skates is requiring their sponsored skaters to obtain and provide their own promotional photos. That's the mark of a shitty business. Atom should be paying the photographers for any promotional photos.

Omigod, the new rule book's here! The new rule book's here!

December 2, 2016 WFTDA Releases February 15, 2017 Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has released a new version of The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, which is an update to the previous edition published January 1, 2015. This is the ninth edition of t...
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Check out this new Kickstarter project by Em Dash!

Roller derby is an incredibly colorful sport. Help make an incredible coloring book!
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Five years ago today, Rat City vs. Rocky Mountain at Westerns 2011. Three full jams of standing doing nothing, plus another 20 minutes of delaying the second jam whistle. This was the beginning of the end of my love of derby, when I began to realize that WFTDA's rules are fundamentally broken and provide no incentive for blockers to skate.

Joe Rollerfan

Effective immediately, roller derby bouts will no longer include roller skating. Instead, each team will send a lawyer to sit at a table in the center of the track, and whichever one finds the most loopholes in the rules is declared the winner.

I used to beat this drum a lot. Now it sounds like a dead horse.

(Part one of a series on fan retention.) For nearly ten years, roller derby enjoyed amazing crowds with little marketing. So why, in the last few years, have so many leagues cut back on travel, lost money or their venue?
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Don't fucking do this.

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one way to piss off a derby photographer.

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Congrats to the Rose City Rollers for finally defeating Gotham Girls Roller Derby. It's been a while since I've watched any games, but it was refreshing to see some offensive blocking again. Well done!

Fans of Mike Rowe and the San Diego Derby Dolls, set your DVRs for CNN this Sunday!

The new season of Somebody's Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe continues Sunday night where Mike meets the Derby Dolls of San Diego, CA.
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WFTDA announces the launch of JFTDA, because apparently the existing JRDA doesn't meet their philosophical requirements. Another clusterfuck in the making.

Today the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced that the organization will unite all interested junior derby leagues to form an international junior derby association based on the mission and values of the WFTDA. The coalition, which is organizing under the name Junior Flat Track De…
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"Plus, the [WFTDA.tv] team learned that viewers were willing to give feedback about coverage." That's comedy gold.

A behind-the-scenes look at how WFTDA.tv brings hours and hours of derby to your screen every fall.
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Yup. What he said.

Did you see it? Last jam of the game, Jet City is up by one point, with a brief power start. At the start of a jam, all of Jet’s blockers take a knee, deliberately causing a No Pack situation....
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Good news, everyone!

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has signed a contract with ESPN to deliver the final round of the 2015 International WFTDA Championships on ESPN3, making the most anticipated games of the WFTDA season easily accessible to millions of households in the United States. This is the first time f…
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Nina Knockout and her baby daughter were brutally attacked this past weekend. Please donate to help their recovery, if you can.

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Wanna buy a banked track? Contact planning@rollercon.com for details.

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RollerCon is with Candice Cornish.

Having a banked track at RollerCon - finally! - was an incredibly awesome bonus for our 10 Year Anniversary (and Ivanna said to mention the WFTDA banked track s...crimmage was one of the highlights of her [pretty awesome] game schedule, too). But next year we are most likely moving back into a hotel convention center and almost certainly will have to build sub-floors and tile tracks, and we aren't sure if we'll have the time and staff to build the BT again. So if your league is interested in going banked, now is a great time.

All serious offers will be considered. The track comes with skirts (that we didn't use) and its own trailer. We bought it for $15K and spent another few thousand repairing the track and trailer, just to give you a starting point for your offer. We have a driver scheduled to pick the trailer up on Tuesday to take it to storage, but if you're considering buying it, our driver can take it to your house instead! planning@rollercon.com for more info.

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