Humboldt Roller Derby Joins Women’s Flat Track Derby Association
There is some kind of national sports event happening today, but here’s a little sports news from our neck of the woods.
Eureka, CA — The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce that Humboldt Roller Derby has been accepted as a member of the WFTDA, the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
As a new member of the WFTDA, Humboldt Roller Derby joins the ranks of over 130 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, national, and international tournaments. Humboldt Roller Derby will begin as a Class B member, represented by the Redwood Rollers in the Western region.
Humboldt’s skaters have been working hard toward full WFTDA membership for some time, having spent their 2011 season as an “Apprentice” league, fulfilling all of the membership requirements. Their graduation to full membership is a true milestone, and enables them to play an important role in shaping the future of the sport. “We are looking forward to the resources that will be available to our skaters and our community,” shared Grrrl Haggard, a skater who has been with Humboldt Roller Derby since its inception in 2007. “We really hope to put Humboldt County on the map as a highly competitive and classy roller derby league. Now that we can play for rankings, we intend to fight for every point and never give up in all our bouts this season.”
The league’s first opportunity to show off their skills as a WFTDA member league will be at the “Big O” Tournament in Eugene, OR, from February 10-12. They’ll play teams from all over the western U.S., from as far as Utah (Wasatch Roller Derby) and British Columbia (Terminal City Rollergirls).
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 wftda.com.
About Humboldt Roller Derby
Now entering their fourth competitive season, Humboldt Roller Derby is composed of a wide variety of female community members from all over Humboldt County, and led by a 7-member volunteer Board of Directors. The organization is currently finalizing its status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, proudly contributing their hours and dollars back into our local community. For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit humboldtrollerderby.com.