Roller Derby Associations Sign Collaborative Agreement

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Roller Derby Associations Sign Collaborative Agreement

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) are excited to announce their formal agreement to collaborate and develop a number of areas of joint interest, moving into 2015.

This agreement will foster additional collaboration between the two roller derby governing bodies in the areas of rules development, safety guidelines, officials certification, tournament dates and other games- related systems. The associations have committed to sharing resources, reducing duplicative efforts, and aligning organizational systems when possible.

The organizations already have an existing agreement in the area of rules. MRDA member leagues have always skated under the Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, developed by the WFTDA. In 2013, the WFTDA added a MRDA representative to its Rules Committee and began producing an MRDA-branded version of the rules. In addition, the WFTDA’s insurance program began enrolling and insuring male skaters in 2012.

“The WFTDA has had a very positive relationship with the MRDA since it was formed, and our organizations share very similar missions and values,” said WFTDA Executive Director Juliana Gonzales. “We believe this agreement will further the efforts of both organizations to foster and develop flat track roller derby around the world.”

“Since its inception, the MRDA has acknowledged that we are building on a solid foundation, which was established by the women and men of the WFTDA, who were the driving force behind the resurgence of our sport,” said MRDA President Graham Espe. “Collaboration on all the key points of this agreement will lessen barriers so that we can all work together toward common goals, while still allowing both the MRDA and WFTDA to represent the individual interests of their respective memberships. We are very excited for what the future holds.”

The WFTDA, founded in 2005, has 243 member leagues and 114 apprentice affiliates spanning Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, North America and South America. MRDA, founded in 2007 as the Men’s Derby Coalition, has 47 member leagues in North America and Europe.

During the period of the initial one-year agreement, the organizations have also committed to examine the best ways for extending membership to leagues that have both a men’s and women’s team under the same business structure.

About the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 243 WFTDA member leagues and 114 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program globally. The WFTDA a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors.

About the Men’s Roller Derby Association

The Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) is the international governing body of men’s flat track roller derby. Originally founded in 2007 under the name Men’s Derby Coalition, MRDA promotes the sport of roller derby by sharing resources and knowledge gained through our experience as skaters, business owners and organization

The guiding principles of MRDA are to foster the development of sustainable roller derby leagues, to cultivate positive sportsmanship on and off the track, and to enhance the derby community. MRDA provides new leagues with direction and encouragement while we offer strategic benefits to member leagues. All MRDA member leagues have a say in the organization’s operating policies and its goals for the upcoming year. MRDA maintains standards for rules, safety, and gameplay for local, regional and international competitions.

All member leagues are skater owned and operated, and agree to comply with MRDA’s operating policies.

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