News release from Visit Fort Wayne:
Top Roller Derby Teams to Compete in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Derby Girls Host 2013 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs
(August 15, 2013) AUSTIN, TEXAS – The top 40 women’s flat track roller derby leagues in the world will compete for the sport’s top honor in the 2013 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 1 Playoffs and Championships this fall. Representing the best of the best in women’s roller derby, 10 Playoffs qualifiers will compete in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sept. 6-8 in one of four playoff tournaments. The Fort Wayne Derby Girls were selected to host one of four WFTDA D1 Playoffs tournaments this year.
The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.
Today the WFTDA announced the competitors for this year’s Playoffs in Fort Wayne. The top 40 teams that have met minimum game play requirements were split among the four Playoffs brackets using “S-curve” seeding, similar to what is used for the NCAA basketball tournaments. These teams will compete Sept. 6 to 8 in hopes of finishing in the top three and advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November.
- Denver Roller Dolls, Denver, CO, USA
- MontrÃ©al Roller Derby, MontrÃ©al, QC, Canada
- Arch Rival Roller Girls, Saint Louis, MO, USA
- London Rollergirls, London, UK
- Rose City Rollers, Portland, OR, USA
- Ohio Roller Girls, Columbus, OH, USA
- Wasatch Roller Derby, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
- Cincinnati Rollergirls, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, Bloomington, IN, USA
- Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
The WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs and Championships offer five full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Fort Wayne at wftda.com/tournaments. The other Division 1 Playoffs will be held Sept. 13-15 in Richmond, Virginia; Sept. 20-22 in Asheville, North Carolina; and Sept. 27-29 in Salem, Oregon. The WFTDA Championships will take place Nov. 6-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs will be held in August. All tournaments will also be covered live by WFTDA’s online broadcast channel, https://wftda.tv/.
About the WFTDA:
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track 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 international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director. The WFTDA website.