“What does WFTDA have to do to forward the sport of roller derby?” -Rockerboy
To be honest, I’m not sure what WFTDA is doing right now. That’s not my committee (hahaha!!! get it.).
However, I think all skaters are to be held responsible for their image and mission in accordance to WFTDA. If we have any chance at keeping this sport alive and in good taste, it has to be represented as a true sport. I know when Texas started this up, their intention wasn’t to revamp roller derby to make it become the fastest growing sport for women in the history of ever, it was to get out there and have fun, pass the time and keep in shape.
What it has evolved to is a sisterhood, a 2nd (though to some, their 1st) family, a sport that has the making to change the way traditional structure in “man” sports is built.
Their old way: big money sponsors, highly payed players, highly payed coaches and rules that don’t cover safety but strategy.
Our new way: local sponsors, we PAY to play, we are our own coaches, and our rules are being formed around safety.
My issue: newer league that start up and present themselves to their community with the tag of “roller derby”, do not understand what harm they are causing. Forming a league and holding a first bout within 6 months isn’t logical. Though they may have cute, fancy costumes, professional photos and pretty faces, their skills will not be defined, the ref’s will have no clues as to what to look for(= injuries galore), and they leave a bad taste in the mouths of their community about roller derby.
I understand the way i tend to view and do things may be extreme sometimes, but in the end, it’s to protect derby as a sport, and not as a fashion show.
Seriously, roller derby needs to be around in 20 years so my little girl can come in and kick your little girls’ asses.
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