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WFTDA, USARS Announce Insurance Reciprocity

In a press release dated today, the two major providers of liability insurance for modern roller derby skaters and organizations have reached an agreement ensuring reciprocal coverage.  

USA Roller Sports, the governing body for most roller sports in the United States, and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, each provide supplemental medical coverage for individual participants, as well as general liability coverage for events sanctioned by that body, so long as all participants carry the individual coverage provided by the event sanctioning organization.  

With two major providers, this often required individuals to purchase day-pass coverage when attending events sanctioned by the one, if their individual coverage was through the other.

Today's announcement means day passes will no longer be necessary for individuals with either provider's individual coverage when attending events sanctioned by the other.  This agreement will reduce costs and complication for both individual skaters and event hosts, and comes just in time for this weekend's East Coast Derby Extravaganza.
From WFTDA's press release:
Two major roller sports organizations have entered into an historic agreement regarding insurance reciprocity for each other's events. Starting today, the insurance policies managed by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and USA Roller Sports (USARS), which both provide coverage for roller derby leagues in the United States, are reciprocal.

As a result of this new agreement, USARS members can now be covered by their USARS insurance at WFTDA-insured events, and WFTDA policy holders can be covered by their WFTDA insurance at USARS-sanctioned events. Ending the need for single-event passes effectively eliminates a significant cost for roller derby leagues.

Now, with the completion of some basic enrollment paperwork, both groups of insureds can be covered at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Philadelphia, PA, June 27-29, and RollerCon 2009, in Las Vegas, NV, July 29-August 2. Event organizers will provide participants with details about accessing the new reciprocity benefit.

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Teeny tiny segment of the derby population, I know...

... but I wonder if the reciprocity extends to guys with USARS demoing or bouting at a WFTDA location.

Non-Skaters

I wonder how that works for non-skaters?
Last year we traveled for a scrimmage against a WFTDA league & had to pay for insurance day passes for our track mamas too.

Maybe it depends on the host team... Time to check updated paperwork!

Battleaxe
Killamazoo

A mistake, perhaps?

battleaxe wrote:

I wonder how that works for non-skaters?
Last year we traveled for a scrimmage against a WFTDA league & had to pay for insurance day passes for our track mamas too.

Maybe it depends on the host team... Time to check updated paperwork!

I've done some NSO work for a league with WFTDA insurance. I never needed their insurance, as I wasn't on skates. As far as I know, it works the same as USARS in that regard. Perhaps your "track mamas" were skating? I'm not familiar with that job title.

-Barely even speaking for myself...
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Grand Poobah
DerbyMatic/DNN
The Inner Loopers
Roc City Roller Derby

Maybe a different approach

It's my understanding that, as a volunteer for MNRG, I am covered by WFTDA insurance. This is due to the fact that I can be inside the safety line during an insured event. I went through the obligatory training, signed a bunch of documents, and understand what behaviors can exempt me from coverage.

It might be an ounce of caution, but I have to agree that anyone who finds themselves inside the safety line should be either part of the insurance coverage or notably exempt from coverage.

- bjmacke (a.k.a. Apron)

TA camp at Burning River

Our training camp was hosted by Burning River (WFTDA / Lloyds insurance holders) and we were lucky to be able to offer reciprocity. It went well and was really just a matter of a little extra paperwork. Awesome! I for one was super tired of paying for day passes. I'm thrilled to see the organizations collaborate. Kudos to both!