WFTDA: No-Minors Ruleset to Take Effect January 1, 2013
In a Tuesday press release, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association announced that the long-awaited sixth version of the WFTDA ruleset will go into effect on January 1, 2013, with the ruleset itself scheduled to be published at some point during fall 2012. The 2012 playoffs will be played under the most recent version of the ruleset, which was published in May 2010.
According to the press release, the new version removes minor penalties from the set; all penalties that are currently called as minors will either be upgraded to majors (and hence penalized immediately) or downgraded to no-impact. The press release does not go into detail on specific changes, though.
While less-widely-adopted rulesets like those of OSDA, USARS and MADE have used no-minors in the past, and WFTDA beta-tested a first draft of a no-minors ruleset last year, 2013 will mark the first year since WFTDA began publishing standardized rules in 2006 that accumulation of minors is not a key element of penalty tracking.
From WFTDA's press release:
“As our sport reaches the end of its first decade of play, we are in a position to be paced and strategic about implementing changes,” said WFTDA Board Member Ex-Officio Grace Killy. “We are balancing the stability of our current rule set with the need for rules updates as the game evolves. Waiting until January to implement the new rule set allows the WFTDA to make comprehensive revisions while preserving the competitive spirit of the game throughout the 2012 tournaments."