Banked Track Governing Body Updates Ruleset
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Excerpted from Banked Track News.
In a test ruleset, the Roller Derby Coalition of Leagues, the primary governing body for banked track roller derby, has adopted many of the changes made to the rules for the Roller Derby Xtreme competition in Australia last November, and added a number of further refinements and changes.
One of the biggest concerns in the banked track world over the past year has been the effect that importing the “passive offense” (AKA “conga line”, “the sausage”) from flat track has had on banked track. Formerly known for its faster games and continual forward movement, banked track games were brought to a near standstill every time there was a Power Jam over the last year, and long time fans turned off by the tactic complained. Or just stopped coming to games.
For this year's rules, the RDCL was under pressure from the leagues to fix the game. The RDX rules were revised from the 2012 RDCL rules by players from LADD and Gotham Girls Roller Derby, along with an expert ref representative who had been around the rules drafting block before. And the RDCL rules return the favor of revision by marching forward from the RDX rules, taking into account how those rules performed during the three game RDX series between two of roller derby's winningest leagues on their respective tracks.
For detailed highlights of the changes, see the full article on Banked Track News.