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Oly Confirms 2013 WFTDA Playoff Absence

The one-time WFTDA champion and perennial finalist Oly Rollers have confirmed to DNN that they will not be taking part in WFTDA playoffs this year.

Since winning the Hydra a little over a year after entering WFTDA competition, the Oly Rollers have been in each of the succeeding three WFTDA Championship finals. While they will not be taking part this year, the league made it clear to DNN that they remain members in good standing of WFTDA, and may return to full competitive play with the organisation in 2014.

"We made a choice early this season not to skate our four games," Oly said in a statement confirming that they did not intend to compete in the WFTDA playoffs this year.

"We as a league hope that if or when we return to WFTDA we will be welcomed back with open arms and treated like every other team that skates for truly the love of the sport," the statement continued. "We wish everyone good luck at [the tournaments], and hopefully we will meet again on the track."

Speaking about the controversy and speculation around the issue, Oly Rollers captain Sassy told DNN: "It was never Oly against WFTDA, or even the world; It was Oly just being Oly, good bad or ugly. We wanted to skate and that's what the bottom line is or was... I am sorry for all the stuff that has been said and for Oly never taking the time to set the record straight. We always hoped our skating would speak loud enough."

This means that the team ranked 41 on July 1 will receive an invitation to division one playoffs, with playoff seeding determined by rankings as confirmed by WFTDA next month excluding ineligible teams. This looks likely to also include the Mid Iowa Rollers (ranked WFTDA 41 on April 30) who have not played any sanctioned games since September of last year; this means that the division two playoffs may well feature the 61st and 62nd ranked teams as per WFTDA's system, assuming all teams accept offered playoff invitations.

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Shocker

Is anyone surprised? I do wish the article went into a bit more detail. It seems like just a summary of a press release or something. No real quotes from real people, just "Oly said in a statement"? There's not enough here to even outrage Rev Norb.

Not about outrage

It's about information.

I think there's been more than enough outrage over this topic.

Whatever is said, haters gonna hate--from both sides. This just bookends the issue, and hopefully makes things clearer for the skaters and fans of the 59 teams ranked below them trying to work out the detail of their playoff fate.

There are myriad reasons behind the decision here, and everyone thinks they know the one simple reason that simply doesn't exist.

On a purely personal level, I think it's a shame that a team that's been in contention for the Hydra every year they've tried for it isn't in contention this year. Yes they've done some things that haven't been popular, and yes they've been on the receiving end of some very unpleasant abuse for it. Whichever way you slice it, no-one comes through this smelling great. So let's just close this particular chapter here and move on.

I take that back

I commented before the article was updated to include the Sassy quote. Thanks, Lex, for adding the human element I was hoping for.

WHAT??? I AM OUTRAGED AT THE

WHAT??? I AM OUTRAGED AT THE SUGGESTION OF INSUFFICIENT FODDER FOR OUTRAGE I TELL YOU!!!

haters gonna hate

but last year's Besterns were off the hook and Oly was a major part of that. Politics aside, it's sad to see a highly competitive league just absent.

Mind yo biz

Does everyone REALLY need to know why? It's like you're all obsessed with the latest celebrity gossip. We've got the facts, now move on. Worry about yourself. Especially if you're a borderline Division league.

here's why

Well, it's like this. Imagine the NFL added some expansion teams, and one of those teams proceeded to make it to the Super Bowl their very first year... and then returned to it every one of the next three years. And then, their fifth year, they just decided, "even though we're good enough to qualify for the playoffs, we're just not going to go this year." If that happened, there would probably be conversation, and perhaps even *gasp* journalism! on the topic. This isn't celebrity gossip -- this is, in fact, a sports headline.

Obviously derby's gotta grow a couple orders of magnitude, and mature a couple decades, before this becomes a well-balanced metaphor... but hopefully it will help to illustrate why rather a lot of people are focused on the topic right now.

news

Hurt Reynolds wrote:

This isn't celebrity gossip -- this is, in fact, a sports headline.

Not only that, but remember, this is the Derby NEWS Network, not Derby Fans Gripe Forum or Derby Team Scouting Info. The story supporting the headline IS relevant. If anybody just wants pretty pictures and one line sound bites, there are plenty of Tumblr "blogs" for that.

news indeed

right, and they wrote about it. I'm glad for that. But then people are also acting offended that they aren't saying why.

The inevitable

Hurt Reynolds wrote:

... derby's gotta grow a couple orders of magnitude, and mature a couple decades ...

Don't forget the inevitable association split. All sports seem to have at least one.

#41 in your programs, #1 in your hearts...

While a top tier league choosing not to participate eliminates the chance for fans to see some very talented skaters, I think those leagues clawing their way in to the Division 1 and Division 2 rankings are going to be just as wonderful to watch. Their play may not be up to the #2 ranked league, but I'm definitely looking forward to the hunger, heart, and utter unabashed excitement the #41 and #61 leagues will bring.

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

Hale Yeah wrote:

Their play may not be up to the #2 ranked league, but I'm definitely looking forward to the hunger, heart, and utter unabashed excitement the #41 and #61 leagues will bring.

Actually, since #40 Mid-Iowa hasn't played enough games they're not going to the playoffs. So depending on where they slot after the playoff rankings get locked in, #42 (and #62) might be going to the playoffs as well.

Just an FYI.

Which is the content of the last paragraph.

Just an FYI.

It's hard to play when you lose most of your skaters.

The vast majority of Mid-Iowa skaters split off along with one (?) of their coaches and formed a new league, "Team United Roller Derby", the reasons for which are up for debate.

This split is kind of funny (in the "funny strange" variety), because Des Moines Derby Dames split off from the original Mid-Iowa Rollers league. If the current MIR gets more players, and Team United manages to become a WFTDA league (which is apparently the plan), that would mean three WFTDA leagues in a city of 200,000 people.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-United-Womens-Roller-Derby/173727309...

hehe

John_Maddening wrote:

The vast majority of Mid-Iowa skaters split off along with one (?) of their coaches and formed a new league, "Team United Roller Derby", the reasons for which are up for debate.

This split is kind of funny (in the "funny strange" variety), because Des Moines Derby Dames split off from the original Mid-Iowa Rollers league. If the current MIR gets more players, and Team United manages to become a WFTDA league (which is apparently the plan), that would mean three WFTDA leagues in a city of 200,000 people.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-United-Womens-Roller-Derby/173727309445829

Hehe TURD

Logged in just to up-vote

Logged in just to up-vote this. Cheers.

Just as a minor correction

The Des Moines Metro area is well over half a million. Your point is still valid, however.

Oly and Naptown

While Oly's ambivalence about WFTDA is well known, what about Naptown? According to Flat Track Stats Naptown also does not meet WFTDA's playoff requirements. FTS has only two division 1 games recorded for Naptown. Is this correct? What are Naptown's sanctioned games for this year?

been wondering that myself

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Good point...

I think that may be an error; the Cincinnati game was, I thought, sanctioned. If it was, they're fine.

Checked

I asked to Flat Track Stats to recheck their records, and as far as their concerned their records are correct. Does anyone KNOW different?

According to the Naptown

According to the Naptown Scores page they have played
Bleeding Heartland
Toronto
Detroit
Burning River
Arch Rival

Cheat Sheet

For those keeping track at home, Detroit and Arch Rival are D1. Bleeding Heartland, Toronto and Burning River are D2. The requirements to be in the playoffs as a D1 team are at least 3 games against D1 opponents and 1 against a D1 or D2.

According to a DNN write up

According to a DNN write up about the Naptown v. Windy game, both that game and the one against Cinci were unsanctioned.

Cinci...

...was unsanctioned. I've checked my own records, and with Naptown.

Still digging.

It's A Bummer

I saw Oly skate at Westerns last year, and they were pretty amazing to watch. Not too often the #4 team comes in and wins it all, right? I sat with some Oly supporters in the stands and remarked that with all the Transfergate talk, the player really getting overlooked was Onda Sligh, who was an incredible skater and a pretty nice person when I talked to her afterward.

Honestly, even if you don't like them, it's a bummer. Oly is a highly-ranked team with some gifted athletes and missing a chance to see them skate in a tournament setting against the likes of Rose City, Rat City, Denver, BAD, Philly, Texas, Gotham and the usual list of suspects--plus some new up-and-comers--takes a little shine away from the playoffs. I disliked Transfergate as much as anyone. I didn't like the SOLD OUT shirts at Westerns. I thought blowing kisses to the crowd as the boos rained down after their win over Rose City was uncalled for.

All that being said (and probably at least partially because of it all), I definitely paid more attention when it was Oly on the track. It's a shame they're voluntarily vacating their spot in the brackets this season. Maybe next year, right?

Right?

I liked what I saw from Onda as well, she's got a bunch of talent and seems to be a really really hard worker. .

Agreed.

She's fantastic. Sad I won't see her at the Big 5(7) this year.

Any individual could still skate with another team

It's possible! (This is just a fact, not a specific comment on any transfer policies, I swear.)

WeFTDA will miss seeing you skate, Oly!

While we're all bummed to not see Oly Rollers skate in the 2013 tournaments, we're glad they're staying close and remaining active WFTDA members. Open arms await when Oly is ready to return to competitive WFTDA play.

The 2013 WFTDA Division Playoff tournament seedings only get more and more exciting!

Shocked!!

Not really. Oly has been testing the waters everywhere. Roller Derby is still in its infantcy as a sport. Oly is filled with talented atheletes who want to compete & are looking at all avenues. Good for them!

Hat's off to WFTDA for thier statement.

Derby Love,
Rev Al Mighty

NRG and tournament play

We had an unexpected cancellation in the latter part of our home season. We are working on a resolution now and will have further comment in the coming days.

-Peyton Slamming
Media Relations Coordinator
Naptown Roller Girls
Indianapolis, IN.

Thanks for the update

Much appreciated. Good to know.

Naptown has scheduled Ohio for tonight

According to Ohio's FB Page they will be playing Naptown tonight in a closed bout. This should take care of Naptown's eligibility issue

It's true.

Never before has the "by day ______ , by night derby queen" cliche rung quite so true as when coming home to change out of my work clothes into my uniform.

Absolutely awesome!

Absolutely awesome!

NRG vs OHRG

As I write this, our Tornado Sirens are indeed in Columbus bouting the Ohio Roller Girls. We want to extend our thanks to the ladies of OHRG for being gracious enough to host us for a closed, WFTDA-sanctioned bout on a stormy Wednesday night. We also look forward to taking part in Division I Tournament play this fall.

-Peyton Slamming
Media Relations Coordinator
Naptown Roller Girls
Indianapolis, IN.

This. Stuff like this.

PeytonSlamming wrote:

As I write this, our Tornado Sirens are indeed in Columbus bouting the Ohio Roller Girls. We want to extend our thanks to the ladies of OHRG for being gracious enough to host us for a closed, WFTDA-sanctioned bout on a stormy Wednesday night. We also look forward to taking part in Division I Tournament play this fall.

-Peyton Slamming
Media Relations Coordinator
Naptown Roller Girls
Indianapolis, IN.

It's the things like this that happen in the derbyverse (also see the video of the Jammer helping up the opposing Jammer off the floor MID-JAM) that recharges my derby batteries.

Classy move, indeed, OHRG.

100%!

Ohio is a talented AND classy bunch!

Ohio wins BIG

According to Ohio Roller Girls facebook, Ohio took Naptown by a score of 232-106. Congrats to everyone who made this game possible.