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Weekly Rollup, April 23, 2014 - Double The Fun

First up, if you haven’t already seen, DNN’s new dedicated Division 2 correspondent Left 4 Deadwards has put together this excellent write up of Skate to Thrill, hosted by WFTDA #53 St. Chux from April 11/12.

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UKRDA Ratifies 'No Questions Asked' Trans* Policy

The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association today announced it had ratified a new policy regarding trans* skaters. The policy allows skaters who live as and identify as female or male to skate competitively in single-gender teams of the appropriate gender. It does not require disclosure of trans* status to the league or governing body.

WFTDA Updates iOS App, Releases on Andoid

Android users rejoice! Three years after the first WFTDA rules app was made available for iOS devices, an Android equivalent has been released to the Google Play store.

The State of Division 2

In 2013, WFTDA debuted a new ranking system that involved three separate divisions. As part of this, we saw the first-ever round of Division 2 playoffs and championships, bringing together some WFTDA tournament veterans and first-timers.

Skate to Thrill: How It Happened

St. Chux has their eyes on the prize this season and in an effort to get three quick games under their belt, they hosted their first Skate to Thrill invitational. A total of 15 games happened among 10 teams over two days. With teams ranked between #45 and #77 by WFTDA, the weekend was always going to have close games and a serious impact on the 2014 playoff picture.

Rocky Overpowers Toronto, 357-100

GUILDFORD, UK--The final game at Anarchy might have been expected to be close just going by WFTDA rankings that had Rocky Moutain pegged at #9 and Toronto at #13--but the pattern of scores in the tournament to date meant that the odds were very heavily in Rocky Mountain's favour.

London Repeats Detroit, 407-36

GUILDFORD, UK--At the first Anarchy in the UK tournament , London went 0-3 on their way to the wooden spoon--but ultimately proved the point they deserved an invitation to their first regional tournament. This time they came into their last game with the tournament and potential top seeding at playoffs on the line.

Detroit Upsets Toronto, 199-159

GUILDFORD, UK--Toronto and Detroit both came into day two of Anarchy with two games ahead of them, and yet to register their first win. This was a WFTDA rankings mis-match on paper thanks to Toronto's huge rise this month--but the 34-ranked Detroit claimed an early lead and then held off the 13-ranked Toronto to claim the upset win 199-159.

London Bruises Rocky Mountain, 205-132

GUILDFORD, UK--When these teams last met Rocky Mountain were WFTDA champions and their 228-49 win flattered the hosts courtest of a huge final jam. It was unthinkable then that London might be considered favourites in their next meeting--but slight favourites they were.

London Pulverizes Toronto, 477-41

GUILDFORD, UK--It was a festival of pink as London's London Brawling (current WFTDA #7) took on Toronto's CN Power (WFTDA #13); even both teams' coaches got in on the act with both Ballistic Whistle and Wade Wheelson sporting bright pink ties.

Rocky Breaks Down Detroit, 312-57

GUILDFORD, UK--When these teams last met it was August 2011, and Rocky came away with a 212-41 win. While much has changed in the interim a similar margin would have been expected for Rocky Mountain this time out, at least under normal circumstances, especially given the 311-22 hammering Detroit got at the hands of London the night before.

Preview: Anarchy in the UK 2014

LONDON, UK--This is the third Anarchy in the UK since London's debut onto the WFTDA scene in Anarchy 1 back in 2011, and the first to feature multiple sanctioned games since that most memorable of events. As with the very first one, you can watch every bout from this weekend's event live on DNN!

Preview: Tinseltown Showdown 2014

Los Angeles, CA--It is not an understatement that this weekend’s Tinseltown Showdown tournament boasts some of the highest-ranking play that Los Angeles will see for 2014.

WFTDA Releases Rankings; Toronto now Canada's #1

WFTDA today released its latest rankings and detailed a significant change to the algorithm by which teams are ranked. These rankings reflect performances in games that took place between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

MRDA Names, Dates Champs

This year's MRDA Championships will be held in Seattle this October. The Puget Sound Outcasts will be hosting the event--dubbed Maritime Mayhem--at Rat City's Rat's Nest in Seattle. The event will, as last year, feature the top 8 ranked teams in the MRDA competing for the title of MRDA champions. It is scheduled for Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014.

Weekly Rollup, April 2, 2014: Flat Track Around the World

Flat track derby sure did get around this past weekend – in this week’s roll up we have news from WFTDA’s first division, WFTDA-sanctioned play in Europe, and MRDA’s first ever all-Canada sanctioned bout.

Weekly Rollup, March 27, 2014: And So It Begins

When DNN’s bout and scores page both start to swell with game information, it can only mean one thing – the 2014 season is well underway. There were more than 100 games played this weekend – ten of those were shown live here on DNN, and 50 of them were WFTDA-sanctioned.

Windy Pips Arch Rival, 171-98

Since last June, Arch Rival Roller Girls have dropped nine spots in WFTDA rankings, currently sitting at 20, and the Windy City Rollers have jumped up two to 8th place. Both teams’ rosters have undergone major makeovers, Arch Rival losing skaters to retirement and transfer, and Windy gaining a handful of experienced skaters.

World Cup Rules - Substitutions Out, Unique Jammer Covers In

Blood and Thunder has confirmed that controversial changes to the widely used WFTDA ruleset will not be enforced for the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas this December.

Weekend Preview: 21-23 March, 2014

Wow. For a moment before contemplating this weekend's match-ups, take a moment to step back and look at the sheer number of bouts at all levels we have listed for this weekend. There are 101 bouts we have listed, 50 of which are WFTDA-sanctioned. I think It's fair to say 2014 has begun.

Weekend in Review: March 15-16

There was a men’s thing on this weekend – it was huge!

USA Wins Men's World Cup, 260-71 over England

While England's stalwart defence was enough to hold the USA to their lowest points total of the weekend, the outcome of this bout was never really in doubt as the Yanks racked up a 120-point halftime lead en route to a 260-71 victory.

MRDWC 3rd: Canada Fends Off France, 196-111

The third-place game was contested by France and Canada, who found themselves both comfortably beaten in their semi-finals by England and the USA respectively. While the lead changed twice in the first few minutes, the Canadians led for the final 50 and took the win in a highly entertaining and competitive bout 196-111.

MRDWC Plate: Australia Escapes Wales, 201-200

In a definite contender for game of the tournament, Australia clawed out a one-point victory over Wales to take the Men's Roller Derby World Cup Plate, 201-200. The game swung back and forth with the margin rarely more than ten points for either side, though a massive 45-0 power jam for Skate Pilgrim late in the second period looked set to secure the game for Australia.