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Bumper Roll-up, 24 July, 2014: Everything's Bigger in Vegas

Welcome, slightly belatedly, to the 2014/15 regular season! Weekend 11/12 July Gotham 294 London 46 The weekend before last, before we even knew the 2014 playoff seedings, teams played some of the first games that will count towards 2015 playoffs. Most notable of these was London's annihaltion at the hands of the visiting Gotham Girls.

The B-Roll: July 24, 2014, Introducing Big Easy Rollergirls

We are just over three weeks out from the first D2 playoff and things are still a bit quiet, with one exception-- an upset by Suburbia over DC. Sacred City also made a public announcement on Facebook as to why they declined their playoff invite citing high costs, but they will be the hosts for the first D1 playoff, September 5-7.

The B-Roll: D2 Highlights, July 18, 2014

With the release of the official 2014 playoff brackets and new rankings this week, we now have the full tournament picture as we make our way to the Hydra.

Oly Rollers Explain 2014 Tournament Absence

When WFTDA released its 2014 tournament brackets, there was a team missing from the top 40 ranked teams for the second year running: the Oly Rollers.

WFTDA Brackets 2014 Playoffs

WFTDA today released the brackets and seedings for 2014 playoffs. They lined up pretty well with our predictions; the changes were all caused by teams declining invitations.

Weekly Roll-up, July 10, 2014: #bees

After the quiet of Independence Day weekend, things are back into full swing this weekend as teams across WFTDA start their playoff preparations in earnest--and, perversely, play the first bouts that count towards 2015 playoff qualification. Gotham in the UK

The B-Roll, July 10th: Introducing St. Chux

The official WFTDA June rankings and bracket announcements won’t be out until July 15th, and unless any teams decline invites to playoffs, we posted what the likely brackets will be for Division 2 last week.

Weekly Roll-up July 4, 2014: Calculatedly Independent

Last weekend we saw a whole lot of action that set the final few pieces of the playoff picture. This weekend--and for the next few weeks--things settle into a little bit of a pre-Rollercon lull as teams start to amp up their playoff preparations. Let's take a look at what we've got. Last Weekend Pac Destruction

Let's Stay Together: WFTDA and MRDA Sign New Collaboration Agreement

The WFTDA and MRDA have signed a new agreement that will see the two governing bodies collaborate on a number of administrative areas, while researching ways to extend membership to leagues with men's and women's teams.

Spoiler Warning: Playoffs Projections

Now all the relevant games are done and the scores are in, we have a very good idea who's going to be invited to WFTDA playoffs as the mathematical ranking system lets us work out exactly who will be where, as games happen.

The B-Roll, June 26, 2014: Are We There Yet?

Painting the Playoff Picture East Coast Derby Extravaganza provided many games last weekend and showcased the true talents of more of the top European teams.

Weekend Preview 27-29 June, 2014: So Very Nearly Done

There have been around 800 WFTDA sanctioned bouts this season, and it all comes down to this weekend with the final few percent of ranking points for the year to be awarded.

D1 Weekend in Review 24th June, 2014: The Race Nears Its End

What is for all real purposes the 2013-14 WFTDA regular season is days away from ending, and the playoff picture is almost clear. The race is over 95% run--fewer than 5% of the year's rating points are on offer in the next few days, and the amount of movement possible is very limited. So let's look at how the land lies after last weekend. VRDL

The B-Roll: D2 Highlights, June 19, 2014

We’re now two weekends out from final playoff determinations, and while a few D2 teams look to be set in stone, there is still plenty of room for movement. Last weekend’s results will certainly create some waves in D2 ranks on July 1, and upcoming games are becoming even more important for many D2 teams hoping to make it into playoffs. Last Weekend

ECDX 2014 D1 Viewing Guide

ECDX is just around the corner. With 22 sanctioned bouts across three days, it's going to go a long way to sorting out the few remaining question marks over the WFTDA playoff picture and answering a few other important questions too.

Weekend in Review: June 14-15

With two weekends to go, the 2014 playoff picture is becoming increasingly clear … so let's take a closer look. Top Ten

WFTDA Rankings and Playoff Race Demystified

We have been fielding a lot of questions about WFTDA rankings recently, and thought we'd step up to demystify the process a little. The purpose of WFTDA rankings is twofold: to provide the order in which teams will be invited to playoffs (on July 1), and determine which division teams will be in for the following calendar year (on December 1).

USARS Cancels Playoffs

The USA Roller Sports Roller Derby Committee today announced a last-minute "restructuring" of its 2014 tournament calendar: it is cancelling its regional qualifying tournaments and will only run a championship tournament this year.

Men's Roller Derby World Cup Becomes Skater Operated

The Men's Roller Derby World Cup (MRDWC) has announced that all future events will be managed by derby nations, for derby nations.

Weekend Preview: 14-15 June, 2014

There are a little over two weeks left this season and the WFTDA league table is taking shape.

The B-Roll: D2 Highlights, June 12, 2014

May Rankings and Pending Playoffs This month sees teams, hungry for tournament action, and looking to add the final points to their ranking in order to cement placement for playoffs in the fall. The Division 2 cutoff is #60--but, as the playoff appearance last year of #65 Suburbia makes clear, there's likely a little wiggle room at the bottom for surprise inclusions.

Victorian Repeats at The Great Southern Slam

The biggest roller derby event in the world, The Great Southern Slam, took place in Adelaide, Australia over the weekend, bringing together 45 teams from across the Asia-Pacific region to compete for the third tournament title.

Bear City Claws Up WFTDA Rankings

Off the back of a strong performance at Gold Coast's Beach Brawl, Bear City's Berlin Bombshells posted a massive rankings rise this month to sneak briefly into WFTDA's top 60 at #57 with a 52-place jump.