All of us over here at Portneuf Valley Bruisers HQ are extremely excited to be allowed to join the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Apprentice Program. The board has been working toward this goal for months, and we feel extremely lucky that we get to work with a WFTDA.
This comes at the perfect time, because Bruisers are really coming together: practicing for minimum skills testing in a few weeks, putting together a functional referee team, and in general refining our abilities as roller derby athletes. The support of the WFTDA and our mentor league will be vital as we move toward being able to bout in the near future.
From the official press release:
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that the Portneuf Valley Bruisers Roller Derby Association has been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Portneuf Valley Bruisers joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the apprentice league. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.
About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby, and a membership organization for the leagues to collaborate and network. The organization created and maintained the first standardized ruleset for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 78 WFTDA member leagues and more than 35 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada and Europe.