Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's March 2014! That means new rules!

A few days ago the WFTDA released a new set of rules for flat track roller derby.  All sanctioned games on or after April 1, 2014 need to be played under these rules.

The full text of the new rules can be found on WFTDA's rules page in two formats:

There are a number of major changes; here's how to find them on WFTDA's site:
  • WFTDA's news release - summarizes the big changes, and also lists which officiating documents will be updated in the coming weeks.
  • WFTDA's summary of changes - discusses most of the changes in the rules, comparing the June 2013 release to the March 2014 release for all of the major changes.  Very useful, but note that it doesn't cover all the changes.  For that you need ...
  • WFTDA's line-by-line comparison of the 2013 and 2014 rules - precisely lists all the changes to the rules on a line-by-line, word-by-word basis.  
    • Note: If you're reading this version and enjoying it, you're a derby official; if you happen to not think you are a derby official, contact your local crew head ref to volunteer - we need you!

Other officiating documents that have changed include:

Other resources:
Note that, for the time being, Roller Derby Test O'Matic is still based on the 2013 rules (see this post for more). 

For those wondering about upcoming Southern California tournaments, the 2014 Dustbowl Invitational in Bakersfield, CA will be using the June 2013 rules, while the 2014 Battle for the Coast tournament in Ventura, CA will be using the March 2014 rules.  

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