NOVA Roller Derby is excited to announce that as of March 20th, we have been accepted as full members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)! NOVA was accepted in the WFTDA’s Apprentice program in April 2016, although our journey to full membership started in 2015 with the first full year of having a bouting WFTDA team. The WFTDA Apprentice program is “designed to act as a “WFTDA 101” tutorial, the Apprentice Program works with accepted leagues to guide them through the processes and requirements necessary to becoming a full member.” This program usually takes league about a year to complete, and we were just ahead of target, submitting our graduation application on February 1, 2017. As part of our graduation requirements, we had to complete over 25 hours of training, complete a Mock Sanctioned bout (to show that we are ready to meet all the requirements to play rankings games), and provide support documentation including our league’s mission statement, a detailed essay on why we wanted to be members of the WFTDA, and letters of eligibility and recommendation from other area leagues and officials.

Our good friends at Mother State Roller Derby were kind enough to come up and help us complete our Mock Sanction bout requirements in December of last year, which was the last item we needed before graduation. We also received glowing recommendation letters from all those involved in helping us graduate including our mentor league, the DC Rollergirls, our Area Officials Coordinator, our Area Apprentice Coordinator and Mother State Roller Derby:

“I would absolutely give good recommendation to NOVA Roller Derby…We believe that NOVA Roller Derby will continue to develop their competitiveness and participation in the Mid-Atlantic WFTDA community and we hope they will continue to uphold the core values of the WFTDA.” – DC Rollergirls

“From working with NoVA Roller Derby in person (league) as well as its affiliated officials, I am strongly recommending that the WFTDA moves forward with graduating this league to a full member and, in return, let NoVA Roller Derby represent the WFTDA proudly for years to come.” – Brian Robinson, Area Officials Coordinator

“The team showed great sportsmanship and a firm understanding of the rules. When hosting, they were gracious and well organized. Mother State Roller Derby will be proud to see one of our neighboring leagues be awarded full membership and we look forward to competing against them again in the near future.” – Mother State Roller Derby

“This league came into the apprentice program ready to graduate. They’ve been a WFTDA league from the moment they signed on. Their dedication to completion and drive for understanding through thoroughness has been remarkable…The WFTDA would be lucky to have NoVA join their ranks. As easy as being their apprentice rep has been, making the decision to accept them as full members should be even easier. These are the types of leagues we need to make our roller derby community stronger. These are the members that make up the WFTDA.” – Justa Hotmess, Area Apprentice Coordinator

By being granted full membership into the WFTDA, our league is now eligible for tournaments, rankings, and sanctioned interleague play. We are also now part of a worldwide organization of 399 member and 52 apprentice leagues, which is run “by the skaters, for the skaters,” so we have a hand in shaping the rules and regulations of our sport.

We are incredibly proud to be members of this organization and are looking forward to a successful season this year, and for many more years to come. Who knows, one day you may even see us on, or ESPN3! Until then, we hope to see you at our bouts, supporting us and our mission to Skate Hard, Give Back!

About WFTDA:

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 399 WFTDA member leagues and 52 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program.

The WFTDA, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors.

You can learn more about WFTDA, how this groundbreaking organization began, where it’s headed, who’s in charge, and more here: