OSWEGO — The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) recently announced that Oswego’s Port City Roller Derby has been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
Port City Roller Derby was one of only 28 leagues worldwide in this fast-growing sport to attain this sought-after designation. Its new apprentice class includes U.S. leagues from California to Texas to Maine, the nearby Albany All-Stars to leagues across the globe from Arkansas to Australia to Alberta to Amsterdam, Finland and France, England and Germany.
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, PCRD joins the ranks of more than 250 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide 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. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.
Coming off its third straight winning season — with an 8-2 record that includes a current eight-game winning streak — Port City’s adult team (women 18 and over) will start its fourth season in early 2014. The PCRD junior league (girls 10 to 17) begins its first full season Nov. 9 with an intrasquad bout at the Oswego YMCA Armory.
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 197 WFTDA member leagues and more than 98 apprentice leagues worldwide.
About Port City Roller Derby
Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community. PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.
For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email [email protected]