FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2016
Southern Maryland Roller Derby Joins Women’s Flat Track Derby Association
AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that Southern Maryland Roller Derby has been accepted as a full member of the WFTDA, the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a member organization for leagues to collaborate and network.
As a new member of the WFTDA, Southern Maryland Roller Derby joins the ranks of 355 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program, they can now enjoy the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking. Southern Maryland Roller Derby will begin their WFTDA membership a Class C member.
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Southern Maryland Roller Derby, Inc. (SMRD), was officially formed January 2012 but was originally conceptualized April 2011. At that time, the closest league was in Washington, D.C. Southern Maryland was severely lacking derby! The initial online recruitment query was posted in June 2011. From those that responded, a core group of founders went on to develop the non-profit business structure and democratic policies we operate by. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. No one gets paid here. In fact, we pay to play. Practice is held several times per week and regular attendance is required to make sure you are safe to skate and have the skills to play. The individuals that have set out to form the first women’s roller derby league in southern Maryland know how positively this sport has affected our lives. It takes a team to work together both on and off the track. Each person is helping the league succeed by performing tasks and duties. Our goal is to bring the same camaraderie, joy and love of the game to other women while being role models to youth and giving back to the community.
About the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association
Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s 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 302 WFTDA member leagues and 71 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program globally. The WFTDA a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors.