Lets Stay Together: WFTDA and MRDA Sign New Collaboration Agreement

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The WFTDA and MRDA have signed a new agreement that will see the two governing bodies collaborate on a number of administrative areas, while researching ways to extend membership to leagues with men’s and women’s teams.

The new one-year agreement outlines which areas the two governing bodies will collaborate on in the future, including rules development, safety guidelines, officials certification, tournament dates and other games-related systems.

The organizations have also committed to examine the best ways for extending membership to leagues that have both a men’s and women’s team under the same business structure.

The WFTDA and MRDA have already joined forces in a number of areas. The WFTDA insurance program began enrolling and insuring male skaters in 2012, and in 2013, the WFTDA added a MRDA representative to its Rules Committee and began producing an MRDA-branded version of the rules.

The current Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby include gender neutral terms and images.

In a statement released today, WFTDA Executive Director Juliana “Bloody Mary” Gonzales said, “The WFTDA has had a very positive relationship with the MRDA since it was formed, and our organizations share very similar missions and values. We believe this agreement will further the efforts of both organizations to foster and develop flat track roller derby around the world.”

MRDA President Graham Espe said, “Since its inception, the MRDA has acknowledged that we are building on a solid foundation, which was established by the women and men of the WFTDA, who were the driving force behind the resurgence of our sport.

“Collaboration on all the key points of this agreement will lessen barriers so that we can all work together toward common goals, while still allowing both the MRDA and WFTDA to represent the individual interests of their respective memberships. We are very excited for what the future holds.”

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