The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association today announced the locations, dates, and host leagues for next year’s WFTDA Playoffs.
North Central Region Playoffs
Dates: Sept 14-16
Location: Niagara Falls, NY
Host League: Queen City Roller Girls
This will be Queen City’s first time out as a tournament host. Queen City is a member of WFTDA’s East Region; this marks the first time a WFTDA Region Playoff will be hosted by an out-of-region league.
West Region Playoffs
Dates: Sept 21-23
Location: Oakland, CA
Host League: Bay Area Derby Girls
While this will be Bay Area’s first experience hosting a WFTDA Region Playoff in their home town, they’re not new to the task. In addition to hosting this year’s Golden Bowl 4-team round robin tournament, they’ve also collaborated with Sacred City Derby Girls to co-host WFTDA Westerns in 2010 and The Big One, a statewide tournament, in 2008. They’re also the most experienced tournament competitors among 2012′s host leagues, having participated in the WFTDA postseason ever year, and advancing to the Championship Tournament in 2008 and 2010.
East Region Playoffs
Dates: Sept 28-30
Location: Essex Junction, VT
Host League: Green Mountain Derby Dames and Montréal Roller Derby
Green Mountain is new to tournaments, but co-hosts Montréal have been around this block, hosting the perennial Beast of the East local-teams tournament and participating in WFTDA Playoffs since 2010.
South Central Region Playoffs
Dates: Oct 5-7
Location: Lincoln, NE
Host League: No Coast Derby Girls
No Coast hosted South Centrals in 2010, and has competed in the South Central Region Playoffs every year since the region debuted in 2009.
WFTDA Championship Tournament
Dates: Nov 2-4
Location: Atlanta, GA
Host League: Atlanta Rollergirls
Atlanta hosted South Central Regionals in 2009. The competed at East Regionals in 2007, missed the postseason in 2008, but returned in 2009 as part of the new South Central Region and haven’t looked back. While they’ve never advanced to the Championship Tournament themselves, they’ve come heartbreakingly close, just missing the cut by finishing 4th in their region in 2010 and 2011.