Hellions Accepted to WFTDA Apprentice Program

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that the Hellions of Troy have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.

This is an exciting, cumulative event for the Hellions, who have been working towards inclusion in the Association since their inception in 2008. Says Hellions League Manager Marcie Pry, aka Short Temper, “This was our goal from the beginning. After three years of working on our business organization, skating skills, and understanding of the sport, we are taking our League to the next level. After a successful 2011 Season with 10 wins, only two losses, and a third place finish at the NYS Roller Derby Tournament, we can only imagine the kinds of success our participation in the WFTDA Apprentice Program will bring. We thought 2011 was our year, but the best is yet to come.”

As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, the Hellions of Troy join the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide 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. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the apprentice league. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

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 124 WFTDA member leagues and 76 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

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