Safety and Track Resources
Risk Management Guidelines / Guide for Equipment Check / Track Setup
For WFTDA Leagues
WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines
The WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines apply to all games, practices, and other activities when WFTDA insurance is in effect, and also to all WFTDA-sanctioned games, regardless of insurance coverage.
WFTDA Guide for Equipment Check
Skaters and Skating Officials are responsible for the safety and efficiency of their own required and optional gear. The WFTDA recommends that teams conduct their own equipment checks prior to game start, and requires this check for all WFTDA-sanctioned games. WFTDA also encourages leagues to include equipment check and general skate maintenance as a part of the league minimum skills or league training, to ensure this practice is incorporated in the earliest stages of participating in roller derby. Equipment issues can be caught by a quick inspection of gear using the Guide for Equipment Check.
Roller Derby Concussion Awareness and Resources
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Proper treatment of concussion is imperative, so we have compiled some resources to help roller derby leagues raise awareness around the importance of recognizing and treating concussion, and following return to play protocol.
WFTDA Infection Prevention Guide
The WFTDA takes the health and safety of its members and the general roller derby community seriously. This document provides guidance to leagues and participants on best practices to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases and skin infections when participating in roller derby. In addition to this guide, we urge our members to also follow national and municipal guidelines in regards to controlling and managing the spread of any virus or infection.
WFTDA 2019 Participant Safety Survey
In 2019 the WFTDA conducted a survey of roller derby participants in order to assess the probability of injury across participants in roller derby historically; the use, awareness, and satisfaction with existing insurance products; and demographics of the research participants. The results of the survey are summarized in this document.
WFTDA Track Setup and Safety
WFTDA-Regulation Track Layout Guide
Provides step-by-step instructions and diagrams with both imperial and metric measurements to assist leagues with the setup of a WFTDA-regulation track. (Updated January 2018)
Tournament Track Setup Requirements
Provides detailed instructions for track setup for WFTDA Playoff and Championship tournaments in addition to the requirements set forth in The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby and the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines. May be used as a guide for best practices in setting up a tournament track. (Updated June 2017)