The WFTDA Risk Management Committee in partnership with WFTDI Compliance have created these Risk Management Guidelines clarifications to provide updated advice and guidance surrounding areas covered by the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis and items on this list may be integrated into future revisions of the Guidelines.

Risk Management Clarifications

A loss of consciousness is a sign of a traumatic brain injury and the participant should be removed from play.  It is important to trust your concussion knowledge and your instincts and support each other. Any time a loss of consciousness occurs, the participant must provide a doctor’s clearance before being permitted to return to play, and return to play protocols must be followed.

Persons using medical apparatuses such as knee scooters or wheelchairs are allowed to participate in designated bench areas.

  • Bench staff designated as Alternates may travel in and out of other zones as applicable when active game play has stopped.
  • Team benches and Non-Skating Officials using a medical apparatus may be located in the infield (Zone A) in an area that is clearly demarcated (as per section 2.3 in the Risk Management Guidelines).

Yes. This is a piece of protective equipment and is allowable per the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines as long as it does not restrict the skater’s movement.

Per the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines, protective equipment like knee, wrist, and elbow pads must have a hard protective shell. This hard protective shell may be present underneath a foam layer, as is the case with some hockey-style pads.

Yes. Officials may ask for verification that a mouth guard is in place at any time while participating, but should allow the mask or bandana to be worn. A doctor’s note is not required.

No. Leagues with WFTDA Insurance must adhere to the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines at all times, whether it’s a practice, game, sanctioned game, or scrimmage. The WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines are there to mitigate risk at all times. Violations to the Risk Management Guidelines will result in denied claims.

Yes, If the face mask is manufactured for the brand of helmet that you have. Otherwise you cannot modify equipment or it may alter the integrity of your safety gear.

Participant safety and risk mitigation is crucial in all aspects of roller derby, not just at games. If you have WFTDA insurance, adherence to the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines is required at all times, including games, practices, and scrimmages. Violations to the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines will result in denied claims (this is stated prior to purchasing insurance).

No, you cannot modify your equipment. It must be worn per manufacturer’s guidelines.

Tinted visors with enough transparency to see the eyes of the wearer do meet Risk Management Guidelines requirements around visors. This includes the S1 Lifer Helmet tinted visor.

WFTDA Risk Management does not approve specific equipment, but will work with manufacturers to advise them on meeting our guidelines. As there has been confusion about the S1 visor since its release, we wanted to confirm that it does meet our requirements.

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