COVID-19 Updates and Recommendations
Updated May 27, 2020
This web page will be updated regularly to align with the latest government and health recommendations.
The WFTDA takes the health and safety of its members and the general roller derby community seriously. As the spread of COVID-19 has intensified, WFTDA leadership has been collaborating with National Governing Bodies and roller derby organizations worldwide to monitor conditions in regions around the world that have been or are expected to be impacted by the virus.
The WFTDA will continue to update our concerns and recommendations in the weeks ahead, and urge our members to follow national and municipal guidelines in regards to managing the spread of the virus, which may include limiting the number or scope of gatherings and events. We understand that COVID-19 recommendations may impact roller derby gameplay worldwide and the WFTDA will continue to monitor and adjust our best practices as we learn more.
Update – 5/27/20
This week’s update includes information about the WFTDA Return to Roller Derby Guidance for COVID-19 to be released next week.
UPDATE – 5/18/20
This week’s update includes updates on the Return to Play proposal, the Rankings Transition Plan, and the cancellation of the 2020 International WFTDA Championships.
Update – 5/11/20
This week’s update includes more information about the WFTDA Annual Meeting happening this weekend, May 15 and 16, as well as the BOD-approved Rankings Transition Plan available for leagues to comment on this week.
Update – 5/4/20
The WFTDA has released more information about the upcoming WFTDA Annual Meeting (May 15-16) and the topics that will be covered, including the Return to Play guide that will be released during the meeting.
Update – 4/27/20
This week’s update includes information about the Rankings Theory proposal for Return to Play, and important upcoming dates.
UPDATE – 4/20/20
This week’s update includes information about the upcoming release of a long-term proposal by the Competitive Play Task Force to safeguard rankings and sanctioned play into the future, as well as guidelines on safe and gradual return to play, and other important dates coming up that league’s should put on their calendars.
Update – 4/13/20
The WFTDA has sent out a WFTDA Membership and Competitive Play Survey to league admins to fill out, and added a League Business Resources page.
uPDATE – 4/6/20
This week’s update includes some important dates to remember, and a call for public health professionals and epidemiologists to help advise the Board of Directors on recommendations for returning to roller derby.
UPDATE – 3/30/20
WFTDA leadership has announced new plans for the 2020 Postseason, including the cancellation of Playoffs and Continental Cups, as well as an expanded model and contingency plan for Championships.
update – 3/23/20
WFTDA leadership and COVID-19 task forces provide a weekly update and brief recap of the 3/20/20 Open Forum.
update – 3/20/20
WFTDA held an online open forum to address questions from the community regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 season. A recording of the presentation and transcript of the Q&A are available here.
UPDATE – 3/16/20
WFTDA Board of Directors and Staff along with the COVID-19 Task Force and Competitive Play Task Force announce updated recommendations for league activities, and planned adjustments to Competitive Play for the 2020 season.
Recommendations to WFTDA Membership as of March 16, 2020:
- The Board of Directors is advising member leagues to suspend training and competition at this time.
- Follow the advice of your local public health officials and NGBs when deciding to resume activities.
Leagues should stay up-to-date with their national, regional, and local government warnings about the virus as situations can change rapidly and is location-dependent. The World Health Organization posts frequent links and updates online: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
If you need to cancel a sanctioned game due to coronavirus, contact WFTDA Sanctioning at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. As per the WFTDA Forfeit Policy, Games canceled due to outside factors such as venue closures, virus concerns or travel bans would not be subject to forfeit fines. If it is possible to reschedule the game, WFTDA Sanctioning will assist leagues in doing so and waives any late fee should the most convenient reschedule date fall within the 30-day window. If rescheduling is not possible, WFTDA will work with participating leagues to assess the impact of the cancellation on ranking and Playoffs eligibility game minimums and to find a solution.
WFTDA Risk Management and the WFTDA Coronavirus Task Force have provided some recommendations to help your league implement good practices that help prevent the spread of illness, and a template to help communicate the recommendations to your members.