These recommendations will be updated regularly to align with the latest government and health guidance.

The WFTDA takes the health and safety of its members and the general roller derby community seriously. WFTDA Leadership has collaborated with our team of COVID-19 medical experts, National Governing Bodies, and other roller derby organizations worldwide to monitor conditions around the world. In order to carry roller derby forward in recovery during this period, the WFTDA has provided these guidelines to support league management in returning to play based on science and data-driven factors. It is strongly recommended that WFTDA Member Leagues adhere to these guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in your leagues and communities.

As infection rates can change rapidly and are location-dependent, WFTDA Members must stay up-to-date with and adhere to their national, regional, and local government warnings and guidelines in regards to managing the spread of the virus in their localities. This may include limiting the number or scope of gatherings and events, should the infection rate require it. It’s also strongly recommended that all eligible members get vaccinated, if accessible.

See more recommendations and details about the current guidelines to help your league safely return to roller derby activities.

All WFTDA-sanctioned game play and WFTDA Rankings are suspended in order to allow our leagues to safely return to roller derby on a safe and equitable recovery pathway. WFTDA Members can find more information and provide feedback on plans for returning to competition in 2022 on the WFTDA Online Community.

The WFTDA will continue to monitor and adjust our best practices as we learn more.


10/1/21 UPDATE

the WFTDA COVID-19 Medical Task Force has updated the COVID-19 Return to Roller Derby Guidelines and Recovery Plan, effective October 1, 2021. Read More


WFTDA “Lives Before Laces” COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Return, Rebuild, Remember - WFTDA COVID-19 Recovery FundTo help rebuild our community, we’ve established the WFTDA COVID-19 Recovery Fund to help leagues recover from COVID-19 impacts, including costs associated with:

  • Obtaining venue or practice space;
  • Paying utilities or service agreements;
  • Costs associated with hosting events;
  • Costs of goods and services associated with operations;
  • And more!

Find out how to apply at

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