COVID-19 Updates and Recommendations
Updated September 2, 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.
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 on their website.
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.
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