The Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) has released the requirements for the Open Division Beta Test that will take place from 1 February – 30 June 2020.
Open Division teams and skaters do not have to be associated with a WFTDA-member league. Open Division games must be played against any team associated with a WFTDA-member league, or if neither team has an association with WFTDA, must be played at a WFTDA-Recognized Tournament.
Skaters may be on a WFTDA Women’s Division and an Open Division roster at the same time. This new competitive offering exists in addition to our established gender policy, therefore transgender and gender-expansive people have no obligation to switch to the Open Division. No individual member or potential member of the WFTDA should see this as an obligation or force an individual into this pathway against their wishes. Any reports of coercion, pressure, or policy will be considered a violation of the WFTDA Organizational Code of Conduct and could result in action being taken against a League.
The Open Division Beta Test is only a test of a new competitive pathway and not a change to WFTDA membership requirements. All WFTDA-member leagues must still adhere to their WFTDA Membership agreement.
View all requirements of the beta test on our new Open Division Beta Test web page. Detailed information on how to submit charters and games for sanctioning will be available on this page in January 2020.