Kokeshi Roller Dolls joins Women's Flat Track Derby Association
AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced on 6 June 2013 that the Kokeshi Roller Dolls (KRD) have been accepted as a full member league in their organization.
As a new member of WFTDA, KRD joins the ranks of 197 all-female, skater owned and operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women's flat track roller derby.
After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program (AP), KRD now enjoys the benefits of full WFTDA membership, this includes the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking. Player statistics also get officially recorded during sanctioned bouts.
KRD will begin their WFTDA Class C membership in the West region.
The Kokeshi Roller Dolls formed in August 2010 and gained acceptance as a WFTDA AP league in October 2011. For the next year, KRD worked extensively to build a training program, coordinate bouts, and schedule locations to support the sport.
Since September 2012, KRD played interleague bouts in Japan against the Tokyo Roller Girls (TRG) and the Devil Dog Derby Dames (DDDD) on Okinawa. The league also hosted the Rage City Rollergirls (RCR)—currently ranked 89th in WFTDA—on Kadena Air Force Base.
RCR from Anchorage, Alaska battled KRD in a thrilling and hard fought contest on 20 April 2013 at the Marine Liaison Hangar. At the half, KRD had the lead by the thinnest of margins, 67 to 65. In the final minutes of the bout RCR obtained a 20 point lead and never let go. RCR emerged victorious with a score of 187-147.
The bout on Okinawa capped a successful tour of Asia for RCR. The week prior, RCR defeated TRG by a score of 291 to 33.
TRG also gained acceptance as a full member league along with KRD this week. They are the first two leagues in East Asia to attain this status. The Devil Dog Derby Dames are currently an active WFTDA AP league.
Roller derby on Okinawa is dynamic and growing. Both KRD and DDDD hold multiple two-hour training sessions throughout the week at various locations on Kadena Air Force Base, Torii Station, Camp Lester and Camp Foster. The leagues accept women skaters at any skill and fitness level from those who have no experience on quad skates to those who are quite talented—the only age requirement is that skaters must be 18 years old. The demographic includes all branches of service, family members, and Department of Defense civilians.
People who enjoy roller derby but may be hesitant to partake in the high speed physicality of the sport may join the league as either skating or non-skating officials or volunteer with bout set up and execution.
About the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association
Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program globally. The WFTDA a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors.