Codes Used in the List Leagues vs Teams Derby Tips: Facebook

Codes Used in the List

A note on the codes used in the list.


There are several rulesets used in modern roller derby. While the WFTDA ruleset is the most popular, the other options have a solid core of fans. Many skaters are rules-agnostic and are happy play under any rules. Therefore, I try to cover all the rulesets here at

  • WFTDA: Covers both WFTDA and MRDA rules
  • USARS: Covers USARS rules for both adults and juniors
  • MADE: Covers MADE rules for both flat track and banked track
  • Renegade: Covers all flavors of Renegade rules
  • RDCL: Covers RDCL banked track rules
  • TXRD: Covers TXRD banked track rules
  • LOCO: Covers WFTDA-based LOw COntact rules
  • JRDA: Covers JRDA rules for juniors

Affiliation is based on membership with an as

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Leagues vs Teams

One of the slightly confusing things about roller derby is the use of of the term League instead of Team. In most sports a League is an organization that stands above individual Teams, and is often thought of as being in control of rules making and game scheduling. However, in roller derby the term League has been appropriated to mean something slightly different.

It all goes back to the revival of modern roller derby. The first group that kicked everything off created a structure that would be copied by many. They created four Teams to play against each other. All four Teams were owned by the group so they, in essence, formed a League. Since they were the only roller derby group in existence, they were also the only League in existence.

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Derby Tips: Facebook

One of the main ways I confirm whether a league is active is via their activity on social media, primarily Facebook. If it was feasible, I would contact every league and have them confirm that they are active. That would be a full-time job by itself. I already have a full-time job, and a life that partially revolves around derby, so I have to find other ways to keep tabs on leagues.

The best way I've found is to go where the leagues are. Right now, that place happens to be Facebook. Yes, some leagues have their own websites. And some leagues use Twitter. There are even some leagues that have a Tumblr. Heck, if you dig deep enough you can find leagues with a MySpace account. But Facebook appears to have become the standard place for

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