Eeeeeeeeee! Yes, I’m quite excited, and the reason for it is a silhouetted skater on a black and green background. Not only because I’m quite fond of green, but the picture (as seen on this homepage) represents DRR’s acceptance into the WFTDA Apprentice League!
For those of you who may be a little unsure of what this is, or what it means, or what it REALLY means to us, please read on …
I’ll start with the googleable basics. WFTDA. It’s not just a bunch of letters left over in scrabble. That would just be daft. (or DAFTW … sorry, really poor joke). It’s the Womens Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for our sport worldwide. They set the rules, monitor the league tables, set up the major tournaments and generally oversee everything. Now, we’ve been members of UKRDA for over a year, and proudly so – our membership with the WFTDA Apprentice Leagues will run nicely alongside.
Apprentice member leagues get loads of really cool benefits – support from full WFTDA leagues, with one sponsoring you on your journey, assistance with all the workings of your league, input into decisions WFTDA makes and loads, loads more!
Pretty awesome, right?
Even more awesome is this amazing news, right now. Just when we needed it. After quite a turbulent time for the Dollies, this is the news we really needed! It’s not a secret that our league has had a lot to work with over the past few months. We’ve had a few skaters move away and join other teams. A quick glance at the team selected to play the Tattoo Freeze tournament at the beginning of the year shows only 10 skaters who are now on the current A-team roster. That means 10 brand new A-team skaters. That’s half a roster. That’s a lot of change. And following on from this change, we’ve had some pretty tough rematches to deal with – after finishing 2011 on an 8 win streak (hell yeah!) we’ve played a lot of teams this year who were hungry to take back a win! So 2012 has been a hard year for us.
To come away from these tough games, quite a few losses, the losses of skaters, and having to re-establish a team has meant the league has been working overtime on the motivation department, and this news, this acceptance even in hardship, this lovely skater on the black and green background is a symbol of the strength of DRR – our skaters, our referees, our NSOs, our volunteers and our supporters.
So, there’s the reason for the joy and excitement. It’s a brand new challenge, with a new team, new league members and lots and lots of amazing derby times for us to round off this year and into 2013. We’ll be working harder and harder still to prove that we are the league you all know and love – celebrating our wins, fighting every game, bringing the sparkle into bouts, and of course, kicking the arse out of afterparties! Because we know, all of us, that we can and will have a new symbol of strength to show on our uniforms. And that girl will be proudly silhouetted on a black and pink background. Regardless of how much pink and red really clash.