OVRG accepted as Women’s Flat Track Derby Association apprentice

MARTINS FERRY- The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce that the Ohio Valley Roller Girls derby team has been accepted as an apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA.

The WFTDA is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby and a membership organization for the leagues to collaborate and network. The organization created and maintained the first standardized set of rules for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 243 WFTDA member leagues and more than 100 apprentice leagues worldwide.

The Ohio Valley Roller Girls derby team was founded in 2010. The non-profit organization is made up of about thirty skaters, referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers. OVRG also raises money for important causes like domestic violence victims, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the soup kitchen, animal shelters and many other local charities. OVRG is working hard to grow in numbers, athleticism and professionalism, all while making a positive impact on the community.

As an apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Ohio Valley Roller Girls joins the ranks of more than 300 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.

WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the association. WFTDA apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

The Ohio Valley Roller Girls will be hosting its next home bouts on May 17 and 18 at the James E. Carnes Center in St. Clairsville. The league will also be hosting an eight-team tournament the weekend of November 22-23.

For more information, please visit www.ohiovalleyrollergirls.com.