Keeping Our Community and Sport Safe

As roller derby returns to high level, competitive tournaments this year, WFTDI wanted to share a friendly reminder that it’s on all of us to keep our community and our sport safe. When purchasing WFTDI insurance, each policyholder signs an agreement to the terms of use. The following behavior is a direct violation of these … Continued


February is the month where we tend to give up on our ‘New Year” intentions/goals/resolutions. It is also the month Valentine’s Day is celebrated. This is not a blog about this holiday but instead a blog to honor Self-Love. Self-Love is caring about yourself. It is not a selfish act, it is appreciating and respecting … Continued


I’ve been thinking about what topic to write about for a week now. I decided to write about grief. I’ve been dealing with my own and have been seeing so many lives lost in our derby community lately that I figured it’s an appropriate time. This morning I finally had some time to write down … Continued

My league has started back, now what?

2022 has not started the way many of us anticipated. The surge of the highly contagious variant Omicron has thrown a wrench in many plans. It has rekindled many of the feelings of 2020 and parts of 2021. In late spring and early summer of 2021 we felt hopeful, we saw the possibility of an … Continued


Have you ever stretched cheese or pizza dough or taffy so thin that it breaks? This is how I feel when I’m overwhelmed. Of course, there’s good overwhelming feelings: those of joy, excitement, and happiness. However, those stressful situations where you just have too much on your plate are never good.   If you know me, … Continued

Coping with the Pandemic and the Self-Isolation It Has Caused

    I recently had the opportunity to have a Zoom call with Dr. Jacob Cooper, the sports psychologist for Appalachian State University Athletics. The WFTDI felt we should address the topic of isolation, what it has done to our psyche, and as we slowly return to socialization, what that looks like. The first thing … Continued

Should Have Been a Doctor

    The title of this blog is something I hear a lot from other people and myself. I’m 44 and still paying student loans from the 90s, so when I hear people say, “Oh, it’s not too late to pursue another career, blah blah blah,” I know that is not how I want to … Continued

Renewal FAQs

WFTDI COVID-19 FAQs Will there be roller derby in 2022? Yes! We are confident and excited about the roller derby that’s to come in 2022, and competitive pathway planning is underway. We don’t know when roller derby will return in full to each location but our robust return-to-play guidelines give us a framework for each … Continued

WFTDI Welcomes New Board Member, Talks Insurance Renewal

We’re thrilled to announce that this November, WFTDI has appointed Kim H. Fandango (Jessica Carpenter) to a one-year term on our Board of Directors. Kim has served in the WFTDA as Membership Officer and on the WFTDA Board of Directors as Secretary, She brings experience with governance, women’s and reproductive health, social justice, WFTDA Membership … Continued

Introducing the WFTDA Wellness Blog

Over the past year, the WFTDI  has focused on self care and wellness. Self care is the practice of taking care of yourself and should be a priority, while wellness is defined as being in good health or striving to reach a healthy goal.  They work hand in hand with each other and both should be integrated into our … Continued