About Roller Derby
Flat track roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism. The flat track version of the sport evolved in 2001, and has quickly grown to encompass more than 400 leagues worldwide. This is in large part due to the ease of setting up a flat track--it can be done on any flat surface that is suitable for skating, such as skating rinks, basketball courts, parking lots, and even airplane hangars. This greatly reduces the capital needed to start up a roller derby league, and allows small groups of people to get a fledgling league off the ground. The DIY spirit that drives the sport allows roller derby leagues to create their own unique identities and adapt their structures to reflect their local communities.
Founded in April of 2011, the Renegade Derby Dames shared a vision of a league run for the skaters, by the skaters. With that goal in mind we created a non-profit organization, based on democratic principles, operating as part of the larger derby community. We are proud to have become a full member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in March of 2014, which means that we joined the ranks of 420 all-female, skater owned and operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
Our objectives include:
- To promote the sport of Roller Derby in the Alliston area and throughout Canada.
- To promote the importance of Roller Derby safety, standards, and athleticism.
- To provide a positive and supportive environment for our members.
- To encourage members to pursue their athletic and leadership potentials.
- To promote teamwork, cooperation, camaraderie and good will amongst our members and within the Roller Derby community at large.
- To promote health and endurance through safe skating practices.
- To encourage members to have a hand in running the League.
- To organize and manage family friendly bouts locally for our own teams as well as with other leagues or teams.
- To provide a travel team to play bouts against other teams or leagues in other locations.
- To operate as a non-profit corporation in a professional manner, abiding by all local and national laws and regulations.
- To make charitable contributions of time, goods, or money to other non-profit organizations as deemed appropriate by the League.
The Renegade Derby Dames have been involved in community outreach since the founding of the league, providing fundraising support and donations to local charities. Over the years, we have contributed to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation for women’s shelters and violence prevention, and we donated a Derby Girl For A Day package for the David Busby Centre Silent Auction to benefit the homeless. With 50/50 draws at our bouts, we have helped My Sisters Place raise money to support their work helping women and their children who have been victims of violence in the home. We have participated in the Trick-or-Eat Campaign, gathering over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Good Shepherd Food Bank in recent years, in addition to the food donations that we accept at every bout. In 2013, we hosted a charity EradiSKATE Cancer tournament, raising over $2300 for Matthew’s House Hospice in Alliston.
About the Women's Flat Track Derby Association
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track 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.