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Rollergirls skate to apprenticeship

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Article Published: Nov. 15, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 19, 2012
Rollergirls skate to apprenticeship

The Appalachian Rollergirls have been accepted as an ‘apprentice’ affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for women’s amateur flat-track roller derby. The team will compete against the Gate City Rollergirls in Greensboro Nov. 18 for the final bout of its 2012 season.
Photo courtesy of Appalachian Rollergirls

The Appalachian Rollergirls’ 2012 season is coming to a close. But it’s not going to go quietly.

The Appalachian Rollergirls will face the Gate City Rollergirls in Greensboro on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Greensboro Coliseum’s Special Events Center, West Wing B.

Doors open at 4 p.m., and the bout starts at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $8 with valid student ID. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

ARG approaches this last bout with seven wins and one loss, but the team recently added a different sort of win to the tally.

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced this week that the Appalachian Rollergirls have been accepted as an “apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat-track roller derby.

“We are excited and honored to be accepted into the WFTDA apprentice program,” team president Jennifer “Rolli Cannoli” Pillow said. “Becoming a member allows us to further the mission of the Appalachian Rollergirls – to encourage female athleticism, empowerment and community awareness through activities, events and charity involvement, as well as entertain people. Also, joining the WFTDA community will help bring further attention to roller derby and promote it as a sport at the national level.”

As an apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, the Appalachian Rollergirls joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues nationwide 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. Additionally, the mentor offers advice and information related to the management and development of the apprentice league.

WFTDA apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

One of the benefits of becoming a WFTDA Apprentice team is the opportunity to bout against other WFTDA teams that may provide more of a challenge and assist the Appalachian Rollergirls in raising their skill level. Currently, ARG is scheduled to bout against several WFTDA teams over the next few months, starting with the Gate City Rollergirls Nov. 18.

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About the WFTDA

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association 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 rule set 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 138 WFTDA member leagues and more than 75 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

About Appalachian Rollergirls

The Appalachian Rollergirls are an 18-plus all-female skater-run flat-track roller derby league based in Boone. The team was founded in March 2010 by an Appalachian State University student, who posted about the subject on Facebook.

Thanks to Facebook and an area businesswoman, more than 80 women showed up at Skateworld, just outside of Boone, to check out the revival of roller derby. The Appalachian Rollergirls have since attracted more than 20 very committed women from around the High Country.

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