The UKRDA are very proud to announce a pivotal moment in UK Roller Derby history; the release of the first UKRDA official rankings. We have been working closely with Flat Track Stats to create this official rankings system for the UK, and UKRDA member leagues have been sanctioning games since the process was introduced at the start of the year.
Using this data the UKRDA and FTS have developed the UK ranking system, which will now be the definitive rankings chart for the UK and the one on which future UKRDA tournaments will be based.
The quarter 4 rankings are the first to be released and only includes teams that have played UKRDA sanctioned games. Unranked teams are required to only play one sanctioned game to be added.
This ranking will now be used to determine invites to UKRDA tournaments.
Going forward there are plans to use a division format, where teams are matched with those of a similar standing, ending in a UK championship.
The 2013 Q4 rankings are as follows:
- Auld Reekie Roller Girls 724.2
- Glasgow Roller Derby 715.8
- Leeds Roller Dolls 675.8
- Royal Windsor Roller Girls 673.5
- Rainy City Roller Girls 672.0
- Middlesbrough Milk Rollergirls 660.0
- Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 654.0
- Hot Wheel Roller Derby 640.2
- Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 624.7
- Bristol Roller Derby 618.8
- Seaside Siren Roller Girls 613.2
- Hellfire Harlots 604.1
- Central City Rollergirls 598.5
- Dolly Rockit Rollers 594.8
- London Rockin’ Rollers 581.4
- Lincolnshire Bombers 579.7
- Big Bucks High Rollers 572.5
- Granite City Roller Girls 570.4
- Kent Roller Girls 566.9
- RomseyTown Rollerbillies 564.3
- Severn Roller Torrent 547.7
- Birmingham Blitz Dames 527.0
- The Norfolk Brawds 492.8
We hope you are as excited as we are about this landmark development in UK derby.
The UKRDA is delighted to announce that we are now launching a rankings system for members. The commencement of this will be the implementation of a sanctioning process for games between member leagues’ teams. Sanctioned games will help us to develop this official rankings system, but will also enable us to develop our officials and ensure all sanctioned games adhere to UKRDA game play regulations.
Following close work with WFTDA and consultation with members, UKRDA will adopt the WFTDA sanctioning process and use an adapted version of their paperwork. This means our new sanctioning process will easily tie in with leagues that are members of both UKRDA and WFTDA.
Alongside sanctioning, we are planning to have a series of regional tournaments for our members which will result in a UK Championship, something the UKRDA has been working towards from the outset.
Karen Kuhn (Bones), WFTDA Managing Director of Games, is very excited about working closely with the UKRDA to help launch this new process and said; “The WFTDA is very excited about the establishment of national flat track roller derby associations like the UKRDA and what this means for the growth of the sport of flat track roller derby. We are happy to share best practices, standards and to make our materials available to UKRDA for their use, in the course of achieving and executing their mission. We look forward to a collaborative relationship for the benefit of all our members.”
The UKRDA Board Director responsible for Sanctioning and Games, Mistress Malicious, is keen to push the project forward and has been developing the process for many months. She explained how it had evolved, “Last year we asked our members what they wanted from sanctioning games and rankings and the overall feeling was to mirror the WFTDA process. Our WFTDA members particularly wanted the process to be similar to simplify submissions to both organisations. We were very pleased when WFTDA agreed to share their paperwork and process with us and we are very appreciative to Bones for all the time and work she has spent helping us implement it”.
As with all key decisions on the future of roller derby in the UK the UKRDA reports back to member leagues, relying upon and welcoming their input and any member league is welcome to join the sanctioning committee. To help leagues with the paperwork and understand the process we have an extensive FAQ document that is constantly updated.
UKRDA Sanctioning Processor Mona Rampage said, “Developing our own sanctioning process really shows the growth of roller derby in the UK. It is a really exciting time for our organisation and for all UK roller derby leagues – male and female”.