I guess I am a little late, but I just got caught up with the USARS posting of their rules that they are testing, as put on facebook by Roxi Tucker today. I guess actually it was posted in October.
I like some of the changes, thought others unnecessary but really didn’t dwell because I have nothing to do with them except give my opinions.
But then I read the comments under the post; “how dare they do that……The flat track rules represent 6 years……sue them….etc, etc”
This ownership thing makes me crazy……do you think Leo invented everything that was in the original game? He took some from the Walkathon, some from six-day bike races which were popular in the 30’s (“jam”), and added other elements suggested by Damon Runyon. And of course I changed some of the rules to make the helmet game in the 60’s. The name Roller Derby has long become generic, and we certainly didn’t try to copyright or patent it after my father had done so. The only copyright still remaining belongs to the Roller Derby Skate Company.
Not every wants to or certainly has to skate the WFTDA, OSDA, MADE, TXRD, MRDA, WORD, Renegade or any other rules. It is a simple game, 5 players on a team, timed jam, lap the field and pass for points.
Why the need for possession and ownership? Is it about control? Let it go everyone.
It would be a great Christmas present for all.