of a New Year and a new era for Roller Derby.
Certainly more people than ever know what the game is and that it is currently being played, and many know someone who is playing it.
And the recent BBC piece on Roller Derby said it is about to explode!
and Bonnie D Stroir tweeted: “Progress, people in my town now ask me if I play Roller Derby instead of what is it.”
My feelings (no shouting or pointing fingers), until there is some super ruling body to set up leagues, practices and standards, the game will still be splintered (as many people want).
College sports are under the NCAA umbrella, most amateur sports under AAU or ISOC, pro sports have the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL (OK, not right now). Although these all incorporate rule sets, they are a lot more. They impose control over the individuals, teams, leagues under their domain. Obviously neither WFTDA, USARS, or any of the other rule sets really control any of the leagues other than what is presently controlled.
So leagues form, split, and often overwhelm their markets in a topsy turvy manner. And even worse, because of anger that causes the splits, they won’t play each other.
What if everyone (hah!) decided on a ruling body or Commissioner (sorry, I decline……this would be 1000 times worse than asking for a ticket), had control of setting up meaningful leagues, style of play, playoffs, and championships, based on different divisions, similar to baseball, football, or soccer in the UK.
And if the commissioneress said to the teams in a metropolitan area, like Seattle, Chicago, Denver, etc. that their will be just 4 (or 6) teams in this area, and they will all compete in one league, post a schedule at the start of the season, promote all games as to their importance in final standings, and the followers of the game would know when their team is playing, against whom, and what bearing these games have not only as rivalries, but as actually leading to something important that could be achieved.
And there would be rules over player behavior, standards, training, promotion, marketing, officials, etc
And she would negotiate television deals that would benefit everyone and allow the game to grow as it should.
We all know this is completely impractical. Happy New Year!
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