In February the Cowboy Capital Rollergirls announced they had been accepted as an apprentice affiliate of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). On Tuesday they received the news they had been hoping for - official acceptance as a member.
"We are so excited," Cowboy Capital Rollergirls president Ashley Gill said. "This is such a huge milestone not just for us but for our community and we couldn't be more thankful."
According to a release from WFTDA, "The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce that the Cowboy Capital Rollergirls has been accepted as a member of the WFTDA, the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a member organization for leagues to collaborate and network."
Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s 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. There are currently 211 WFTDA member leagues and 83 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program globally.
The WFTDA extended full membership status to 14 leagues following the successful completion of the apprentice program. According to the WFTDA, "the new Class C members can now enjoy the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including competing in sanctioned games and being eligible for rankings. Other teams besides the Cowboy Capital Rollergirls include:
• Boulder County Bombers of Longmont, Colorado, USA
• Cedar Rapids Rollergirls of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
• Cen-Tex Rollergirls of Temple, Texas, USA
• Cornfed Derby Dames - Muncie, Indiana, USA
• Cowboy Capital Rollergirls - Stephenville, Texas, USA
• Denali Destroyer Dolls - Wasilla, Alaska, USA
• Forest City Derby Girls - London, Ontario, Canada
• London Rockin' Rollers - London, United Kingdom
• Nidaros Roller Derby - Trondheim, Norway
• Pirate City Rollers - Aukland, New Zealand
• Port Scandalous Roller Derby - Port Angeles, Washington, USA
• Rainy City Roller Girls - Oldham, United Kingdom
• Rollergirls of Central Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky, USA
• Salisbury Rollergirls - Salisbury, Maryland, USA
As a new member of the WFTDA, the Cowboy Capital Rollergirls join the ranks of 211 all-female, skater owned and operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women's flat track roller derby, Juliana Gonzales, the organization's executive director said in a release. After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program, they can now enjoy the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking. The Cowboy Capital Rollergirls will begin their WFTDA membership a Class C member.
The Rollergirls are a non-profit, skater owned and managed, charity amateur sports organization, which is dedicated to playing and promoting the sport of Women’s Flat Track Derby. Their mission is to bring roller derby to Stephenville and surrounding communities and allowing women the opportunity to learn and play roller derby.
"We foster athleticism, empowerment and sportsmanship among women, youth, and supporters, while benefiting local non-profit organizations though our charitable donations and service. We seek to promote women’s athletics, provide an exciting game, and a fun family atmosphere for our fans," the team website states.