June 11, 2013
The WFTDA has released a new version of the Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, incorporating clarifications and minor revisions to the rules update taking effect in January 2013.
Teams may begin playing under the new rules immediately. All sanctioned bouts must be played under the revised rule set starting July 1, 2013.
The changes, which were approved by WFTDA member leagues, focused on adjustments that could be made with minimal disruption to the current rule set and season. Substantive changes will be held until the next major rules revision, targeted for January 1, 2014, to allow time for thorough review and testing.
Changes include stricter penalties governing contact to the head to improve athlete safety; adjustments to Multi-Player Block penalties; a new Forearms/Hands penalty for using an opponent to make a block; and clarifications and additions to the Delay of Game penalty that was added in the January 1 rules update.
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