Rules PDF | Errata | Q&A | Publications


Rules PDF | Errata | Q&A | Publications


Rules PDF | Errata | Q&A | Publications

Rules Central

Rules Q+A

Common questions about the Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby answered by the WFTDA Rules Committee. Submit a question here.

Cutting A Non-Initiator

I didn’t initiate a block on my opponent, but now that they’re out of bounds, if they come in in front of me, would they get a penalty for cutting (in other words, can I “draw a cut”)? Does it matter if I go out of bounds, too?

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Jammer Lap Point

I hear that some things have changed with how Jammer Lap Points work. How should I be thinking about things now?

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Pack Destruction at the Start of a Jam

If a team creates a No Pack situation by skating away from the opposing team immediately after the starting whistle, should a pack destruction penalty be issued?

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Official Rules

The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby

This is the eighth full revision of the WFTDA rules since the development of the first shared rules for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby in 2005.


Edits and Omissions

Appendix A: WFTDA Track Design

Provides official dimensions and marking procedures for the WFTDA roller derby track.

Change Summary


Hand signals, standard practices, and other related documents can be found in the officiating section.

Rules Publications

These publications are released by the WFTDA Rules Committee periodically throughout the year, providing official guidance for interpretation of the rules.

Positionally Blocking with the Head

5.6.2 states that “Positional blocking with the head” is No Impact/No Penalty. This should be understood to indicate that no penalty should be given when, during the course of normal game play, a Skater’s head happens to be in an opposing Skater’s path.

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