WFTDA Press Releases and News Coverage
BRING IT IN: Erica Vanstone
BRING IT IN hosts Henry Abbott and David Thorpe spoke with Erica Vanstone, aka “Double H”, the Executive Director Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, about the WFTDA's return to play plan.
Full Frontal on TBS
This Women’s Roller Derby League Made A Better COVID-19 Plan Than Trump
We already know girls run the world. So why aren’t they running our country’s COVID protocol? Full Frontal rolled out its toughest correspondent, Amy Hoggart, to figure out how a women’s roller derby league has come up with a better COVID-19 plan than our president. Featuring Tracey “Dreadlocked and Loaded” Hughes, April “Jumpy McGee” Fournier, and Nikki McCorriston AKA Trauma.
What A Mid-Pandemic Roller Derby Practice Looks Like
The sport is definitely not socially distant. But players figured out how to make it work.
The one sport that’s doing it right
What does it actually take to play sports during a pandemic? Why we all should take a page out of roller derby’s reopening playbook.
Burn It All Down Podcast
Hot Take: Interview with Executive Director of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, Erica Vanstone
Jessica interviewed Erica Vanstone, the Executive Director of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). They talk about the association's response to COVID, the work they're doing towards dismantling racism, and the overlap of the WFTDA's LA league, Angel City, with the name of the newly-announced NWSL team in LA, Angel City FC.
The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC
The Return to Sports
Jane McManus, director of Marist's Center for Sports Communication and New York Daily News sports columnist, talks about where things in the world of sports are holding in the era of COVID-19 and BLM protests, the responsibility they hold to prevent a virus spike and cultural backlash, and which leagues are getting it right.
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan That Will Roll COVID’s Ass Over
While professional basketball, baseball, and college football have been botching attempts to re-open despite health experts’ advice, women’s roller derby has been putting together a master plan that is so efficient, so scientifically informed, so precise that it’s sexy. Enough for Emory University epidemiologist Zachary Binney, who has been a prominent critic of how other sports are reopening, to confess its spectator policies are so good it “almost made me cry.”
Roller derby laps major sports leagues with pandemic play plan
Erica Vanstone, executive director the WFTDA, spoke to As It Happens guest host Nil Köksal about the WFTDA's return to play plan.
Women’s Roller Derby Has a Plan for Covid, and It Kicks Ass
While baseball, basketball, and other sports struggle to adapt, an international team of skater-experts has figured out a safer way to play.
Women’s roller derby has the best COVID-19 plan in sports, and it’s not close
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body for roller derby, has created a comprehensive, science-based COVID-19 plan that focuses on keeping every single athlete, official and fan safe. And it blows every other plan in sports completely out of the water.
New York Daily News
Many sports leagues — from rec leagues to the youth game — have to figure out how to return on their own after the coronavirus pause
Erica Vanstone and her league, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, want to play roller derby, but the safety of the players is the priority for the WFTDA executive director. It’s a complicated task. Unlike the pro leagues that are planning their returns, she doesn’t have the CDC or White House on speed dial. But that doesn’t mean Vanstone and her league take this any less seriously. WFTDA has 40,000 players, coaches and officials in 450 leagues and 23 countries. The coronavirus has ravaged some, while others have been largely unaffected.