Roller Derby Exploded in 2008-2009 with the release of ‘Whip It’ and new leagues popping up all over the place. The rules were short and easy to understand, skaters skated fast, there were big hits, leagues were popping up all over the place.
Then WFTDA and USARS got involved.
They started trying to organize things, WFTDA decided to start working on “improving” the rule set. There was a new addendum to the rule set coming out every few months. The game became harder to explain, eventually people quit trying.
Leagues were having their first bouts to, as an example, a crowd of 1500 people.
The general rule of how the crowds work is that every bout gets about 80% of the previous bout until you are down to only the die-hards, who still don’t know what the fuck is going on.
Even more destructive than WFTDA popping out a new rule set every six months then came sites like Zebra Huddle to help interpret the rules.
Now things went straight down the toilet.
There has never been a larger group of self-important douche bags than the people on Zebra Huddle.
The new system was this, Derby would be played, refs would goon Zebra Huddle to see how they could manipulate the rules for the advantage of the skaters. This new strategy would be used against Gotham in the championship game. Wftda would change the rules to adapt to it.
Now we have 30 second penalties and no minors. Getting rid of minors did gt rid of a lot of ticky-tacky stuff, but the other changes to the rule sets have not compensated fully. Now all of the ticky-tacky annoying stuff is largely legal and has been accepted into gameplay. Great, you can now hit someone square in the back, but as long as they don’t fall down lose position, or go out of bounds, it is totally legal.
Anyway, I quit giving a shit about derby a while ago. I didn’t want to renew my insurance last year and I am certainly not letting them renew my shit this year. Speaking of insurance, these policies that they make us buy, that don’t really cover anything, I don’t even have a card for, and wouldn’t know how to make a claim on if I wanted to because I never got a declarations form (which should be a requirement of selling someone an insurance policy). Where does the money go? Is this just yet another thing lining the pockets of the three people who actually have paid positions with the WFTDA?
Oh, by the way, killing Derbbynewsnetwork, which was by far the best place to go for scores and an occasional game summary, was the last nail in the coffin.
I don’t know who is going to the D1 or D2 tourneys this year.
I don’t care.
The final tourney is a 2.5 hour drive from my house and I have relatives living nearby I could stay with who have a keg-a-rator.
I could give a flying fuck less.
By my count I have two games left this season after which I can say fuck it and burn my gear.
I don’t think I am going to miss it.