We would like to proudly announce our first H.A.R.D. Athletic Scholarship Winner Kelly Caruso! Hartford Area Roller Derby has awarded her $500 to help attend Quinnipiac University this fall. Way to go Kelly!
Although the average Connecticut sports enthusiast may be used to being a spectator of typical sports such as basketball, football or hockey... An exciting, action-packed sport, that some may find to be somewhat nostalgic, is ROLLING its way back onto the scene bringing a fun time for the whole family! Read More...
This now dedicated ref had no idea that his participation in the 2013 Roller Polar Charity Run would lead to the beginning of a grand adventure. A casual mention of his hockey and officiating past and he was promptly adopted like the lost puppy that he is. His new HARD family has made him feel more than welcome as he skates around working his magic on the whistle and providing some comic relief where needed. Until he figures out a way to make a living as a sports official, RidderMark wanders the globe as a Safety Engineer, adventure racer and thrill sport participant.
Hartford CT— The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that Hartford Area Roller Derby has been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.
“Beginning this journey toward WFTDA membership has always been a part of our vision. We’re very excited to someday represent Hartford on a national level, in rankings and tournaments, with the support of the best resources in the world,” said Danielle “Diesel N’ Gin” Paine, President of the Hartford Area Roller Derby.
As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, Hartford Area Roller Derby joins the ranks of more than 250 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby. WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide them in the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of the Association. WFTDA Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership. The Hartford Area Roller Derby plan to complete their apprenticeship throughout their 2013 season, boasting six double-header home games being held monthly, April through October, at Hartford’s XL Center.
About the WFTDA
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the governing body for women’s flat-track roller derby, and a membership organization for the leagues to collaborate and network. The organization created and maintained the first standardized rule set for the flat-track game, now in its fourth edition. The WFTDA also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues. There are currently 172 WFTDA member leagues and more than 111 apprentice leagues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
About Hartford Area Roller Derby
Hartford Area Roller Derby is the Hartford Area’s premier not-for-profit roller derby league. H.A.R.D. is nearly 100 members and three teams that compete against leagues throughout New England and beyond. Since 2011 we have provided family friendly entertainment featuring the fastest growing sport in the world, full contact, all-female flat track roller derby. For more information on Hartford Area Roller Derby and the upcoming 2013 season please visit our website or like us on Facebook.
Check em out! Thanks to to photographer Luke Gorski.