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NEO Roller Derby to Compete in Division 2 Tournament in Kalamazoo, MI

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NEO Roller Derby Qualifies for Women’s Roller Derby Playoffs

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced today that NEO Roller Derby qualified for the 2013 WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Aug. 23 to 25 as the #5 seed. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned bouts played through that date.

The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

With a significant shift in the WFTDA competitive structure this year, the 2013 Playoffs will bring a new level of excitement to WFTDA tournament season as teams meet on the Division 2 Playoffs track for the first time. WFTDA has held playoff and championship tournaments for its Division 1 teams since 2006. This year, the competition has been expanded to up-and-coming teams in the middle tier of WFTDA rankings.

The following teams will be joining NEO Roller Derby in Kalamazoo Aug. 23-25 to compete for a shot at advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November and playing in the first ever Division 2 Championship game. The top two teams from each of the two D2 Playoffs will attend Championships to play for 1st to 4th place in the division.

1. Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

2. Sac City Rollers, Sacramento, CA, USA

3. Killamazoo Derby Darlins, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

4. Carolina Rollergirls, Raleigh, NC, USA

5. NEO Roller Derby, Akron, OH, USA

6. Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, NY, USA

7. Paper Valley Roller Girls, Appleton, WI, USA

8. Tri-City Roller Girls, Waterloo, ON, Canada

9. Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland, OH, USA

10. Suburbia Roller Derby, Yonkers, NY, USA


The WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs and Championships offer three full weekends of full-speed, full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Des Moines, Kalamazoo, and at the Championships in Milwaukee Nov. 8-10, at The four WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs will take place on consecutive weekends in September. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on NEO Roller Derby from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel,

About NEO Roller Derby & Mission Statement:


NEO Roller Derby was founded in May of 2007 by 11 passionate ladies who shared the desire to bring the sport of Roller Derby to the Akron-Canton area. Others heard about their dream and quickly joined the league, making it a league run by the skaters, for the skaters. Through the hard work and dedication of these ladies, April of 2008 found them entering their first competitive season, making them the first bouting league from Akron-Canton, Ohio. In September of 2010 they became a WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) League. Giving back to the community is a major part in the Roller Derby movement. All of NEO Roller Derby’s bouts are for charity. We have raised and donated over $24,000 to local charities whose main focus is similar to our own, the empowerment of women and the protection of children. NEO Roller Derby has put blood, sweat, and tears into keeping their dreams alive.

"NEO Roller Derby exists to provide an opportunity to build a positive relationship with women in the community through the sport of roller derby. We will demonstrate that women of all walks of life can be strong and independent, while managing a career and a personal life, and can excel in an otherwise male dominated sports world. We are a non-profit, charitable organization whose main focus is the empowerment of women and the protection of children".

ABOUT WFTDA: The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 197 WFTDA member leagues and 98 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

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