There’s a thing going around my area that’s really concerning to me. Now, none of the teams in our region are WFTDA, or are ever going to be WFTDA. We’re talking small town, “B level” at best teams that simply play each other because we like derby. I dont think most of the skaters know what the Hydra is. So don’t think of this as top of the world style derby.
But after talking to all sorts of teams in the North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana that are in our level, I’ve discovered that my league is in the minority that we require all of the WFTDA Minimum skills to be passed before we allow skaters to participate in a game with another team. This includes the 27/5, which is our minimum. We don’t allow skaters to play in any sort of game or scrimmage that involves another team if they can not pass the minimum skills. Doesn’t matter about attendance, or other abilities, if you can not pass all of the skills you are not eligible for rostering outside of scrimmages in practices. No exceptions. This has meant that we have skaters who can rock all the other skills but can’t do the laps (or we even had one girl who struggled with the single timed lap but could do the 27/5), but are not game day eligible.
In our area, even teams that are higher level then us, teams are allowing skaters who have passed everything except the 27/5 to skate in bouts. This is troubling to me. I know why this is- since none of us are WFTDA, we do not have to use the minimum skills, and while all of the teams do use the minimum skills as a base line, we don’t require them for game play with each other. We do have requirements in our contracts about each skater having passed skills to keep everyone safe, and it bothers me that people don’t see the 27/5 as an important base skill. It’s more then just endurance, it’s skating ability and knowledge of the track.
I hate that people write the skill off as “too hard” or “not an accurate example of skill”. It bothers me that people write it off and laugh at it, and yet it’s a requirement for a reason. And I hate knowing that I am on the track with people who have not passed minimum skills. Because that’s what it is- you are unable to do a skill, which means you have not passed them. It’s not a scale or grading system, it’s a pass/fail. Passing basic skills is a minimum for a reason, for your safety and for the safety of everyone on the track. And the laps are a safety requirement as much as hitting or stopping properly.
I feel like my league and my thoughts are in the minority when it comes to teams who are not WFTDA but use the minimum skills as our baseline and use them as an actual cut off line. And i don’t think it’s right.
Anyone else, who is not WFTDA, and never will be, what is your leagues policy on minimum skills and players playing in games? What kind of standard do you have for everyone to be safe on the track?
I’m on two different leagues that skate WFTDA style. The first one, you’ve got to be able to pass all the mins, aside from the 27/5 (you must pass the 25/5) to scrimmage.
With my other league, you must pass all skills, the 27/5, and the rules test to be considered bout ready