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MRDA Sanctioning Policy

Definition of Terms

  • MRDA Sanctioned Game: A game between two MRDA Member teams played under the latest version of The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby (as of the date of the game) that meets all of the requirements of the MRDA Sanctioning Policy. Sanctioned games are counted towards MRDA Ranking.
  • MRDA Regulation Game: Any game played under the latest version of The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby (as of the date of the game). Regulation games are not counted towards MRDA Ranking nor necessarily played between MRDA teams and/or skaters.
  • Head Officials: The Head Referee, Head Non-Skating Official, and Games Official (if applicable) for a game or Multi-Game Event/Tournament.
  • Host League: Any MRDA Member league hosting a sanctioned game. Typically this league’s charter team would be the one considered “Home” on the game’s stats book IGRF.
  • Multi-Game Event/Tournament: Any event where at least three (3) sanctioned games are being requested, and consist of three or more teams. There is not a requirement of a “winner” of the event to be considered a Tournament.
  • Multi-Game Event/Tournament Host: Any MRDA Member league who is hosting or co-hosting a multi-game event or Tournament.

Responsibilities of Sanctioning

  • The Host League or Multi-Game Event/Tournament Host is responsible for sanctioning the game or multi-game event.
    • If the primary event host is not a recognized MRDA Member league, then the primary event host is highly encouraged to make arrangements with a participating MRDA Member league to be responsible for sanctioning MRDA games at this event. The MRDA Events Coordinator will provide guidance, as needed, to any MRDA league who acts in this role.
    • If the primary event host is the MRDA entity acting as itself, then the MRDA Events Coordinator shall complete all requirements of sanctioning the event, or appoint someone who is able to complete all requirements of sanctioning the event.
  • The sanctioning form, available online at  provides basic game and venue information. The host league certifies that all provisions  set forth in the Sanctioning Requirements heading will be met.

Sanctioning Requirements

Once all criteria (Sections I – V of the Sanctioning Requirements) are met a game shall be recorded and counted towards the MRDA Member leagues’ rankings and minimum MRDA game requirements.

I. Sanctioning Requests

  • Sanctioning request are due via the online form above, thirty (30) days before the event.
    • If the sanctioning request is made less than thirty (30) days before the event, a fee of $50.00 USD per game is required in order to sanction the event via the sanctioning website.
  • Once Sanctioned, if a games’ criteria (teams competing, venue, date(s)) need to change within the 30 day period, requests can be made to [email protected] to waive the $50.00 fee.

II. Rules

  • The game shall be played by the latest version of The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby (as per the date of the game).

III. Insurance and Risk Management

  • Insurance: All skaters and skating officials shall be covered by WFTDA insurance, WFTDA-reciprocal insurance, or equivalent insurance. Verification of WFTDA Insurance can be completed here:
  • Risk Management: The full WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines shall be followed.

IV. Charter and Roster Submission

  • The game shall be played using only skaters listed on an MRDA league’s Charter Roster and in accordance with current MRDA roster policies.
    • Multi-Game Event/Tournament Roster Submission: Deadlines for final game roster submissions will be two (2) hours before a given game. Roster submissions shall be made to the Head Officials.
    • Non Multi-Game Event/Tournament Roster Submission: Final game roster submission deadlines shall be negotiated between the participating leagues. Leagues are encouraged to enter into contracts to finalize this decision.

V. Submission of Scores and Stats Books

  • Score Submission: The score will be submitted via the MRDA Games Score Submission online form within twenty-four (24) hours of the completion of the game by either a participating league Captain or the Head Officials, as designated by the Host League. 
  • IGRF Submission: The signed game stats book IGRF will be scanned/photographed, renamed, and emailed to [email protected] or submitted via the MRDA Games Score Submission online form within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the game. Please note: both pages of the IGRF, the official review paperwork, and any expulsion paperwork must be included in the IGRF submission.
  • Stats Book SubmissionThe completed game stats book shall be emailed to [email protected] within two (2) weeks of the game date. For multi-game events encompassing five (5) or more sanctioned games, up to four (4) weeks will be allowed to submit stats books.