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Published on September 30th, 2011 | by DerbyLife

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USARS Rule Set Draft In Testing Phase – Thoughts?

In the last week USARS released a draft flat-track roller derby rule set, and announced the names of leagues participating in the testing phase. The rule set is a quick read at 24 pages including appendices, and if you’re already familiar with the WFTDA rule set, the read goes even quicker.

What say you, Derby Nation?

Are USARS geniuses for capitalizing on the many flat-track leagues who will never see a WFTDA top ten ranking, who may be looking for meaningful tournament play? Is their gender and game style (USARS includes Old School Rules games) inclusiveness a winner? With all that inclusion, why was banked track derby (arguably more popular than Old School Rules) ignored?

Are 4 periods and the breaks in between a way for lesser athletes to compete? Will this stunt the endurance of a generation of derby skaters? Or is it just a throwback to the flat-track derby of 2001-2006, and a way to be different?

Will WFTDA referees certify to ref USARS competitions? Will WFTDA skaters or teams compete under both rule sets, in a vague hope of being ready should USOC only ever recognize USARS?

Is this big picture thinking ahead of the game, or the wishful thinking of a group that wants control of a sport they didn’t build? We want to know what YOU think, Derby Nation, and we want to hear your questions, too. Let your voice be heard, below, in the comments of this Open Thread!

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