Topeka roller derby team accepted as Women’s Flat Track Derby Association ‘Apprentice’

Capital City Crushers - Photo By Melissa Kershner

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced on Friday that Topeka’s Capital City Crushers have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA.

The WFTDA is the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby and also serves as the sanctioning body for games, hosts tournaments, sets safety standards and provides insurance to athletes and leagues.

Capital City Crushers Secretary Caitlin haggard said the Capital City Crushers have worked hard to reach and maintain the standards set by the WTFDA.

“Being accepted will allow our skaters to be stakeholders in the future of roller derby.”

Haggard went on to state that as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, Capital City Crushers joins the ranks of more than 300 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. Apprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access to many of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

“We are excited for this upcoming season of roller derby, and we are looking forward to facing some challenging teams,” said Sarah Brummett, executive board member.

The Capital City Crushers are looking forward to participating in multiple home and away games as well as Mid-West Derby Fest, a tournament hosted in Lebanon, MO.

There are currently 302 WFTDA member leagues and more than 75 apprentice leagues worldwide.

The Capital City Crushers are expected to release their full bout schedule by mid-February.

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