The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby

NOTE: You are viewing the January 1, 2013 revision of The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, which is officially retired.

The current version of the rules can be found at Rules Central.

2.1 - Track

2.1.1 - For regulation inter-league games, the track shall be based on the specifications in Appendix A - WFTDA Track Design. The method of marking dimensions (tape, rope, etc.), including suggested 10-foot (3-meter) marks, is subject to the restrictions of the venue; however, the track must be the standardized dimensions.

2.1.2 - The track surface shall be clean, flat, and suitable for roller skating. Acceptable surfaces include polished or painted concrete, wood, or game court floors. - The skating surface and boundary line colors must meet the definition of high contrast beyond a reasonable doubt or the Head Referee shall request the venue use colors that meet that definition. The skating surface and boundary line colors are of high contrast if there is a large degree of visual difference between the boundary line and the base color of the skating surface such that the boundary line color stands out from the skating surface.

2.1.3 - The track boundaries must be marked by a raised boundary at least one quarter of 1 inch (0.64 cm) and no more than 2 inches (5 cm) in height, in such a way that is highly visible to skaters and officials and does not present a safety hazard to skaters. The track boundary line width must be at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) and no greater than 3 inches (7.5 cm). The track boundary must be consistent in height and width throughout the entire boundary. - The track must clearly demarcate the Pivot and Jammer start lines. These lines must be consistent in color throughout the length and width of the line and must be at least 1 inch (2.54 cm) and no greater than 3 inches (7.5 cm) in width. Sponsor logos are permitted on the Pivot and Jammer lines as long as the logo does not interfere with the contrast of the line to the skating surface.

2.1.4 - The track area will include chairs or benches in designated team areas, either in the infield or on the sidelines. Only those skaters who are on the roster for that game may sit or stand in the designated team area. Up to two support staff per team are allowed in this area during a bout.

2.1.5 - There will be a 10-foot (3 meter) clearance around the outside of the track for safety. If there is a rail, wall, or barrier between the track and the crowd that completely prevents contact between spectators and contestants, a 5-foot (1.5 meter) clearance is permissible. Referees may skate in this area, and/or the infield of the track. The clearance cannot be less than 5 feet (1.5 meters).

2.1.6 - For safety and visibility, the track surface, boundaries, safety zone, and penalty box must be clearly lit.

2.1.7 - The track and the boundary marker line are considered in bounds.

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