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TCDD Goes Co-Ed.

Bring on the men on skates! The Tournament City is proud to announce that it is now a Co-Ed Roller Derby league. Derby as a sport is changing as more and more men are getting interested in becoming involved, and we have decided to get with the times.

Men have been playing roller derby for as long as the sport has been around. But in the last five years, men have really been stepping into the game in a big way. The MRDA (Men's Roller Derby Association) boasts 76 all male teams and even hosts a world championship competition. With the rise of men's roller derby world-wide, many smaller cities are starting to get in the game with co-ed teams as they gather enough men to build a full men's program.

Now before you get all worried about the safety of our lovely derby dolls. Let me tell you there are some rules in play. When playing full contact derby, men are not allowed to hit the women on the track. They can only use their bodies to "positionally block" (basically stand in front of) female players. Men can also only hit male players when it does not residual contact with non-male players. Under these parameters and with the right attitudes, we believe that men and women can safely play a contact sport together.

The TCDD has made this move because we believe that, at its core, derby is a sport where literally EVERYONE is included. It is in our fabric, to open the door for all. So if you are a man and you want to play, you should let us know and we look forward to seeing you on the track. And if you are a fan we think you need to come and see this. Your favorite out-there sport is getting even more out-there now.


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