Mother State Roller Derby have met all requirements for entry into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, according to coach Michael Maines.
Formed in a schism with River City Rollergirls in 2010, MSRD have faced an uphill battle for recognition and respect ever since. According to Coach Michael, "We were told time and time again by leagues in the area and region that we would never be a WFTDA league, that we wouldnt survive with our training format, our low numbers, our general philosophy toward the game."
Since their formation, Mother State have had a steady diet of away games. Following a policy of playing whomever would agree to a bout, the girls from Richmond have come to enjoy travel and a wide range of opponents as a bonding and learning program.
At this point, Mother State are just waiting for the announcement of their membership, all other technicalities have been met. Coach Michael expects that the announcement will bring a wider range of more difficult opponents, although that would have to wait until 2014, as the 2013 schedule is already set.
In 2011, Mother State were 9-3 in all public bouts, and their 2012 schedule can be found here.