USA Roller Sports (USARS) is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the national governing body for competitive roller sports in the United States. USARS is dedicated to creating, enhancing and conducting the best competitions and programs for roller sports. We instill the drive to win and be the absolute best in sports and in life.
What is the relationship /difference between USARS and FIRS?
Within the structure recognized by the Olympic Movement, roller derby is one of the official disciplines under the sport known as Roller Sports. Other disciplines include speed skating, figure skating, roller hockey, rink hockey and slalom.
USARS is the National Governing Body of all roller sports, including roller derby, and is recognized by the US Olympic Committee under the Amateur Sports Act. Its governance and scope is national and limited to amateur competition.
FIRS is the International Governing Body of all roller sports, including roller derby, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. They are also affiliated to SportAccord and the World Games Organization.
Is this the first year that USARS has had national teams?
Yes, this is the first official United States Roller Derby National Team affiliated to USA Roller Sports, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS). We will have representation at the 2017 World Roller Games under both women's and men's categories.
The women’s team was recently finalized. We had 4 preliminary tryouts and a final tryout with more than a hundred signups from all over the country.
The Men's Roller Derby Team USA program is currently in the planning stages and will be introduced in the next few months.
How will these teams be competing internationally?
Among other important events, the members of Team USA will have the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2017 World Roller Games, a spectacular event gathering for the first time in one city the world championships of ten roller disciplines: artistic, speed, rink hockey, inline hockey, roller freestyle, skateboarding, inline freestyle, inline downhill, roller derby and inline alpine. The event, organized by FIRS, will be hosted by the city of Nanjing, China during the summer of 2017 and will be broadcasted on television and online, featuring more than 40,000 athletes at several venues, including the 10,000-seat Olympic Stadium and the biggest Asian indoor stadium – 20,000 seats – in the Olympic Park.
When will roller derby be an Olympic event?
One of the main objectives of the 2017 World Roller Games is to promote roller sports for future inclusion in the Olympic Games. FIRS is hoping that the event will help display the different disciplines to members of the International Olympic Committee and demonstrate their intense athleticism and the popularity they can bring with them.
Roller sports is currently one of eight sports fighting for the possibility to be incorporated into the 2020 Olympic Games as a demonstration sport. The final decision will be made in August this year. However, roller derby was not originally presented as a discipline under the bid since FIRS did not have a roller derby program at that time. We will try to include roller derby specifically as part of the next bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.