This weekend 12 teams will play for the Hydra Trophy, awarded to the WFTDA's top team each year.
Fivepointgrandlslam.com will be in Chicago live-Tweeting and covering the tournament, as will numerous other journalists and roller derby enthusiasts.
In preparation, I'll have a blog for each day of the week until the opening day's game (Monday-Friday).
Tuesday: By the numbers
Wednesday: What's in a name?
Thursday: The post-regional power rankings
We've been in contact with a few skaters and coaches about some things to watch for at the tournament, and hope you'll enjoy each new entry. And stay tuned. We're hoping to have our Wi-Fi connection up and going to stay connected with everyone.