Whenever you watch a Roller Derby Bout you can't miss them: the small army of people in striped black and white, pink or grey shirts on and around the track, regulating and recording the game. This is the official crew (also lovingly referred to as Zebras and Flamingos).
Officials are an essential part of roller derby. There are usually 7 skating referees at a derby bout, and 10 non skating officials (NSO): jam timers, penalty box timers, lineup trackers, scoreboard operators and so forth.
Why should you become a referee?
- You get to skate! Referees train with us and are full members of the league.
- You learn about derby. There's no better way to learn the rules of Derby than by being part of the official crew. You get to learn by being close to the action!
- Reffing derby is fun. Roller derby is an unique and challenging sport to referee.
- No experienced needed. You can sign up as an official, even if you have no previous skating or referee experience. You will learn the rules of the game, and to skate safely, while you're 'official in training'.
- It's a great way to be part of the derby community! (and as a bonus, of the officials family!)
Why should you become an NSO
- You learn about derby. Whether you're a skater or a fan, or just curious about derby, being part of the officials crew is the best way to extend your derby knowledge.
- No experience needed: As an NSO you don't need to be able to skate, and it follows that you also don't need to have gear.
- It's a great way to be part of the derby community (and as a bonus, of the officials family!).
Referee and NSO Requirements
- You must be 18 or older
- You will need quad skates, a helmet, mouth guard, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards (Required for skating refs).
- Our officials attend the weekly scrimmages and home games. (But many also travel to other leagues to officiate their games. You are expected at training, but you have the option to branch out and have even more derby in your life!)
As a skating official in training, you are invited to join the Rookies program in which you'll learn the derby basics, and how to skate safely. Once you pass your Minimal Skills Test, you will start reffing at our training scrimmages; a safe learning space to get comfortable with the different reffing positions. Of course, if you are an MST passed skater you can skip the Rookie trajectory.
If you're derby curious, but unsure if derby is for you: starting out as an NSO or Ref is a great introduction into the world of derby. You will get to know the league and its skaters, the rules of the game, and get a feel for the events.
Are you up for the Challenge? Dom City Roller Derby is excited to have you!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dom City Dolls are a WFTDA apprentice, we play by their official ruleset. WFTDA rules and resources can be found here: WFTDA Standardized Flat Track Roller Derby Rules