Officials are an integral part of any sport. Without them, games would be pointless and unsafe…Roller Derby Officials are the crème de la crème of sporting officials, in short, Officials are awesome!!! Our officiating team is made up of both Skating (refs) and Non-Skating people (NSO’s), and they are very much a part of the team. Without officials we wouldn’t get to play! You can learn to become an official at any time, just get in touch!
“Why I ref roller derby? I ref because I found that is where I fit into roller derby, I love the sport but didn’t enjoy playing. I didn’t want to sit on the side-lines, I wanted to be part of it! Being a ref gives me the freedom to go and ref anywhere in the world, as much as my real life allows me, then being able to take my experience and knowledge back to help my local league.” – Crash Gordon, Head Ref.
Roller derby referees are there to ensure the game is run as safely, fairly and consistently as possible. To ensure this happens each game has a maximum of 7 skating officials, all of which will be singing from the same hymn sheet/WFTDA rules book, code of conduct and standard practices document.
NSOs are a vital part of roller derby, they keep track of the penalties, the scores and the line ups, they time the jams and the skaters in the penalty box. There are 12 NSO roles needed for a game:
Penalty Box Manager
2 Penalty Timers
2 Line Up Trackers
2 Penalty Trackers
2 Score Trackers
“When I started fresh meat I was Bambi on ice and was really grateful to the team for helping me learn to skate, so I wanted to give back to them and being an NSO lets me do that. As a non-skating role it means that you can get stuck in from the start and allows anyone who doesn’t want to or can’t skate for any reason, be a part of this amazing sport and community. You also get the best seat in the house on game day and are often supplied with an abundance of goodies in forms of gratitude from the players who need you to officiate for them to play.” – ANAIMAL, Head NSO.