Skating Referee positions and Non-Skating Official positions are open to men and women 18 years old or older. The referees skate in the middle and around the track in black and white striped shirts calling out penalties they see. Referees are in charge of enforcing the rules to keep the game safe and fair. We play by the WFTDA rules set found here.
As you read through the rules you should have questions if roller derby is new to you. The rules can be quite confusing so don’t be embarrassed to ask any question, no matter how minor you think it may be. It is very important that you fully understand the rules so that you can officiate properly.
When officiating a bout or scrimmage you are required to wear a black and white striped referee shirt or dress with your derby name at least 2 inches on the back which you will be required to purchase. You can wear whatever black shorts/pants/skirt you like. Skating referees wear quad skates or inline skates. They are required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads at all times when on skates. Refs must also have their own Fox40 whistle and stop watch.
EXPECTATION OF REFEREES BY THE LEAGUE
* Referees will be required to purchase WFTDA insurance upon joining the league and must renew annually to retain their referee status.
* Referees must sign a liability waiver annually.
*New volunteers, referees and NSOs may be required to pass background checks prior to attending league practices.
* New Referees who attend practices and clinics regularly as well as study the rules and hand signals on their own are expected to pass a written Referee rules test and Referee skating skills test within 3 months of starting their training to be considered a Full Referee. Fresh Meat Referees will be evaluated at the end of their 3rd month of training and given the written and demonstrative referee tests.
* Referees must learn the WFTDA rules and hand signals. They must commit to reading them often.
If interested in becoming part of our Ref Corps, please contact us below!