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.
Being a referee is an ongoing learning process. There are a lot of rules and procedures to learn. When trying to learn rules start with one or two rules at a time and learn what they are and what to do when you see someone doing it. Learn what constitutes a penalty for each rule. Once you are comfortable identifying the penalties you can actually ref your first game and get some experience. The more experience you get the better you will become at refereeing and the more penalties you will be able to identify and call. In addition to studying on your own, our Ref Corps holds ref training sessions and referees are encouraged to attend league skating practices to work on their skating skills and practice making penalty calls. The latest version of the referee hand signals & verbal cues are available 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 mater 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 must pass background checks prior to attending league practices.
*Upon joining the league, Referees will be required to purchase a Fox 40 whistle (both hand and lanyard styles are preferred but only 1 is required), a referee shirt with their derby name at least 6-inches on the back, skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and helmet. If they intend to engage in contact drills during practices a mouth guard is also required. Please note a Fox 40 whistle is a specific brand of whistle and that specific brand of whistle is what is required, no substitutes.
* 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!