Become an Official!

Skating Officials

Referees, a.k.a. Skating Officials, are essential for ensuring safety and fair play during a bout. Skating Officials wear roller skates during practice and bouts. They fill multiple positions in a bout or scrimmage, and are staffed by volunteers.

What are the benefits of being a Referee?

  • © 2013 Steve Mancini, Masonite Burn PhotographyYou get to roller skate! Referees can be male or female, and are members of the Rose City Rollers.
  • Being a part of world-class derby. Referees practice and train every Wednesday during Rose City league scrimmage. You’re part of the action when home teams and travel team practice and scrimmage each other.
  • Learn about derby. There’s no better way to learn the rules of roller derby than to be a part of the officials crew.
  • No experience needed. Referees have their own practice time dedicated to ref skills and skating skills, and are trained in skating skills before they participate in officiating.

How Do You Become A Referee?

Email Officials/Referees, Skating officials must have skates, and the appropriate safety gear. (knee pads, elbow pads, helmet, wristguards)

Non-Skating Officials

NSOs are the backbone of any officials crew.  As the name implies, NSOs take on the officiating positions that don’t involve being on-skates.  NSOs fill multiple positions within a bout or scrimmage and are staffed by volunteers.

What are the benefits of being an NSO?

  • Being a part of bouts: NSOs perform vital roles for bouts, and the Rose City Rollers have one of the best NSOs crews in the country.
  • Being a part of world-class derby every week:  NSOs practice and train every Wednesday during Rose City league scrimmage, which means that you’ll be seeing home teams and travel team play against each other.
  • Learning about derby: Whether you’re a skater or a devoted fan, there’s no better way to learn the game and the rules of roller derby than being a part of the officials crew.
  • No experience needed:  No skating skills are required, and no gear is necessary.

What will I be doing as an NSO?

A few examples of the positions that NSOs run during a game:

  • Scorekeepers: Work with the jammer refs to keep score.  Since the team with the most points wins the game, this is a very important position.
  • Lineup Trackers: Track all the skaters in each lineup.
  • Penalty Box Timers:  Skaters who receive penalties have to serve time in the penalty box.  Penalty box timers stand behind the penalty box and ensure skaters serve the proper time.
  • Penalty Trackers:  Responsible for keeping track of penalties.  They stand in the center of the track.
  • Jam Timer:  Start each jam and period with a whistle blast.  Requires purchase of a Fox 40 whistle.  They stand in the center of the track.

How do you become an NSO?

Email Non-Skating Officials, or come to The Hangar on wednesday nights at 6:45pm.  Meet at the east end of the hangar by the fire extinguisher, and we’ll get you started.