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?
- You get to roller skate! Referees can be any gender 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)
Roller derby is awesome! And you can get involved in the action even if you don’t skate. If you love rules, whistles and clipboards, being a Non-skating Official is for you. If you want to support your friends/family in derby, being a Non-skating Official is for you. If you want to be part of a community that supports girls, women and non-binary skaters in competitive sports, being a Non-skating Official is for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use our form to contact NSOs and we’ll get you started. No special equipment is required to begin, so don’t hesitate to drop us a line!