Roller derby leagues rely on officials to make sure bouts are played safely and fairly. The referees, affectionately known as ‘Zebras’, Join us at every game and scrimmage to ensure all skaters are playing safely, and by the rules.
Being a referee requires a keen eye, extensive rules knowledge and comprehensive skater skills, however we can teach you all that in our new skater intake and ref school. All we need from you is a passion to learn and the ability to blow a whistle.
A fully officiated bout has seven (yes seven) refs and one spare called the alternate, who is there to assist and jump in if needed. We are proud to say that Dorset Roller Girls have a hard working, dedicated team of refs who willingly leap in to support other local leagues and take part in bouts across the Country.
If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, feel free to drop us a message on our Facebook Page! Being part of the roller derby community is hugely rewarding whether on skates or off, so if playing derby isn’t for you, why not consider being a referee?
Non-Skating Officials (NSOs)
Roller derby leagues rely on officials to make sure bouts are played safely and fairly.
NSOs cover a variety of tasks; penalty timing, score keeping and line up recording to name a few. They are essential for making our bouts a success and help produce the statistics that track our performance.
A full NSO squad for a bout is made up of 12 people, so there are lots of jobs up for grabs.