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.
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.
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.
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 or off skates, so if the full-contact nature of playing derby isn’t for you, why not consider being a referee?
Roller derby leagues rely on officials to make sure bouts are played safely and fairly.
NSOs cover a variety of essential roles. From penalty timing to score keeping to line-up, they are necessary for making our bouts a success. They also help to produce the statistics that track our performance, helping us to continue growing and improving.
A full NSO squad for a bout is made up of 12 people, so there are lots of areas to get involved with.