Become An Official

Do you want to become involved in Roller Derby but don’t want to play? Do you like stats, spreadsheets and order? Maybe you’ve just started skating but want to understand the theory of Roller Derby more? Then you could become a referee or NSO (non-skating official)!
These two groups of officials are integral to the game, helping to keep the skaters safe and the game play fair and organised.


Referees ensure the safe running of the game and that it is played as fairly and consistently as possible. They are responsible for calling the penalties and awarding the points. Referees also train with their league and help them improve by making sure they understand the rules and why they are getting called on penalties. You’ll need a quick mind as a referee!
Those wanting to become a referee will first need to pass some minimum skills, which can be done through our Skate Academy. This runs on a Thursday at the Oasis Leisure Centre from 7:00-8:30pm. You will need to register your interest first - click here to send us a message

NSOs (Non-Skating Official)

NSOs are a vital role in roller derby and will help you to learn about the theory of the game. They track information from the game, including who won, which helps leagues to see what they are doing well and where they can improve.
An NSO role is highly important, but also needs no experience and can be done by anyone over the age of 18. Our Head NSO will always be available to talk you through your role before the game. The more NSOs we have, the smoother the game will run and the more information/stats the team will have on their performance at the end of it. If you'd like more information, contact us and we'd be happy to help.

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