Join our Ref Squad! SORDA is always recruiting Refs!!


Do I need to know how to skate?

No. We do not require any previous skating experience.  We are more than willing to teach you how to skate! There are also many off-skate positions that are needed, these positions are called Non-Skating Officials (NSOs).  NSOs are always in high demand and are essential to a roller derby bout.


Will I get hurt?

Although it less unlikely, referees, like players, can get hurt. Players occasionally fly off the track and into the refs.  This is why protective gear is mandatory for all on-skates positions. We also train, stretch and practice falling to help reduce injuries and their severity.  We require insurance to skate with SORDA because we care about you and keeping you healthy!



How much of my time will it take up?

Weekly practice is important if you are going to learn the skills required to be a on skate referee.  You will miss out on important skills if you don’t attend practices.   We also encourage our Refs to spend lots of time with the league doing whatever they can do to promote the sport of Roller Derby!



What equipment do I need?

You will need a whistle and a stopwatch. In addition, every on-skates referee will be required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and quad roller skates. In-lines are allowed for referees, but not the skaters.



How much does it cost?

The biggest expense will be for your equipment.  You can buy either new or used, so the price will vary.  We support, but also find gear through places like kijiji, craigslist and second-hand communities on facebook.



How can I get started?

We will do our best to teach you and help you understand the complex rules of Roller Derby.  The WFTDA ruleset can be found here

Please print out and bring to every practice. Read it again…and again….and again 🙂


You can also head over to to learn ALOT more about the requirements of a Ref and the certifications needed.


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