Refereeing can be a great way to get involved. You don’t have to wear quad skates – you can wear inline skates if that’s your preference.
You could also consider becoming a non-skating official (NSO). There are a number of different NSO roles, including timing bouts, keeping track of penalties, and scorekeeping.
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If you’d like to help us out and perhaps dip your toe into the roller derby community, consider offering to volunteer. Maybe you have some special skills you can bring to our league or maybe you can just help out at the odd event by taking tickets at the door or showing people where to sit. If you volunteer at an event you also get free entry and masses of derby love and gratitude, so don’t firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching is a great way to be involved with the sport if you like helping others, want to inspire the next generation of derby skaters…or just love skating! You don’t need to be a great skater – but it helps if you have either a derby or another type of skating background.
WARD will be able to give you some help with getting drills together, planning lessons and teaching the rules.
Because roller derby is so new in Australia, there aren’t any coaching accreditation courses you can do – yet. But we have been assured that Skate Australia are working hard on this, so soon there will be a formal course for you to take, which will allow you to also get coaches’ insurance from Skate WA. Stay tuned…
And, of course, if you’d like any help and don’t really know how to start, don’t hesitate to email us. There are often derby camps around Australia, held by various leagues, so keep an eye out for them email@example.com
Atomic Sirens skaters forming a “wall” to block a jammer. Photo credit: Matthew Boggs.