Become a WA Roller Derby Referee

As a Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA)¬†league, WA Roller Derby (WARD) referees officiate games to the highest possible standards. If you’re over 18, and think you have the potential for:

  • High speed analytical and observational skills
  • Impartiality and even-handedness
  • An inexplicable love of black and white vertical stripes and zebra print clothing (optional!)

…then becoming a WARD on-skates official is perfect for you!

Never Skated Before?

That’s OK – most of our members never skated prior to joining WARD, and now we have one of the largest pools of bouting skaters and referees in the state. To start, sign-up at one of our next Freshmeat Intakes. From there, we will teach you the basics of skating – how to skate, stop, and safely fall.

After you pass a basic skills assessment, you can start to focus on the theory side. Then pass some basic rules testing you’ll officially be a trainee referee at WARD, allowing you to attend WARD’s referee training sessions, and practice at our scrimmages. From there, you can develop your skills until you are ready to be one of the referees at our games.

Already an Experienced Skater?

If you are already an experienced quad or inline skater, then a fast track program is available for you. Sign up at our next Freshmeat Intake, and the first four weeks of training will cover the basics (to make sure that you know how to perform things like knee drops, knee slides and the various stops correctly), after which you’ll be invited to sit either the Fast Track Assessment for roller skaters (quad skates), or an inline competency assessment.

More Information

If you simply can’t wait to get started, here are a few links that may interest you:

  • WFTDA TV: recordings of roller derby games from throughout WFTDA
  • The WFTDA Ruleset: the roller derby rulebook
  • The Hand Signals: notice the referees making hand signals at games or on This is a guide to what they all mean
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