Beginner’s Referee/NSO Bootcamp

1pm on Sat 2nd Apr - At the Thunderdome

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If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at Officiating, or perhaps you’ve already started your training and just want to get more experience and advice, then this bootcamp is just for you!

This bootcamp will be broken off into two groups – Skating Officials and NSOs, so you can work on skills specific to your particular role. The groups will then be brought back together to put their skills into practice as a crew and officiate a Skater Debut scrimmage.

Skater Debut event:

The sessions will be run by Rainy City’s Head Referee Daniel Errington and Head NSO Pretty Miffed (Level 2 WFTDA NSO), who have a wealth of Officiating knowledge and experience behind them.

Preliminary Timings:

1pm – Registration
6pm – Skater Debut
8pm – End

Please bring a whistle, stripes or pink shirt as relevant (if you have them), plenty of water and a packed lunch.

Skating Officials

Session includes:

  • 2 hours off-skates learning
    – Impact and initiation
    – Pack definition
    – Professionalism
    – and more…
  • 2 hours on-skates skills and drills
    – Making calls loudly and clearly
    – Agility and speed control
    – Effective communication
    – Positioning
    – and more…

Skill Level:

You do NOT need to have passed WFTDA Minimum Skills to take part in this bootcamp, but you DO need to have passed if you wish to officiate the Skater Debut that follows.


Session covers:

Responsibilities and skills required for each NSO role in a game:

  • Jam Timer
  • Penalty Tracker
  • Inside Whiteboard
  • Penalty Wrangler
  • Penalty Box Manager
  • Penalty Box Timer
  • Scorekeeper
  • Scoreboard Operator
  • Lineup Tracker

@ the Thunderdome

Our home venue is entirely run and managed by Rainy City Roller Derby and all ticket sales go directly to supporting the league. It’s easy to get to by public transport or car, just next to the Oldham tram stop, or off junction 20 of the M60.