WFTDA Officiating

Roller derby leagues rely on hundreds of officials. In order to ensure that WFTDA sanctioned bouts and tournaments are staffed by the most qualified and capable officials, the WFTDA created a process of evaluation and certification. As the WFTDA grows in both size and national prominence, it is critical to recognize those officials who exhibit the best ability, implementation of the rules, fairness, and consistency across the board. When a bout is staffed by WFTDA certified officials, those teams know they’re getting the best.

Officiating Clinics

The WFTDA Officiating Clinics are a two-day immersion into all things officiating, with both classroom and track time, culminating in a put-it-into-play scrimmage. The clinics are offered annually and hosted in locations all over the world in order to reach as man officials as possible. Follow the link below to learn more.

2015 Officiating Clinics

WFTDA Referee Certification

WFTDA Non-Skating Official (NSO) Certification

Officiating and Training Resources

WFTDA Officiating Q+A

WFTDA's Officiating Committee answers common questions about officiating in our Officiating Q+A.

WFTDA Officiating Standard Practices

Establishes standard practices for referees and non-skating officials during interleague and tournament play. Last updated January 2015.

Officiating Standard Practices

WFTDA Official Hand Signals

Official hand signals for communication of penalties and directions between referees and skaters. Last updated January 2015.

Official Hand Signals

WFTDA Officiating Verbal Cues

Standardized verbal communication between officials and skaters during gameplay. Last updated January 2015.

WFTDA Officiating Verbal Cues

WFTDA Officials Dress Code

Effective for all WFTDA-sponsored tournaments.

WFTDA Officials Dress Code

Officiating Skills Assessment

Skills assessment guidelines and forms for officials.

WFTDA Minimum Skill Requirements and WFTDA Written Rules Test for skaters are now located at

The Official Rules and Track Design documents can be found at Rules Central.

WFTDA Official's Game History

The standard template for documenting officiating experience. This template should be copied to create a personal document that can be shared when applying for officiating positions.

This or the previous version of the document may be used for 2015 WFTDA Playoffs officiating applications, but the 2015 version will be required starting in 2016. For those officials applying for certification, the conversion to the 2015 version will be required for applications starting with the July 10, 2015 deadline.

Google Doc: WFTDA Official's Game History

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