WFTDA Officiating Clinics

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2015 WFTDA Officiating Clinics

The WFTDA is now accepting proposals from leagues interested in hosting 2015 WFTDA Officiating Clinics. The WFTDA plans to host 12 to 15 Officiating Clinics worldwide in 2015. The WFTDA will work with hosting partners, instructors and the roller derby community to ensure the thorough and effective training of roller derby officials. Download the Request for Proposals, below, for more information and to submit a proposal.

Request for Proposals: 2015 WFTDA Officiating Clinic Hosts

2014 WFTDA Officiating Clinics

Are you ready to make the right call? The WFTDA Officiating Clinics are back!

The WFTDA held the fifth annual WFTDA Officiating Clinics cycle in 2014. The WFTDA remains committed to consistency and standardization, as well as providing tools and resources so that all roller derby officials may succeed in providing the highest level of officiating, and promote the ideal of “Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.” roller derby.

What's new for 2014?

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. Rules are always changing, but the fundamentals of good officiating stays the same. This year’s clinic cycle will offer a host of new materials specifically designed to work with the WFTDA’s new 2014 Rules and Standard Practices of Flat Track Roller Derby. WFTDA Officiating Clinics are geared toward officials that have six or more months of experience and knowledge of WFTDA rules, practices, and solid skating skills. Officials planning to participate in WFTDA Tournaments are strongly encouraged to attend an Officiating Clinic. WFTDA Officiating Clinics are open to any official regardless of affiliation or certification.

  • In support of veteran officials and continuing education, the WFTDA will waive the registration fee for Level 4 and Level 5 WFTDA-Certified Officials.
  • Both non-skating and skating officials will be offered post-clinic tests that, if passed, will act as a bonus toward certification.
  • The registration cap has been lowered from 100 officials to 80 officials. Additionally, a cap of 50 skating officials will be implemented in order to insure that officials skating in the scrimmage will get more one-on-one training.

For Non-Skating Officials (NSOs)

  • NSOs will be provided with training, tools, resources, and practical application of WFTDA rules and procedures.
  • NSOs will be given first access to new training videos designed to demonstrate the basics of filling out game paperwork.
  • Veteran NSOs will participate in breakout sessions to consider higher order operations such as tournament officiating, consistency among peers, and officiating techniques for the highest level of play.

For Skating Officials

  • Skating Officials will receive updated information that highlights the new rule set, and develop the working knowledge necessary to effectively manage bouts.
  • Skating Officials will learn about the tools and resources necessary to follow the WFTDA development path to Certification, and will gain insight into what is required to succeed as a WFTDA official.
  • Skating Officials will learn and practice drills designed to improve skating skills.
  • Veteran Skating Officials will have the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions that will enable them to fortify skating skills and theory related to higher order considerations including advanced positioning, consistency among peers, and officiating techniques for the highest level of play.

For WFTDA Captains and Coaches

While WFTDA Officiating Clinics are designed to provide officials with the tools and resources needed to officiate modern roller derby, getting to know and understand the officials' side of the sport can be extremely valuable for captains and coaches. We recognize that many skaters and coaches also officiate for their leagues and play a part in recruiting and training officials. A deep understanding of rules and their application benefits the whole sport; therefore, a limited number of seats will be held available for skaters and coaches to attend 2014 WFTDA Officiating Clinics.

  • Attendees will gain knowledge of rules, theory, and application – as understood by officials.
  • Attendees will examine the rigors of the certification process, and will be better positioned to evaluate officials and help their league’s officials seek certification.
  • By being exposed to the language, communication, and procedures of officials, attendees will be able to better negotiate interactions with officials.
  • Attendees will be exposed to the skating skills and positional theory used by officials, including skating drills and techniques that are geared towards improving the skating skills of officials.

Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.