WFTDA Officiating

Roller derby leagues rely on Officials to make sure games are played safely and fairly. To support the growth of our sport worldwide, the WFTDA also supports roller derby Officials with standardized practices and training documents, a certification system to recognize excellence in officiating for both Referees and Non-Skating Officials (NSOs), as well as officiating clinics around the world.



Officiating and Training Resources

WFTDA Officiating Procedures

Establishes required practices for Officiating during WFTDA-sanctioned and regulation play. Last updated December 2017.

WFTDA Officiating Procedures (PDF)

WFTDA Officiating Cues, Codes, and Signals

Standardized verbal communication, whistle cues, hand signals between officials and skaters during gameplay and penalty codes. Replaces “WFTDA Official Hand Signals” and “WFTDA Officiating Verbal Cues” documents. Also includes penalty codes and whistle definitions. Last updated December 2017.

WFTDA Officiating Cues, Codes, and Signals (PDF)

WFTDA Officiating Uniform Policy

Use this policy as a starting point to develop a Uniform Policy for your league’s Officiating program. Updated March 2017.

WFTDA Officiating Uniform Policy (PDF)

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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