We welcome women and men aged 18+ who are interested in becoming a referee. This is a great way to become involved in the sport and increase your fitness on skates, whilst avoiding contact.
Trainee referees join the league as ‘Hatchlings’ and complete the 18 week training programme.
Once trainee referees complete their basic skating skills they also shadow our referees to start learning referee skills and the rules of roller derby.
How often do we train?
Hatchlings and trainee referees train twice a week at the following times:
- Thursday 8pm - 10pm at Greenbank Sports Academy
- Saturday 10am - 12pm at Garston Urban Village Hall
When you pass your minimum skills and join the Birds you will be expected to train at the following times:
Thursday 7pm - 9pm (all post minimums, skills) at Garston Urban Village Hall
Saturday 12pm - 3pm (all post minimums, scrimmage) at Garston Urban Village Hall
Advanced level skaters also train on:
Wednesday 7pm - 10pm (advanced only, skills) at Garston Urban Village Hall
What equipment will I need?
To officiate roller derby you will need:
- quad skates
- a skate helmet
- aggressive/plastic cap knee pads
- elbow pads
- wrist guards
All new skaters joining the ‘Hatchlings’ must have all this kit for their first training session.
Roller derby is a full contact sport so good quality safety kit is a must. This is true even for referees who will not be participating in contact drills. Even if you are on a budget, a minimum set up of elbow, knee and wrist guards are required. If you arrive at a training session with kit that does not meet our minimum safety requirements, you will not be able to skate.
How much does it cost?
As we are a skater owned and skater run team, we have to charge fees in order to cover hall hire costs, insurance and keep the league running.
All new skaters pay monthly subs of £22 and more information about this will be provided at the beginning of ‘hatchlings’ training.
What does training involve?
New skaters joining the league as ‘Hatchlings’ at the beginning of a 16-week training programme. During this time we work on the skills needed to pass the WFTDA ‘minimum skills’ test.
Once trainee referees complete their basic skating skills they also shadow our referees to start learning referee skills. Your training then progresses towards refereeing roller derby games in public.
When is the next intake for new skaters?
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on our next intake.
We encourage all potential members to come along to our games and events to learn a little more about the sport and the team – you might also pick up some of the rules along the way!
If you can't wait to get involved, you could consider joining us as an NSO (Non Skating Official) member.
We encourage all potential members to come along to our games and events to learn a little more about the sport and the team...