Officials Wanted!

Think you can keep our skaters on-track and in-check?!  Then Bay State's Team Zebra wants you! Our next session begins January 18th!

Want to get more involved in derby, but not sure getting on roller skates is quite your jam? Think about becoming a Non-Skating Official, or NSO. Those folks in black shirts are the backbone of every single bout. Learn more here.

Photo by Grace McCurn

So, you’re looking for even more of a challenge than jamming or blocking? Well, you’ve come to the right place.  It takes someone really committed to become a roller derby referee, but if you’ve got the passion, our trainers can take you from roller derby fan, to King/Queen of the track.

Bay State Brawlers Roller Derby offers an officials skater class that is designed to bring skaters up to skating official skill level. You’ll begin by joinin our new skaters class, where we will teach you everything from the basics of stopping and falling, to evasive skating.  Next, you’ll join league practices with our officials trainer, who will help you apply the rules of flat-track roller derby to league drills and scrimmages, as well as to identify and signal penalties, illegal procedures, and other official calls.  No previous skating or officiating experience is required! Just bring your enthusiasm and protective gear, we’ll help you with the rest. You must be 18 or older to referee.

To sign up for the next new class, beginning January 18th, complete the registration form and tell us a little bit about yourself! If you have questions or would like more information, e-mail with your contact information to

There are only 25 spots in this class for skating officials and skaters, and we book first come first serve, so space is limited. (If you’re an established skating official looking for league affiliation, see our Transfers page.)

Wife-O, Officials Trainer

The Nitty Gritty:

Bay State league practices run twice a week, on Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 PM and Sundays from 5:30-7:30 PM, at Roll On America, 90 Duval Rd, Lancaster, MA.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to practices to get geared-up, as “on-track” practice begins promptly.

Required items to attend new skaters class:

  • A copy of your driver’s license or state ID
  • your insurance card (health care coverage is required!)
  • Your gear (we have limited gear available to loan,) including:
    • Helmet
    • Mouth Guard
    • Elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards
    • Skates (Quads are preferred.)

All of the gear you need can be purchased locally from our sponsor, the Bruised Boutique, in Nashua New Hampshire.

Fees you will need to pay by the second class (cash or check):

  • Monthly dues of $45 – Required only for the first 8 weeks of new skater training. After that, skating officials are not required to pay monthly dues, though they are encouraged to participate as full league members.
  • Yearly WFTDA insurance fee of $70