Referee Training Program

Zebra huddle!

Zebra huddle!

Referees (or Zebras) keep skaters safe during game play and also help at practices officiating drills and scrimmages. Zebras skate for FREE once they graduate from the Adult New Skater Program in return for reffing services at practices and games.

Opportunities exist for referees to shadow experienced refs and attend training sessions to hone their skills. WFTDA Skating Skills Assessment for Referee Certification provides the guideline for minimum skating skill required in order to begin reffing. Becoming an experienced ref will open opportunities to travel around Western Canada reffing in a wide-variety of games. Chat with your New Skater Program Coach if you think reffing would be a good option for you!

You must attend one of the Adult League Registration Nights and graduate from the Adult New Skater Program prior to learning to ref.

Adult New Skater Registration Night

Interested in officiating roller derby? Come try roller skating at one of the following registration sessions.

Next adult new skater intake
April 2017
Specific dates to be announced

At each registration session you may try loaner roller skates and gear (limited sizes) and receive your first skating lesson from league coaches.

If you like roller derby after your first session, register as a league member and join the Adult New Skater Program

Please bring and wear:

  • Water bottle
  • Mouthguard – you will not be allowed to skate without one
  • Comfortable clothing – t-shirt and shorts or athletic pants
  • Socks

If you own the following items, please bring:

  • Helmet (bike, skateboard or hockey)
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Knee pads
  • Roller skates

If you have skating experience and would like to join mid-season, please email or message us on our Facebook Page for information about special adult mid-season intake. Mid-season registrants must own roller derby gear to join mid-season.

Adult Skating Program Levels

In the Adult Skating Program, women and men 18+ start in the New Skater Program. There, skaters will learn to skate and the basic skills of falling, footwork and skating in close proximity to each other, while building up strength and endurance. From there, skaters move up through various levels in the Adult Skating Program.

  • New Skater Program: These skaters are non-contact, non-scrimmaging and just learning to skate. Most of them have never been on skates before. Skaters remain in this program until the fresh meat coach deems them safe for the next level.
  • Developing Skater Program: These skaters are deemed safe for basic game play by the Fresh Meat Coach, eligible to attend new skate and full-skate practices and begin integrating themselves into practice drills within their level. Skaters learn the rules of the game through participating and watching drills and scrimmage. At this point, skaters may choose to support the league by becoming a referee, a good non-contact alternative to participating in the sport, while still being on roller skates!
  • Modified Skater Program: These skaters are working on achieving their WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements and studying for their rules test and have not yet passed all full requirements. Modified skaters participate in all drills and are aware of game rules and can comfortably scrimmage and participate in home and away invitational events.
  • Full-Skate Program: These skaters have passed all WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements and rules test. These skaters are eligible for game rosters and home and away invitational events

New Adult Skater Program Costs and Fees

  • League membership fee: $25 (one-time)
  • $30 CRDI insurance until the end of 2016 (self-registered)
  • $50 CRDI insurance for the 2017 year (self-registered)
  • Practice Fees: First two weeks after date of waiver, FREE. $20/month after waiver expiration
    • Payment is due by the first Sunday of every month

Practices are every Sunday evening, with some exceptions. There is un-coached skate space available during Wednesday practice (loaner gear not available). Please see our practice calendar for updates.

Referee Costs and Fees

  • $50 CRDI insurance for the 2017 year (self-registered)
  • Practice Fees: FREE in return for league officiating services
  • Payments: September-November $120, April-June $120, July-August $80
    • Payment is due by the 15th of the first month of each seasonal block

Referees attend adult practices and officiate scrimmages. Practices are every Sunday and Wednesday evening, with some exceptions. Please see our practice calendar for updates.

Additional Links and Information

Skaters must self-register and purchase their insurance through CRDI (click here for forms) and email the league treasurer when registration has been completed.

Skaters must purchase their own referee uniforms (cost varies depending on style).

WFTDA Officiating Standard Practices (PDF)

WFTDA Officiating Verbal Cues (PDF)

WFTDA Official Hand Signals (PDF)

WFTDA Skating Skills Assessment for Referees (PDF)

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Please request to join our LRDG League Group and like our Lethbridge Roller Derby Guild Facebook Page for additional announcements about practice and other events.

Roller derby gear requirements

Roller skates

  • Starting at $150
  • Most skate packages come with indoor wheels and bearings

Knee pads

  • Starting at $40


  • Starting at $50.
  • Be sure to purchase a dual certified CPSC (single impact) and ASTM (multi impact) helmet

Elbow pads

  • Starting at $30

Wrist guards

  • Starting at $20

Extras that are nice to have:

  • Roller skate toe covers/protectors
  • Skate tool
  • Outdoor wheels with bearings

Check out our sponsors for more information and prices on purchasing gear

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