Bouts rely on Officials to make sure they are played safely and fairly. WFTDA provides a standard curriculum to aid aspiring Officials. We will teach you how to skate and the WFTDA rules.


5.1. Staffing

Each game must staff enough on-skates Officials (Referees) to effectively track the following information in real time:

  • The location of the Pack and Engagement Zone

  • Which Blockers are out of play

  • Who the Jammers are

  • Which Jammer (if any) is Lead Jammer

  • How many points each Jammer has scored

One Referee is designated the Head Referee.

5.1.1. Distinction

Referees are responsible for assessing and enforcing penalties, must be on skates, and must be uniformed in a manner that clearly identifies them as Referees.Referees must be distinguishable from each other; for example, by displaying a name or number on their uniform.

5.1.2. Requirements

Each game must also staff enough Officials to effectively track the state of the game such that the rules can be enforced in real time. The number and position of Officials may vary based on available technology and the limitations of the venue, but the following information must be available upon request:

  • The Official Score

  • The Official Jam Time

  • The Official Period Time

  • Which Skaters have been assessed how many penalties, and which have been served

  • Which Skaters are not allowed to skate (for example, due to expulsion, fouling out, or having a Jam called for their injury)

  • How long a given Skater has been seated for each penalty

Individual Officials may be assigned to multiple tasks so long as this does not threaten the accuracy of the above information.

5.2. Duties

All Officials are responsible for keeping the game running safely and smoothly by ensuring that the rules of the game are followed. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Ensuring that each team has an acceptable number of Skaters on the track

  • Ensuring that each team has an acceptable number of Skaters in certain positions on the track

  • Ensuring that the game is played legally

  • Timing Jams, periods, penalties, and the time between Jams (including timeouts and reviews)

  • Signalling the starts and ends of Jams

  • Signalling who is the Lead Jammer

  • Signalling how many points each Jammer earns on each trip through the Pack

  • Informing Skaters and Team Staff of the state of the game when asked (to the best of their ability given the constraints of their responsibilities)

  • Calling Official Timeouts when additional time is needed; this may include a need to ensure that:

    • Game information has been correctly recorded

    • Gameplay is safe

    • Injured Skaters have been taken care of

    • The teams are informed regarding anything out of order

Officials may call off Jams at their discretion. Reasons may include but are not limited to injury, technical difficulty, interference in a Jam by spectators or other Skaters, unsafe play, or illegal play that cannot be rectified via penalty assessment.