We are the Justice League Eindhoven Officials, but what do we do?
We are officials affiliated to the Rockcity Rollers.
This includes referees and non-skating officials.
We believe that well prepared, instructed, trained, and experienced officials are an asset to roller derby as a whole.
We strive to fully instruct our officials and prepare them for all kinds of situations, in hopes that they perform well under pressure and/or strange circumstances.
So, what does an official do?
Non Skating Officials, in short NSO's (Flamingo's)
We are the people running inside or around the track. At a game there are usually 12 of us. Never seen one? Good. We are ninja’s and we’re doing a good job when we make everything in the background run smoothly while we are invisible.
Generally we have 12 NSO’s on track during a game, but you could run one with a minimum of 7 or a maximum of 14. They all have different roles on track.
The one in the middle with the whistle yelling ‘5 SECONDS' starting the jam, and ending it if time is up.
Penalty wrangler -tracker and Inside Whiteboard
Three people standing in the middle writing down every penalty the referees call. All three work together to make sure they catch all of them, even when it’s raining penalties.
Three people, two of them time blocker penalties from each team coming in (Penalty Timers), the penalty manager times the jammers. These three make sure every naughty skater fully serves their penalty time correctly.
The jammer referees signal scores to the scorekeepers, one for each team, who track every point. The scorekeepers in their turn inform the scoreboard operator how much points are earned so he can make sure the scoreboard is updated.
Line up trackers
Those who write down who’s on track and in which jam. Nice for the statistics - NSO’s love stats!- and a great backup for all other NSO’s
Skating Officials, in short Refs (Zebra's)
Easily distinguishable by their black and white stripy outfits, these officials skate around either the inside or outside of the track, watching all skaters. Their responsibility is to enforce the rules and ensuring safe/fair game play.
Jammer referees (JR) 2x
Each Jammer ref follows a team's jammer and keeps an eye on penalties, tracks the points scored, and if the jam is called off by the jammer.
Back pack referee (BPR)
Typically skates one or two skater lengths behind the rearmost member of the pack. The back pack referee focuses on all of the skaters on track, watching for penalties committed by any of the blockers and calls pack definitions.
Front pack referee (FPR)
Will skate one or two skater lengths ahead of the foremost blocker on track. They watch for penalties committed by any of the blockers, but instead of being positioned behind the pack, the front pack referee is positioned in front of the pack. If skaters are skating forward and out of the engagement zone, it’s the job of the front pack ref to give them out of play warnings.
Outside pack referees (OPRs)3x
The outside pack referees skate along the outside of the track, watching for penalties committed by both blockers and jammers. OPRs are essential in assisting the infield referees in issuing any resulting penalties.