This coming weekend, the Derpshire Rollergirls are putting on a WFTDA-sanctioned referee clinic with a special emphasis on creative refereeing.
The class aims to help roller derby officials put the maximum amount of creativity into their roller derby refereeing.
The advertisement for the class states:
We will teach you about creativity, innovation and change.
We want to stimulate your creativity and help you take your creative refereeing to the next level.
Be a more innovative referee; jumpstart your creativity, and don’t just go by the rules.
Learn about what is inhibiting you from calling roller derby penalties the way you want.
Think outside the box, break the shackles, push the boundaries and challenge the status quo.
The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity in roller derby refereeing.
Discover and develop your own ideas for how roller derby penalties should be called.
By the end of this course, you will be great at discovering your own ideas about roller derby rules and delivering them confidently.
This course is highly experimental and teaches you to be experimental, too, in your roller derby officiating.
You will learn to creatively work as an individual ref and you will also learn creative refereeing in a team of officials.
We will prepare you for all the situations you may encounter as a roller derby referee: gameplay, captains’ meetings, official reviews – bring your creativity to all of these.
You will be able to use these creative skills everywhere in your function as a roller derby referee, whether you are making calls, selecting crews or evaluating other referees.
There are no skills requirements for this course.
There are no grades or tests. You decide how good you are, because the only person judging your refereeing should be you.
This course also leads directly to certification, i.e you will be a Certified Creative Referee.
Here are some of the creativity- increasing concepts you will learn on this course:
Approach roller derby penalty calls in new innovative ways.
Push your limits – make calls in ways never seen before.
Have you gotten into a rut? Try calling things differently to how you would normally call them.
You may feel foolish at first, but getting comfortable with feeling foolish is just another way to think outside the box.
Shift your thinking away from your brain’s logic centers and into a more creative part of the brain, where it can be mulled over in a non-rational way.
Work backwards: start with the call you want to make and work backwards to creatively come up with a justification.
Try to challenge your brain’s normal concept of causality.
Draw on other creative sources: players, coaches and the audience may give you new ideas about how to make calls.
Invite randomness into your work. Embrace mistakes and incorporate them into your style.
Always think: what’s the worst that could happen?
Eliminate negativity. Do not limit your ideas. No idea is too ‘out there’.
If other people tell you your ideas are outside of normal, don’t listen to them.
Instead, surround yourself with likeminded people.
Keep your creativity sharp. Like any skill, creativity needs to be exercised to keep it going.
Keep thinking of new situations to apply your creativity to. Any bout is an opportunity for this.
This course will cover all of the WFTDA rule book, though special emphasis will be put on creatively calling forearms, multiplayer block, and cut track penalties.
We have many graduates who have gone on to referee at the big 7 WFTDA tournaments and other high profile roller derby events.
Contact the Derpshire Rollergirls to book your place on the creative refereeing course and bring your officiating creativity to a bout near you.