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The Refs and NSOs, without whom, bouts couldn't happen.

Like skaters, as your skill and knowledge increases the demand on your time gets greater. Many Refs and NSOs, like skaters, put in many hours of time and dedication to help improve the sport, travelling thousands of miles each year to make sure events happen, either locally for their own league or at international events. The World Cup in Manchester, England, welcomed Refs and NSOs from all over the world to staff the crews to make sure each bout was properly staffed and ran to time, no mean feat when you have four tracks on the go and you are relying entirely on volunteers.

Without them the sport could not function and like teams, a certain camaraderie is built up between the officials, many attending the same tournaments, building up their specific skill set.

Some of the officials are ex-skaters, wanting to keep involvement once they have retired, but many just do it for the love of the sport and the community it has built.

The first all-female ref crew for an MRDA sanctioned bout in the UK, 2016

The first all-female ref crew for an MRDA sanctioned bout in the UK, 2016

NSO at Tattoo Freeze

NSO at tattoo Freeze, 2014

NSO checking skaters

NSO at Tattoo Freeze checking that everything is in order

The Enforcer at Chaos on the Clyde

The Enforcer, ref for the Leeds Roller Dolls

NSOs at the World Cup

NSO at the Roller Derby World Cup, flown in from Australia

NSOs having fun

NSOs having fun

Cherry Fury at the World Cup

Cherry Fury at the first Roller Derby World Cup

Announcers for London Rollergirls

Announcers for the London Rollergirls

Quadrigez announcing on the 'Live stream' at the  London/Gotham bout

Quadrigez announcing on the 'Live stream' at the London/Gotham bout

X Con-vick reffing for Leeds Roller Dolls

X-Con Vick, ref for Leeds Roller Dolls

Cherry Fury and Toxic Pink Stuff

Cherry Fury and Toxic Pink Stuff NSOing at a Leeds Roller Dolls bout with El Toupe (announcer) in the background

Cherry Fury and Fluke Skywalker strike a pose before the London/Gotham bout.

Cherry Fury and Fluke Skywalker strike a pose before the London/Gotham bout

Ref

A ref composes themself at half-time

Checking Scores

Checking the final scores at the end of a bout

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