Skater watching drills for beginner referees

Objective: A two-part drill to develop skater watching skills beginning with watching a single skater and moving up to watching skaters within a pack while practicing the most basic verbal cues ‘colour, number’. Typical length of drill: Any length of time – both parts can be done during warm ups. Materials needed: Taped down track,…More

OPR ‘Half-lap skate and wait’ practice

**Drill brought to Australia by Judge Knot, Texas Objective:  To practice the ‘half lap skate and wait’ pattern for OPRs Typical length of drill: Any Materials needed: Taped-out track Skill level required: Basic skating skills needed Description: Split referees into two equal-ish groups with each group standing at a pick-up point (corners 2/4 or 1/3…More

Referee skating patterns – all positions

Objective: Practice referee skating patterns, work on vocal projection and build communication skills between refs Typical length of drill: Twenty minutes per part – forty mins to run full drill. Materials needed: Stopwatch, whistle, taped out track. Skill level required: All levels Description: This is a two-part drill. The parts can be run concurrently or…More

Referee Penalty Calling Circuit

Objective: 1. To develop derby thinking skills (by calling penalties) which still function while we are doing cardio activities; 2. To continuously practice seeing ‘ten feet’ while using derby thinking skills. Typical length of drill: 15 minutes (two complete run throughs with six participants) Materials needed: Trainer: Tape/cones to mark corners, interval timer (or app),…More