Tag: officiating

Resolutions: AFA Skating Into the New Year!

Hello, and Happy New Year!

AFA is looking forward to kicking off a whole new year of derby soon. We have a recruitment happening, brand new Contact Learning skaters eager to take their training to the next level, the Inferno is coming back from their off season and getting ready to kick butt, and so much more! Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for announcements about where and how to see us play and all that we have going on behind the scenes.

I recently asked the whole league to share if they had any derby related New Year’s Resolutions. Here are the responses, as varied and bold as the members of our league!

“To try and get more off skate workouts in.” -Ginger SnapHer

“Off skates workouts, footwork, master stops, and to get 34/5.” -Slim Katie

“Transitioning smoothly.” -Arky de Sade

“Setting new personal footwork skills and a regular lifting schedule to get stronger.” -Seitanic Beast

“Be more consistent with my lifts.” -Daisy Cutter

“Memorize all the ref hand signals and calls and get more confident making calls. Learn all the things!” -Wild Violet

“Commit or quit.” -Photo Bomber

“Take every opportunity I am offered to play derby. I learn the most while I’m playing.” -Sparks & Wreck

“I will jump the damn [pool] noodle.” -Mutha

“Become Level 1 Certified and to be a skating official in a bout.” -Goff Da Track

“To (try to) quit smoking (again)!” -Queen Bootycca

Do YOU have a New Year’s Resolution related to fitness, derby, or conquering a skill? Share in the comments!

AFA Gets Their Scrimmage On!

You may have already heard the big news, but in case you haven’t: AFA now has scrimmage nights! On Sunday, October 21st at 5pm, we held the first of our new scrimmage practices.

This was a particularly historic night for AFA, as it was the first time we have hosted a scrimmage with two teams of AFA skaters, and the first time with AFA officials!

Scrimmage is an opportunity for our newest group of “Scrimmage-Eligible” skaters to put their derby skills to work in gameplay scenarios. The same goes for our Officials, both Skating and Non-skating, who are working hard to learn and master their own skills at officiating roller derby. Everyone did such an amazing job!

Wanna get involved?

Guest skaters from other leagues are welcome and should be able to provide their WFTDA Insurance number plus verification of Scrimmage-Eligibility in advance.

Folks wishing to learn Non-Skating Official skills (such as score-keeping, penalty box timing, penalty tracking, jam timing, and lineup tracking) are also welcome! If you haven’t learned any NSO positions yet, you can shadow someone who has.

All who are interested in joining the fun, please contact our league Head of Training, Leif Mia Lone, at afarollerderby@gmail.com.

Scrimmages are closed to the public at this time, but keep following our facebook and other social media pages for announcements on our 2019 bout season!

(AFA would like to give special shoutouts to Coconutz Chanel, Cary Zawhistle, Some Skater Named X, and Little Miss Muffinator, who came as guest officials and shared their expertise and knowledge with us. THANK YOU!)

5 Questions For… Goff Da Track!

Introducing a new column: “5 Questions For…” in which we will interview members of AFA who represent a variety of roles.

It’s an exciting time for AFA! Among so many big changes we have gone through recently we also have the formation of our very own Officiating Committee. Stepping up to steer that committee is Goff Da Track, who joined AFA earlier this year with a goal of becoming a skating official.  Here are 5 questions for AFA’s Head of Officiating

How exciting is it to be getting the Officiating Committee started?
It is very exciting! I am truly humbled and honored to be leading this great committee. Its definitely something I feel every league should have as officials are needed ALL the time.

What steps have you taken to research and learn about roller derby officiating?I have attended 2 Officiating clinics, helped NSO 3 scrimmages and have reviewed some of the WFTDA rules and regulations. I have also been recommended to shadow Coconutz Chanelle on Monday nights in Portland for MRD’s scrimmages. It also helps when our league has become friends with so many wonderful officials who have offered to help numerous times.

What is the biggest challenge to forming this new committee and training officials?
I believe the biggest challenge is that we are starting from scratch. Being that this is a new program, everyone is in the same boat with learning as we go.

When and how can people get involved as officials with AFA?
We will be starting Officiating training on July 3rd. Our practices will be on Tuesday’s and Friday’s after Freshie warm ups which will be either on or off skates. After which we will be working in a classroom like setting at least for the first couple weeks.

What is your favorite thing to do on skates?
Honestly just being on skates is the best feeling in the world! When I am on skates, it’s just me and the track and all of my worries go away. This community is truly 1 in a million and I wouldn’t change my derby journey for anything in the world.

Thanks Goff!!!