I know that each derby league has its share of characters, but the zebra herd has its own recognizable personalities as well. Here are some of the more prevalent ones. Can you find your co-referees? Can you find yourself?
#1 The Hot Refs Oh lordy, every league has a hot ref, male or female. They skate out and you can hear a collective "siiiiiigh" from the skaters. Unfortunately, most of these refs know they are smokin' hot and do take advantage of it, so look...maybe not touch.
|See how pretty she is?|
#2 The Vindictive Ref vs the Slacker Ref Yeah, so these two refs aren't necessarily in the same league, but they do end up in the same bout, which is the universe's way of balancing out opposing forces. The Vindictive Ref seems to have a bone to pick with every skater and loves having ULTIMATE POWER (probably because they have dealt with too many Bad Psychos)! They tend to call a lot of minors and majors with a little too much venom; but that's ok, because the Slacker Ref let's just about anything slide, including an elbow to the jaw. There is such a thing as balance in karmic forces.
|Notice the drool! Notice the hipster beard!|
#3 The Fancy Pants Ref Derby is an outlet for people to express themselves, and these refs are the kings and queens of that! Fancy Pants refs have been seen wearing Derbyskinz, really crazy leggings, bustiers, mohawks on their helmets, and face paint. Unique doesn't describe some of you zebras!
|What will they be wearing next?|
#4 Refs with Cameras on Their Heads These are the refs of mystery, technology and possibly MEN IN BLACK! There always seems to be at least one ref a with a camera on his or her helmet; it is interesting to speculate about what happens to this footage. Is it only seen by other refs? Is it watchable at all?
|Big Brother is Watching!|
#5 Refs with Inlines All refs on skates are welcomed; that is the fact and the rule, but derby is a quad sport, so derby girls worship the quad skate.
|Still...skating is skating.|
#6 Really Awesome Skater Ref Grr! These refs are jam skating during time outs, mohawk with ease, and backwards skate like nobody's business. We are envious of you!
|Teach us to jam skate too.|
#7 Significant Other Refs Ah, derby girls are great at recruiting; they will even bring in their boyfriends, husbands, girlfriends, and life partners to join and help out with derby. Yea for refs! Unfortunately, this can cause issues, especially if a Significant Other Ref and a skater bring personal issues onto the track. For the most part, the Significant Other ref is blessing, and derby girls are happy to have you there!
|We know you came for your significant other. We hope you stay for the love of the sport!|
#8 The Best Ref Every league has a predominance of awesome refs; they show up to practice, keep the skaters calm, make incredibly difficult calls, and help us interpret the many rule revisions. Thank you for your continued dedication! We love our refs!