Eric RAWK is in his 8th season as a roller derby official, during which he's traveled around the world both to officiate and instruct officiating. He was the Head Referee of Gotham Girls Roller Derby for 2 years and a referee in the league for another year as well as being a referee for the Long Island Roller Rebels and the Angel City Derby Girls. At present RAWK is a referee with the Rat City Rollgirls and Co-Head Referee for the Oly Rollers.
RAWK served as an referee in every WFTDA Westerns and Championship Tournament to date in addition to a variety of other WFTDA Regional Tournaments. He was the Tournament Head Referee of 2 WFTDA Western Regionals, 2009 WFTDA Championship, 2011 CRDA Western Regionals, Wild West Showdown 2010 and 2011, Flat Track Fever 2012, Roller Derby Colombia 2012, The Big O 2012 and 2013, and Co-Tournament Head Referee of World Cup 2011. In addition RAWK was a Crew Head Referee at 2012 MRDA Championships and 2012 Northwest Junior Roller Derby Championships, and an infield referee at the 2012 USARS National Tournament.
All officiating instruction Eric offers is conceived and created by him and written specifically for each training session. He began his event instruction at RollerCon (Las Vegas) 2007, 2008 and 2009, Leid on the Track (Hawaii) 2011 and Sk8 Heaven (England) 2011. RAWK has also instructed independently in Anchorage, Alaska; Oahu, Hawaii; Dallas, Texas; Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Bogota, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Red Deer, Canada, Seattle, Washington and Toronto, Ontario.
Presently Eric RAWK is the longest running Level 5 WFTDA Certified Referee, on the acting BoD of ARROW (rollerderbyofficials.org), has played a significant role in writing the first three Rules Tests for the WFTDA Referee Certification Committee, and was one of the three officials to draft the proposal that created the WFTDA Referee Committee and the WFTDA Referee Certification Committee. He created the structure of the GGRD Officiating Crew while he was Head Referee, played a significant role in creating the refereeing system used by the Rat City Rollergirls and has helped officials from around the world to improve their abilities.
Gia de los Muertos began officiating with the L.A. Derby Dolls in June 2007. She served as Captain for the LADD Enforcers from 2008 - 2010, working to build and retain a specialized crew of officials vital to isolated banked track leagues. As a founding member of the Enforcer Training Team, she worked with her team to establish best practices and hand signals that are still in place as the foundation of officiating for banked track roller derby. She has served on the LADD Gaming Commission since 2008, and served on the WORD rules committee for the span of its existence.
Gia believes strongly in official cross training, and of the opinion that all officials are vital to executing a game. Game flow is the result of an efficient team, especially the non penalty calling officials, and Gia prides herself on being an exemplary official both in stripes and solid black. Gia reviews WFTDA rules and procedures to consider their application on a banked track, and officiates at least one flat track game per year to gain new experience and insight. As a member of NASO, she reviews policies and procedures from a wide span of sports to gain perspective and evaluate potential application to our sport.
Gia was selected to Co-THR Battle on the Bank I (2008), II (2009), and to THR Battle on the Bank III (2010). Gia was selected as a crew HR for Battle on the Bank IV (2011). Later that year, she was named by Catalyst's Pro Roller Derby to THR their Kitten Traxx Invitationals in Chicago (2011) and Phoenix (2012). Gia has been chosen to HR Championship games for both LADD's 2009 and TTRB's 2011 seasons. In 2010 and 2011, Gia ran the officiating portion of March RADness Camp, and ran the Mentorship program at Rollercon in 2010 and 2011. She has turned her organizational expertise to the first officiating camp to train on both surfaces, ARROW's Engagement Zone camp in Los Angeles. With over 100 banked track games under her belt, Gia continues to work with both new and experienced officials to grow the sport.
Harry Spot’er began officiating with the Victorian Roller Derby League based in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. Currently Harry is the Head of Officials for the VRDL. In 2010 he was a Co-Tournament Head Referee for the first Australian tournament. In 2011 Harry became the first WFTDA Certified Official in the Southern Hemisphere. He was also a Skating Official and Non Skating Official for Wild West Showdown in 2010 and 11 and 2012 will be a Crew Head Referee for the Dust Devil Tournament held in Tucson, Arizona.
Harry was also a Skating Official for the Eastern Regional Tournament held in New South Wales and was the Head Referee for the Championship Bout. He has currently worked 97 bouts including 15 WFTDA Sanctioned Bouts and has been a Non Skating Official for 7 Bouts. He has instructed a couple of VRDL run officiating clinics, and is currently a WFTDA Officiating Clinic Instructor.
Harry is very focused on the officiating for the sport Roller Derby and you will him constantly talking about Roller Derby. He enjoys helping to improve the quality of officials throughout Victoria and Australia and does the best he can to help them.
Matthew Mantsch began officiating in 2006 with the Mad Rollin' Dolls, out of Madison, WI, before a recent move to New York City. He has officiated at 10 different WFTDA Tournaments, including every Championship tournament and 6 turns as a Crew Head Ref. He was also the Crew Head Ref for the WFTDA Championship bout in both 2010 and 2011, and the Co-Tournament Head Referee (with Eric Rawk) for the 2011 Blood & Thunder World Cup.
He has also officiated at the 2008-2011 ECDX Tournament, the 2008 and 2010 WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament, the 2010 and 2011 Wild West Showdown Tournaments, the 2010 and 2011 Brew-Ha-Ha Tournaments, the Red Bull Banked Jam, and the Kitt Traxx Chicago Invitational Tournament. In addition, he was elected as the inaugural Chair for the WFTDA Referee Committee and has led clinics in Minnesota, Long Island, Edmonton, CN and Melbourne, AU for both the WFTDA and on his own.
Matt's passion and focus is refereeing and improving both the state and quality of referees and officials within the sport of roller derby. He's always willing and excited to talk to you about the sport, the rules, and officiating in general. You may also know Matt as Reverend Riot, he will answer to either.
Riff started officiating and skating with the Stuttgart Valley Rollergirlz in 2008 and was Head of Officials for Germany's first Roller Derby league until 2012.
Shortly after his first bouts as skating official he was chosen to ref at Europe's first tournament Roll Britannia 2009 in London. He travelled all over Europe to attend training camps and officiate for numerous leagues. In 2010 he became tournament Head Ref at the German Championships in Berlin and in 2011 at the scandinavian tournament 'Battle of the Nordic Light' in Malmö, Sweden ending the year as skating official at the Blood & Thunder World Cup.
Since 2010 he is coaching officials inter alia at training events in Germany, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Sweden.
Having been with the first league in a country Riff is well aware of the difficulties of officials in starting leagues. Therefore he made it his mission to help leagues and their officials with his humble experience when- and wherever it is possible for him.