Philipp has been invovled in Roller Derby since 2006. After spending the first six months as a bench manager, he quickly realized he loved skating and helping as an official far more, where he has remained ever since.
Drawing upon skills learned in his professional life as an adult educator, he helped multiple league's officials with rules knowledge, practical implementation as well as overall game and league management. He was asked to join the initial group of WFTDA Instructors, serving one year in that capacity. Since that time, he has taught at multiple clinics around North America, doing single and multi-day workshops covering all aspects of officiating.
He officiated at WFTDA regional and championship tournaments since 2009. He is also a CRI Certified Instructor and Training Developer.
Tootie Tinwhistle is a Level 5 WFTDA Certified Referee who has officiated over 250 bouts in seven years of refereeing. From 2010 to 2012, Tootie was the elected Chair of the WFTDA Officiating Committee.
He has worked at Big 5 tournaments every year since 2007, including the positions of Crew Head Referee and Tournament Head Referee. Tootie has planned and instructed officiating clinics all around the world and was instrumental in creating the WFTDA Officiating Clinics' education curriculum.
Tootie has a degree in education and works endlessly to improve his teaching methods, especially with respect to the most challenging and frustrating concepts of roller derby rules and officiating.
Photo by Jules Doyle
John Foul John began his officiating career as an NSO in 2007. He worked as a NSO with several leagues in Washington state and participated as an official at WFTDA Western Regionals in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2010 he worked with Miss Nomer to create and lead the NSO instruction at a Blood and Thunder training camp.
In 2010 John Foul John began training as a skating official. WIth his strong background in the rules, communication, and other practices he quickly became an effective referee. He has worked sanctioned level bouts for various leagues and at several tournaments including Wild West Showdown, The Big O, Canadian Westerns, and Roller Derby World Cup. In 2012 he was a crew head referee at Canadian Westerns, and was the tournament head referee for the Northwest Jr. Roller Derby Championships.
John Foul John is currently the lead referee instructor at the Academy of Flat Track Derby Officiating (AFTDO) in Port Orchard Washington, where he teaches an ongoing series of micro clinics for officials at various levels.
TechKnuckle Nikki began NSOing for Oklahoma City Roller Derby in 2010. In 2011 when they became a WFTDA member league, she took on the task of studying and teaching her local officials the highest standard of officiating possible. She has since transfered to the Oklahoma Victory Dolls where she is the Head NSO.
Nikki's experience includes NSOing at Clover Cup '11, WFTDA Western Regionals '11, and Governor's Cup '12 as well as working with the Rinxter crew at WFTDA Championships '11. She was Tournament Head NSO of Clover Cup '12 as well as Roller Derby Colombia '12 where she also helped lead a pre-tournament officiating clinic.
In 2012, Nikki became the first WFTDA certified official in Oklahoma gaining WFTDA Level 2 NSO Certification. She is also the South Central Region Panel Member of the WFTDA NSO Certification Committee.
Wookie began officiating in the end of 2006 with Slaughter County Roller Vixens, where he served as the Head Ref from 2006-2008. During that time Wookie also spent an extensive amount of time working with and helping train officials from the multitude of leagues around the Pacific Northwest, including working with the Rat Finks (Rat City’s official crew), Oly, Dockyard Derby Dames, Jet City, Rainy City, Lilac City, Bellingham Roller Betties and Rose City.
In 2009, Wookie was transferred by the military to Baltimore, Maryland and began skating with Charm City. During his time with Charm he continued to help train officials throughout the Eastern Region. In 2012 the military once again moved Wookie to San Antonio, TX.
Wookie has served as at an official at the WFTDA Western Regional Tournament ’09,’10, and ’11, WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament ’09 and ’11, WFTDA Championships ’09 and ’11, Rust Riot ’08, ECDX ’09 and ’11, and Anarchy in the UK ’11.
His passion for the sport is of the highest levels and he is willing to talk about the sport any chance he has. He is dedicated to the sport of roller derby and the improvement of officials.
Tripp started officiating roller derby in 2007 after deciding to get back into skating. In his teenage years, Tripp was a champion quad speed skater and after 20 years off the rink, he decided he missed skating and wanted to start again. His affiliate league, the Carolina Rollergirls, were looking for officials so Tripp joined and began as an NSO.
After 3 bouts as a non-skating official, Tripp was elevated to skating official. After 6 months of reffing, the head ref of Carolina decided to retire and Tripp was voted in as the new head ref in 2008. He has been the head ref ever since that vote.
Tripp has officiated over 150 bouts, with almost 80 of them being WFTDA sanctioned. He has performed every reffing position as well as most NSO positions in sanctioned bouts.
Tripp has also been involved in the WFTDA Big 5 Tournaments since 2008 where he stared as an outside pack referee. In 2009 he was voted in as the Eastern Regional Tournament Head Referee where he was responsible for assigning referee and NSO crews. In 2009 Tripp was the first THR to use a separate Head NSO, which has now become a standard position at most WFTDA recognized tournaments. At the 2009 Eastern Regionals, Tripp was also the first THR to assign themselves to a position other than Crew Head Ref. He assigned himself as an inside pack referee stating a conflict in resolution management that exists if a THR is also a CHR. Tripp roles on the WFTDA Tournaments Committee has lead to the THR's becoming off-skates positions, where there is more management and no actual officiating.
Tripp was elected co-THR of the 2010 Eastern Regionals along with Jeff da Ref. Tripp has worked a total of 9 WFTDA Big 5 Tournaments in positions ranging from Stats to Penalty box manager to Crew Head Ref.
In 2012, Tripp became the first referee to advance all the way from a Level 2 certification to a Level 5 certification.
Tripp is a founding member of ARROW and has been involved in discussions since day one. He is very proud of the ARROW leadership and looks forward to ARROW becoming a vital part of roller derby in all forms, all over the world.
miss nomer has been NSOing roller derby for almost 6 years. Currently she is the head NSO of the Oly Rollers and the founder of the NShOBos.
She has been deeply committed to NSO training through clinics and workshops throughout the country and the world. nomer has been leading and teaching clinics since 2010 with organizations like Blood and Thunder and now is a founder of the Academy of Flat Track Derby Officiating.
miss nomer's derby experience includes being head NSO of 3 WFTDA western regionals, 2 RDAC western regional play offs, 3 invitationals such as Wild West Showdown and The Big O and the first World Cup. She is also a certified NSO through the WFTDA.
Photo by Jules Doyle
Sir Osis is in his 5th season as an official and holds a WFTDA level 4 certification. Currently, he skates with the Rat City Rollergirls and is Co-Head Referee of the Oly Rollers. Osis has worked actively across the Western region mentoring and training officials. In addition to being a Founding Member of ARROW, he is the officials trainer for Fast Girl University and has trained officials in Japan, Hawaii and across the US.
In addition to his work with local and international leagues, he's is active within WFTDA as the Western Regional Representative for the Referee Committee and the Chair of Ref Com Operations. He is also the Chairperson of Rat City Rollergirls Games Committee.
Osis has officiated the highest echelons of WFTDA play, working with top tier teams from across the nation and has participated in both WFTDA playoff and championship tournaments in a variety of positions since 2009. In 2011, he was a Crew Head Referee at Western Regionals and an Inside Pack Referee for 2011 WFTDA Championships.
Photo by Jules Doyle