A little history…
For years, the Enforcers have set the standard for all banked track derby officials and refs. The Enforcers continue to serve as that beacon for all other officiating squads. The Enforcers embody the professionalism and training that is required to be a top tier official for banked track roller derby. But it wasn’t always that way…
In the early days of the Derby Dolls the officials’ crew was made up of skaters on injured reserve and a few derby widows willing to dedicate their time and hard work to the league. In 2007, the Enforcers were officially born when they welcomed their first class of "recruited" officials, and the training of new officials soon followed. In 2008, the Enforcers brought the concept of Referee Professionalism to banked track roller derby through internal leadership and attendance requirements. The team also worked together to re-brand under a new Enforcer logo: skates on a balanced scale - or, as it’s more commonly known, the Skates of Justice. Then in 2009, the Enforcers unveiled their signature uniform: black uniform tops with white epaulets and black bottoms with a white tuxedo stripe down the side.
In the years since, the Enforcers have continued to grow and thrive. They created an annual officials’ training camp in March called Ref RADness to train local and remote officials. They also worked with the league and created FUNdraising efforts (first selling exotic jerky snacks, now selling delicious cupcakes at a vendor booth during bouts) which promoted New Ref Orientation and also provided travel stipends used for travel when training other banked track officials, traveling to officiate remote games and tournaments (both foreign and domestic).
The Enforcers continue to thrive as the team and are always looking for new recruits. If you're interested in helping to inspire and create the next chapter in our rich and storied history, email Refs@DerbyDolls.com for more information.
Fun Facts about the Enforcers:
The Enforcers began adopting "REFS! YEAH RIGHT!" as their cheer, in homage to the Gramercy Refs from the film The Warriors.
The Enforcers hosted the first co-ed scrimmages with the Derby Dolls, and helped to found and form our wRECk League program that’s still active today.
The former home for the Derby Dolls (2014-2018), The Dollosseum, was named by an Enforcer.
For the first few years, the Enforcers referred to their trainees as Cheladas. They are now called ETs (Enforcers in Training).
Many of the leagues General Managers through the years have been Enforcers.
The Enforcers headed up the officials crew for the first banked track national championship tournament, Battle on the Bank.
8 out of the 11 Battle on the Bank competitions have had Enforcers as Tournament Head Refs.
Every Ri-ettes Battle on the Bank Championship has had an Enforcer as a coach.
Captains Over The Years:
Captain: Felon Degenerous
Co-Captains: Oliver Clothesoff, Nerdy Birdie, Court Sin Session
Captain: Syphilis Diller
Co-Captains: Double Fist, Hurtin Ernie
League Head Referee: Charlie Frown
Captain: Gia de los Muertos
Co-Captain: Anayalator, Third Degree Burns!, Syphilis Diller, Hurtin' Ernie
League Head Referees: Thomas Refferson, Roger Assaultrey
Captain: Gia de los Muertos
Co-Captain: Ophelia Melons
League Head Referees: Roger Assaultrey, Thomas Refferson
Captains: Hannah Grenade, Gia de los Muertos
League Head Referee: Hurtin' Ernie
Head Referee: Volt Ron
Co-Head Referee: Chocolate Squirrel
Captain: Wild Bill Hiccup
Captain: Suspect Ed
Captain: Ridley Scorpio
Co-Captain: Anna Mean Gables
Captain: Third Degree Burns!
Co-Captains: Gia de los Muertos, Roger Assaultrey
Captain: Hurtin' Ernie
Co-Captains: Ridley Scorpio, Sweep the Leg Johnny
Captain: Latina Fey
Co-Captains: Santa Demonica, Sweep the Leg Johnny
Captain: Marsha Law
Co-Captains: Latina Fey, Misfortune Cookie