How to Read the Tackle from the Sideline

In this video, Mike Cobb shares how best to make sense of the tackle area by identifying potential problems prior to the tackle.  Once comfortable with this, you can test yourself with one aspect of the tackle, that of tackle zone entry with this video. These resources and many others can be found at http://usarugby.org/referee-resources

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Successful Spring 2014 Level 1 Referee Course

  Congrats to the new members of the MidSouth Rugby Referee Society for their successful completion of Level 1 IRB Match Official training held February 23rd, 2014 in Nashville.  Level 1 is the first step for any rugby referee and is designed to introduce the skills excel as a local referee. Attending the event were: […]

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The Silent Version of ‘Yes, Nine.’

The USA Rugby Committee has just voted (in a rare show of unanimity) to adopt the silent version of ‘yes, nine’ for all levels of adult rugby. The verbal ‘yes, nine’ will remain in effect for U19/high school and younger. This is meant to take effect immediately – games played March 1 and after. For adult matches, […]

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On Wearing Tights in Rugby

The IRB has addressed this issue in a couple of Clarifications (2006) and one Law change (2012). Briefly, tights are not appropriate wear for rugby because they negatively affect the ability of a tackler to grasp the legs of a ball carrier. People have tried to get around this by claiming tights are “underwear” or […]

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