Skills, tools, and percieved qualities

Effective Referee-player Communication

Much of referee training centers around knowing the laws, knowing where to be to see the game, and being sufficiently fit to transition along the best positions through the game.  Early in one’s referee development, communication is limited to “whistle, signal, talk.” It is the all important aspect of signaling and stating why we blew […]

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new rugby ruck law

2017 Law Trials Effective in August

The following new law trials will begin August 1st, 2017 for 15s and August 14, 2017 for 7s. Pictures, powerpoint, websites, and video examples are available at these excellent resources: Dropbox folder World Rugby laws website Additionally, the USARR-GMG-2017-2018 is fully updated with the law trials for this fall. This important resource explains how  the trials will look in practice, […]

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SIRC7s referees

MidSouth Referees Support SIRC 7s

The South Independent Rugby Conference (SIRC) held a their 7s competition in Jacksonville, FL on January 28-29, 2017.  Five MidSouth referees served in the center and as assistant referees through the 10 team, 29 game weekend.  This was a great opportunity to assist a successful tournament and develop 7s specific officiating skills early in the […]

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Coaching of Match officials course

Referee Courses in Memphis and Chattanooga

Register now for one of the upcoming referee courses in Memphis and Chattanooga. The course prepares anyone to referee a match.  This is for anyone who wants to become a referee. It’s even for those who want to ref on the side and keep playing or coaching as their main focus. Refereeing is a great way develop your game knowledge and support the growth of […]

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Tougher Sanctions on contact with the head

World Rugby announces new measures for 2017 to limit contact with the head

New law application guideline will codify zero-tolerance to contact with the head Approach informed by largest-ever study identifying most common situations leading to head injuries Players, coaches and match officials urged to be proactive in changing culture Latest step in proactive, evidence-driven approach to injury reduction Head is a no-go area World Rugby has further […]

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