15 MidSouth Rugby Referee Society Members attended the Level 2 IRB Officiating Training in Nashville last weekend. IRB educators, Dave Haines and Alex Sharland, taught the course kindly hosted by Jerry McLemore.
Level 1 is an 8 hour introduction to officiating rugby, focusing on basic skills for managing a game safely. Level 2 is reserved for referees with at least one season of experience. The 16 hour course focuses on refereeing as a process of continued, self-driven development. Attendees complete pre and post course written testing. For full IRB accreditation as a level 2 match official, referees complete a 12-event officiating diary and pass a game performance review.