Become a Rugby Referee

Love the game? Want to make it even better?  Considered learning how to referee.

Rugby across the Mid-South would not be possible without the support and dedication of many volunteers, including match officials without whom games, leagues, tournaments, festivals and cup competitions could not take place.  Whether you’re a current player considering life after hanging up your boots, a keen parent or just curious to know what it’s like to have the best seat in the house, you’ll find that refereeing is rewarding, challenging, and, above all, great fun.

Taking up the whistle gives you the best seat in the house! 

There’s a host of reasons why men and women across the Mid-South take up the whistle: to remain active in the sport following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achievement by providing an invaluable service to players, coaches and spectators alike.

Steps to start refereeing:

  1. Submit this form to get in touch with your local resources.
  2. Register as a member of USA Rugby, if you are not currently registered with USA Rugby.
  3. Take the World Rugby – Level 1 Officiating Course.  This 1-day introductory course enables officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.  After submitting the form above, you will be the first to know about upcoming, yearly course dates.

Level 1 Officiating 15s Course is Saturday, February 18th in MemphisDetails and Registration

Level 1 Officiating 15s Course is Saturday, February 25th in ChattanoogaDetails and Registration

What Next?

If you wish to develop further as a referee once you have completed the level 1 course, your local referee society is on hand to help.  You will then be able to progress as far as your abilities and ambition allow.