USA Rugby has some proposals for LRO – in other words, referee societies.
Ideas that are floating around fall principally into two buckets:
One, the viability of having LROs that could be Conference or SBRO-based.
Two, the ‘accreditation’ or grading of an LRO.
In reading the documents, do please remember that these are draft. For example, where you see “Arbiter”, think “Centralized scheduling system”.
USA Rugby have said (at this stage) that if this implemented, it will be done on a voluntary basis; failure to participate should not impact a Society, its members, or a region’s ability to host USA Rugby events.
I’d be happy to discuss this further at the AGM, as I believe participation in a scheme of this sort is something that should be done with the mandate of the membership.
Please let me know of any questions
CREATING A RUGBY REFEREE ORGANIZATION.DOC
POSSIBLE LRO RANKING CRITERIA.DOCX