This was posted on Facebook on April 2 at 12:26pm, but some folks didn’t get the memo:
In USA Rugby’s current “PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING GUIDELINES” (2015), this is very clear: “Prosthetics limbs and devices are currently not permitted in contact rugby. Although there are several different models and materials for these items, they are not permitted in contact rugby. Please contact USA Rugby if there are specific questions around these items.”
Don’t let sympathy overrule common sense. This is non-negotiable. If you need clarification, see https://cdn.usar-assets.com/docs/refereeing/protective-equipment-clothing-guidelines.pdf
On Friday, April 15, 2016, 15:01, Richard Every <revery> wrote:
The ball in a maul may be moved backwards hand-to-hand. A player is not allowed to move/slide to the back of the maul when that player is in possession of the ball, AND, players are not allowed to join/bind ahead of the ball carrier.
Please see below for an example of a player sliding back.
THIS IS A PENALTY KICK for OBSTRUCTION. It is not a non-material infringement to be managed, it is a PENALTY KICK!
RICHARD EVERY | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
From: Richard Every <email@example.com> | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
Under no circumstances are team coaches allowed to approach the referee at half-time.
If they do, you ask them to convey all questions through their captain, but you absolutely do not discuss anything with the coach at half-time. If the coach persists the referee will EJECT the coach from the grounds. Zero tolerance approach should be applied and if the person refuses to leave the referee should request that team’s captain to assist. Failing compliance the referee may abandon the match.
Here are the 2016 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines for 15’s, 7’s, and High School.
Remember that book, “Laws of The Game, Rugby Union”? Well, Law 6.A.4 (a) states: “The referee is the sole judge of fact and of Law. The referee must apply fairly all the laws.”
The key word is “fairly”. That Law makes it essential to provide match officials development, support and opportunity to be successful and to achieve greater consistency and accountability, delivering an exciting, fast-paced and probably a high-scoring product. The referee’s ultimate goal is to provide a fair environment so teams can compete with integrity and on a level playing field.
To achieve that goal we look at a two-pronged approach, TACTICAL and STRATEGICAL. This is a philosophy, and not about technical proficiencies required by all referees. It goes without saying that you need to know the laws and be able to identify them in practice.