- Stay fit
- Watch games. Internationals and professional games are not club rugby. Go out and watch games!
- Help your fellow refs. Be an assistant referee. Keep your equipment in the car and volunteer to help.
- REVIEW YOUR MATCH FILM. It makes you a better referee faster than anything else. It also helps us help you learn.
- Read the Laws and the Game Management Guidelines (see sidebar).
After You Become A Referee
- First of all, welcome to the club.
- If you need an initial kit, look at our online store.
- Contact the Scheduler/Allocator (email@example.com).
- Register as a referee with USA Rugby. Make sure to register with the Referees Society of Virginia (as a referee; a background check will be performed).
- Check the contact list and make sure you are listed: https://rugbyrefs.us/contacts/match-referees/
- Join the Facebook group!
- Get on the Email list!
- Ref Jerseys
- Keep two jerseys (at least)
- Yellow and Pink are the least likely to clash with teams in our area
- Please do not wear a team/club/international jersey
- Wear knee high athletic socks
- Remember socks to change into after the game
- With pockets!! Don’t put your card wallet in your sock
- Water Bottle!
- Many teams do not have water sources at the pitch
- Be prepared!
Before the Season
- Stay fit. [See above.]
- Update your availability.
During the Season
- If you do not hear from the home team of your assigned match by Wednesday at 5 PM, contact the Scheduler/Allocator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- When you talk to teams, make sure you find out what their jersey colors are and… get directions! Also get a contact phone number for someone who will be at the pitch in case of emergency (i.e. traffic, accident, etc).
- Match day:
- Plan to arrive at least one hour before KO
- Check field conditions and lines
- You are never obligated to do more rugby than you signed up for. If a team asks you to do extra matches, you may politely decline.
- If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable with the behavior of any person at the pitch, you may leave. If you choose to take any action, remember you are a professional and you represent Referee Society of Virginia. If you want to talk about something, call a referee friend, call your mentor, or call the Allocator. Referee mistreatment will not be tolerated.
- After the match:
- Study the Lawbook and Game Management guidelines every week.
- REVIEW YOUR FILM and work with coaches to improve on target areas