There are a whole host of reasons why you might 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.
Whatever the reason, refereeing is challenging, rewarding and above all, can be great fun.
Becoming a IRB Certified USA Rugby Referee is easy:
Start by sending us an email. Click here.
Fallbrook Rugby will get you registered as a referee with Southern California Youth Rugby, which in turn registers you with USARugby.
This is required for Touch Judge, Assistant Referee and Level 1 Officiating.
Click register on the bottom center of the page in order to register for the site. If you have already registered, click login and enter your username and password.
Learn & Review all laws, by section or number by hovering over the tab on the left hand side of the screen, then clicking on the individual laws.
Once you feel confident, start the exam. It will be multiple choice and will allow you to review incorrect answers.
Upon completion please print the course completion certificate and keep it in a safe place. It will be needed for other courses.
All referees must complete the IRBRugby Ready certification course prior to becoming certified. This course is free and online!
To complete the Level 100 IRB Rugby Ready online module:
- Go to http://www.irbrugbyready.com/ and click on the Register button (or Login button if you are already registered)
- Enter your personal information and create a Username and Password.
- Complete all 14 of the lessons marked with an “X.” These lessons are called “Pre-participation,” “Equipment, environment and emergency plan,” “Physical Conditioning,” “Lifestyle,” “Warm up,” “Principles of Play,” “Open Field Play,” “The tackle,” “The Ruck,” “The Maul,” “The scrum,” “the lineout,” “Cool Down & Recovery” “Injury Management”. Be sure to answer the questions at the end of each section.
This is the entry or introductory level course to rugby refereeing. It provides instruction on the primary tasks of the touch judge in adjudicating touch, touch-in-goal, kicks at goal, and the roles of the touch judge in seven-a-side rugby. Course certification is one requirement for promotion to the grade of L1.
The Touch Judge course focuses on when is the ball in touch,Touch judge signals,Places of the throw in,Touch judge positioning,and Seven-a-side variations.
The course is now offered online and runs about two hours.
This is the second level course to rugby refereeing.The Assistant Referee course provides instruction on the secondary and tertiary responsibilities and tasks of the touch judge, including the adjudication of foul play.
You must have taken a Touch Judge course prior to signing up for an Assistant Referee course.
The course focuses on the following aspects of the game:Foul play adjudication,Principal accountabilities,Signaling &reporting,Time & replacement,Positioning for detection,Positioning at kicks,Positioning at lineouts, scrums, rucks, mauls &stoppages,Communication systems
The course is now offered online.
Level 1 Officiating
The purpose of this course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. Course certification is required for anyone who wishes to referee any match that could potentially lead to a National Championship.
The course focuses on Game knowledge, Role of the referee, Planning, Advantage, Touch, Principles of rugby, Positioning, Referee preparation, Open play, Lineout, Principles of refereeing, Communication, Technical, Contact, Foul play, Management, Risk management, Starting & restarting the game, Scrum, and how to have fun as a rugby referee.
Level 1 Officiating is an in-person course and usually runs about 8 hours. Be prepared with suitable clothes and shoes for outdoor practical work.