How do I become a referee?
Becoming a referee offers a unique opportunity to both experience the sport of rugby and serve as a key member of our community.
Few other sports rely on the referee in the way that rugby does. Play is continuous, so the referee has a continual stream of judgements to make. Are you up for the challenge?
Whether you’re a former player who wants to continue to be active in the sport or you’re a student looking for an interesting part-time job, the journey to becoming an active referee begins with your completion of Rugby Ready and then enrolling in the Level 1 Match Officials Course.
Once you’re trained, it’s time to register with BC Rugby / Referee Society and get your first assignment.
Looking for an alternative?
Why not get involved in our pilot course, designed to provide participants with an overview of the role of the Assistant Referee (AR) and practical experience in the role.
An AR is more involved in the match than a Touch Judge, whose role is only to signal when the ball is in touch or when a kick at goal has been successful.
The AR role is to help the Referee to adjudicate the touchline, kicks at goal, foul play, and other duties as prescribed by the Referee on the day. This course will also help participants understand how they fit into a match alongside the Referee, and how the team of 3 works together to help ensure player welfare and a fair contest in as many facets of the game as possible.
The AR course is an avenue for those who are interested in officiating to experience the role on the touchline and use it as a stepping stone to moving into a role as the Referee. This experience can be invaluable before deciding if officiating as a Referee is right for you!
For further information in the AR Course, please contact:
Dean Murten: firstname.lastname@example.org