Step 1 - Sign Up
Check the table below for a Level 1 Rugby Referee Course that works with your schedule. Can't see any courses in your local area? Contact Chris Assmus (email@example.com) to inquire about upcoming opportunities in your region.
Step 2 - Prerequisites
Register for a World Rugby Passport
Complete 3 online tests:
After completing the tests, the participants will be able to download a certificate of completion. These can be emailed to the facilitator as attachments or printed and brought to the course.
Take your time when completing the online modules so you can absorb as much information as possible. If any questions arise while doing the modules, note them down and ask your course facilitator on the day.
Step 3 - Train
The table below shows a number of on-field and off-field sessions taking place in the coming months. These are designed to help sharpen up key areas of your refereeing skill set and can be particularly useful if you want to work on any weaknesses or stay up to date during the off-season. We recommend attending one session each month to keep your refereeing tactics sharp. To book on for any of these sessions, email Chris Assmus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Session ideal for newly qualified referees*
We also recommend training in a different sense...physically. A rugby referee can expect to run 5.5km on average during an 80minute match. At tournaments, you could wind up officiating multiple games and covering even more ground. There will be demands for rapid changes in both direction and speed, so it pays to be in good physical condition so you can concentrate on the game, not your own heart rate. If you have questions on how to train effectively for refereeing, contact Chris Assmus (email@example.com)
Step 4 - Referee
Now that you've got your newly honed refereeing skills, it's important to put them to use. Between Senior and Age-Grade Leagues, Sevens and XVs, there is a world of rugby out there for you to start getting involved with. We recommend starting out with High School and Age-Grade rugby matches to get you used to your new role. The table below will give you some indicators of upcoming entry-level rugby refereeing opportunities in the Province. To get involved in any of them, contact Chris Assmus (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don't see any opportunities in your area, get in touch with Chris to find out when the next suitable options might be coming your way.
Step 5 - Find Your Pathway
Refereeing has more scope than you might initially imagine. Beyond the scope of weekend mornings in your local park, your career as a referee has the potential to take you to Regional, Provincial Nation and even International tournaments. The pathway you choose is up to you, but BC Rugby is here to support you every step of the way. Talk to your peers and mentors within the refereeing world to find out more about where refereeing has taken them, they might just inspire your own bucket list.
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