Level 1 Officiating
IRB Officiating Courses
Officials Level 1 - Introducing officiating
The purpose of this introductory course is to enable match officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.
The IRB Level 1 Officiating course aims to create a platform for developing match officials and motivate them to collect some refereeing experience on their way. It uses elements from the IRB Coaching resource to enhance the game knowledge of match officials and it uses three different modules to explain, demonstrate, practise, perform and analyse officiating skills.
These modules are:
Prerequisite: As a prerequisite to attending the Level 1 course, all registrants must complete the online IRB Law test (http://www.irblaws.com) and the online IRB Rugby Ready Course (Click Here). All registrants must bring their online IRB certificates to the Level 1 course in order to be able to attend. Should registrants not have completed these IRB online courses prior to the end of the Level 1 course, they will not get credit for Level 1 refereeing until copy of online certificates are sent to the course conductor.
Duration: 8 hours
Assessment: No assessment; participants must attend all modules of the course.
Course outline: The purpose of this introductory course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.
Course details: The course focuses on the following aspects of the game:
• The principles of Rugby
• Rugby - a simple game
• The principles of the Laws of Rugby
• Risk management
• The role of the referee
• Referee preparation
• Referee support
• Starting and restarting the game
• Open play
• Restart from a scrum
• Foul play
Course Numbers: A minimum of 6 to 8 is required for the Level 1 course to be run.
Accreditation: Participants who successfully complete the Level 1 course are accredited to officiate for four years. All accreditation terminates on December 31 of the fourth year after accreditation was obtained.
Re-Accreditation: The Level 1 course does not have a re-accreditation component. Match Officials who gain successfully complete Level 1 are encouraged to upgrade their accreditation to Level 2 Officiating during their initial four year accreditation period. Those who do not upgrade will be required to regain their accreditation by attending a new course. Match officials who officiate within a referee society cannot seek re-accreditation or redo a new Level 1 course, but must instead complete the Level 2 Developing Officiating Skills course.