Upcoming Referee Courses
Level 1 Referee is the introductory course to become certified to referee. Advance registration prior to the course is required. Choose one of three courses available in the area.
Postponed until March at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
January 27th, 2018, at CBA, Lincroft, NJ
Register by January 24
February 18, 2018 at Fairfield University, Fairfield CT
Register by February 14
Pre-course Registration Requirements. Students must complete the following World Rugby online modules available at the World Rugby Passport website. First, register with WR on their Passport website that you will access with the noted links. After completing each module, download the certificate you will receive from WR and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org where it will be uploaded into your USA Rugby member profile. The three WR modules to be completed in order to register for this course are:
- The online WR law exam found at http://laws.worldrugby.org/.
- World Rugby’s online Rugby Ready program found at http://rugbyready.worldrugby.org/
- The WR Concussion Management for the General Public module found at http://www.playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/?documentid=module&module=21
World Rugby 2017 Guidance on Dangerous Contact with Head and Neck
World Rugby has announced new guidance to be applied starting January 2017.
A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling or twisting around the head/neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders. Minimum sanction: Penalty & Yellow card / Maximum sanction: Penalty & Red card
GUIDANCE: It is a deliberate action from tackler. The onus is on the tackler to ensure the tackle is safe with regards to above the shoulder and contact in the head and neck area. It will be up to the referee to differentiate the severity of the tackle and what sanction is appropriate – a good process would be to combine the level of recklessness with the outcome and effect on the tackled player.
When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent’s head, either directly or where the contact starts below the line of the shoulders, the player may still be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball-carrier slips into the tackle. Minimum sanction: Penalty
GUIDANCE: It is an accidental action from tackler. Contact above the shoulder in the head and neck area was not due to a deliberate or reckless action from the tackler.