Level 1 Officiating Referee Course – University of Texas – September 24, 2011

TRRA is hosting a Level 1 Referee course at the University of Texas on Sept 24th from 9:00 – 5:00. Participants should dress for activity and lunch will be provided. Please go to the USA Rugby website to register for the course. All course participants must register online prior to the event. Please see pre course requirements below.

Course Date: 09/24/2011
Course Cost: $50 due at registration (cost will be reimbursed upon completing and passing the course)
Course Educator is Rich Prim – 832-860-8468 – rich_prim@yahoo.com
UT contact is Butch Neuenschwander – 512-626-0337
TRRA contact is Traci Schmidtke – 512-968-4888 – tschmidtke@gmail.com
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University of Texas
George Sanchez Educational Building –  Map
Room 546 and 556
(Bldg is located across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum on Martin Luther King Blvd)

The Level 1 Referee Course is the basic course. It covers the referee’s priorities, provides an introduction to the Laws, and examines scrums, ruck/mauls,tackles,offside and advantage with focus on the critical parts and how to referee them. When a student has completed this course, and the accompanying test, they are ready to begin refereeing safely. This is just the first step in a referee’s education, but it is the necessary beginning.

The course will consist of mostly outside practical demonstration/instruction/participation (weather permitting, otherwise inside a gym) and some classroom work. Therefore please dress appropriately and please be ready for some mild physical activity (regular rugby kit is fine–sneakers, shorts/sweatpants, shirt, clothing that can withstand some physical activity!)

The course also includes completing a safety course and a short Law Test. Both must be completed online, with five additional safety questions to be answered during the course. The intention is that the test will serve to familiarize the student with the Law Book and how to use it. The instructor(s) will work with anyone who does not pass the first time so they will achieve the desired understanding.

Students will receive a Law Book, Course Manual, whistle, and cards (red and yellow).

The required pre-course preparational work online for those who register:

Course Preparation
There is a little bit of homework to be completed prior to the course. This is intended to cover subjects that can easily be done on your own, thereby freeing more course time for practical applications.

  • Download a Law Book – Look at the Definitions in the beginning of the Book, scan Law 1 ­ The Ground, and look at the definitions in each of these Laws ­ 10 Foul Play, 11 Offside, 12 Knock-on, 15 Tackle, 16 Ruck, 17 Maul, 19 Lineout and 20 Scrum. Don’t try to memorize anything, just read it once for familiarity.
  • IRB Rugby Ready – At this site you will find a short, on-line safety course offered by the IRB. It is free and takes less than an hour to run through. Once you have signed up, you can do the course in small portions if you don¹t have time to do it all at once. PRINT A COPY OF YOUR RUGBYREADY CERTIFICATE AND BRING IT TO THE COURSE.
  • Laws of the Rugby Game – Complete the short Law test. This will finish 90% of the required Law test for the course certificate ­ in class you will need to answer five safety questions correctly. PRINT A COPY OF YOUR LAW QUIZ COMPLETION CERTIFICATE AND BRING IT TO THE COURSE.