As we ring in the new year and another rugby season, it’s time for fitness testing! As a reminder fitness standards were implemented last season. RATO feels that this allows for a more realistic pathway and holds the referee accountable for their development and fitness.
As a reference the TRRA Fitness standards were based on the current USA Rugby Fitness Standards [Beep Test]:
National Panel: Level 12
B Panel refs wanting to be considered for USA National Appts: Level 11
C1′s wanting to be considered for national appointments/B Panel: Level 10
TRRA Fitness Standards [Beep Test]:
C1s wishing to pursue USA B Panel – Achieve a minimum of Level 10
C1 – Level 9
C2 – Level 8
C3 – Level 7
NOTE: The recommended version of the beep test is the “Beep Test Trainer” and it can be downloaded from iTunes here.
If a referee chooses not to take a fitness test (i.e. comply with a requirement for refereeing) then they may only receive matches well within their scope of experience related to their grade. They would also not be afforded any further opportunities for advancement/promotion and unavailable for exchanges.
Should you be looking for a performance boost during the fitness testing, nutrition for rugby referees is available from ruckscience.com which includes a range of products that can help increase the levels of Nitric Oxide in your bloodstream. Elevated NO levels are crucial for endurance athletes and have been shown to provide short-term benefits as well for high-intensity sports like rugby.
Fall testing is due by October 15th, once completed send your results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the TRRA Chair or TRRA Vice Chair with any questions.