2017 – 2018 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

Please review the newly released Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby for 2017. Though the material is developed for referees, it is applicable to all stakeholders of the game including players and coaches. Please download the file and read through the updates:

2017 – 2018 Game Management Guidelines

As there are quite a few new law trials this time around, USA Rugby has also put together a presentation going over the trials as well as supporting videos:

USA Rugby Presentation on the 2017 Law Trials

TRRA AGM Weekend – June 16-18, 2017

The TRRA Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 7pm at the Comfort Suites Austin Airport. That’s not the only event on tap for the weekend though, starting on Friday, June 16 we will have an open 7s Training with Paddy Mac and Nick Ricono with the USA Rugby 7s High Performance Team.

Then on Saturday, June 17 all of our referees will be out at the 20th Annual Bloodfest 7s Tournament officiating over 50 teams at the Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville, TX.  Our referees will be joined in the afternoon by the participants of the L1 Referee Course being held the same day.

The weekend will wrap up on Sunday with another 7s Training for our RRRC 7s pool of referees.

  • Friday, June 16 – at 7pm at Comfort Suites Austin Airport –  Training with Paddy Mac and Nick Ricono from USA Rugby 7s High Performance
  • Saturday, June 17 at 8am at Northeast Metro Park – Officiate RRRC or Social 7s
  • Saturday, June 17 at 7pm at Comfort Suites Austin Airport – AGM with pizza and beer!
  • Sunday, June 18 at 9am-12pm – RRRC 7s Pool Referee Training

 

Let’s all come together for rugby, fellowship and fun!!

Level 1 Officiating 15s – June 11 at Lewisville, TX

Level 1 Officiating 15s Click Here to Register
Date/Time: Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Organizer: Lewisville Tigers Rugby Club-Boys
Clinic Details
Clinic Description
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 education@usarugby.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:

Location & Contact Information
Facility: Harmon High School
1250 West Round Grove
Lewisville, TX  75067
Course Host: Jason Tucker
Email: lewisvillerugby@gmail.com
Phone: (325) 514-7840

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Level 1 Officiating 15s – June 17 in Austin, TX

Level 1 Officiating 15s
Saturday, June 17, 2017 (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Comfort Suites Austin Airport
7501 E Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX  78741
: Hosted by: Texas Rugby Referee Association
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 education@usarugby.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:

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TRRA AGM – June 17th @ Austin, TX

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on the evening of June 17!

Bloodfest is this weekend and this year its a two day event with RRRC knockout rounds on Sunday. An exciting weekend of rugby and we can take care of our annual business at the same time. More info to come on hotels and the tournament.

We will be nominating a new Chairman and Vice Chairman so start thinking about who you would like the new leadership to be.

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World Rugby Global Law Variations 7s – Effective March 1

The Rugby Committee has approved the use of the following World Rugby Global Law trials for seven a side rugby tournaments played in the USA and leading to a USA National Championship. These trials are to go into effect in the USA as of March 1st, 2017. World Rugby have approved their use in domestic 7s tournaments in the USA.

The original trial start date would have put the adoption of these trial laws into effect in the middle of our National 7s tournaments, and rather than change laws mid-stream we have opted to bring the law changes in early and operate the entire tournament set under the new laws.

Each of the law trials, and their specific law segment are listed below:

Law 5 Time

Add to 5.7(e) If a penalty is kicked into touch after time has elapsed without touching another player, the referee allows the throw-in to be taken and play continues until the next time the ball becomes dead.

Law 8 Advantage

Add to 8.1(a) When there are multiple penalty infringements by the same team, the referee may allow the captain of the non-offending team to choose the most advantageous of the penalty marks.

Law 9 Method of Scoring

9.A.1 (points values)

Penalty Try. If a player would probably have scored a try but for foul play by an opponent, a penalty try is awarded. No conversion is attempted.

Value: 7 points

Law 19 Touch and Lineout

• A player who is attempting to bring the ball under control is deemed to be in possession of the ball.

If a player jumps and knocks the ball back into the playing area (or if that player catches the ball and throws it back into the playing area) before landing in touch or touch-in-goal, play continues regardless of whether the ball reaches the plane of touch.

If the ball-carrier reaches the plane of touch but returns the ball to the playing area without first landing in touch, play continues.

If the ball has passed the plane of touch when it is caught, then the catcher is not deemed to have taken the ball into touch. If the ball has not passed the plane of touch when it is caught or picked up, then the catcher is deemed to have taken the ball into touch, regardless of whether the ball was in motion or stationary.

Sevens specific variations

Law 5 Time

Finals should last no longer than seven minutes each half (rationale is player welfare – the evidence shows that a disproportionate number of injuries take place in the second half of finals. Injuries per minute are higher in the second half of finals as opposed to the first half and throughout normal matches of seven minutes each way.)

Law 13 Kick off and Restarts

The restart kick must be taken within 30 seconds of a penalty kick or dropped goal being attempted where the kick is successful or goes dead. FK

Law 19 Touch and Lineout

Teams must form a lineout within 15 seconds from the time the referee indicates the place where the throw-in will take place. FK

Law 15 Scrum

Teams must be ready to form a scrum within 15 seconds from the time the referee indicates the mark of the scrum. FK

Law 21 Penalty and Free Kicks

A penalty or free-kick must be taken within 30 seconds of being awarded.

REMINDER: Head Injury Assessment (HIA) NOT Allowed

A quick reminder, the Head Injury Assessment (HIA) is NOT an option for rugby athletes competing in any domestic competition in the United States.

Clubs, colleges, and high school teams must still practice USA Rugby’s five Rs – Recognize, Remove, Refer, Recover, and Return – in terms of suspected concussions, keeping athletes safe with precautionary measures.

Read more at https://www.usarugby.org/2016/04/be-safe-on-the-rugby-field-concussion-protocol-reminder/

 

Level 1 Officiating 15 – Celina, TX – March 11, 2017

Clinic Description
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 education@usarugby.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:

Location & Contact Information
Facility: Celina Athletics Department
503 E Pecan St
Celina, TX  75009
Course Host: Kelly Madonna (Rugby Texas SRO)
Course Leader: Wendy Young
Email: kelly.madonna@rugbytexas.org
Phone: 214-505-2722
Other Information/Notes:

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Reminder about Reporting TRU Field Policy Issues

Referees,

A small reminder that we are the main force behind reporting concerns with field issues. The TRU and RRRC depend on us as we are on the ground every weekend and can provide these details. If you can, please review the required fields on the match report and make sure you are reporting on these:

Field Marked Properly? Yes
Proper Flags Installed? Yes
Proper Goal Post Pads Installed? Yes
Proper 5M Barrier Installed? Yes
Referee contacted prior to match? Yes
Paperwork presented to referee? Yes

You can also review the TRU Field Operating Procedures here: https://www.texasrugbyunion.com/administration/operating-policies/

Thank you.