2016 TRRA Elections

A short note to announce that we have opened the floor to nominations for the 2016/17 Chairman and Vice Chairman positions. Nominations will be accepted until Midnight, Saturday, August 6th, 2016.

We will then open the floor to voting after the nomination window has closed.

Please send your nominations to Wendy at wyoung@texasrugbyunion.com.

If you have questions, please send Scott Green or me an email.

Many thanks,

TRRA AGM – Aug 20 @ TRU Summit


The TRRA AGM is just around the corner which means it is time to elect the TRRA Chairman and Vice Chairman. This year it will be held in conjunction with the TRU Summit at the Allen Griffins world class facility, The Den on August 20th @ 4pm.

The TRU Summit will be offering both L1 and TJ-AR courses and it would be great to have TRRA referees there to help out where needed.

As well as the TRRA AGM, the TRU AGM and TRU Hall of Fame will be taking place over the weekend. So make sure you come out to this great event and get involved. Please check your WTR account for an invite.

Thank you,


Referee Performance Reviewer Course – Feb 26-28 @ Allen, TX

Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 (6:00 PM) – Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 (12:00 PM)
Organizer: Texas Rugby Referee Association
Clinic Description
Must arrive in time for 6 PM session Friday evening.
Course will conclude by noon on Sunday
Location & Contact Information
Facility: The Den

109 N Greeneville Ave Allen, TX 75002

Course Host: Peter Watson
Course Leader: Harry Laws
Email: peter.watson@mailgw.com
Phone: 781-891-9041
 Registration Information & Fees
Entry Deadline: 2/16/2016 6:00:00 PM
You must be a member of USA Rugby to participate in this event
Registration Options
Registration Option Price
Event Entry Fee $120.00

 Register Now!

TRRA Promotions Winter 2015

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce the final round of promotions for 2015.

TRRA would like to thank all the referees, mentors, coaches, and teams for their commitment to improving the game of rugby. Please join us in recognizing the hard work of the following referees who have been promoted:

C4 to C3

TRU Summit AR CourseRATO hosted a Level 1, Level 2 and Coaching of Match Officials referee certification courses in August 2015 in conjunction with the TRU Summit. Last year we held our largest course with 17 attendees. The course at the Summit had a record 19 attendees!

As always, participants from each course were able to work on their particular coursework with live teams at the Summit. This hands on experience was reported as the best part of the course. We saw a wide spectrum of rugby enthusiasts that all want to give back to the game by picking up the whistle. Please welcome the newest additions to the TRRA team:

Newly Certified:

Level 1
David Dodge
Meredith Frasier
Jacqueline Harrell
Michael Hong
Tim Howard
Cole Jones
Justin King
Kristopher Newman
Ozgur Bayazitoglu
George Batten
Kevin Buckley
Travis Cagle
Ryan Dusablon
David Hettena
Marcus McKee
Mickey Patterson
Gregory Stewart
Thomas Waghorne

Level 2
Travis Bartniski
Vaughn Crowe
John Hunter
Maurice Mullaly
Rod Puentes
Paul Purcell

CMO (Coaching of Match Officials)
Stan Cagle
William Campbell
Shawn Martin
David McPhail
Wendy Young

The TRRA is excited to have so many new referees, referee coaches and current referees working towards the next level. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work to themselves and to the success of the TRRA.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the Texas Rugby Union and the Texas Rugby Referee Association.

Butch Neuenschwander
TRRA Chairman

Complete the Referee L1 Course & we’ll refund you the cost!

10419457_648274051928755_5105821905885691897_nRefereeing is a fun, exciting, non-contact way to be involved with Rugby. There are many reasons to take up officiating, you get to see all the action from the best position on the field, it’s a great way to keep fit, enhance your knowledge of the laws, and meet new and interesting people.

The one-day Level 1 Referee course will teach you the fundamentals of the referee’s involvement in the game. The Course comprises of ten units of online learning and some face-to-face learning. Once you have completed the online and face-to-face sessions, you will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to be a fair and effective referee.

What about my $60 bucks?

Very simple! The next course will be held in conjunction with the TRU Summ it in Dallas, TX. Register, complete the certification course and then work with the Texas Rugby Referee Association to officiate four matches (we’ll provide a coaching and additional training) and then the TRU will refund you the course cost ($60).  On top of that you will also receive a match reimbursement per match of at least $50, that’s $200 for a couple of weekends!

2015 TRRA Chair and Vice Chair Nominees

Texas Rugby Referee AssociationThe nomination window has closed for TRRA Chairman and Vice Chairman.  The nominations received were: Butch Neuenschwander (Chairman) and Scott Green (Vice Chair).  Each nominee was asked to submit a rugby resume, and personal statement:

Butch Neuenschwander
Scott Green

Additional nominations may be submitted on the day of the AGM, however, they will not be listed on the website for member review. Voting will occur at the TRRA AGM, July 19, 2015; we highly encourage all referees to attend. RSVP by responding to the Who’s the Ref invitation or emailing admin@texasrugbyunion.com by Friday, July 10, 2015. Lunch will be provided to those who rsvp.

If a referee cannot attend, they may submit their vote by absentee (email) by Friday, July 17, 2015 at 5pm. Note that absentee votes must be sent digitally to admin@texasrugbyunion.com. Or you may give your proxy to another TRRA Member who will be attending the meeting, notice of this proxy must also be sent digitally to admin@texasrugbyunion.com by the same deadline as above. Per the bylaws, each TRRA Member can only hold one proxy.

Please contact the current TRRA Chairman or any member of the R&L Committee if you have questions or concerns about this process.

TRU Summit – Aug 29-30, 2015 @ Griffins Den

Texas Rugby Union Summit

Mark your calendars! The Texas Rugby Union is holding it’s first ever Regional Development Summit on August 29-30, 2015 in the Dallas area. The 2 day event will be held at The Den – Athletic Training and Performance Center and will be hosted by the Griffins Rugby Club.

This event is for rugby of all levels including Adults, Collegiate, High School and Youth, men, women, fans, coaches, referees, players and die-hards alike. This is the best opportunity to learn and share about coaching, refereeing and administration.

More details: https://www.texasrugbyunion.com/summit/

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/492795557550325/

Hashtag: #TRUSummit

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TRRA AGM on Sunday, July 19

Texas Rugby Referee AssociationThe TRRA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, July 19 in Houston, TX. Meeting location is still being finalized; tentatively scheduled from 10am to 4pm.

What: TRRA AGM (Agenda & Minutes)
When: Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Crowne Plaza Houston – 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054 [MAP]

All TRRA members (in good standing) are invited to attend, but need to RSVP (see invite from Who’s the Ref) by July 10, 2015 to ensure adequate room size and lunch reservations. Non-TRRA members are welcome, please send your RSVP to the TRU Admin (admin@texasrugbyunion.com).

Agenda items will be posted to the web accordingly and new business items and/or discussion item requests can be sent to tschmidtke@texasrugbyunion.com for addition to the meeting agenda.

Level 1 Referee Course – Apr 18, 2015 @ Richardson, TX

1176276_504162323006596_207390337_nIn conjunction with the SWWC 7s Tournament we are hosting a Level 1 Referee Course. We are looking forward to grooming a team of new referees to take their place on Local, National and Olympic stages.

We urge players, administrators, coaches, parents, spectators, and fans to consider giving back to the game by becoming a rugby referee. It is an incredibly rewarding experience and you have the best seat in the house! Also once you become a registered referee you are eligible for Kit, Match Fees and Mileage!


Eligibility: This is the entry or introductory level course to rugby refereeing. Read below for course registration, participants must register for certification and material.

Cost: $60

Where: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop [MAP]
561 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, 75080

Certification: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, attend and participate in all course modules, pass online law exam and rugby ready exam prior to course, and complete short safety quiz administered at course site.

Description: The purpose of this introductory course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. Course certification is required for anyone who wishes to referee any match that could potentially lead to a National Championship.

The course focuses on: Game knowledge, Role of the referee, Planning, Advantage, Touch, Principles of rugby, Positioning, Referee preparation, Open play, Lineout, Principles of refereeing, Communication, Technical, Contact, Foul play, Management, Risk management, Starting & restarting the game, Scrum, and how to have fun as a rugby referee.

Course Registration, Cost and CIPP: The cost is $60.00. Registration can be accomplished on-line. AFTER REGISTERING, PLEASE FORWARD THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO THE COURSE EDUCATOR

Items needed to attend the course (click on the links below):


Level 2 Referee Officiating Course – Dec 6, 2014 – Addison, TX

Level 2 Officiating Course - Texas Rugby Referee Association

L2 Referee Officiating Course (2 day Course) – Dec 6, 2014 in Addison, TX


Cost: $100
Facility: 4540 Beltway Drive, Addison, TX 75001
Approximate delivery time: 16 hours; 2 DAY COURSE
Clinic Contact: Stephen Parrill or 985-345-4389
Entry Deadline: 12/4/2014 by 5:30 PM
Max. Registrations: 15
TRRA Major Sponsor: Ruck Science


Prerequisites: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee; Level 1 Officiating course certification or equivalent and one full season of refereeing.

Requirements for Certification: Attend and participate in all course modules.

Requirements for Accreditation: Attend and participate in all course modules, achieve satisfactory practical assessment (excellent or competent), pass IRB law exam (can be taken prior to the course), submit a 12-event officiating diary covering matches and training sessions and complete IRB Rugby Ready certification (can be completed prior to the course).

Description: The purpose of this course is to enable officials to develop further the skills acquired in the introductory course so as to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.  Course accreditation is one requirement for promotion to the Territorial Panel.

Course Focus:

  • Principles of attack & defense
  • Communication
  • Risk management
  • Foul play
  • Tackle
  • Key factor analysis of unit skills
  • Referee support
  • Consistent application
  • Open Play
  • Ruck
  • The representative game in your country
  • Fitness basics
  • Touch judging
  • Scrum
  • Maul
  • Refereeing principles
  • Responsibility & commitment
  • Advantage
  • Lineout