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

Level 1 Coaching Match Officials | 10/4/14 | Austin, TX

Level 1 Coaching Match Officials

USA Rugby Logo Texas Rugby Referee AssociationThe purpose of this course is to introduce the concept and role of referee coaching to enable assistance and guidance to develop the referee.

When: 10/4/14
Where: Sleep Inn & Suites Austin (8410 Highway 290 East Austin, TX 78724)
Time: 8 – 5 pm
Cost: $50*


The TRU recommends that all area teams send at least one member of their coaching staff to this course. To encourage participation TRRA would like to offer the first five registered participants will receive a full reimbursement of the CMO course fee.

Also the team with the most representatives a full reimbursement of the CMO course fees. Reimbursement is contingent on:

  • Confirmed attendance by hosts
  • Completion of all course requirements
  • Register for course by Thursday, Sep 31st
  • Current USA Rugby membership

More Details of the Course

A one day, course to introduce the concept and role of referee coaching to enable assistance and guidance to develop the referee, focusing on the following:

  1. The principles rugby;
  2. The planning needed for effective coaching;
  3. Observation skills and analysis;
  4. Review document preparation;
  5. Use of video;
  6. Reading the game and identifying trends;
  7. The concept of materiality;
  8. The REVIEW process;
  9. Questioning and listening skills;
  10. Using the competence based review approach.

Lead Educator: Stephen Parrill


Referee Certifications – Host & Attendees Wanted!

Texas Rugby Referee AssociationThis fall TRRA would like to host several Referee Certification Courses! We are also looking for hosts of these events, if you are interested, please let admin@texasrugbyunion.com know ASAP!


Level 1 Certification – Date TBD – HOST NEEDED!

Prerequisites: None!

The purpose of this course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition.

Level 2 Certification – 10/11/14 – HOST NEEDED!

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

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.

Level 1 Coaching Match Officials – 10/4/14** | Austin, TX | HOST NEEDED!

Prerequisites: Current USA Rugby membership.

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept and role of referee coaching to enable assistance and guidance to develop the referee.

**We would highly recommend that all team coaches take this course to aid in their understanding of the development of referees.

Level 1 Referee Courses – Feb 23, 2014 – 2 Locations: Ft Hood, TX & Houston, TX

Fil Keuppens, TRRATRRA is hosting a Level 1 Referee course  in Ft Hood, TX and Houston, TX on February 23, 2014. We are looking forward to grooming a team of young fit refs 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, did we forget to mention that once you are a registered TRRA Referee you are eligible for TRRA Kit, Match Fees and Mileage?

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

This is a one day course, from 9am to 5pm, and there will be a group lunch break. 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.

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.

**Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for outdoor practical work.


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.

Ft. Hood: Traci Schmidtke – tschmidtke@texasrugbyunion.com / 512-968-4888
Houston: Jim Wolfinger – jwolfinger@texasrugbyunion.com / 713-823-1901

Locations & Registration Links

Ft. Hood – February 23, 2014 [MAP]
Venable Village Community Life Center (Building 60087)
Venable Drive Fort Hood, TX 76544

TIME: 9am-5pm


**NOTE: This location is off post and not on base.**

Houston, TX – February 23, 2014
**Strake Jesuit College Preparatory [MAP]

St. Thomas High School
4500 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007**Location has changed to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.

TIME: 9am-5pm


USA Rugby National Development Summit – Feb 21-23, 2014 in the Philadelphia area

usa_rugby_logoWe are hoping to host our USA Rugby National Development Summit on February 21-23, 2014 in the Philadelphia area. This event is on track to be bigger and better than ever, featuring the best opportunity to learn and share about coaching, refereeing and administration. Last year featured all of our national team coaching staff, our national panel referees, and top administrators teaching and sharing over the long weekend.

I wanted to get this date and location to you early for both your feedback and the hope your can keep a light schedule that weekend in your home unions to encourage participation. I understand some parts of the country are in competition at this point, but we were forced to go a bit later due to an early USA Sevens and IRB Womens Sevens event.

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. All our State Youth & High School Organizations gather at this event, as well as the Collegiate Management Council and potentially the GUs. We also feature a great exhibit space with all the latest rugby companies and folks wanting to get into the rugby community.

Prior events were in:
Nashville – 2006
San Diego – 2008
Dallas – 2009
Indianapolis – 2011
Atlanta – 2012
Los Angelas – 2013

Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing any feedback you might have.


Kurt Weaver


from USA Rugby:

Boulder, CO – The USA Rugby Referee Department is excited to announce the advent of online Touch Judge & Assistant Referee courses!  These courses will allow participants from all over the country to create a collaborative learning environment and become USA Rugby certified.

This is the perfect opportunity for parents, coaches, and players to get involved and to learn more about the game from anywhere in the country.

Using instructor led discussion, video clips and other course materials participants in the Touch Judge courses will learn when the ball is in touch, touch judge signals, places of throw in, positioning and seven-a-side variations.  Participants in the Assistant Referee course will learn how to adjudicate foul play, perform signaling and reporting, maintain positioning, and use communication systems.  The courses will culminate with a brief quiz to validate the participant’s certification as a USA Rugby Touch Judge or Assistant Referee.

Courses will be offered monthly and will be held on the 2nd Tuesday & Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm Eastern Time.  Each session will last approximately two hours and will be taught by an IRB certified Educator. The cost of the online Touch Judge courses will be $25, as will the Assistant Referee course.  Please note that space is limited, so sign up early!

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Brittany Jacobs or Tim Cornelius.

Brittany Jacobs
(303) 539-0300 x 111

Tim Cornelius
(303) 539-0300 x 135

Updated Tourney Policy (Effective Immediately)

To All Clubs:

Based on prior years of experiences and feedback received from all parties, the TRRA and TRU have agreed that there needs to be a restructure of all Social Tournaments in general.

The consensus opinion is that all Social Tournaments will be run independent of the TRRA and TRU.

Tournaments have repeatedly stated that they are Cost First which continually leads to over use of the assigned TRRA Referees / Match Officials.

There has been repeated issues with Match Officials being required or pressured to work an inordinate amount of matches for extended periods of time in difficult conditions for free or nominal compensation.

Several proposals have been trialed in order to cut down on Tourney Costs and Referee over usage. To date no solutions have turned out to the be the magic bullet to lower costs and stop referee over use.

Therefore the following will be the published protocol for all Social Fifteens and Sevens tournaments in the Texas GU:

  • Tournaments are to submit a request form at least 30 days prior to the event per normal via the website
  • Tournaments are required to obtain USA Tournament Sanctioning prior to the event AND prior to TRU request
  • Once approved by USA, the event will be added to the TRU Tournament Calendar as a Social Event Only
  • The TRU will not sanction any of these events and as we can not ensure CIPP compliance
  • Clubs are encouraged to individually contact and contract TRRA match officials for services per event
    • Referees that have the desire to work Summer Social Sevens Tournaments can be found here. Otherwise all referee contact information can be found on the full Referee Contact List.
  • Payment / Compensation can be individually negotiated, however, all payments shall be due and payable on day of the event
  • TRRA and TRU will focus on Competitive Events and Matches that promote organized competition and CIPP compliance

In connection with this announcement, The TRU will be creating a Texas Sevens Series aka “TSS” this summer that will effectively replace the TOLA series. Details on the Sevens Circuit will be published to the TRU Website shortly.

Tournaments that are all ready in process and have been approved will be serviced per the existing guidelines and policies.


TRU Winter Meeting Details

The TRU Winter Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 10th, in San Antonio per our on-going rotation policy.

This meeting will focus on two primary issues at hand being the By Laws and Operating Procedures.  Other items will be covered but not in the normal fashion we have done in prior meetings.

Location:  Drury Inn & Suites (Near La Cantera Parkway)

15806 I-10 West near Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78249

Phone: 210-696-0800

Meeting starts at 10am and runs until 4pm.

Lunch will be served to those that RSVP in advance.  Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 2nd, to Doug Corrigan, Mens Director : rainyday_15@yahoo.com

Agenda topics can be added to the Agenda by emailing David McPhail: tru.president@gmail.com

A draft agenda is detailed below:

1.      USA / WEST / TEXAS – McPhail / Sharpley

2.      BY LAW AMENDMENTS – Courtney


4.      FINANCIAL REPORT  – Pfleger / McPhail

5.      COMPETITIONS  – Watson & McPhail


7.      DISCIPLINE REPORT – Courtney


  • 8.      WEBSITE REVIEW – Young





iRB Womens Sevens Coming to Houston (Feb 1-2)

* The TRUand USA Rugby will need volunteers for the event, review details here.

Four rounds to take place in Dubai, USA, China and Netherlands.

The International Rugby Board has today announced the first ever IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.  It is set to take place in four global destinations, underscoring the IRB’s commitment to the ongoing growth and development of women’s Rugby around the world and is another significant step in the journey to Rio 2016.

In a ground-breaking move, the inaugural global series for the world’s top women’s Sevens players will feature rounds in UAE (Dubai), USA (Houston), China (Guangzhou) and Netherlands (Amsterdam).

The system mirrors the men’s series, with each 12-team event featuring six core teams who will play across all four events and six teams who will be invited based on regional tournament rankings, reflecting the IRB’s strategic aim to mix the top teams in the world with the best up and coming teams from each of the six IRB regions. The six core teams for the inaugural series are Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA.

Women’s Rugby is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the world and, in 2016, the finest female players in the world will take their place alongside their male counterparts in Rio de Janeiro when Rugby returns to the Olympic Games summer programme. The inception of an international series is a key milestone in the ongoing development of both the competitive standards and the professionalism of the women’s Game.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The IRB Women’s Sevens World Series is an exciting and significant development, not only for the women’s Game but for all of Rugby, as we continue to grow the Game around the world. For the past 13 years, the top Sevens athletes in the men’s Game have competed in a world series environment, and now all women players can also aspire to compete at the same level, test themselves against the very best and hone their skills.

“This first international series for our top women’s players will shine a light on the sheer quality and athleticism they have reached in a relatively short time, and ensure that the women’s Game continues on its sharp rise towards its Olympic debut in 2016.”

“We are delighted to be going to Dubai, USA, China and the Netherlands in our inaugural year. Dubai will guarantee the Series tremendous global exposure with the event sitting alongside the men’s, while the events in USA, China and the Netherlands reflect the incredible appetite for women’s Rugby in these key markets, as seen with the superb results of their teams on the world stage in recent years.”

IRB Rugby Committee member and Women’s World Cup Sevens 2009 winning captain Cheryl Soon added: “This new series will not only provide competition, it will also increase the exposure and profile of the women’s Game globally. Whether running alongside the very successful HSBC Sevens World Series event in Dubai or reaching new and strategically important markets around the world, we believe the series will maximise the opportunities for growth of the women’s Game in all aspects.”

The IRB Sevens World Series concept is in line with key strategic objectives set out in the IRB Women’s Rugby Plan, expanding the women’s Sevens international competition model, particularly at the elite level of the Game.

IRB Women’s Sevens World Series 2012/13

Round 1 – UAE: Dubai, November 30 – December 1, 2012 – 7he Sevens Stadium
Round 2 – USA: Houston, Texas, 1-2 February, 2013 – BBVA Compass Stadium
Round 3 – China: Guangzhou, 30-31 March 2013 – Guangzhou University Town Stadium
Round 4 – Netherlands: Amsterdam, 17-18 May 2013 – NRCA Stadium

Rugby World Cup Sevens, Moscow, June 28-30 2013


Location for TRU Summer Meeting Aug-11th

Please note that the TRU’s Summer Meeting will be held at the same location as the infamous “Lost Afternoon” luncheon.

Meeting will be held as noted on the TRU Calendar being Saturday, August 11th with a start time of 10am and run until 5pm (or earlier).

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2712 Southwest Freeway (Hway 59), Houston, TX 77098

The Hotel is on the “north” side of the freeway located between cross streets Buffalo Speedway and Kirby Drive.

Lunch will be provided to those that RSVP by deadline of Monday, August 6th COB.

Please let your Division Secretary know who from your club will be attending (Name and Title)