USA Rugby Switches from beep test to the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test

USA Rugby has switched their referee fitness testing from the beep test to the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test. See below for more details from USA Rugby:

Reacting to the new needs in a fitter, faster game, USA Rugby is switching its fitness testing protocols from the beep test to the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test. This new test mirrors a referee’s activities on the field, puts USA Rugby in line with World Rugby’s testing protocols, and gives referees a new opportunity to show their hard work through fitness testing. Although it consists of the same 20-meter shuttle structure as the beep test, the Yo-Yo gives the participants a 10-second recovery after each shuttle, better simulating the start-and-stop nature of a rugby game.

Below is a chart of fitness levels and requirements for USA Rugby Referees. Also included are several resources to help referees and referee organizations take and monitor the test.


Markers are to be set in lanes at zero meters, five meters, and 25 meters. The start position is at five meters, creating a 20-meter shuttle and five-meter recovery lane.


 Travis Prior / KLC fotos

Educate the athlete on the testing procedure and begin the Yo-Yo IRL1 audio track.

The Yo-Yo IRL1 audio track produces a single ‘beep’ at regular intervals. Athletes must complete the 20-meter shuttle in time with the beeps, followed by a 10-second active recovery period in the five-meter recovery lane to be completed in time with beeps.

The athlete’s foot needs to be placed on or over the line in time with the beep at each 20-meter shuttle marker and the athlete must come to a stationary position at the start line at the end of the active recovery period before the next beep. A rolling start is to be avoided.

Athletes will be ‘eliminated’ if they do not reach the start position within the time frame on any two occasions. A warning is to be provided on the first occasion.

The athlete’s score for the test is the level and number of shuttles completed successfully. The shuttle at which the second failure occurs is not counted, e.g. if second failure occurs at level 19.2, the athlete’s score is 19.1. Where an athlete withdraws before a second failure occurs, the last shuttle completed successfully is their score.

Spring Beep Test

The fall beep test was to give you an idea of where you are in fitness. The Spring test weighs heavily on assignments and promotions.

Spring tests must be completed by 31 Jan. The following referees are the only authorized testers in Texas:

North – Randy Campbell
Central – Wendy Young, Sam Reagle, Scott Green
South – Jim Wolfinger

Here are current TRRA standards:
C1 – Level 9*** C2 – Level 8 C3 – Level 7
***New this year, to ref a D1 men’s match, you must be at a level 11 on beep.

Current National Standards:
Elite and NP referees need to run a 12.0 or higher, but 13.0 or higher is preferred.
B Panels and C1’s need to run a 11.0 or higher, but 12.0 or higher is preferred.
C2’s and C3’s need to run a 10.0 or higher, but 11.0 is preferred.

Have fun and good luck!!

Download the beep test audio.

Fall Fitness!

The fall season is just around the corner and it’s time for fitness testing again!

As a reference the TRRA Fitness standards are 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: Here is the beep test audio or you can download the “Beep Test Trainer” App.

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.

Testing is due by Oct 15th, once completed send your results to We will be encouraging your regional officers to schedule group sessions so you don’t have to run alone!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the TRRA Chair or TRRA Vice Chair with any questions.

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