Women’s Rugby Pathway Courses – April 21-22

We’re so excited to announce that in partnership with the Texas Rugby Referee Association (TRRA) and the Austin Valkyries there will be a L1 Referee course and L200 Coach course in Austin, TX on April 21-22. Also that weekend the Valkyries are hosting HARC, Detroit and Chicago for round 3 of the USA Rugby Gold Cup competition. We hope you’ll join us for the highly anticipated rugby matches and participate in either or both courses!

Saturday April 21st will have the L1 Officiating Course. As a referee, Kat Roche recently moved to Texas from Florida may be a bit biased, but she commented:

Kat Roche - USA Sevens 2018
Kat Roche – Refereeing the in-goal at 2018 USA Sevens in Las Vegas, NV.

Refereeing is an incredible way to be a part of high-level rugby and get to travel and see rugby all across the country (and world!). There are so many different levels of refereeing and you don’t have to be dreaming big in order to take this course. Maybe you just want to referee youth games on Sundays – this course will teach you the basics of keeping players safe and the game fun!

Sunday April 22nd will be the L200 Coaching Course. All clubs must have a L200 certified coach in order to be CIPPed with USA Rugby and many clubs (especially women’s and youth) have problems filling these requirements. Now is your opportunity to get certified and begin your journey to educate and inspire the next generation of players!

Both courses will be fully attended by and run by women in the rugby community so we need YOUR help to fill them up. Hopefully we will keep adding exciting things to the weekend schedule as this program grows, but we need your help to do it!

Please feel free to email Kat Roche (katrref@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Referee Course – https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=2596&isPopup=&Tab=Event+Details

Coaching Course – https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=2595&isPopup=&Tab=Registration+Info

Please share around with anyone that you know may be interested!

TRRA Training & Development Webinar


Please join the TRRA and USA Rugby National Panel Referee John Stevens as we take a closer look at Effective Communication. From the Board Room to the Rugby Pitch effective communication skills are a great asset for your toolbox and vital for the modern game. Please register for TRRA Training & Development Webinar on Feb 7, 2018, 8:00 PM CST at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

TRRA Training & Development Webinar: Understanding The Front Row

Understanding The Front Row Webinar & Regional Referee Meetings

Please join the TRRA and Guest Speakers Chris Assmus, Canadain National Panel and World Rugby Referee, Justin Fitzpatrick and Darren Morris, former International Props as we discuss – Understanding The Front Row at this month’s Regional Referee Meetings and Webinar. Please register for TRRA Training and Development Webinar on Nov 1st, 2017 8:00 PM CDT









TRRA Training and Development Webinar

Please join the TRRA and Guest Speaker Rob Debney, former RFU Elite Referee as we discuss Referee Development through self-review, peer feedback and the Advantage referee development system.
We will also take a look at the new match reporting system in Who’s the Ref.
Please register for TRRA Training and Development Webinar on Sep 27, 2017 8:00 PM CDT at:


RUCK with one player on their feet


There has been a lot of talk about forming a ruck with one player, after this video was released by World Rugby.


If a player has to step with one leg over the ball, they would be a prone target to be cleared out.

AT THIS TIME, in the USA, WE WILL DO THE FOLLOWING, until further clarification:

If, at a tackle, a player on their feet positions themselves over the ball, a ruck is formed. That means, your body has to be over the ball. It should be in a controlled manner, and both legs can still be on your side of the ball and they may grasp their player that is on the ground. Try not to over-complicate it.


If that player then decides to play the ball, they have to step back so they are no longer over the ball, then play the ball coming through the gate.

If, after they have formed the ruck, they pick up the ball in that ruck-forming position, it is a PK against them for hands in.

Here is the actual wording from World Rugby:


Law 16: Amended Ruck Law

A ruck commences when at least one player is on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (tackled player, tackler). At this point the offside line is created. A player on their feet may use their hands to pick up the ball as long as this is immediate. As soon as an opposition player arrives no hands can be used.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


RICHARD EVERY  |  High Performance Referee Manager  |  USA Rugby

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