Referee Course – DFW – January 5, 2019

The TRU has once again partnered with TRRA to host a referee course in the DFW area on January 5, 2019. Referees are incredibly short in this area and if we don’t grow the pool matches may be moved to Sunday as a result.


Course Details

The Level 1 Officiating Certification consists of online pre-course work and attendance at an in-person clinic. The course is largely practical so come dressed to run/move around (as much as your body will allow) and participate fully in the clinic.

When: January 5, 2019
Where: St. Philip’s School – 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Dallas, TX  75215 [MAP]
Cost: $75

Course Host: David Dodge

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 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:

  1. The online WR law exam found at
  2. World Rugby’s online Rugby Ready program found at
  3. The WR Concussion Management for the General Public module found at

Once the certifications have been added to your profile (To be completed within 1 Business Day of email to, you will be able to register for the course on this page.

Women’s Rugby Pathway Courses – April 21-22

We’re so excited to announce that in partnership with the Texas Rugby Union (TRU) 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 ( if you have any questions.

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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…/2734426430146295554