TRRA Promotions Fall/Winter 2013

TRRA & TRU Members,

trra_logoOn behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce the final round of referee promotions for 2013. This fall with the help of Jon Savage, RATO rolled out the TRRA Referee Mentoring/Coaching Program. This program matched each referee with a referee coach or mentor (C2 or higher).

Together referees and mentor/coaches worked together to set goals and create a pathway to success. It is the first time in TRRA history that referees could simply pick up the phone and receive instant coaching/feedback. In addition, RATO is still using the Online Assessments and video analysis to train and promote referees. 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.

C1 to B Panel
Scott Green
Jon Savage

C3 to C2:
Stan Cagle
Butch Neunschwander
Dan O’Donnell Sr.

C4 to C3:
Donnie Hennop
Mark Hughen

The TRRA is excited to have so many referees working towards the next level. I appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work to themselves and to the success of the TRRA. With this group of referee leaders, the TRRA will have a great Spring 2014 season.

Please join me in congratulating all the referees.

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

Traci Schmidtke
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO

Jon Savage – Promoted to USA Rugby Referee “B Panel”

384727_336697063086457_1009359632_nIt is my great pleasure to announce, in conjunction with Jim Wolfinger of the Texas Rugby Union, your promotion to the grade of B Panel.

I know you have worked long and hard to elevate your game along with your dedication to the game of rugby.

I look forward to seeing you work at a much higher level in the game. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the Texas Rugby Union.

Gary Hartzell
West Referee Chairman

Scott Green – Promoted to “B Panel” & USA Rugby National Panel

549539_10200282944977373_963129233_nOn behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is our pleasure to announce that referee Scott Green have been promoted to  B Panel as well as the USA Rugby National Panel of Referees.

Please join us in congratulating Scott.

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

Gary Hartzell
West Referee Chairman

TRRA Promotions Spring 2013

TRRA & TRU Members,

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce the first round of referee promotions for 2013. Thanks to the online assessments completed by TRU coaches and captains, we were able to provide valuable feedback to our referees. Nearly 150 reports were completed by TRU teams. In addition, we had numerous Certified Referee Coaches complete on site reports for referees. Teams also shared game film with referees, which we hope will continue in the future. TRRA thanks everyone 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:
Stephen Boeding
Walker Cagle
Vaughn Crowe
Murray Hunkin
Calvin Messias
Dan O’Donnell Sr.
Dan O’Donnell Jr.
Timmy O’Gara
Steven Riddough
Liz Rutherford
John Scheef

C3 to C2:
Craig Coates
Theo Van Wyk

RATO is excited to add a new referee to the highest local ranking of C1. Shawn “Bean” Martin from the North Region has been working the past two years to improve his referee skills in order to reach the next level. His dedication to his fitness and rugby knowledge earned him a trip to the Battleship Tournament this past fall where he received glowing reports. He continued his hard work in the Spring working with referee coaches and mentors to reach his goals. Please join me in congratulating Shawn. We look forward to his future growth and success as he moves to the next level of refereeing.

C2 to C1:
Shawn “Bean” Martin

RATO also hosted a Level 1 certification in Beaumont in May. A special thank you to Lamar University for hosting. Please welcome the newest additions to the TRRA team:

Newly Certified:
Victor Cano
James Collum
Patrick Dwyer
Donnie Hennop
Spencer Pobanz
Paul Rizk
Abraham Salazar
Ozgur Taner
Jerry Wall
David Williamson

RATO would also like to welcome a couple of new referees to TRRA. These referees are new to Texas, but are not new to the whistle. Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the TRRA team:

Central Region:
Keith Dick (C1) from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Rebekah Aderman (C3) from Denver, Colorado

TRRA is excited to have so many referees working towards the next level. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work to themselves and to the success of the TRRA. Please join us in congratulating all the referees.Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the Texas Rugby Union.

Traci Schmidtke Young
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO

TRRA Promotions Fall 2012

TRRA & TRU Members,

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce the final round of referee promotions for 2012.  Thanks to the online assessments completed by TRU coaches and captains, we were able to provide valuable feedback to our referees.  Nearly 75 reports were completed by TRU teams.  In addition, we had numerous Certified Referee Coaches complete on site reports for referees.  Teams also shared game film with referees, which we hope will continue in the future.  TRRA thanks everyone 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.

Referees promoting from C4 to C3:
Brett Brandon
Craig Coates
Jessie Enriquez
Craig Geaslen
Austin Ryan
Tim Wilks

RATO would also like to welcome several new referees to TRRA.  These referees are new to Texas, but not new to the whistle.  They come to us with many years of experience.  Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the TRRA.

South Region:
Wes King from Florida
Peter Lewis from England 
Central Region:
Andrew Brooks from Chicago
Pierre Levin from South Africa

The TRRA is excited to have, so many referees working towards the next level. We appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work to themselves and to the success of the TRRA. With this group of referee leaders, the TRRA looks forward to the Spring 2013 season.Please join us in congratulating all the referees.Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the Texas Rugby Union.

Traci Schmidtke Young
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO

TRRA Promotion – Wendy Young to L1 Referee

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce that referee Wendy Young have been promoted to L1. Wendy is the first female to reach L1 status in Texas.  She has been a great addition to the TRRA team as a referee, mentor and TRRA technical adviser. Her dedication and commitment to improving makes her a leader among TRRA & TRU members. Wendy will be entering the Zone referee program and we are excited to see her move up the ranks.

Please join me in congratulating Wendy.

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

Traci Schmidtke
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO

TRRA Promotion – Scott Green to L1 Referee

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it our my pleasure to announce that referee Scott Green have been promoted to L1. Scott has been a great addition to the TRRA as a referee and administrator taking on tournament scheduling duties. His dedication and commitment to learning is a shining example of what a TRRA referee should be. Scott has become a leader in the Central region and we are excited to see him excel as he enters the Zone program.

Please join me in congratulating Scott.

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

Texas Rugby Referee Association – 2011 Promotions

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce the following referees have been promoted:

L3 Promotions:
Basheer Benhalim
Stan Cagle
Phil Camm
Doug Corrigan
Jimmy Schreiner
Butch Neunschwander
Geoff Taylor
Kyle Witnbaker

L2 Promotions:
Mike Clough
Sean “Bean” Martin
Meg Pace
Traci Schmidtke
Richard Zdunkewicz

The TRRA is excited to have so many referees working towards the next level. I appreciate everyone’s dedication and hard work to themselves and to the success of the TRRA. With this group of referee leaders, the TRRA will have a great 2011-2012 season.

Please join me in congratulating all the referees.

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

Traci Schmidtke
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO

TRRA Promotion – Fil Keuppens

On behalf of the TRRA and the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO), it is my pleasure to announce that referee Filip Keuppens has been promoted to L1.

Fil has been a great addition to the TRRA.  His quick transition from player to referee has seemed effortless.  Fil has become a leader in the North region and we are excited to see him excel at the next level.

Please join me in congratulating Fil.

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

Traci Schmidtke
TRRA Vice-Chairman
RATO