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  • Level 1 Officiating - Introduction to Officiating

    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.

    Prerequisites: None

    Requirements for Certification: 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.

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  • Level 2 Officiating - Developing Officiating Skills

    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.

    Prerequisites: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, Level 1 Officiating course certification, 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, achieve satisfactory practical assessment (excellent or competent), pass take home open book 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).

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  • Level 3 Officiating - Analysis & Preparation

    The purpose of this course is to enable officials to analyze performance and prepare affectively to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. The course provides training for the elite level referee by providing an intense intellectual examination of the modern game of rugby. Course accreditation is one requirement for promotion to the National Panel or the National Focus Group. Course certification is one requirement for appointment as a National Evaluator.

    Prerequisites: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee and Level 2 Officiating course certification or equivalent.

    Requirements for Certification: Attend and participate in all course modules.

    Requirements for Accreditation: Attend and participate in all course modules, achieve two satisfactory practical assessments (excellent or competent) not older than 12 months, pass take home open book law exam (can be taken prior to the course) and complete presentation of a season plan.

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  • Level 1 Officiating Sevens

    The Levels 1 and 2 Officiating Sevens courses are designed to provide referees with the skills and knowledge needed to referee Sevens Rugby in the national environment (in major Unions) and to international levels in less developed Unions and/or age grade international competitions. They build strongly on the IRB Levels 1-3 Officiating courses and seek to assist match officials who aim to referee or assist in Sevens.

    Prerequisites: An IRB Level 1 Officiating (generic fifteens) certificate of attendance.

    Requirements for Certification: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, attend and participate in all course modules.

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  • Level 2 Officiating Sevens

    The Level 2 Officiating Sevens course is a two day accreditation program which incorporates and expands on the Level 1 Officiating Sevens course, while adding a module covering the preparation, both physical demands and planning, required to referee Sevens.

    Prerequisites:An IRB Level 2 Officiating (generic fifteens) certificate of accreditation. It is beneficial, however, if participants have advanced understanding of Sevens Rugby from their experience as a player, coach, or match official.

    Requirements for Certification: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, attend and participate in all course modules, and show competence in all competency transcript descriptors for all modules of the course.

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