If you know of anyone who may be interested in giving refereeing a go on a regular or semi-regular basis becoming an Associate Referee is a great way to test the waters.
There are Associate Referee courses being conducted over the next week:
The course will take approx. 2 hours.
Associate Referees must attend Rugby Smart, which is presented as part of the Associate Referee course.
Accreditation lasts for 3 seasons with the proviso that the Associate Referee must attend Rugby Smart each season.
Associate Referees are allowed to referee games with competitive scrums with the proviso that they apply Domestic Safety Law Variations to those scrums (1.5m push, 45° wheeling, numbers of players are always the same, etc).
In the modern Wellington rugby environment, Associate Refereeing is most applicable to Reserve Grade and Presidents Grade rugby.
These are the first grades that will miss out on an officially appointed Wellington Rugby Referees Association member when there is a shortage of available referees. Therefore, the teams that are participating at these levels of rugby are encouraged to have 1 or 2 (or more) members qualified as Associate Referees.
Contact David Walsh, Referee Education Officer, email firstname.lastname@example.org