District referee: level 5 and 6

District referee: level 5 and 6

Referees at this level will be a mixture of those very experienced through time and those with the clear potential to go higher.

Training requirements

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Complete the level three residential course normally held the last weekend in July. Attendance at this course is by invitation from your Regional Referee Development Manager (RRDM).

If you have not been invited but feel you should be there please contact your RRDM to discuss this.

Make yourself available to referee as often as possible to enhance your skills, before attending the level three course. Attend society meetings on a regular basis to ensure you are up to date with all current trends and law amendmentsA course that will help you develop your management of the game and prepare you to referee higher level appointments.

Experience you should have

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You will not normally be invited to attend a level three course until you have demonstrated sufficient skills to be considered as having potential to referee our top regional leagues and beyond.Enhanced knowledge of the laws of rugby. Go to the IRB Laws website to test and enhance your knowledge. Watch how top level referees mix their management of the game with application of the laws.With more experience comes much more enjoyment through being challenged in more demanding appointments. Referees at this level may be considered as having potential to be selected for promotion to the SRU panels.

Games and types of appointments

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After attending the level 3 course, and before being considered for promotion, you will be required to referee at least 3 level 6 games and receive satisfactory reports from a referee coach.As per career pathway, selected referees with more experience may be appointed to grade four games.Referees will be appointed each week by their local society with difficulty level increasing with experience. Referees who show high potential may be appointed to level four games in their district or SRU championship leagues.

What fitness levels do you need?

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The minimum standard expected is level 9 on the 20m bleep test. Referees considered for selection to the referee academy or SRU panels will be expected to achieve the standards set in the protocols.Training can be a lonely pastime and you are strongly encouraged to join in with your local rugby club training sessions, it is much more fun training as a group and you can also practice some of your skills during their contact sessionsYour local regional referee development manager can assist you and provide details of fitness testing sessions in your area.

How often do you need to be available?

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Referees at these grades would be expected to be available for a minimum of 75% of league weekends throughout the season.

Use the Who’s The Ref website to update the calendar with your availability.
Be available every weekend throughout the rugby season and try to pick up some mid week appointments if you can fit them in.Early notification to your local appointments secretary will ensure you are appointed when availability permits.

What support should you expect?

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Minimum of three coaching sessions per season.

Full support from your local RRDM.

Access to society mentoring programme.
Full support of your society coaches with a minimum of three coaching sessions each season. Feedback from club coaches on your performances.