District referee: Level 7 and 8

District referee:  Level 7 and 8

Now that you have the taste for refereeing and wish to make some progress up the ladder, here is what you will be required to do.

Training requirements

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Complete the level 2 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 your self available to referee as often as possible to enhance your skills before attending the level 2 course.

Attend society meetings on a regular basis to ensure you are up to date with all current trends and law amendments.

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A 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 2 course until at least one full season after completing your level 1 course – there are exceptions for referees who show fast progress and potential

Enhanced knowledge of the laws of rugby football.

Go to the IRB Laws website and test and enhance your knowledge of the laws
With more experience comes much more enjoyment through being challenged in more demanding appointments

Games and type of appointments you can expect

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Before being considered for promotion after attending the level 2 course you will be required to referee and receive satisfactory reports from at least 3 Level 8 gamesAs per career pathway referees with more experience may be appointed to grade 6 GamesReferees will be appointed each week by their local society with difficulty level increasing with experience.

 What fitness levels do you need?

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You will be expected to achieve a higher level than that required as a level 9 referee.

The minimum standard expected is Level 7 on the 20m bleep test.
Training can be a lonely pass time 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 50% 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.

 Support you should expect

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Minimum of three coaching sessions per season.

Full support from your local RRDM.

Access to Society mentoring program

Full support of your society coaches with minimum of three coaching sessions each season. Feedback from club coaches on your performances.