This is for all you Mums and Dads, Brothers And Sisters of junior rugby players, ask yourself:
Grass roots rugby starts with junior rugby and just like the big boys, all junior rugby games need a referee. From Rippa rugby at under 6’s and under 7’s, all the way up to under 13’s, the thankless task of refereeing these games often falls back onto the coaches of the teams.
But here’s the thing, coaching boys and girls to play and refereeing their games are two distinct roles and often, the two conflict with each other.
To alleviate this, the New Zealand Rugby Union implemented an “Associate Referee” category.
Aimed at parents and older siblings, the “Associate Referee” course is designed to give Mums and Dads, Brothers and Sisters of these under 6’s to under 13’s the necessary tools, skills and confidence to enable them to “have a go” and find themselves right at the heart of the action, or as most referees claim, the best seat in the house.
Generally speaking, each under 6 – under 13 team is required to have an “Associate Referee” attached to it.
If no official referee is appointed by the local referees group, then the home team is responsible for ensuring an “Associate Referee” is available to officiate the fixture.
If no one is available, then the visiting team’s “Associate Referee” is permitted to referee.
If none of these people are available then the home team can nominate someone to referee but scrums become non-contested. So you can see how vitally important it is that we have qualified “Associate Referees” available to referee our grass roots rugby.
Most people know what a knock on looks like, what a forward pass looks like and what a dangerous tackle looks like, so you can safely assume you won’t learn those. During a typical 2.5 hour “Associate Referee” course, you’ll learn:
All “Associate Referees” once they complete the course receive automatically:
If you’d like to give refereeing a go, but don’t want to commit to it full time, then acting as an “Associate Referee” for your child/sibling may be for you.
To get started all you have to do is attend one of the six “Associate Referee” courses held throughout the Bay of Plenty region.
It’s free to attend, you don’t have to pre-register, just turn up on the night and you’re almost there!!!
And once you’ve completed a course, your accreditation as an “Associate Referee” remains current for two years. Check out the course dates below.
Tuesday 28 March, Greerton Rugby Club
Thursday 30 March, Te Puna Rugby Club
Tuesday 4 April, Te Puke Sports
Monday 10 April, Mount Sports Rugby Club, Blake Park
Sunday 23 April, Gordon Spratt Reserve, Papamoa
Wednesday 12 April, Ngongotaha Rugby Club
Wednesday 3 May, Ngongotaha Rugby Club
Wednesday 22 March, Opotiki Rugby Club
Wednesday 29 March, Rugby Park, Whakatane
Wednesday 5 April, Te Teko Rugby Club
All courses start at 6.00pm, Registration from 5.45pm, courses will be completed by 8.00pm.