SRU Panel referee: grade 2-4

SRU Panel referee: grade 2-4

Our SRU Panel referees are those who have through time, experience and exposure to higher level games within their local district and in some cases exchange games outside Scotland, have reached a level where they are considered competent to referee Premiership, National and Championship League rugby.

The SRU panel referee requires a different skill set to deal with the demands of a fast moving, fast paced game – details of the skills set required are set out below. Many of the refereeing skills required at this level are very similar to those of the high performance referee. However, the major difference is on the degree of accuracy, consistency and management of how these skills are applied during each game.

The higher the level of the referee then the greater expectation of his performance from players, coaches and spectators.

Game knowledge

It is very important that referees at this level have a full understanding of the laws and be able to apply them accurately with a very high level of consistency throughout each game.


Referees at this level will be required to deliver messages in a clear and concise way to players during the game and coaching staff before and after each game.

Empathy for the game

Empathy for the game comes with experience gained as a player or when developing as a referee, HP referees should have the ability to read what players are trying to achieve within the context of each game and give them the opportunity to achieve this.


The demands of the game at this level require the referee to attain a higher level of fitness. Referees in the SRU Panel will be required to pass three fitness tests per season as directed by the SRU Panel manager

Fitness standards are detailed in the match officials' protocols for this season.

Team player

Referees at this level will, in the main, operate within a team of officials and will be expected to deliver on agreed outcomes and show loyalty to the team members supporting him.

Management skills

Management is a key factor in higher level games where player skills are higher and the expectations on a SRU Panel referee to manage the game are greater.


SRU Panel referees will be expected to provide good leadership to their team of officials by providing clear guidance of what is expected before, during and after the game. The SRU Panel referee must demonstrate an ability to positively influence player behaviour during the game.

Continuous learning

Referees at this level must have the ability to carry out an analysis of their own performance, preferably by using a DVD of the game whenever this is available. All referees in the SRU Panel must be open to receiving feedback from a number of sources.

Emotional intelligence

The game at higher levels can become intense and emotionally charged, SRU Panel referees must have the ability to operate in this type of environment and handle how others will perceive them while working under intense pressure.

Decision making

SRU Panel referees must have the ability to make difficult decisions while under pressure within a game situation.

Prepared to be accountable

All referees at this level will be expected to demonstrate self-reflection and a realistic analysis of their own performance. Referees must be prepared to learn from mistakes and reduce the chances of them occurring again.