Introduction to Match Officiating

Introduction to Match Officiating

The Introduction to Match Officiating course is aimed at those interested in refereeing rugby in the youth and adult game (S1/U13 and above). Match Officials must be minimum 15 years of age to complete the course. Once complete, you will be permitted to referee in Scotland.

Aims

The Introduction to Match Officiating course aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools.

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand the fundamental refereeing skills
  • Be able to apply the essential laws of the game
  • Promote player welfare and manage player behaviours during a game
  • Appreciate the principles of refereeing

The course also includes a tackle/contact safety session to ensure safe practice at all levels of the game, and to raise awareness of concussion protocols.

Course Outline

The introduction to Match Officiating course aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools. By the end of the programme you will:

1) Understand the fundamental refereeing skills

2) Apply the essential laws of the game

3) Promote player welfare and manage player behaviours during a game

4) Appreciate the principles of refereeing

Attendees must be a minimum of 15 years of age to complete the course.

Pre-course learning

All match officials must have completed the following before attending the course:

Please also download the pre-course information pack (available here).

Costs

The course is free of charge

Booking and Certification

From July 2021 all course bookings will be administered via the SCRUMS system. To book onto one of the courses below you will need to register and create a profile on SCRUMS (if you don’t have an account already). Once you have completed your course, your certificate will be available to download via your SCRUMS profile, as well as information on next steps.

Date and Time Location
24 October (10am-5pm) & 31 October (9am-5pm)

Glasgow South - Paisley RFC

28 November (10am-5pm) & 5 December (10am-5pm)

Glasgow South - Kilmarnock RFC

28 November (10am-5pm) & 5 December (10am-5pm)

Glasgow North - Hamilton RFC & Ravenscraig

4 December (10am-5pm) & 5 December (9am-5pm)

North - Ross Sutherland RFC

4 December (10am-5pm) & 5 December (9am-5pm)

East - Meadowmill Sports Centre

5 December (9am-5pm) & 12 December (9am-5pm)

Midlands - Mayfield Sports Centre/RPC Dundee

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