For Match Officials
There are many reasons to take up officiating; remaining involved in the sport after playing, choosing to enhance your knowledge of the laws or progressing through the career pathway to achieve your goal in officiating. No matter what the reason, officiating is a rewarding, exciting, and enjoyable way to stay involved in rugby. The first step to officiating in Scotland is to decide whether you wish to be a referee, assistant referee or a club touch judge.
Match Official Pathway
Improving the quality and quantity of active match officials is essential to the development of the game at all levels. Scottish Rugby aims to provide a pathway for referee development. The aim is to ensure that the right skills, knowledge and traits of a referee are established and employed to a suitable level of rugby at the correct time of the referee’s development.
Scottish Rugby advises that all match officials are licensed to the appropriate level within the career pathway.
Your first step in becoming a Match Official is the Level 1 Refereeing Course. This course is intended to provide new referees with the fundamental skills to referee rugby union safely, with equity and to the basic laws of the game. The course is designed to use practical and theoretical based activities and takes 6 hours. Following this course, you are qualified to officiate matches within Scotland from youth up to 2XV adult rugby and lower regional leagues. With the Level 1 course and experience refereeing, you may also qualify for Level 2 + Level 3 courses to progress your pathway.
Assistant Referees are appointed by Scottish Rugby to service the Premiership and National 1 leagues in Scotland. Working within a team of three match officials, the assistant referees support the referee before, during and after the game. To become an assistant referee, you must have completed the Level 1 Refereeing Course and have refereed for a year. You then need to attend the Assistant Referee Course. This course is intended to provide you with the fundamental knowledge of the ball going into touch and the skills to operate within a team of three match officials. The course is theoretical based and takes 4 hours.
Club Touch Judging
If you don’t want to operate at the highest level of domestic rugby, and would rather run touch for your club’s 1st XV, you must take the Club Touch Judge Course. This course designed to give to the essential skills you require to enjoy the game as a participant and be a valued volunteer within your club. The course is theoretical based and takes 2 hours.
Useful information and websites
Referee Society Contact Details
Area Contact More Information Edinburgh President - Graham Allen
Secretary - Fergus Hollins
Website Borders Website West of Scotland President - Euan McQuarrie
Secretary - Calum Lazenby
Website Midlands President - Mhairi Hay
Secretary - Steve Melon
Aberdeen President - Ray Mellis
Secretary - Vernon Fawcett
Highlands President - Gavin MacDonald
Secretary - James Ryder
Scottish Rugby Contacts
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