The latest Game Management Guidelines have been released.
The 2018-2019 Game Management Guidelines are now available from USA Rugby. To download a copy, click on the link below.
A preliminary list of rugby referee societies around the US has been compiled. This will be an ongoing effort. If your rugby referee society is not listed here, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarification of Non-Engagement by Defense at Lineout
There has recently been a tactic employed specifically at lineouts where the defense will not engage in the maul. The following recap by Richard Every highlights how this situation should be managed.
See attached video. The following is how to referee it:
DEFENSE NOT FORMING A MAUL AT A LINEOUT (as shown in this video between minute 4-5, https://vimeo.com/124988163)
- If the ball carrier is in the front (even with team mates bound onto the ball carrier):
- The team may move forward.
- Defenders may tackle the ball carrier.
- If the ball is moved to the back:
- The team in possession is required to get the ball out:
- otherwise a scrum will be awarded for accidental offside, or
- if they move forward they are liable to a PENALTY KICK against them for obstruction.
- The lineout is not over if the ball is still on the line of touch
- The lineout is over if the ball is moved away from the line of touch and defenders may come around to tackle ball carrier or play the ball.
- If defenders voluntarily leave the maul, the maul continues even if no more defenders are part of the maul.
- If defenders fall off a moving maul the maul is over and the referee should instruct players to ‘use it’.
- If defenders fall off a moving maul but the maul immediately moves into the in-goal due to momentum and the ball is grounded by attackers a try should be awarded.
- If the maul legally goes to ground players are not required to roll away.
Richard Every | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
A Level 1 Officiating 15’s course will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Liberty North High School in Liberty, Missouri. All aspiring rugby referees are encouraged to register and attend. There are a few prerequisites that need to be completed prior to attending. More information may be found on the registration page.
In an effort to streamline the process of scheduling matches and assigning referees, the Mid-America Rugby Referee Society will begin using WhosTheRef.com. This is a powerful application that will handle all functions of scheduling, assigning, and tracking.
If you are a scheduler, referee, evaluator, referee coach, or club contact, you will need to go to WhosTheRef.com, click on LOGIN, and then click on “Forgot or need a password”. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Tantaris.
The schedule for all matches covered by the Mid-America Rugby Referee Society can be found here: http://marrs.org/schedule/.
Going forward, all matches will need to be entered into this system in order to have a referee assigned.
President, Mid-America Rugby Referee Society