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    Re: Others sporting interests

    Played baseball as a youth, and umpired during summers off from college. After a suggestion from a fellow rugger, started doing indoor soccer a few winters ago to keep fit when the temperature...
  2. Thread: New record

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    Re: New record

    I never said that points is the gold standard. IMO, the best way to determine who is better is to have them play. When that is not feasible (tournaments, ties among 3+ teams, etc), and you have to...
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    Re: New record

    I personally am very much against H2H as a tiebreaker, since it's randomly double-counting a game. With points differential, you're at least looking at the total body of work. In a different activity...
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    Re: New record

    My first ever 15s match, with 25min halves (tournament) - 114-0. 18T, 12C.

    Highest "competitive" score - 42-40, winning side was 1/8 on conversions.
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    Re: who’d be a referee

    Can someone with access c/p? I don't have an account, and it's not available for public view.

    Re: first names, I make an effort to write down/remember the captains' names, but stick to...
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    Re: Coronavirus Impact

    The union I referee for, and the other union my local club plays under, put a two week moratorium on everything.

    MLR is on a 30-day hiatus, D1A (top level uni/collegiate) is done for the entire...
  7. Thread: 2 man line out

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    [Line out] Re: 2 man line out

    The key distinction is that the ball has been thrown before the receiver joins. If the receiver joins before the throw, then you FK that side.
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    Coronavirus Impact

    The impact of the pandemic on the professional game is well-documented, but has it started to impact the amateur game?

    I just got an email this morning that a 7s tournament scheduled for March 28...
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    [Law] Re: Penalty Try or not? Opinions please

    The question is, where a try *probably* would have been scored if not for the hair pull. Taking the offender out of the scenario (I see the phrase "beam me up Scotty" used often), were any other...
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    [Tackle] Re: Law 14.7 & 21.7

    It's all one motion, and the argument could be made that he still had momentum carrying him forward. If I saw this in person, I'd award the try.
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    Finally getting the first run out of the spring - SLU High JV vs Notre Dame DLS JV. Best pitch set up I've seen, and it's at a rural boarding school surrounded by cornfields. Three well-maintained,...
  12. Thread: Tap and Go

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    [Junior] Re: Tap and Go

    In the former (a la OP), I called play on, and the BC didn't try it again (nor did anyone else that game).

    For the scrum-half throwing the ball at the player, I'd be inclined to talk to the...
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    [6N] Re: Wales v France - Did the ref bottle it?

    I think PK'ing a NFL-style "punch" that goes forward relative to the defender is harsh, I'd probably probably rule it as a knock by the defender. We don't penalize the rip, so I don't see why this...
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    Re: who’d be a referee

    I have not, as I ditched my account about a year ago. A PM or copy/paste here would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    It means I don't have to front for the rental car. Waiting on the adjuster to determine if I get to go car shopping again because of some dumbass focusing on his cig instead of the street...
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    Midwest Refs AGM (I'm treasurer, so I have to go), should be interesting. Glad it's only a 500 mile round trip this year.
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    [6N] Re: Caterpillars getting out of hand?

    To be clear, you mean no players from either side?

    My issue at elite level is that the attacking side is allowed to be off their feet at the front of the ruck, thus preventing a legitimate...
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    [Law] Re: Sco v Eng - Scrum back?

    I read 18.23b as any player actually playing the ball (a la the scenario in Sco/Eng where someone catches it before the 5m line), and 18.25 as someone not actually playing the ball (i.e. slapping...
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    Re: Six Nations 2020

    Cart before the horse. You have to determine who's played the ball before potential offside comes into consideration.
  20. Re: Short documentaries on refereeing in North America

    Recruiting younger officials and retaining them at the high school level (80% of younger officials walk within 2 years) is an issue, and it's having a material impact on games. There's countless...
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    [Law] Re: Place of Conversion kick

    The kicker makes their plant foot in a slippery muddy patch, plant foot doesn't plant. Could twist, could slip in any direction causing the kicker to go ass over elbows. See: Kurtley Beale's slip at...
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    [Law] Re: Hand Off or Fend to the face/head/neck

    Confirming, makes refereeing 7s at that age grade very interesting.
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    [CLUB RUGBY] Re: Definition of ''in touch''

    If the ball hasn't reached touch, 18.1.d allows this. Is there a clip you can post?
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    Re: Touch call before fracas (Exeter/Saracens)

    This was the initial purpose of my post. I think this may have been an error, but there's no conclusive TV angles to say otherwise IMO.
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    Touch call before fracas (Exeter/Saracens)

    I didn't get a chance to watch the actual game, but in watching the official highlight package, it's hard to tell where the BC went into touch from the eye in the sky angle provided, and there's no...
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