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    Default Re: The Beep Test

    Of course fitness if vital, but does anyone suspect we (by which I mean referee organisations worldwide) might be requiring (or pushing for) levels which are beyond that truly required and, thereby, leaving some truly excellent referees on the shelf? This isn't really my opinion - I don't think I have one on the point - but I am interested as to what others think. I do have a slight concern that some of the young USA referees I see are getting to their upper echelons on the basis of (in some cases) truly astonishing fitness levels without some of the other skills / understanding we would all like to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Thomas View Post
    Because this part-time AR project is a South West Regional initiative run by Terry Friend as SWG Regional Manager (volunteer) to follow on from a pilot run last season by South East Group. His ARs will operate at L5 hence have to fit enough to cope.

    See http://drrs.pitchero.com/news/southw...ruitment-7799/ for how Devon are doing it. Each Society/Federation has nominated candidates and some are taking it further to encourage more specialist trained ARs at Society level.
    Well that was news to me! I'll be having words
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    Default Re: The Beep Test

    Dave this a frequent point of debate amongst referees, match observers, referee coaches and the administration layer. The way the game has changed in the last 5 years at L5 and 6 for sure, has made it much quicker and more intense,with longer breaks for technical scrums.

    To make it at panel level you have to have all components - fitness, speed, management (control and communication), law knowledge, empathy, consistency, rugby awareness, and the right image/culture/ethos.

    Often on Federation and on Group we as Match Observers collect the evidence of who has them, who are missing some bits but can be developed, and those who have plateaued at L5 or L6 (which is no disgrace at all as these are high standards of refereeing achievement).

    But you have to be quick enough physically and mentally to be at the breakdown to see the first offences, or better still manage them proactively, and fit enough to maintain high performance throughout the 80 minutes, and often need to raise intensity of both physical and mental aspects in the final 10 minutes

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    Default Re: The Beep Test

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Thomas View Post
    ... One Hants Group guy ... was at 20+ when KML1 had had enough and wanted start the Society Meeting.
    It's funny how you can go off some people without even meeting them.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBFG View Post
    ... the young upstarts the other night and they were reaching L18 looked too much like hard work to me. There's no replacement for being able to read a game
    Exactly.

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