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    Default Re: SRU Level 1 Referees Course

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil E View Post
    Never hurts to have more than one whistle though.
    Always carry a spare in one pocket. It won't be a seamless action, but at least it only takes a couple of seconds to get back in the game when you get a plug of mud in your first whistle.
    Be reasonable - do it my way.

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    Default Re: SRU Level 1 Referees Course

    Hi Jason,

    I have only just seen this thread, sorry not to get in touch before.
    How did the course go?
    I am sure we would all be interested to hear how you found it.

    My top tip is to join your local rugby club, if you haven’t already, and hunt out one of the existing club referees. They will all be delighted to help you. Also referee as many games at different levels that you can. mini and midi are great places to start and so long as you are consistent throughout the game and appear confident you will be fine.

    All the best, keep us posted on how you get on.
    Keep smiling!

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    Hi, yeah the course was great, I really enjoyed it.

    In the end it was confirmed that all I needed to take with me was some outdoor kit (so tshirt, shorts and trainers were fine), and a whistle if I had one (they did have spares if not).

    Each attendee got a PDF copy of the SRU Level 1 handbook, a physical copy of the 2018 law book and a Crabbie's freebie (under 18's got a tshirt, whereas the adults got a tote bag with 2 bottles of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger beer, a key ring and a bottle opener - apparently Crabbie's are the SRU referees sponsor and were keen to support the event).

    As expected the course content was a mix of classroom learning, and practical sessions out on the back pitches (it was a gloriously sunny day, so I came home looking a bit like a lobster - us Scots are not used to the big burny ball of gas in the sky). The practical sessions were games of touch, with us taking turns to ref while we covered different topics/concepts and worked on positioning / communication /whistle tone. These sessions also highlighted to me the level of fitness needed to keep up with play, so I'm now working on that along with continued study of the laws, etc.

    At the end of the day we had our exam, which was really more of a validation questionnaire as it was open book, and we were allowed to talk to the instructors and the other attendees.

    The guys leading the course were very knowledgable, and presented the content well. In addition to the instructors, we also had a couple of chats from the head of referees for the SRU (who repeatedly thanked us for being there and asked us to bring our friends next time), the referee development manager and even one of the top level Scottish refs (Mike Adamson) came in for a bit and gave us his view of a couple of things - this only happened (I assume) as the course was part of a wider SRU referees development weekend.

    But yeah overall a great experience, and very helpful. I also managed to get introduced to the president of the local referees society (Midlands), and have been invited along next month to their preseason conference.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
    My top tip is to join your local rugby club, if you haven’t already, and hunt out one of the existing club referees. They will all be delighted to help you. Also referee as many games at different levels that you can. mini and midi are great places to start and so long as you are consistent throughout the game and appear confident you will be fine.
    Since the course I have reached out to my local club (Dunfermline) about joining as a club referee, and am waiting for further info, but they seemed interested and asked if I'd also be interesting in doing some touch judging.
    Last edited by Jason R; 3 Weeks Ago at 21:07.

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    Default Re: SRU Level 1 Referees Course

    Well done jason .
    Attend as many society meetings as you can .
    Doing touch judging is a deffinate yes. ..introduce your self to their appointed ref & talk to him / her half time .
    Use your society as your open forum & always ask for advice on things you arent sure of .

    Mini reffing although will give you a run around .
    Wont give you the real experience you need , due to size of pitch & players .
    But it is worth giving a go .

    Dont get too woried about side line chants ,,and always keep your cool .
    And be in control ,, but not a control freak .

    If you let lads play rugby ..it will make your job easier .
    Well done .
    And yes , you need to get fit

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