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    Ladies and Gents,


    I've been appointed to my 1st 7s tournament. I've only ever played in 1 when I was 16 (26 years ago). Any advice for a newish ref and a rookie 7s ref?

    Thanks

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    First and foremost, have fun, and make it look like you're having fun.

    Get to every breakdown/tackle, and don't tolerate defenders trying to slow down the ball.

    Don't be too concerned with secondary signals, a good portion of the time you will not have time to make them.

    Any screw-up at kick-off (not 10, out on the full, ball goes in-goal) is a free kick on the halfway.

    At scrums, make sure that the props bind onto the hooker, and not each other. Also, kicking the ball *forward* out of the scrum is a penalty.

    If the weather is going to be warm, grab a jar of pickles and some Pedialyte, and start drinking more water *now* to make sure you're hydrated. If not, you will cramp up.

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    Take a couple of jerseys. I had a pink one and one team turned up in Breast Cancer T-shirts

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    smeagol makes good points - slowing the ball at all is pretty much a penalty straight off. Yellow cards are only 2 minutes off, so you see them more often, especially for anything like cynical play. And having fun is essential!

    Running lines are different. There's less going on, but a lot more movement. Try to keep infield of the action and anticipate play - let the ball come toward you when you can so you can conserve your energy, because you'll burn enough keeping up with the game and sprinting after interceptions, turnovers and kicks.

    And that's another point - even more so than in 15s you need to be switched on all the time. Quick taps, quick throw-ins, players are making the most of the 14 minutes they have - you don't want to stop or slow them at all and you still need to be in the 22 for a try

    This is a good bullet-point overview, I thought:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHBRB7SNgNE

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    Don’t take your eyes off the ball after a try, they drop the goals quick, no relaxed wander back for you, kick often taken the ‘wrong way’ from in goal, so keep sharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flish View Post
    Don’t take your eyes off the ball after a try, they drop the goals quick, no relaxed wander back for you, kick often taken the ‘wrong way’ from in goal, so keep sharp
    Good point - check with the referee manager regarding this. The social tournaments I've refereed, this is allowed; for higher levels it is not, so it'll depend.

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    Check out this video on YouTube from World Rugby

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MaBJez1KrGA

    Keep mobile between games and warm up before each match so you don’t pull a muscle that has tightened up following the previous game.
    Take moulded studs or Astro boots if you have them as well as your usual boots as the ground may be hard.
    Snacks such as cereal bars and bananas. Eat a little between each game and stay hydrated.

    As a said previously, have fun and don’t worry if you make a mistake.
    Keep smiling!

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    Thanks for all the comments/advice.

    @Coolfork - Regrettably, I've only had 1 season as a ref and only have 1 shirt (and we've not had this seasons allocation yet). However this is white. Hopefully there aren't teams that play in white. I may take a couple if different coloured T-shirts with me just incase.

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    Do that. Doesn't have to be a rugby shirt. A bright yellow / orange running shirt would be fine...unless it is the World 7s in which case that will issue you with them!
    Keep smiling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
    Do that. Doesn't have to be a rugby shirt. A bright yellow / orange running shirt would be fine...unless it is the World 7s in which case that will issue you with them!
    Bibs exist too, just go without, I reffed in my base layer once after both teams tried to ‘help’ avoid the kit clash and ended up clashing with both the shirts I took

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