Rugby referees may register for a free, daylong referee master class on Feb. 2 at West Linn High School. The class, hosted by Rugby Oregon, will be taught by Kurt Weaver, USA Rugby's Youth and High School Director, a national panel referee and a certified referee educator.
The class will feature classroom discussions as well as an active session to address best practices in running lines and positioning in set piece and open play. The training will help referees assess and manage the match, from interactions with coaches and players to technical points such as the latest scrum variations.
"The days of just refereeing on a Saturday without continuing education and hard work during the week has past," Weaver said. "The players and coaches are getting faster, smarter and the game is evolving every day. I look forward to working with Oregon referees to discuss best practices and new concepts in rugby refereeing."
Rugby Oregon is offering free rugby jerseys, courtesy of World Rugby Shop, to the first 20 Rugby Oregon referees to register for the Feb. 2 class. "A quality referee is an absolutely vital part of a game of rugby." World Rugby Shop's Head of Rugby Brad Kilpatrick said. "We often forget just how important the person in the middle is to the flow and enjoyment of our great game. Any time we can support the betterment of a critical part of rugby and by extension improve the sport we love, we are more than happy to do so. World Rugby Shop is proud to partner with a leading youth organization like Rugby Oregon to help raise the standard of refereeing and help us all grow rugby in the US.”
To register, click here.