For those that weren’t able to attend the 2012 Conference on the Game or TRRA AGM, please review the below summary.
Welcome by Jim Wolfinger and Traci Schmidtke ~20 participants
Started with a 20 questions law quiz & review. Take a similar quiz at the IRB Laws website.
Field Positioning and other Key Points
We went out to the field and went over positioning with Ed Todd and Paddy Mac.
|Kick Off Positioning||Near the kicker & in the best position to see the field, observe receivers, observe kicking team & the drop kick.||Same, but be aware that you are always facing/running North & South in 7s. Recommended that you get a running start as the next play will often happen very quickly.|
||Very similar, less people so its easier to manage. Some other points to consider:
||Very similar but commonly the lineout is monitored best from the back. Just like scrums this set piece will be quick & you need to be thinking about the next play.|
|Tackle/Ruck Situation||Positioning for tackle/ruck is very fluid & can constantly change. Recommended that you position yourself where you can best see the ball, players & arriving players. Typically you want to face the defense so you can manage all the players.NOTE: Ed/Paddy weighed in on the Anchor or Sealing of the ball. Make sure to watch time 105:12. The final decision was to manage the player that didn’t roll away. This also coincides with the 2012 Game Management Guidelines.||Same, but the breakdown in 7s is very critical. You must be at every breakdown to manage it. There is a lower tolerance for tackle & ruck infractions.Recommended positioning is on the side of the offense & facing the defense.|
T5 ½ Video Presentation
Craig presented on the importance of video and the resources we have here in Texas. Review the presentation here.
Traci presented on the Referee Advancement & Training Organization (RATO). View the presentation here.
Referee Zone Presentation by Mike Geach
Zone Academy Plan Eligibility Criteria
USA Rugby Pathways
Ed Todd and Paddy Mac discussed the USA Pathways for 7s and 15s referees. View the USA Rugby Pathways here.
RATO has created its own pathways document (based on the above document) and it is viewable on the website and/or here. This is the document the TRRA will use for referee standards and promotions.
Harry Laws Presentation: “How to never want for referees”
View Harry’s presentation here.
Law 19: Touch
Sam Reagle presented on the ball going into touch.
TRRA AGM Minutes
View the TRRA AGM Minutes here.
If you have questions about the COG or the TRRA AGM, please contact the Vice Chair, Traci Schmidtke.