- USA Rugby and Advantage Referee release updated Game Management Guidelines for the 2021-22 season.
- Following newly released Global Law Trials from World Rugby, USA Rugby Training & Education hosted an informative webinar to review and advise on USA implementation.
- Further FAQs and resources to come from the Match Management Working Group of the Referee & Laws Committee.
Updated Game Management Guidelines (GMG) have been released by USA Rugby and ADVANTAGE Referee for the 2021-22 season. Fully revised from the previous version last implemented for the 2018-19 season, the guidelines clarify law application and provide USA Rugby Members with direction and a consistent foundation for the game to be played across the country.
The GMG contains simple explanations of the newly released World Rugby Global Law Trials, which will take effect at all levels within USA Rugby starting August 16th. As essential reading for coaches and referees, the guidelines also contain USA Rugby’s Concussion and Participant Abuse Policies, as well as recommendations on how pre-match interactions between coaches and referees should be conducted.
USA Rugby Director of Training & Education, Jamie McGregor added, “The Game Management Guidelines tackle both the non-negotiable requirements and elements of our game that aren’t always easily understood. A few rugby myths are busted, and some diagrams are included that might help people visualize things more clearly. USA Rugby and ADVANTAGE Referee developed this document with the intent of assisting coaches and referees to get on the same page around how laws are to be applied and we’re excited to deliver it ahead of the new membership cycle.”
The Game Management Guidelines are the result of a partnership between USA Rugby and ADVANTAGE™ Sports Software. The contents have also been reviewed by the Match Management Working Group (MMWG) of the USA Rugby Referee & Laws Committee, and Chair Mark ‘Tigg’ Handel.
Further expanding on the World Rugby Global Law Trials, USA Rugby Training & Education hosted World Rugby Test Referee, Angus Gardner, Women’s National Team XV Assistant Coach and Referee, Jenny Lui and US Rugby HOF and Men’s Head Coach at Saint Mary’s College, Tim O’Brien for a round table discussion and robust education on the implementation of the new trials within USA Rugby competition. The round table had over 400 USA Rugby Coaches and Referees in virtual attendance and is available to watch on-demand via USA Rugby YouTube:
USA Rugby will also be releasing additional documents on Monday August 16, including FAQs generated from questions submitted during and after the Global Laws Trials Webinar, as well as a table indicating when 22-meter and goal-line dropouts occur.
For questions and inquiries around the Game Management Guidelines, please email the Match Management Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.