The TOLA series capped off it’s finals at the Shreveport-Horseshoe TOLA 7s Aug. 8-9, 2009. Host club Shreveport won in overtime against a well-coached Little Rock Club. National women 7s coached, Julie McCoy had her boys playing great rugby but Hal Struckman and his Shreveport gang stood tall at the end and came away with the victory.
Greg Varnell was in the middle with Wendy Young and Rich Prim assisting on the touch. Mr. Varnell did an excellent job. We had a good crew of match officials during the weekend; from the very new to the very, very old. Match officials included in photo below from l to r: Chris Kelly, Traci Schmidtke, Wendy Young, Greg Varnell, and Rich Prim. Our visiting referee from the deep south, Chris Piscotta, was not available for the picture.
Congrats to a strong referee crew and kudos to a great job the Shreveport team provided as host on this very hot Aug. day.
Please note the following Referee Courses coming soon and get signed up ASAP as spots are filling up quickly:
For Existing Referees/Coaches:
Are you interested in learning how to constructively coach and evaluate referees? Are you a new or experienced referee who would like to know how you are evaluated and what coaches are looking for? Are you currently a referee coach/evaluator who would like to brush up on the latest techniques and ideas? Are you a rugby team coach who would like to understand what referees are taught, to help you become a better coach?
* Level 1 Coaching Match Officials (CMO – Level 1) course being taught by USA Rugby’s Ed Todd on August 22, 2009 in Dallas, TX.
For New Aspiring Referees:
Are you interested in becoming a rugby referee? Are you a rugby player or coach who would like a better understanding of the Laws and how they are applied? Are you interested in getting paid to participate in rugby – referees receive travel allowances and match fees!
* The TRU’s Rich Prim is an iRB certified trainer and he will be teaching a Level 1 course at Texas State on September 12th.
* Joe Zevin from ERRFU is an iRB certified trainer as well and he will be teaching a Level 1 course in Dallas on Saturday, September 26th.
Please contact Greg Puklicz @ firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to confirm your spot ASAP in one of these courses as they are filling up quickly. Please note the courses are being sponsored by the TRRA and there is NO fee/charge for TRU/TRRA members. For out of state participants, contact Greg Puklicz to determine your participant fee.