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WE NEED REFEREES. No previous refereeing or rugby experience is required. Being a rugby referee can be fun, challenging and extremely rewarding. Rugby is unique in that it is a competitive, contact sport at High School and older, with only one Referee on the pitch. That Referee has complete and full authority to administer and manage a match as is required. The rules that govern referees come through the International Rugby Board (IRB) and USA Rugby Laws and Policies. There are also now two Assistant Referees (previously called Touch Judges) that can assist from the side (touch) lines. 

The rugby season runs from January through April, and into May for High School Divisions that make the Playoffs. The matches for high school are generally on Friday evenings and for Middle School and youth on Saturday or Sundays. During the season you can expect to spend about 4 to 8 hours a week traveling and refereeing, depending on the matches you sign up for. 

Rugby NorCal is looking for young men and women (high school age or older) that have the time and the desire to be part of one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Refereeing is an incredibly important part of the rugby experience and we are looking for men and women with the right attitude and commitment to help. Refereeing is more than blowing a whistle, it is about teaching young boys and girls the rules, the ethos, the fair play and the flow of the game. A good Referee is invaluable in raising the quality and caliber of play, and giving the Players the opportunity to learn and excel. 

Rugby NorCal is partnering with the Northern California Rugby Football Union (NCRFU) Referee Society to promote, enhance and develop a strong and enduring Referee program. The web address for the Referee Society is or you can contact us at  or call at (707) 693-8803. We would be happy to talk with you and give you some direction on how to start. 

Rugby NorCal Regional Referee Coordinators

Regional Coordinators should be contacted with any issues regarding scheduling referees for High School matches.  Middle School and younger matches are not currently being scheduled through the Regional Coordinators as we still do not have enough referees. 

World Rugby Law Changes EXPLAINED!

2018 Youth and HS Game Management Guidelines

Regional Coordinators for your division:

Marti Blum

Sac Valley / Bay

Phone: 215-767-7899

Eric Rauscher


Phone: 510-774-4315

Dan Wilson

Central Area

Phone: 559-289-7024

January 16, 2018 Referee Webinar

January 18, 2017 Referee Webinar

January 20, 2016 Referee Webinar

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