Perks and Benefits of Refereeing
In the Middle of It All
Enjoy the game from a new vantage point - the best seat in the house.
Travel the country and world with NERRS national and international referee exchange programs.
Referees average running two to four miles per match. It's a great way to stay in shape!
Meet tons of new people and more importantly, make lifelong friends.
Give Back to the Rugby Community
The game is all about the players, but referees are needed to even have games; make sure rugby keeps on after you stop playing.
Make some cash (who doesn't want to be a professional athlete). The more you ref, the more you make!
Develop transferable skills in communication, management, de-escalation, decision-making, and building rapport.
Feel valued for your unique skills and bravery to take on this challenge. Referees learn something new every match.
Principles of Refereeing
Referees all want to improve the game and stay involved. Like players in the game, we each have our strengths, weaknesses, and flair. Our primary focus is player safety, and then we are there to facilitate the game so teams can play how they want, within law.
Refereeing is unique from coaching and playing in that you can do it just when you are available and do not have to attend team practices. This allows for more flexibility in scheduling. However, there is still work that must happen off the pitch regarding physical, mental, and emotional pillars in order to have your best game on match day.
It is important to stay involved with your local society who will direct you through coaching, feedback on your performances, opportunities to go on exchange, and by sharing thought-provoking content and hosting video calls to discuss the intricacies of refereeing.
Why NERRS Members Referee
We all just want to give back to the game. I think that's part of what being a referee is, at least when you start; staying involved and doing your part.
The community of match officials is welcoming and supportive and you still get to work as part of a team. I never thought I would have friends around the country (and the world!) who I would meet through something as simple as refereeing rugby. I learned a lot about myself as a person from refereeing. I have been able to develop transferable management skills and confidence that have helped me in life outside of rugby.