Devon Rugby referees Society Guidelines on grading and

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Devon Rugby referees Society
Guidelines on grading and advancement
Over review:
DRRS grades its members currently from L6-L14. These gradings correspond
with league levels so a L6 referee would be considered competent to routinely
officiate in SW1 league games and a L9 referee routinely in Devon 1 games.
L5 is reserved for group referees. The group is a trailing ground for potential
“RFU officials” who operate at L4 and above.
DRRS grades
L14 New referee passed ELRA parts 1+2 but not completed 5 games
L12 All new referees starting off ELRA part 3 completed and 5 games
officiated and officiating mostly 2nd and 3rd XVs
L11 I years experience confidently officiating all junior 2nd XVs and some
senior merit table XVs
L10 2 years experience can confidently officiate all 2nd XVs can expect some
junior 1st XVs games
L9 3 years experience can confidently officiate junior 1st XVs U18 matches
and senior 2nd XVs
L8 Is expected to confidently referee Devon and Cornwall league games
some better quality Schools games
L7 Is expected to confidently referee most games in Devon Cornwall
Somerset and routine western counties league matches
L6 Is expected to confidently referee all games below L5 in the southwest
L5 Group officials only
L4-L1 RFU (PNR) officials
Grading guidelines
L12: very much a learning grade. You will watched by an advisor or coach
reasonably frequently. Their reports are for training and help. Expect to
officiate mostly 2nd and 3rd XVs
Criteria considered for advancement to L11: Routine providing
Regular refereeing at L12, enthusiasm, attendance at laws meetings or
completion of two modules of the referee development program, progression
and correction of law errors and highlighted areas for improvement on
assessments.
L11 Still a learning grade. You will be exposed to more difficult games and
different situations. An advisor will still see you reasonably frequently. Expect
to officiate junior 2nd XVs and some senior merit able 2nd XVs games
Criteria considered for advancement to L10: Routine providing
Regular refereeing at L11, attendance at laws meetings or completion of two
modules of the referee development program, few law errors, enthusiasm and
development of signals and communication progression and correction of
highlighted improvement areas on assessments
L10: 3RD year of training should now be a confident and competent official in
all 2nd XV games. Can expect to be offered some junior 1st XV games. You
will seen by an advisor at your better games to assess competency above
your grade
Criteria considered for advancement to L9: Routine providing
Regular refereeing at L10, attendance at laws meetings or completion of two
modules of the referee development program, no routine law errors, improved
signalling, attention to areas highlighted for improvement proactive verbal
instruction simple effective pre match briefings
L9: Should be attained after three years refereeing but may be attained earlier
with those referees showing high potential and rapid improvement. Should be
a competent referee at L9 games i.e. junior 1st XVs merit table matches and
U18 games. Depending on progress may be offered some L8 games. The
grading secretary will endeavour to arrange an advisor to see you at better
games in particular those above your grade
Criteria considered for advancement to L8:
Advancement is no longer automatic. Games now become physically and
mentally quicker. Advancement thus requires a degree of physical fitness
appropriate to the next level. There are no standards but reports that indicate
physical fitness is inadequate often reported as “slow to the break down” are
an indicator the appropriate level of fitness is not being attained. Additional to
regular officiating at L9 law errors should be rare occurrences, secondary
signalling and proactive instructions well developed. The referee shows
appropriate communication and behaviour to players during the game and
supporters/coaches after the game, is appropriately dressed does not pick
and choose fixtures and shows an understanding of the game.
L8: A competent Devon official able to referee Devon and Cornwall league
games. Depending on ability may be offered some L7 games and can expect
to be watched in these games. Assessments become less of a training issue
and more judgemental
Criteria considered for advancement to L7:
Improved physical and mental fitness from L8 and appropriate to L7 games
this will be a major criteria. Secondary signalling and proactive instructions will
be fully developed. The referee regularly officiates at L8 shows appropriate
communication and behaviour to players during the game and
supporters/coaches after the game, is appropriately dressed does not pick
and choose fixtures and has a willingness to go on exchange. The referee will
start to understand trends in particular penalty awards and appropriate use of
the YC as a management tool. The referee will start self-analysis and have a
development plan (PDP) in place and starting to learn TJ duties
L7: An extremely competent society referee able to officiate most games in
the southwest, Depending on ability and fitness will be offered L6 games. Can
expect to be advised at L7 and L6 games. Assessments become more
focused on overall game management
Criteria considered for advancement to L6:
Improved physical and mental fitness from L7 and appropriate to L6 games
this will be a major criteria. DRRS have defined a level of fitness necessary to
officiate at L6 and this must be met before any other criteria are
considered.
The referee will regularly officiate at L7 and may be on development or
federation squads. Exchange fixtures will be regular. The referee will show a
greater understanding of what teams are trying to achieve and match
awareness. Penalty trends will be analysed and understood, effective
measures to address and counter act these trends will be in place,
proactive/preventative sanctions will be as important as punitive sanctions.
The referee will have mastered the use of the YC as a management tool. Selfanalysis and a development plan are essential. TJ duties will become more
commonplace and the referee should consider mentoring new recruits
Pre during and post match conduct will be exemplary
L6: expected to officiate at all games below national level. Will be assessed at
L6 games and assessment will heavily focus on overall match management
Criteria considered for advancement to L5:
Level 5 is a training ground for potential PNR referees. As well as regularly
officiating at L6 the referee must fulfil the criteria (decided by the national
panel managers) necessary to join the PNR. The referee must pass a
designated fitness test by the 31st August , be working through his PDP, show
willingness to interact with coaches advisors/assessors for self development,
show mental fitness and maintenance of concentration and manage a team of
three. The referee will be aware of trends and their importance. Good reports
at L6 from other societies, in particular those in the SWG, will be an essential
part of the portfolio necessary for advancement
The criteria for advancement are not exhaustive. Grades can be jumped with
referees showing high potential and rapid sustained improvement
Each referee should attain a level he is comfortable with. Advancement is
unlikely if
1) Fitness is highlighted in reports
2) Assessment reports continually highlight the same deficiencies
3) ND/SD appears on reports at games at current grade
4) Inappropriate dress i.e. not smart and casual
5) Inappropriate verbal communication pre during or after the game
6) Inappropriate behaviour at any time when representing DRRS
Grading:
A level awarded to a referee means that referee can be appointed routinely to
matches at that level. Occasionally referees will be offered games above their
grading and frequently games below their grading. It is usual to be offered two
games at or above grade during the month and two/three other games. This
does depend on the availability of fixtures at that grade and the number of
other referees at the same grade
U18 games
All referees grade L9 and above will be expected to officiate U18 games.
Unwillingness to officiate at these games may be a detriment to advancement
Injury
Short-term injury. This usually will not affect grading. Repeated short-term
injury may be viewed as long-term injury
Long-term injury
Defined as generally greater than 2 months or repeated short term injures.
Injuries clearly can affect fitness and referees L8 and above will be assessed
for physical mobility as soon as possible when they return after long-term
injury. Impaired mobility may result in reduced level of fixtures being offered
and possible downgrading at the main grading meeting
Referees joining from another society
On joining DRRS the society will endeavour to contact the former society for
grades. If assessment reports can be provided showing proficiency at the
appropriate grade in the last 12 months then DRRS will recommend the new
referee retains that grade. Where assessment reports are not offered, or are
not appropriate to grade, or not within the last 12 months the society may
recommend the referee is graded one grade below his current grading until he
has been assessed at his preceding grade
Where the referee is returning from long-term injury or has not refereed for
some years the society will downgrade by one grade until they are satisfied
the referee has reached the criteria necessary to regain his old grade
This is more important at L8 and above and will be applied less rigidly below
L8
Fitness: Above L8 the referee should have fitness appropriate to the level of
game. DRRS does not specify what that level should be except at L6 where
the current specification is 10 on the bleep test or 16 on the yo-yo test
Therefore all current L6 referees and aspiring L7 referees must pass the
fitness test before the season commences i.e by 31st August. In the event of
injury or some other reason that prevents completion the referee will remain at
L7 until the fitness test has been passed. Aspiring L6 referees must pass the
fitness test before being upgraded.
Those L6 referees not passing the fitness test before the season commences
can expect reduced or very little exposure to L6 games whilst the test remains
uncompleted
Level 7 referees with or without the L6 fitness criteria may be appointed to L6
games at the discretion of the executive but cannot hope for regular L6
appointments or substantive L6 grading without passing the fitness test
Referees below L7 may also take this test if they wish as part of their PDP.
Passing this fitness test will not guarantee upward progression or games
above their grading unless the other criteria are met
Grading Meeting:
The main grading meeting is in May when every referee is evaluated on the
season’s performances
The mid season grading meeting occurs at the December executive meeting.
This is for minor readjustments, a referee showing exceptional progress, new
recruits, and cases where the grading in May was inappropriate for whatever
reason. Not all referees are scrutinised only a few changes will be made
Down grading:
This will occur from time to time and should not come as a surprise to a
referee. The main reasons the committee consider for downgrading will be
1) Failure to achieve the L6 fitness criteria
2) Fitness inappropriate for the game at L7/L8
3) Not routinely officiating at the current grade (L6L7/L8)
4) Long term injury and/or impaired mobility
5) ND/SD on assessments at current grade
It is unlikely a referee will be down graded from L9 the most likely
downgrading are L6 to L7 and L7 to L8, rarely L8 to L9

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