TOUCH JUDGE/ASSISTANT REFEREE COURSES OCT. 17: NO TAKERS AS YET
The IRB courses for those who would work with a flag in one hand, aiding and abetting the performance of Rugby in Northern California, should sign up for the TJ/AR courses which are being offered in Vallejo on Sunday, October 17.
We seem to have a great demand for such courses throughout the year but here we are less than two weeks out from a course offering and not one person has signed up for it.
Please publicize this to anyone you know who has expressed an interest, or whom you think should be expressing an interest.
Signing up is done through the USA Rugby website at www.USARugby.org Click on Officiate the Game in the left-hand column, then click on Training Courses, then Register for a Course down at the bottom of the page.
Contact lead instructor Mike Malone with any questions, but register on-line.
HELP! REFEREE SHORTAGE
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
We are VERY thin on the ground for the foreseeable future.
Here are the number of refs needed each weekend and the number who have said they can ref that weekend:
DATE EVENTS REFS NEEDED REFS AVAILABLE
Oct. 9 2 tournaments, five games 17 12
Oct. 16 three games 3 0
Oct. 23 tournament, two games 9 4
Oct. 30 2 tournaments, six games 15 4
Nov. 6 tournament, 7 games 10 0
For this Saturday, October 9, we have two college games in Fresno that need a ref, and the Reno tournament needs 3-4 more refs. Hotel rooms will be provided for Friday night.
CHICO ALUMNI GAMES
The referee turnout has been pathetic (see above). When your writer moved here from Georgia, where we played most of the year, I wondered why the California teams did not play in the gorgeous autumn weather.
Now I know: the refs take the bulk of the year off.
Last weekend we had two games and one referee. Lee Salgado drove to Chico for their alumni games:
The weather was hot and muggy, but everyone was excited to play. The Chico Women's team won with a decent margin even playing one down. I reffed part of the men's game so I don't remember the score from the women's game. The Chico men also won by a large margin with many subs to supplement the game. The game started off rough with small scuffles, but, in each of the 20 minute quarters the game got cleaner and more exciting.
CHANGE OF DATES
The NCRRS pre-season meeting and AGM HAS BEEN MOVED to November 13.
The Level Two referee course has swapped weekends with it: the course will now be given on November 6-7.
THIS WEEK’S PHOTO
The main computer at the Pelicans’ Nest is on the fritz. We’re cobbling this together using old telegraph keys, tin cans and string. Forget pictures.
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