HOME - Posted November 16th, 2014 - Updated 11/20/14

Submitted by:  Shawn A. McKinney

 

I.

Purpose

 

 

The purpose for the 'Polices and Procedures' of the Lincolnland Referee Society is to create a guideline for any and all Referees that are assigned to any match on behalf of the Lincolnland Referee Society.

 

 

The Lincolnland Referee Society, also addressed as the LRS, closely follows the WR Regulation 20 of the World Rugby Handbook - Regulations relating to the Game, i.e., Misconduct and Code of Conduct, which states under the Application of the Regulation - Item 20.3 on page 299, "Adherence to the Laws of the Game, Regulations Relating to the Game, and the 'spirit of fair play' remains fundamental to the proper administration and preservation of the Game in the modern era.  Accordingly, a general obligation arises on all stakeholders to address Misconduct matters within their jurisdictions to ensure that discipline, control, honesty, and mutual respect which are fundamental to the integrity of the Game are preserved".  The LRS, also follows the USA Rugby Referee Society's 'Laws of the Game' handbook by World Rugby, adheres to new interpretations of those Laws, and posts many of those on the LRS website . . . to view the continuing updates click here.

 

II.

Definitions

 

 

 

For the purposes of this document relating to the Game, 'Misconduct' shall mean any conduct, behavior, statements, and/or practices on or off the playing enclosure during, or in connection with a Match or otherwise, that is unsporting, and/or cheating, and/or insulting and/or unruly, and/or ill-disciplined, and/or that brings, or has the potential to bring the Game, and/or any of its constituent bodies, World Rugby and/or its appointed personnel, or commercial partners, and/or Match Officials and/or judicial personnel into disrepute.  Misconduct shall only exclude Foul Play during a Match which has been the subject of consideration and a finding under the regime prescribed for Ordering Off and/or Citing in WR Regulation 17.  To view all 24 items listed in the World Rugby Handbook on the 'Regulations relating to the Game' click here . . . that starts on page 59 and goes to page 448, with a few blank pages.

 

III.

Abbreviations and/or Shortcuts

 

 

 

iYRA = Illinois Youth Rugby Association;  ICRC = Illinois Central Rugby Conference;  iRB = International Rugby Board;  LRS = Lincolnland Referee Society;  MR = Match Report;  SAM = Shawn A. McKinney;  Under 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, and 9 = U19, U17, U15, U13, U11, and U9;  USA = United States of America;  WR = World Rugby (as of the 18th of November, 2014, that is the new name for what was the iRB)

 

IV.

Policy

 

 

 

A.

Structure . . .

 

 

 

 

1.

 

The Lincolnland Referee Society is affiliated with the Illinois Rugby Union, the Senior Men's Division IV Central Conference - Southern League, which has its Contacts and Schedule on the Illinois Rugby Union website, the Illinois Collegiate Women's Rugby Conference, the Illinois Central Rugby Conference, which is a Conference within the Illinois Youth Rugby Association, and also the iYRA.

 

 

 

 

2.

 

It is the policy of the LRS to have an Administrator, an Executive Assistant, a Treasurer, a Disciplinarian, and a Match Assigner.  Those administrative positions exist to cultivate and grow the LRS through administrative skills.

 

 

 

 

3.

 

It is also the policy of the LRS to raise the level of each Referee's abilities by having an open line of communication between each Referee, the LRS Administration, USA Rugby, the USA Rugby Referee Society, World Rugby, and Club Administrators that use the LRS to referee their matches.

V.

Procedures

 

 

 

A.

Before we begin . . .

 

 

 

 

1.

 

Become a Certified Referee is the first thing that must happen . . . enroll and complete the USA Rugby Level 1 Officiating – Introduction to Officiating Course.

 

 

 

 

2.

 

To receive match appointments you must CIPP Register with USA Rugby as a Referee.  The LRS does NOT require you to CIPP under the Lincolnland Referee Society . . . that decision is left to every Referee that is assigned to a LRS match.  Multiple Roles (dual CIPP):  If you are a current Player, Coach, Administrator, or other contact with your Club you will need to go through the Multiple Roles Registration process (dual CIPP) with USA Rugby using this form

 

 

 

 

3.

 

The LRS will not assign a Referee to a match if one or both Clubs are not in 'Good Standing' with their respective Conference and/or League, the LRS, or with any other Referee Society. 

 

 

 

B.

Before a match starts . . .

 

 

 

 

1.

 

It is mandatory that a Referee assigned to be a Referee, of a Lincolnland Referee Society match, meet with each Club's Coach, each Club's Captain, and/or any other Club Administrator that is handling the minute to minute Club activities on the sideline during the match before the match starts to go over what the Referee expects, and for the Referee to get any changes from a typical match that both Club Coaches and/or Captains have agreed upon. 

 

 

 

     

a.

 

The Referee of a high school match MUST not take part in a match that lasts longer than 70 minutes, normally two 30 minute halves, with a 10 minute period IF a match is tied at 'full time', unless each Coach, Administrator, and/or Captain gives the Referee a separate roster of new players, and according to the current times listed with LRS - USA Rugby Youth Directives a player under 19 can not play longer than 70 minutes per match and 90 minutes per day, with shorter playing times for lower ages . . . it is urged that each Referee familiarize herself or himself with the USA Rugby Youth Directives on Pitch Size and Maximum Times of Play for Young Rugby Players in USA Rugby, and to print this page, LRS - USA Rugby Youth Directives, and to take the page with you to any and all Youth Rugby Matches.  It is vital each Referee knows the details so that there is no confusion between the Referee, Club Coaches, Club Captains, and/or another Club Administrator that may be the liaison between the Club and the Referee on the day of a match.

 

 

 

 

2.

 

Boot Check:    

 

 

 

     

a.

 

The following should clear up any confusion:

 

 

 

         

i.

 

While doing the 'Boot Check' a Referee must not allow a player to wear a single stud at the toe of the boot.  It has recently become apparent there is some confusion in the US on the application of Law 4.3, and for more information go to World Rugby Regulation 12

 

 

 

         

ii.

 

Molded rubber multi-studded soles are acceptable provided they have no sharp edges or ridges.

 

 

 

         

iii.

 

A player must not wear a single stud at the toe of the boot due to the fact that there have been reports of Referees requiring that players cut a toe stud off molded rubber soles.  That is not a requirement in Law.  In fact, some of the results of that action can actually be more dangerous after a sloppy trim job, with sharp edges created when cutting off the stud.  The prohibition on single studs is meant for boots with replaceable studs In a similar vein, the boot style known as 'blades' were accepted provisionally in 2001.  That has not changed.  That said, the Referee of the day always has the right and the obligation to decide that a particular shoe is unacceptable.  Many shoes that are just fine when new can, after use and wear, become dangerous.  That is where the 'Boot Check' inspection before every match comes into play.

 

 

 

 

3.

 

Once it is determined that a Club, that has requested the LRS for a Referee, is in 'Good Standing', which is done by the Executive Board of the LRS, the LRS Assigner will assign a LRS Referee to that Club's home matches as far in advance as possible.  That is done by having the LRS Assigner go to the Illinois Rugby Union website where the most current Master Schedule is, i.e., Fall or Spring, and start assigning Referees.

 

 

 

 

4.

 

After a LRS Referee is assigned to a match, and the Home Club is notified who their Referee will be, the Home Club MUST contact that Referee by Wednesday for the upcoming match on Saturday, and give their assigned Referee all the details of 'how to' get to the pitch, and to let their Referee know what time the match will start.  A Referee should plan on being at the pitch an hour in advance, and make every attempt to be there no later than a half an hour before kickoff time.

 

 

 

C.

Yellow Card and Red Card Protocol . . .

 

 

 

 

1.

 

Yellow Card issued . . .

 

 

 

     

a.

 

It is of the upmost importance that the Referee issuing a Yellow Card discuss the infraction with the Player the Card was issued to, and the Club Captain on the pitch in detail, and not continue the match until the Referee is completely satisfied that the Captain understands what the Referee issued the Yellow Card for.  The details of the infraction needs to be sent to the LRS Administrator by the Referee within 24 hours via e-mail.  The details also needs to be in the Match Report that the Home Club sends to the LRS Administrator no later than 24 hours after the match via e-mail, with the MR attached.

 

 

 

 

2.

 

Red Card issued . . .

 

 

 

     

a.

 

It is of the upmost importance that the Referee issuing a Red Card discuss the infraction with the Player the Card was issued to, the Club Captain on the pitch, the Coach, and/or any other acting Liaison for the Club in detail, and not continue the match until the Referee is completely satisfied that everyone he/she has given the details of the infraction to understands what the Referee issued the Red Card for.  The details of the infraction needs to be sent to the LRS Administrator by the Referee within 24 hours via e-mail.  The details also needs to be in the Match Report that the Home Club sends to the LRS Administrator via e-mail as an attachment.

 

 

 

D.

Match Fee . . .

 

 

 

 

1.

 

Each Referee is to be paid before the start of any regulation match, i.e., that does not include Tournaments, which have their own agreement with the Referees on how much they will be paid, and when they will be paid.

 

 

 

     

a.

 

For Senior Clubs, and Collegiate Clubs the LRS fee is $75.00 per match plus mileage . . . each Home Club does not pay the Referee for her/his mileage before a match . . . mileage is billed to each Club at the end of each season after the LRS receives mileage receipts.

 

 

 

     

b.

 

For High School Clubs the LRS fee is $60.00 per match plus mileage . . . each Home Club does not pay the Referee for her/his mileage before a match . . . mileage is billed to each Club at the end of each season after the LRS receives mileage receipts.

 

VI.

Further Information

 

 

 

Coming soon . . .

 

VII.

References

 

 

 

Coming soon . . .