USA Rugby Referees’ High Performance Model Evolves

Posted by SCRRS Website Committee on October 24th, 2012

The USA Rugby Referees’ High Performance Model has been restructured to better plan for the future. The changes increase referee development and sustainability, and provide USA Rugby membership with the best product and service possible in the long term.

“The model was improved to reflect the significant growth of the sport, and current focus on youth development, age-grade rugby and the Olympic Games,” said Richard Every, USA Rugby High Performance Referee Manager.

The former National Panel and Focus Group referee pools have evolved to include a larger pool of High Performance Competition Referees, which will be designated into three pools: National One, Two and Three. Referees are evaluated based on form, longevity, experience, potential and commitment. The new approach was created to better prepare USA referees for international duties and top domestic competitions. A basic principle of the new system is to allow mobility and flexibility for referees to move between pools.

Matches will be assigned based on ongoing performance and merit. National One Referees will be assigned to the Varsity Cup, top Men’s Collegiate D1A matches, top National Championship Series matches and the newly formed Elite Cup competition.

All High Performance Referees may be considered for international exchanges and appointments.

National One Referees

  • Aruna Ranaweera
  • Nick Ricono – SCRRS
  • Tim Luscombe
  • Marc Nelson
  • Brian Zapp
  • James Hagan
  • Mike Kelly

National Two Referees

  • Gareth Morgan
  • Tom Lyons
  • George O’Neil
  • Jim Rogers
  • Kurt Weaver
  • Leah Berard
  • Olivia Nigh
  • Phil Akroyd
  • Terry Helmer

National Three Referees

  • Ed Gardner
  • Chris Henshall
  • Kurt Weeder
  • Derek Summers
  • Anna McMahan
  • Brian Kelly
  • Josh Houston
  • Nick Burgess
  • Peter Winkelbauer
  • Scott Reilly
  • Scott Florance

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