Over 9,000 coaches and match officials in Australia receive their SmartRugby safety qualification each year. Their dedication helps to make our game safer and more enjoyable to play.
SmartRugby Course listing and registration
To login and complete the Coach or Referee course, you will need your MyRugby login and password.
SmartRugby is mandatory for every coach and referee where there is a tackling component.
Did you know there are 4 ways to receive your qualification?
1. Attend a SmartRugby course
2. Attend a Kids Rugby U8 to U12 course
3. Attend a Foundation of Rugby course
4. Complete the SmartRugby online re-qualification course (for access and criteria - see above)
SmartRugby is an occupational health and safety program for Australia's Rugby participants. It is a compulsory minimum requirement for every coach and referee participating in Rugby where there is a tackling component. SmartRugby is mandatory requiring qualification every two years. To be fully effective it requires ongoing commitment rather than just occasional attention.
If you are qualifying for the first time, you are required to attend a face-to-face course. This can be a SmartRugby course (2.5hrs), Kids Rugby U8 to U12 course (3hrs) or Foundation of Rugby course (8hrs)
If you are re-qualifying, ie. you have attended a face-to-face course previously and your qualification expired on 31 December of last year, you can either attend a face-to-face course or complete the 30-45 min online re-qualification course. The online course is available from February to end August.
If you are re-qualifying, but completed an online course previously, you are required to attend a face-to-face course again.
Register here for a face-to-face course. Alternatively you can Complete the Online Re-qualification
The face-to-face course ensures that all coaches and referees are upskilled in the correct techniques to develop confidence in contact amongst their participants. Coaches are required to cover this material in on-field sessions to players prior to the commencement of each season. Referees are required to understand the material and apply to the management of all games.
The techniques learnt are built into regular training and playing throughout the season, so that SmartRugby becomes an integral part of coaching and refereeing at your club, school or association. A typical face-to-face course of 2.5 hours includes the following:
Introduction to Playing Smart
Balance and Stability
Tackle and Tackle Law
Support at the Ruck and Maul
Scrum - Basic Safety
Lineouts and Restarts
Conclusion and Question Time
Sign Off and Administration
Sessions are FREE to attend and are run by National and State or Territory Union Coach Education staff.
There are two SmartRugby online re-qualification courses available - Online Coach and Online Referee. They are refresher courses and aim to emphasise the key safety aspects within the game and the preventative measures you can apply to reduce the risk of injury to players.
You are eligible to complete an online course if you have attended a face-to-face course previously and your qualification has expired on 31 December of last year. The online course is available from 1 February to 31 August.
SmartRugby will only really have an impact if coaches and referees get behind it by learning about it, following its training techniques and 'transferring the knowledge' to players. The benefits are many - not just fewer injuries, which makes for happier parents and players, and fewer coaching selection crisis, but more effective tackles and scrums, and a greater focus of team effort at the breakdown, lineouts and restarts.
Your SmartRugby qualification lasts for two whole seasons. If you complete the course in the first half of the year, your expiry is at the end of the next season (eg. 02/02/2013 course, expiry 31/12/2014). If you complete the course in the second half of the year, your expiry is at the end of the next season after that (eg. 08/08/2013 course, expiry 31/12/2015).
All participants will receive a free booklet and SmartRugby online resource page (face-to-face upon attendance, and online by post) and also a MyRugbyCard which outlines current coach and match official qualifications and accreditations (this will arrive by post 4-6 weeks after the course).
If you have a query regarding the SmartRugby program, your qualification or re-qualification, contact your State or Territory Union.
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