Foundation (Level 1)


Prerequisites: SmartRugby (SmartRugby is also covered in this training program)

Minimum age: 15 years and above

Course duration: 1 day

Outline: This program provides the training necessary to become a Referee or Team Coach. Participants completing this course will be provided with a certificate of attendance.

The Foundation Course follows the logic of:
a) Law
b) Tactics
c) Techniques
d) Coaching Practices - including progressions from technique to drill to game (skill)
e) Referee Management

So that the game can, at all times, be played in a safe environment the underlying priority in all these units is safety. This is emphasised by the SmartRugby program being incorporated into this course or as a compulsory pre-requisite (as well as for accreditation).

The Units included in the Foundation course include:

  • Rugby - The Game
  • Balance & Stability
  • Attack
  • Defence
  • Tackle/Ruck/Maul
  • Game Elements
  • Scrum
  • Kick-offs and Restarts
  • Lineout
  • Coaching
  • Role of the Referee

Individuals who wish to take the next step towards obtaining accreditation as a Level 1 Referee are required to complete a Level 1 Referee Competency Assessment Manual and a Law Examination as well as undertake a Competency Assessment “field test”. Arrangements for completing these requirements should be made with your State Referee Manager or Referee Development Officer.

The following resources will be provided to participants at the course:

  • Participant Study Guide
  • Laws of the Game book
  • Refereeing in Practice booklet
  • Smart Rugby (Confidence in Contact) booklet & CD

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