What about the Referees?

The great thing about Rookie Rugby is that it is an easy game to play, teach, and referee! As a teacher of Rookie Rugby, you also take on the role of referee many times. Refereeing the game is fun and easy to do. Here are some quick tips to help you:

Key principles to help you when you referee

Safety comes first

  • Be sure to blow a quick whistle for unsafe actions such as holding, pushing/shoving, blocking, obstructions or penalties such as pulling the ball from the ball carrier.


  • Blow the whistle only when you want play to stop. 
  • Provide clear, simple instructions.
  • Have a friendly, positive attitude.

Encourage continuity

  • Use the advantage rule to help the game flow without blowing your whistle at every infraction.

Be in position to make the calls

  • Position yourself level with the play; this will allow you to have the best angle to make calls.
  • Make calls based on what you see. Try not to let spectators or players sway you.
  • Blow the whistle only when you want play to stop.

Log Activity

  • Please provide a brief summary of the session and any additional information relevant for reporting. Things to include could be the number of volunteers present, types of resources provided, and follow-up/next steps.