In the first of a series of articles written by experienced South African test referee and citing officer, Freek Burger, we look at some extremely valuable hints for referees. Where better to start than at the beginning, the object of the beautiful game of rugby.
Two teams of 15, 10 or 7 players each OBSERVING FAIR PLAY, ACCORDING TO THE LAWS AND SPORTING SPIRIT, should by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball to score as many points possible, the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner of match.
Rugby Union is a sport which involves physical contact and as such, presents inherent dangers.It is the responsibility of players to ensure that they are physically and technically prepared to PLAY WITHIN THE LAWS and coaches to ensure that the players are prepared to COMPLY WITH THE LAWS,TO PLAY FAIRLY AND PRACTICE SAFE CONDUCT.
The duty of the referee is to apply fairly all the laws by LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE. Someone once said “EXPERIENCE IS THAT MARVELOUS THING THAT ENABLES YOU TO RECOGNISE A MISTAKE WHEN YOU MAKE IT AGAIN”.
Instead of learning by trial and error, why not learn from the experts? By applying THE 101 HINTS FOR REFEREES you can become a proficient referee in the shortest time period possible.
These 101 Hints are not Laws, they are merely suggestions targeted at beginner and experienced referees.
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Compiled and written by Freek Burger