Assistant Referee Course – SF

January 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Assistant Referee (AR) Course in San Francisco, CA

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Time: 1 pm to 3 pm. The course will start at 1:00 p.m. sharp. Plan on arriving 15 minutes early to ensure all registration and administrative work is complete.

Location: Room 111, Kalmanovitz Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA.

Cost: $30, paid by credit card during online registration

Course Registration: Registration can be accomplished:

  • On-line with USA Rugby at, which will require CIPP registration and credit card payment of the course fee. When registering for the class, if you are already CIPP-registered with USA Rugby as a player, coach, or administrator, ensure you add registration as a referee.
  • Note: After registering for the course with USA Rugby, please forward the confirmation email to the Lead Educator: Aruna Ranaweera (

Registration Deadline: Online registration with USA Rugby will close and no further registrations accepted after Thursday, December 31, 2015. No walk-in attendees will be allowed on the day of the course.

Lead Educator: Aruna Ranaweera (, Tel: 805-452-2528)

Items needed to attend the course:

  • Course registration confirmation
  • Pen or pencil

Course Certification: Course certification may only be accomplished with current USA Rugby membership, by registration as referee, by attending and successfully participating in all course modules, by completing touch judge course certification, and by completing Level 1 Officiating course certification (achieved within one year of Assistant Referee course completion, if not certified at time of taking the Assistant Referee course).

Purpose: This course provides instruction on the secondary and tertiary tasks of the Assistant Referee including adjudication of Foul Play.  Course certification is one requirement for promotion to the referee grade of C1.

The course focuses on the following aspects of the game: 

  • Foul play adjudication
  • Principal accountabilities
  • Signaling & reporting
  • Positioning for detection
  • Positioning at kicks
  • Other roles of the Assistant Referee
  • Positioning at lineouts, scrums, rucks, mauls & stoppages
  • Communication systems