Who’s the Ref User Guide

You may want to take a seat prior to reading this….There is no such thing as a referee fairy. Referees cannot be assigned to matches which the Referee Society has no knowledge. Got games? Send a spreadsheet (see below). Last minute (e.g., less than five day advanced notice) notification may incur a surcharge.

League commissioners must submit season schedules; and teams must email their non-league (e.g, friendly, b-side, etc) home schedules using the following spreadsheet(s) to:

Prior to completing the spreadsheet, read the explanatory notes. Team names must appear EXACTLY as provided in the spreadsheet’s “Team Names” tab. If a team name does not exist, indicate such in the “Notes” column. When adding matches, please ensure the appropriate year is used. Use the spreadsheet template available at:


Yes, there are changes. Please review the materials provided by USA Rugby that summarize the new trial laws World Rugby.

Game Management Guidelines
2017/2018 Game Management Guideline are published for 15s (including a separate HS document) and 7s to enable referees, referee performance reviewers, referee coaches, players/teams, coaches, and administrators to have a clearer approach to the game and improve consistency in application of Law throughout the country, while also reflecting directives from World Rugby.

Referee Fees
The referee fees for fifteens are $75 per side per match. Fees are calculated by multiplying the number of games your team plays by $75. This includes all league, non-league, “friendly”, B-side, etc. matches regardless if they are “Home” or “Away”.

Teams hosting matches involving teams not located in NCRFU Referee Society area are responsible for the visiting team’s fees (i.e., the host pays for all non-Northern California teams).

A check or money order for fees should be made payable to “Northern California Rugby Referee Society” and sent with a copy of the team’s schedule of games. Additionally, teams must email their schedule(s) using the following spreadsheet(s) to: fixtures@pelicanrefs.com

Fees for prior seasons are past due and subject to administrative fees. Payment for the upcoming season must be received by the NCRFU Referee Society no later than February 1 or may be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Match fees considered “past due” will result in the NCRFU RS sanctioning the team by not assigning a referee to any further of team’s home or away matches (i.e., League, Non-League, or Tournament) until the fee is paid in full.

Note: If your team currently has an outstanding balance from previous seasons, you must immediately contact the societies’ treasure (treasure@pelicanrefs.comSend payment and schedule to:

Dan Wilson
511 Omaha Ave
Clovis, CA 93619

Questions regarding billing invoices should be addressed to Dan Wilson:

Please review your club(s) contact information at:

Send updates to our webmaster, Neil MacDonald:  Webmaster@pelicanrefs.com


USA Rugby Membership Registration:To register for any role with USA Rugby go to www.usarugby.org and click on the red REGISTER button at the top of the screen.

NCRRS Learning Management System:  NCRFU Referee Society members have access to a suite of tools developed by Google through Google for non-profits to help with communication and development. Here’s a document which provides steps to follow to ensure you can use the tools.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/11UT5fi-xNA-yk7iPq_1qY8GQ_fJJESzPliDe_735pN8/edit?usp=sharing

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