Northern California Rugby Football Union Referee Society | NCRRS Development Portal
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The Northern California Rugby Referees Society has long been known to provide the best referee training in the United States. In that tradition we have created a new development Portal which provides online instruction on rugby law and best practices.
All referees affiliated with NCRRS or NCRYA are asked to go to the following site:, click the link “NCRFU Referee Development Portal” and create a new user account. Once your account is created you’ll be asked to provide an enrollment key. The key to access the portal, AKA class, is pelicansrule  (note all one word).
All NCRRS members desiring to receive coaching and evaluations will need to create an account, access the site, and take the law exams posted on the site. The focus of the quizzes is law knowledge and development, not assessment and mastery. Each quiz is roughly 10 questions and is focused on one specific law. Referees not happy with their score can retake the quiz. Each quiz has access to the law book to review prior to taking the test. The questions developed come from the New Zealand Level 2 yearly exams.
Periodically scores will be reviewed. The results of the quizzes will be used to determine referee society meeting agendas.
Currently the site will only be hosting law quizzes. Plans are in place to use this site as a means to provide online referee development for referees that are unable to attend the society meetings.
This portal is an excellent opportunity for developing referees to become more knowledgeable about rugby law and best practices. NCRYA referees not involved with Pelican Refs are invited and encouraged to participate.
Feel free to contact Paul Bretz ( if you have any questions,
James Hinkin
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