We often have people telling us that they’d be keen to give refereeing a go – however they believe they are too unfit, too young, too old, too busy or too unaware of rugby rules! We’re here to tell you: it’s ok!
We welcome referees from ALL walks of life, from any age over ??, and with only a basic level of fitness (although we do encourage you to keep active if possible!). We not only teach you the ins and outs of refereeing, but we also take the time and effort to ensure you fully understand the rules of the game, the positions of the players, and the rights of the ref during, before and after a match.
Think you’re too unfit to become a ref?
Think again! You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a gym bunny to become a Northland ref, in fact some of our best refs are simply old pros who know what to look out for, and when to blow that whistle! It’s all about understanding the game, keeping the action flowing, and ensuring players at all levels play safely and fairly. You will need to have fairly good eyesight; but as long as you can keep up with the movement of play, you’ll be fine. We certainly encourage a healthy active lifestyle however, and to be honest it does help somewhat if you’re not completely left behind the pack; so as an added incentive to our referees, we are offering a free gym membership – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Think you’re too old, or too young to become a ref?
As long as you’re over 13 and still light on your toes, you’ll be excellent ref material. We love having the younger generation coming through our ref training, as it assists them in observing and understanding the game from every angle; and opens up many doors to them in future sporting employment. We also love having the older ‘pro’ generation come through, as they understand the game from a unique perspective, and often bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience which they can then pass on to the players they referee for. Whatever your age, we would love to have you join us – so that’s another excuse you can throw out the window!
Think you’re too busy to become a ref?
Refereeing a game is as simple as arriving, walking onto the field, reffing the game and leaving. We don’t require any more commitment than what you are able to offer, and we don’t make you feel guilty for being unable to attend when your life gets in the way! We do ask for cooperation and communication; however that’s plain old good Kiwi manners, now, isn’t it. You have a busy life, we understand. We are just grateful for the time and effort you are willing to spare for our nation’s greatest sport (and yes, we are slightly biased!) so please, before you beg off on account of your hectic schedule, chat to us first! You may just be surprised at the time commitment involved.
Think you don’t know the game well enough to become a ref?
Don’t know your try-line from your advantage line? Your rolling mauls from your rucks? Your knock-ons from your penalty kicks? Well fear not; we are trained to teach every rule, position, foul play and fair play to each and every new ref that comes through our doors! We’ll take the mystery right out of the sport, so that you can become a fair and balanced ref for any team. Of course, these things take a bit of time and practice, and we won’t throw you in at the deep end! You’ll be supported and coached until you are finally ready to ‘go it alone’ – and trust us, when that day comes, you’ll be walking on air. And we’ll be right there beside you to celebrate!
So whatever your reasons may be for NOT becoming a ref, we’ve got the answer!
Contact us today to learn more: we’re waiting for your call!