Education program

SNRR values ongoing referee education and coaching

Referee education is a key priority for the Sydney North Rugby Referees (SNRR). Our aim is to ensure all our members are given every opportunity to be updated with the skills, knowledge and confidence to perform to the best of their ability with the constant aim of improvement for everyone at every level in a fun and engaging environment.

As part of this development, SNRR holds Education and Coaching nights from March to September inclusive in order to provide ongoing development opportunities to match officials of all ages, levels and experiences.

The evening typically covers any updates on any latest news and events, law amendments or focal points, as well sharing some fun stories and great camaraderie and friendship amongst fellow referees.

A typical evening will consist of practical demonstrations and interactions for developing skills and techniques and open forum discussions. There may also be a particular aspect of the game with a presentation and we have been lucky enough to have International Test Referees and Super Rugby Referees such as Angus Gardner, Amy Perret and Will Houston present at our events.

Generally these are run monthly during the season, typically on a Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm and they are held at various locations within our associations district. The calendar for the current year can be found here: SNRR Calendar.

By attending a minimum of two of our Education nights, SNRR will waive your annual membership fee, so there is an added incentive to attend.


Referee Courses

The process for becoming a referee starts with Referee Ready, the introductory course to becoming a referee. Sydney North in conjunction with NSW Referees facilitates these courses a number of times throughout the year.

If you’re turning 13 years old in the current year or older and keen to take up refereeing and and have the best seat in the house at a rugby game, we can help you to achieve that goal. 

Please follow the steps below to enrol to begin your journey:

If you’ve got some rugby or refereeing experience under your belt please get in touch with your us and we are more than happy to advise on next steps and progression.

To achieve Referee Level 1, you must be a minimum of 15 years of age. Via Rugby Xplorer, enroll in the Level 1 face to face course, complete the online laws exam and be field tested by one of our assessors. 

Courses for Referee Level 2 are run throughout the year. Please contact the SNRR head referee coach for more information.

Would you like to give back as a Referee Coach? This might be the next step in referee participation for you as an older or experienced referee or player who wants to stay involved.

Level 1 Referee Coach courses are run through the year, and our team is ready to help you get involved.  Please contact the SNRR head referee coach for more information.

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