To help bolster the number of referees in our game, every player of the Queanbeyan Whites Juniors must attend the Referees course when they turn 13 years of age. New players to the club that are 13 or above must also attend a Referees course.
The Referees Course is to referee games for the U7s through to the U12’s*. Players aged 15 or above may attend the Referee Foundation Course which will provide them the opportunity to referee older games.
Once players have completed the course, it will be at their own discretion if they would like to sit the Referee exam to become a qualified Referee.
Referees can also progress through to higher grades. Referees will be assessed by Senior Referees and Referee Coaches.
Parents, Coaches, brothers and sisters are also encouraged to attend the course and complete the exam.
Benefits to becoming a Referee:
Rules that we apply:
The club will support and assist all Referees of the game.
The Supports the ACTRRAs stance on ZERO tolerance to Referee abuse.
Longevity of a Referee vs a Player
As we all know, Rugby is a physical game and only a select few are able to make through to the top of the game representing the state or the country. Most players continue to Senior Rugby. However, some players become injured and can not continue playing the game.
Becoming a Referee means that you can continue to be part of the game and do this till you are well into your senior years. A number of high-profile players have successfully gone from high honours to become a Referee and have been assigned Super Rugby games eta.
For example, if a player receives multiple concussions throughout their Rugby playing years, we discuss the injury with the player and his/her parents and look at ways that the player can still be part of the game without playing.
Therefore, becoming a Referee, a coach or an administrator of the game is a great alternative.
If you would like to become a Referee, please contact a QBN Whites Juniors Committee Member to discuss.
Referee Courses will be held in March or April of each year.