The Association of Referees, Connacht Branch, in conjunction with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU recently held two courses for new referees.
 
The course gives participants an insight in to what is involved in becoming a referee with Connacht Rugby, outlines the benefits of being a member of the ARCB and gives an introduction to the key elements of successful refereeing.
 
Over the course of the weekend of the 6th & 7th of September fourteen prospective new referees attended the courses in Claremorris and Galway.
 
Led by IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon, supported by various members of the ARCB, those attending were given an opportunity to learn about the process of qualifying as a referee, player safety and welfare, planning & preparation, communication skills and on-field referee positioning.
 
Technical elements covered on the course include refereeing the scrum and the role of the touch judge.
 
Thanks to ARCB members Jason Craughwell (President), Paul Cronin, Paul Gannon, Joe O’Donnell, Jason Cairns, John Martin (Secretary), Claire Toolan, Katie Kilbane and Mossy Moran for their contribution to the weekend. Connacht Rugby wishes those that attended the very best in their refereeing careers.
 
For further information on how to become a referee in Connacht go to www.arcb.ie or contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon (086-8322987 or [email protected]).
 

Two courses will take place in the next few weeks for those who wish to become qualified affiliate referees for the next four seasons.
 
The courses will take place on Creggs National School on Wednesday 18th September, and The Sportsground on Wednesday 9th October, with both courses starting at 7pm.
 
It is essential for those wishing to attend to register in advance here.
 
Here’s all you need to know about becoming an affiliate referee…
 
What are affiliate referees?
Club & school affiliate referees are not branch referees. Club and school affiliate referees are defined as adult persons (Aged 18 to 59). They are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no Branch referee is available or has not been appointed.

They usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.
 
Who appoints Club & School Affiliate Referees?
The responsibility for their appointment lies solely with their club or school.
 
Are they members of a Branch Referees Society or Association?
No, they are entirely separate. Club and school affiliate referees are a refereeing resource within their own club or school and have no involvement with their branch referee association / society.
 
Can affiliate referees affiliate to more than one club or school?
No, affiliate referees can only affiliate to one club and one school.
 
What games can they referee?
They are appointed by their club or school. They can only referee games involving their own club or school, home or away.

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