Illawarra District Rugby Union Referees Association


26 February 2016

Esteemed colleagues,

The new year is upon us. We have a quick few things to update you all on.

A. Registrations
We are required to register all referees by 11 March 2016. Therefore, in order to meet this deadline, please complete a registration form and return it to Jim Scardanas no later than FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2016.

B. AGM Results
Thanks so much to those who attended the AGM. We managed to get a quorum (just). Please note the attached office bearers for this coming year and thank you to those who have put their hand up to help out this year.
Thanks very much to Richard McMullen for his service as Secretary. It is a thankless role and we very much appreciate his time in it.

C. Accreditations / Re-accreditations and Rugby Learning
It is vital for you all to ensure that your accreditations are current including Smart Rugby and your referee accreditations. It will save us all a lot of heartache if you utilise the new Rugby Learning process which is included in the Resources section on this website.

D. 2016 Law Changes – Effective NOW
Please ensure that you are well across the attached law changes. They are in effect now and are to be included in pre-season matches and trials. If you have any questions about them, please speak to one of the team. A presentation / discussion on them will be carried out at the meeting on 14 March 2016 by NSW Rugby Union.

E. Pre-Season Preparation
By now most of us are stretching out the calf muscles, hamstrings, reducing the waistline and even tugging on some of those heart strings. Don’t forget that the first game of the season is on 2 April 2016 which is just over a month away. If you haven’t managed to loosen up and get some mobility back, we strongly suggest you start.

F. NEXT MEETING – 14 March 2016 @ 6.30PM
The next meeting is being held on Monday, 14 March 2016 at 6.30pm. Your attendance at this event is COMPULSORY as the new laws, Game Management Guidelines and other issues pertaining to our competition will be outlined on the night.

Following is a calendar of important dates for you to put in your calender please.

Day          Date & Time                          Event
Friday      4 March 2016                        Registration forms due to Jim Scardanas
Monday   14 March 2016@ 6.30PM     Next Meeting – Game Management Guidelines, 2016 Law Changes – Competition                                                                   Outline – Compulsory Attendance Please
Sunday    20 March 2016                      Foundation Course @ Shellharbour Anglican College
Sunday    20 March 2016                      2016 Season Launch @ Master Builders Club
Saturday   2 April 2016                          Round 1 of Competition
Sunday     1 May 2016                           Foundation Course @ St Gregory’s College
Saturday   4 June 2016                          Foundation Course @ Waratahs HQ

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