USA Rugby Announces SafeSport

USA Rugby announces the launch of its new USARugby SafeSport website (

The site contains information on the USA Rugby SafeSport Program and includes:

  • USOC SafeSport Introductory Video
  • An explanation of the reporting process and the Abuse Reporting Form
  • The USA Rugby SafeSport Handbook
  • Information and links to prevention of abuse in sport including: education and training related to the identification and reporting sexual misconduct, bullying and harassment.

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Assistant Referee/Touch Judge Courses in Seattle and Portland

PNRRS is hosting two free Assistant Referee and Touch Judge courses over the next week in Seattle and Portland.  Assistant Referee certification is required if you are registered (or would like to be) as an Assistant Referee or In-Goal spot for the USA National 7s Championships in Seattle on August 8th & 9th. Course details are as follows:

Sunday, July 20th, Seattle:

  • Location: Magnusson Park, Seattle, WA
  • Start Time: 10:00am, approximately 3 hour duration
  • No cost to participants thanks to a USA Rugby grant
  • Beep test will be provided for those who need it.
  • Kit Requirements: bring a touch flag, and be prepared to move around.

Wednesday, July 23rd, Portland:

  • Location: Field 4, Delta Park, Portland, OR
  • Start Time: 7:00pm, approximately 2 hour duration
  • Kit Requirements: bring a touch flag, a rugby ball, and be prepared to move around.
  • Register by emailing Bernie Brown ( by Sunday, July 20.  Course materials will be emailed to participants on Monday, July 21.

IRB Performance Reviewer Course

The Northern California Rugby Referee Society will be hosting a Performance Reviewer course on the weekend of September 26-28, 2014. The course entails classroom work on Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning, with a match observation exercise of a referee Saturday afternoon, followed by the student preparing a performance review report on the referee Saturday evening, to be discussed during the Sunday morning classroom session. Successful completion of the Level 1 Coaching of Match Officials course is a prerequisite for taking this course.

If you have any prospective candidates desiring to participate in this course on the proposed weekend, please have them contact me through your local Referee Society as soon as possible letting me know. I am attempting to accommodate as many as possible.

Michael G. Malone (
IRB Trainer, license #085

PNW July Summer 7s Update by David Pelton (PNRRS)

Roughly 500 miles put in over this last weekend to cover the 7’s events in the region. With injuries, moves, and life stepping in the path of the rugby train, we had a pretty new seven’s crew for the two events. It was good to see the new faces and a few of the older ones.


In Portland there are many thanks to Dane Barclay and his crew at ORSU for taking care of the referee crew in Portland at the Roy Lucas Memorial 7’s. There was a touching moment of silence for three fallen ORSU players before the commencement of the women’s and men’s finals where we all remembered our losses of Roy Lucas, Cleveland Telgarsky, and Lindsay Babb. A huge round of applause for Jeff Lombard (International Athletic – your one stop rugby shop - - Phone 800.635.4553) for giving us a sided tent at the tournament that kept us all dry during the occasional squalls.

USAR 7s Guidance by Paddy Mac (USA Rugby)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

After a brief sabbatical last summer, we are glad to be back on the golden road to unlimited devotion for Sevens rugby once again. The recent College Rugby Championships in Philadelphia and Elite City 7s in Houston showed that Sevens rugby continues to progress and grow in these here United States. From PPL Park and Houston Sports Park, these are some of the comments and trends we are seeing:


By law, a maul consists of at least three players, all on their feet; the ball carrier and one player from each team. All of the players involved must be caught in or bound to the maul and must be on their feet and moving towards a goal line.

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May 2014 IRB Law Amendments

The following Law amendments were approved by the IRB Council in May 2014. To view the changes, go to and look up the amendment in the relevant section. A summary of the change is provided below.

Law 3 : Number of Players – The Team
3.4 Players nominated as substitutes
International teams permitted to nominate up to eight replacements

3.4 Players nominated as substitutes (Seven-a-side)
Sevens variation for replacements/substitutes

3.5 The Front Row – Replacements and Substitutions
Re-written for clarification

3.11 Players Wishing to Rejoin the Match
Consequential amend following update to Law 3.10 in September 2013

3.12 Substituted Players Rejoining the Match
Consequential to the rewrite of Law 3.5

3.13 Rolling Substitutions
Consequential to the rewrite of Law 3.5

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2014 USA Rugby National Club 7′s Tournament – Seattle, WA

USA Rugby “unofficially” has selected Seattle as the venue for the 2014 National 7′s Club Championships. The tournament will take place on August 9/10. The location has not yet been nailed down but soon will be. PNRRS will be responsible for staffing the event with ARs and #4 officials; the referees will be national appointments. Please contact David Pelton if you are interested in helping out at this important event.

Refereeing Sevens

Referees, please add this to your summer reading if you will be refereeing (or coaching) sevens.


PNW Rugby Forum

PNRRS and other rugby organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest will hold a forum in Milton-Freewater, Oregon on July 12-13 to discuss regional rugby issues. Referees are encouraged to read the following discussion paper and offer their comments to Chairman Peter Buckley or to their Referee Development Officer. Comments should be submitted no later than July 5, 2014.

Rugby Forum Issues

Summer Tournaments

We’ve updated the information for summer 7′s tournaments with the addition of several events. Please contact David Pelton by e-mail at and let him know the events you would like to work. The locations for some of the Rugby Washington events have not yet been posted so check back.

Spokane 7′s – June 21-22 (Spokane, WA)

Roy Lucas 7′s – June 28 (West Linn, OR), and

Rugby Washington Summer 7′s – June 28 (location TBD)

Fort Lewis 7′s – July 4 (Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA)

Can-Am 7′s – July 12 (Bellingham, WA Polo Grounds, and

Rugby Washington Summer 7′s – July 12 (location TBD)

Katie’s 7′s – July 19 (Pullman, WA); this is a fund raiser for Katie Ribble, who is fighting Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Katie’s dad, Aaron, is one of our stalwart referees in Eastern WA. And,

Rugby Washington Summer 7′s – July 19 (location TBD)

Tacoma 7′s/Rugby Washington 7′s – July 26 (Tacoma, WA)
Tacoma Aroma 7′s

USA Rugby Club 7′s Championships – August 9/10 (Seattle, WA)

Thank you everyone!