USA Rugby Club 7s Champs a Success

PNRRS referees converged at the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships at Starfire Sports in Tukwila, Washington over the August 9th and 10th weekend to support 90+ sevens matches in many different roles.  Hometown Seattle Saracens repeated their championship success in dramatic fashion in the final on Sunday, concluding a wildly successful tournament to showcase USA 7s Rugby.

Over 20 PNRRS referees, members, and volunteers worked the event and the Serevi 7s Cup (a youth invitational tournament), supporting USA National Panel 7s Referees in various roles including Assistant Referee, In-goal Judge, Substitution Manager, Substitution Controller, Scorekeeping, and Referee for all Serevi 7s Cup matches.

Both USA Rugby Referee staff and PNRRS administration, development officers, and allocators expressed their satisfaction with the tournament.  Read on to see their statements:

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Save the Date: PNRRS AGM, Sept. 14, Centralia, WA

PNRRS will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Centralia, Washington on Sunday, September 14th at the Travel Lodge in Centralia.  All PNRRS members are invited to attend, as the Society will be discussing and finding solutions to many important topics.  You can download and view a draft of the PNRRS AGM Agenda Draft; AGM agenda updates will be posted closer to the date.  Some notable topics to highlight:

  1. Officer elections/re-elections (Chair and Vice Chair most notably)
  2. PNRRS funding mechanisms
  3. Educational and Development efforts for 2014-2015
  4. Officer reports, etc.

To suggest an AGM agenda item, please fill out and submit a Contact form here.


2015 CIPP Renewal Opens August 15 & Process Update

USA Rugby Membership Registration (also known as the CIPP process) for the 2014-2015 season opens on August 15th.  All PNRRS referees are required to be CIPPd as a referee prior to officiating any match.  Some referee courses also require the participant to be actively CIPPd with USA Rugby.  Updated for 2014-2015, due to USA Rugby’s SafeSport program, a background check will be processed by USA Rugby at the time of registration or CIPP.  For further information on SafeSport, please see our earlier post or visit the SafeSport website.

A few words regarding 2014-2015 registration and SafeSport from Peter Buckley, PNRRS Chairman:

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USA Rugby publishes 2014-2015 Game Management Guidelines

USA Rugby has published the 2014-2015 Game Management Guidelines.  Though the material is developed for referees, it is applicable to all stakeholders of the game including players and coaches. Please download the file and read through the updates: USARR-GMG-2014-2015.

Cascade Classic 15′s in Bend on August 23

The Bend Roughriders are again hosting the annual Cascade Classic 15′s tournament in Bend, Oregon on August 23rd.  Any referees interested in working the tournament should contact John Chunn ( or Tanner Lemon (

You can get more information on the tournament via the Cascade Classic Facebook page.

Bend Rugby Club Facebook

Bend Rugby Website

USA Rugby National Panel Referees

The USA Rugby Referees Selection Committee convened on July 3rd and July 23rd, 2014. The process included reviewing and discussing, in detail, all the current referees on the panel and identified prospects, totaling 30 referees.

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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.