USA Rugby Clarifies CIPP Process

Due to many issues being encountered with adding the background check in the CIPP process this year, USA Rugby took a moment to clarify some of the issues many players, coaches, and refs have asked about.  Please click the link to read more:

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USA Rugby Trust Asks “What does rugby mean to you?”

USA Rugby Trust is hosting a fundraising gala in Chicago Oct. 30th, two days before the big match against the All Blacks at Soldier Field. We are working on a video to show to open the gala.  It will be heartwarming and inspiring, and it will set the tone for a fun evening in support of growing rugby in the United States.

From USA Rugby:

We’d like to hear from all kinds of people who have been affected by rugby.  That includes anyone and everyone — not just players!  We want to hear from refs, coaches, players, fans, parents of players … anyone!


Please submit a 30-second video answering the questions:

  • What does rugby mean to you?
  • How has rugby changed your life?

You can upload videos to Dropbox, YouTube or Facebook and share the links with Alee at, or email video files directly.


Please share this email with anyone who you think would be interested in sharing a story with us.  And kindly send us your videos before Sept. 30.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing your stories!

Oct. 12: Level 1 Officiating Course in Eugene, OR

Level 1 Officiating Course
Date: October 12, 2014
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00pm; course classroom and outdoor practical training.
Location: Classroom TBA, University of Oregon Campus, Eugene, Oregon
Lead Educator: Bernie Brown (
Pre-Course Requirements:

  • All students must be CIPP registered members of USA Rugby in order to participate in the course;
  • If you are a Player, Coach, or Administrator make sure you are also registered as a Referee.
  • Registration and payment of the course fee is at
  • Find this course listed by date, type of course, and location and click on Register. Follow the registration instructions. When registration is complete, download the registration receipt and email it to Bernie Brown providing him, as well, your date of birth.
  • Registration Entry Dead Line is October 6, 2014.
  • Course fee: $50.

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Important Announcement for PNRRS Officer Positions

The 2014 PNRRS AGM was held at Centralia on Sunday September 14th. Thanks to all who took time from their schedules to attend, participate and vote at the AGM.

In even years PNRRS holds elections for its elected officer positions. The results of the elections are:

Chairman – Current Chair Peter Buckley – not standing for re-election.
No candidates were nominated.

Vice Chairman – Vacant
Jeff Hiatt was nominated and unanimously elected.

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Fall Season Update from Richard Every

A few notes from Richard Every, USA Rugby Referee Manager on common trends from Round 1 of the Fall Season:

  1. Raise our expectations at the TACKLE – the more we leave open to debate the less clear the players are on expectations and ultimately it leads to more PK’s in the game and possibly a card or two. High numbers of Tackle and Ruck PK’s often means a messy breakdown. Clean it up early.
  2. If the TACKLE is not cleaned up early then teams have to commit more players to the breakdown, ball availability is slower which then leads to defenses pushing the offside lines more.
  3. SPACE is essential to play the game in and the referee and AR’s have to work to create and maintain this space, especially at rucks and kicks in general play.
  4. SCRUM: Again, it needs not to be rushed. Three instructions and three actions. Has to be steady and square before the put-in. It would also be good to monitor the put-in to be credible.

Thanks for all you do!


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