Tag Archive for USA Rugby

2015 USA Rugby Equipment and Clothing Guidelines

USA Rugby has distributed the 2015 Equipment and Clothing Guidelines, detailing what is legal and illegal equipment and clothing as deemed by rugby law.  Please distribute this to any players, coaches, and clubs as well.


2015 Equipment and Clothing Guidelines

Scrum Engagement: Leaning on Opponents

See below for guidance regarding scrum engagements from the National office. Remember this is for the highest level rugby, so you might want to use a little more management at the average match level before getting too drastic on players.

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USARR 2015 Focus Areas Video

USA Rugby Referees showed the following video at the 2015 National Development Summit.  Please review the video for guidance on various aspects of game management, techniques, and definitions.

The video has been permanently placed on our “USA Rugby Resources” page under “Referee Resources”.

USARR 2015 Focus Areas (presented at 2015 NDS):

Youth Rugby GMG Guidance (U-19 and below)

Posting an email from PNRRS Chairman, John Clavin distributed to PNRRS Referees on January 22, 2015:

For the first time that I can recall, USA Rugby have brought out a set of Game Management Guidelines specifically aimed at high school (U-19) rugby and making some clear statements about how the referees should interpret the laws of the game.

I’ve gone through the HS GMG and outlined below are the areas where there are differences compared to the guidance for adult 15s rugby, or where there is a significant change of emphasis for both.These are not optional, so if you’re going to referee youth rugby you must follow these guidelines. Where my descriptions don’t make sense to you, please go and read the USA Rugby Referees – 2015 High School Game Management Guidelines:



  1. Referee abuse from sidelines: No tolerance, warn the miscreant ONCE; if repeated, eject from the ground. (All versions of rugby)

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High School Game Management Guidelines Conference Call

Kurt Weaver, USA Rugby Youth and High School Director & Elite Panel Referee, would like to host a quick call to review the changes to the 2015 High School Game Management Guidelines. He will specifically focus on squeezeball and tackle height changes.

The call will take place on Jan. 26th at 6pm Mountain Time (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific). Call in information is listed below:

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USAR Referees Issues 2015 Game Management Guidelines

USA Rugby Referees has issued the 2015 Game Management Guidelines.  All referees should familiarize themselves with the guidance as several edits and additions have been made.  You can download a PDF copy of each set of Guidelines at the links below.

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