About the Society

Welcome. We are an eclectic group of men and women who referee Junior and Senior rugby in Hertfordshire and on exchange around the country and overseas. A number of our members have been with us for some years so great bonds are developed between the members as they develop their rugby refereeing career. We will look after you and develop you at a rate that its best suited to you and your abilities.

The Hertfordshire Society of Rugby Football Union Referees was formed in 1959. The Society appoints Referees to Club, Schools and Youth games in Hertfordshire mainly on Saturdays but also covers Sunday and some midweek games. Typically 1200 games a season are covered by 60 or so active members.

  • 8 Jan Meeting

    January 8th, 2015

    The first Society meeting of 2015 takes place on Thursday 8th January at 7.30 at the usual venue at the University of Hertfordshire Sports Centre in Hatfield. The meeting will feature a presentation by Simon Shepard, CEO of performance analysis company Optima-life and active Society referee, titled Preparing for Performance. The presentation will look at the physiological factors which can affect a referees performance and offer advice on the ways in which physical and mental preparation and performance can be measured and enhanced. As always, members of the Herts Clubs are very welcome to join us.

  • Junior Yellow Card Amendments

    October 11th, 2014

    RFU Regulation 15 has been amended in relation to the Sin Bin duration being reduced proportionately in the youth game. If a player is temporarily suspended in an Age Grade match, the duration of time in the Sin Bin shall be as follows: • U13 and U14 – 5 minutes • U15 – 6 minutes • U16, U17 and U18 – 7 minutes There are no formal Sin Binyellow cards in the U12s and below game as this is considered unnecessary at this age. It is felt that it is more appropriate for the coaches and referee to manage to situation as they think fit.

The Society provides Training and Development for Referees in 4 ways through:

»Monthly Society meetings held at the University of Hertfordshire

»New Joiner sessions for new Referees at University of Hertfordshire

»Weekly Fitness sessions at Verulamians Rugby Club at 7:30pm on Tuesdays

»Formal reviews of your performance at games by Referee Advisors and informal feedback from clubs and players

Joining the Society.

Membership of the Society is open to persons wanting to take regular refereeing appointment to matches. Initially, these matches will be in Hertfordshire. A pre-requisite of joining the Society is having completed the RFU Entry Level Refereeing Award Parts I & II. The Society membership fee is £ 20.00 per season.

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