PRR Evaluation Requirements

PRR EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION

February 2016

For the purposes of these criteria, it is essential to understand the differences between the one-page PRR or USA Rugby (USAR) “Coaching” or “Observation” forms, and a more formal and comprehensive evaluation (e.g., a multi-page USAR Level II evaluation or T-GAME System report, both of which should include an overall rating of the referee’s performance in a particular game).  This difference is expressed in these requirements through the use of the term “observation” (to represent an informal assessment and feedback, which would include a written coaching report) versus “evaluation” (to represent a formal assessment, by a person qualified to do so, of a referee that includes an overall alphanumeric rating of the referee’s performance in a particular game).  It also should be recognized that an evaluation will always satisfy the requirement for an observation.  Also note that the terms “evaluator” and “Performance Reviewer” may be used somewhat interchangeably, but both are meant to denote persons recognized to have a higher level of competency and formal training in reviewing referee performance  (and with a focus on providing an overall alphanumeric rating of a referee’s performance) than a “coach” (meant to refer to a referee, not a team, coach) or “observer.”  For purposes of these requirements, “evaluator” shall refer to an individual certified or accredited by the PRR or a higher-level referee organization recognized by the PRR Referee Development Committee (“RDC”), such as MARR and USAR.

·       From D to C3 –

1. Level I World Rugby Officiating Course certification; AND

2.  One observation from an evaluator, a coach, or a referee of C1 level or higher accredited by the Referee Development Officer and President that reflects the referee’s competence to perform at the C3 level.

3. Provision of player safety is of paramount importance for the recommendation of promotion to the grade of C3.

·       From C3 to C2 –

1. Completion of World Rugby’s Touch Judge/Assistant Referee Course; AND

2.  Two evaluations of performance at the C2 level in games of at least 60 minutes duration (80 minutes preferred) by two separate evaluators; OR

3.  One evaluation of performance at the C2 level in a game of at least 60 minutes duration (80 minutes preferred) by an evaluator and two observations at the C2 level by two separate evaluators, coaches, or B-panel referees; OR

4.  Three observations of performance at the C2 level by three separate evaluators, coaches, or B-panel referees.

5.  All required evaluations/observations shall be generated within a maximum of 18 consecutive months.

·       From C2 to C1 –

1. One evaluation of performance at the C1 level by an evaluator in a 80-minute match AND

2. Two observations of performance at the C1 level by two separate evaluators or coaches in 70-80-minute matches (with the shorter duration applicable only to a high- or above-average level U-19 Boys game).

3.  All required evaluations/observations to be based on games refereed within a 12-month period.

General Comment:  Evaluations of shortened games, typically in tournaments, are for referee developmental purposes and are not considered as formal evaluations.