World Rugby Level 1 refereeing course
The good news: the number of rugby referees in Switzerland continues to grow. This could be seen on the first Sunday of March 2018 when World Rugby educator Rachel Boyland again held a level 1 course, with nine attendants in Lausanne (eight beginners, one returnee). Once again Rachel enjoyed the support by co-educator and international referee, Yann Benoit, and also by experienced referee, Aurélie Lemouzy.
In a WR Level 1 course participants mostly learn the basic skills, i.e. the most important ins and outs of being a referee. This included communication signals and the different whistle tones, depending on match situations – after all, whistling for a knock-on differs from whistling for awarding a try differs from blowing for a penalty, and so on. They also learnt about a referee’s positioning at key set pieces in matches.
That the course could be held was also down to last-minute efforts by Stade Lausanne who organised an indoor venue at La Sallaz. This was necessary as the outdoor pitches at Chavannes-près-Rennens had been closed late on Friday before the course.
If something starts with “good news”, then usually there’s a “but” – and the referee commission already pointed this out again the day before the course, at the referee’s kick-off meeting in Bern. Even with these new referees, rugby in Switzerland still needs more refs – hence an appeal again to the clubs to help find additional referees.
Picture (left to right): Rachel Boyland, Manuel von Allman, Vincent Ducros, Sarah Boulter, Michael Maloney, Ashleigh Zambada, Cedric Senn, Juliette Saint, Jordan Stucker, Quentin Colombo
(copyright picture and text : Martin Pütter, Referee FSR)