The Fall season for most GU clubs is coming to an end. With this past fall we have seen some changes. Most significantly the change from Sportlomo to Rugby Xplorer. While it has not been flawless transition it is a marked improvement and hopes to be a better Registration and Competition Management System long term.
Another item that many of the clubs are aware of has been the extreme shortage of Match Officials. Mid-America Referee Society has done an excellent job over the past years of referee coverage for matches. This past Fall has proved to be very difficult to do so and we need to be pro-active!
With that said, it was discussed at the AGM this past summer how to improve match official numbers and enforcement of the MARFU GU Policies and Procedures. The GU Board created and asked for individuals to join a committee to revise our GU Policies. Thank you to that group for putting in the hard work on this. This Committee submitted an updated GU Policies and Procedures to the MARFU Board. The GU Board has voted and is implementing the updated GU Policies and Procedures.
The GU Board is aware that compliance with some of the GU Policies can not happen overnight and has voted on a “grace period” to allow teams time to become compliant. All team must be compliant with the GU Policies and Procedures by March 15th 2023. GU Board members and Directors are working on hosting certification courses for Match Officials and Coaches. Currently we are working on 2-3 USA rugby Certification Courses. Please see the link below for available course:
Feb 25th 2023 - Fayetteville , AR (LVL 1 Referee - open for registration)
Jan 21st 2023- Columbia , MO (LVL 1 Referee - not finalized yet)
If you would like to host a certification course in your area please reach out to Luke Mathews , MARFU Training and Education Director - email@example.com
If you would like a specific course ( ie. Level 2 Referee, etc ) please let us know and we will work to accommodate it!
MId-America GU President