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16/10/17 11:51

Academy 2017 - 2018

The Gloucester and District Rugby Referee’s Society Ltd has established an Academy programme (GLADRA) to deliver the structure and processes needed to recruit, develop and sustain Youth Match Officials (YMO).  This initiative began in June 2016 and has been refreshed following the publication of the RFU Guide to developing Young match Officials.  The initiative covers both Boys and Girls aged 14 – 18 Years of age and provides equal opportunities for development and progression.  It is aligned with the Society’s adult policy and structure with the necessary enhancements required when dealing with young people.  The programme is aimed at the provision of referees for the 15-a-side game.  The programme has a secondary aim of gaining recognition by the RFU.

PROGRAMME AIMS SEASON 2017 – 2018

  • The Programme will aim to identify opportunities across all club and school competitions and fixtures for the appointment of YMO.
  • Ensure that sufficient advertisement of the programme is given to those delivering the LEVEL 2 (Refereeing the 15-a-side game) courses within the Society’s footprint.
  • Manage the evolution of the Youth Appointment system onto “who’s the ref” to be in place by Aug 17.
  • Identify the options for the establishment of a suitable pool of mentors and assessors for Youth Fixtures.
  • Conduct work with clubs and schools on the 2017/2018 season U14 to U16 age groups to promote the scheme and generate sufficient numbers to provide a core membership for the programme.
  • Work with the RFU to gain recognition of the scheme

POLICY – THE SOCIETY

The Gloucester and District Referees Society policy is ensure the success of the programme by ensuring:

  • The GLADRA programme shall be co-ordinated by a sub-committee of volunteers from the Society, which is approved by the Executive.
  • The GLADRA Coordinator will interact with the Executive through the Society‘s Training & Development Officer, and will provide copies of updated reports in advance to the Training & Development Officer for each Executive Meeting.
  • Those volunteers involved in the scheme as support role shall be required to apply for an enhanced DBS check in accordance with the RFU guidelines detailed in the rules below.
  • All elements of the RFU’s Safeguarding Policy MUST be adhered to when Young Match Officials are appointed to properly organised and recognised out-of-county festivals. Permission for such tours must be obtained from the Society Executive Committee.
  • After 5 games as a member of the Society, the referee will receive a Society/young officials rugby shirt. This shirt is funded by the Society’s YMO fund.
  • Expenses can be claimed at the rate of 35ppm from the Society Treasurer.

POLICY – THE YOUNG MATCH OFFICIAL

The Gloucester and District Referees Society requires that:

  • Applicants to join the Society’s GLADRA’ Programme, must have successfully completed Level 2 refereeing the 15-a-side game and be between 14 and 17 years of age on the date of application.
  • YMO taking the REFEREEING THE 15-A-SIDE GAME course will pay the relevant fee for that course. 
  • The applicant’s parent(s)/guardian(s) MUST sign a medical consent form and countersign the Society’s Application for Membership form. This must be witnessed by a member of the GLADRA sub-committee.
  • YMO must only officiate within the RFU’s regular season as per regulation 15 in the RFU handbook. Any tournament outside the regular season must obtain permission from the RFU.
  • YMO in the GLADRA programme sign up to the Young Rugby Ambassador (YRA) programme via the England Rugby website. They will then record their hours of activity on the vInspired portal. At set milestones they will receive rewards for their volunteering.

APPLICATIONS TO JOIN

All applications to the GLADRA programme are to be considered by the committee.  Application forms and consent forms are to be checked and retained by the Secretary

PROGRAMME 2017 - 2018

The following high level view of programme activities for the 2017/2018 period

 

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Recruitment

 

Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 2

**

 

Half Term

 

 

 

Half Term

 

 

 

Society Training

15th

19th

17th

21st

19th

16th

20th

20th

TBC

TBC

External CMOD

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

A/R

Regional YRA

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

National YRA

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC

Key

NH – Not Held

Mth – Society Monthly Training session (3rd Tuesday of Month)

A/R – As Required

L2 – Level 2 course dates

TBC – To Be Confirmed

** - Dates to be populated

 

 

YOUNG MATCH OFFICIAL STANDARDS

The YMO must be smartly turned out when representing the society, both on and off the pitch.

The minimum suitable attire off the pitch includes a smart pair of trousers, shirt and tie or Society Polo Shirt. No jeans or tee shirts are allowed when on Society appointments.

When officiating, the Young Match Official should turn out in smart, clean kit, including clean boots, and wear an appropriate shirt. Once the YMO has successfully passed the County Badge exam the shirt is bear the Society Motif.  This shirt must only be worn to games where the Young Whistler has been officially appointed by the Society.

APPOINTMENTS

Initially, the YMO will only referee games no less than two years below their own age group. When the YMO shows potential, and the sub-committee deems him/her suitable, they can be appointed to referee up to their level of competence, based on their advisor reports.

On reaching 17, they will be considered for senior appointments. Recommendations will be made be made by the GLADRA committee depending on ability and potential to the Grading committee. Senior games would be appointed, where appropriate and once approved, by the Senior appointments team and further progress would be monitored by the Grading Committee.

YMO will only be appointed through the Who’s the Ref system and must ensure their availability is updated regularly and that they confirm/decline appointments promptly. Failure to do so will result in loss of appointments.

Every YMO must be accompanied by a mentor/support role/appropriate adult whilst refereeing.

The home team may be requested to provide a mentor/support staff for the day if no Society member or if their allocated support staff is not available or if resources do not allow.

Parents/guardians are to be responsible for ensuring that the YMO is accompanied to the game and not left alone until the mentor or appropriate adult is present

Guidelines for school/college/university/club will be sent out to all clubs and schools accepting the appointment of a YMO to a fixture.

ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

An assessment form devised specifically for the YMO will be used by mentors/coaches after each game. These forms will be used by the GLADRA Committee to assess performance. Future grading/ promotion decisions will be based on these reports. A copy of the report will be sent to the Chair of the grading committee.

The YMO along with GLADRA Committee members will meet on a regular basis to discuss their progress and training needs. This will normally be conducted at the Society monthly meetings.  While a YMO is still a probationer the probationer sessions will take precedence.

All mentors/coaches/support role adults must have an Enhanced DBS check if their role is classed as a Regulated Activity. Within a rugby setting, the position must meet the following criteria in order to be deemed Regulated Activity – “Any activity which involves contact with children or vulnerable adults and is of a specified nature (e.g. teaching, training, care, supervision, advice, treatment or transport) frequently, intensively and/or overnight.” To meet the threshold for “frequent” or “intensive” the individual must carry out the role at least once a week or more, or four times in a month or more.

FIXTURE ARRANGEMENTS

It is essential that we support the YMO at the fixture.  This support also includes ensuring a code of conduct is accepted and published by the home team.  The following text is to be sent out to all teams who are affiliated to the Society as part of there membership pack for the season:

This School / Club/College/University is supporting a challenging initiative run by the Gloucester and District Referee Society in recruiting, training and developing young people aged 14-18 as Young Match Officials’. After completing the RFU’s REFEREEING THE 15-A-SIDE GAME these Young Match Officials who come from the Society are being supported/coached and mentored during inter-school or Club matches, here and elsewhere, to enable them to maximise their refereeing skills. It is inevitable that they will make mistakes during this learning process – just as the players in the teams will – but the Coaches at this School/Club/College/University have accepted their professional responsibilities as teachers/ coaches towards these young people to give them positive support during all our games, by refraining from criticising their decisions and by condemning any negative comments from their teams players, from the touchline or by any other spectators.

As Coaches of a visiting School/Club/College/University team, we are confident that you will also support this exciting initiative to recruit and develop young Referees for our game by behaving, at all times, in accordance with the RFU’s Code of Conduct and CORE Values as it relates to coaches, players and spectators alike. The Gloucester and District Referees Society, through its appointed support/coaches/mentors who attend all games, will be happy for coaches, after matches, to offer any constructive comments which will assist the young person in his or her ongoing development.

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation

RFU RECOGNITION

The intention is for the programme to be recognised by the RFU and as such the programme aims to ensure that:

  • All young people complete Level 2 (refereeing the 15-a side game)
  • All young people to register for the Young Rugby Ambassadors (YRA) programme via vInspired on completion of the Level 1 Refereeing Children or Level 2 Refereeing the 15-a-side game, to record hours of officiating.
  • Registered Young Match Officials to complete 10 hours of reflective officiating to receive their first recognition award. Thereafter milestones are – 30, 50, and 100 hours.
  • Young Match Official receives certificate on completion of hours. On completion of 10 hours receives a Polo Shirt.

They are also invited to YRA presentations locally/regionally/nationally and YRA kit will be sent out to the individual young officials when milestones are reached. And to be invited to regional and national development events – the National Schools’ Final and associated workshops.