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INTERNATIONAL REFEREE PROGRAMME

APPLY TO BE A TROPICAL 7s REFEREE

INTERNATIONAL REFEREE PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Tropical 7s attracts qualified and experienced match officials from across the globe to be part of the International Referee Programme and officiate at one of the world's leading international rugby events. The programme offers referees a great experience both on and off the pitch with competitive matches in a  conducive environment, including referee coaches working directly with referees during the event. In 2023, the Tropical 7s Referee programme was formally recognized as a USA Rugby referee development camp. To apply to become a referee at the 2024 TROPICAL 7s, interested referees should complete the application form (link above). Applications will be reviewed in Autumn 2023 and appointments will be confirmed by the Tropical 7s Referee Manager in late 2023.

2024 KEY INFORMATION

  • WHEN: 29-30 March 2024 (Fri/Sat of Easter weekend)

  • WHERE: Tampa SportsPlex, Tampa, Florida

  • AGES: Age Groups at the 2023 Tropical 7s are available for boys/girls at U18, U16, U14, U12 (coed), University/U23 (men and women) and senior mens and womens divisions (new for 2024).  

  • SCOPE: All matches will be assigned a fully qualified match referee with selected matches assigned a 3-ref team (match referee + 2  assistant referees). All match assignments are made by tournament's Referee Manager.  A referee coaching program provides participating referees live feedback on referee performances and advice on to improve refereeing skills.

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2024 REFEREE PROGRAMME DETAILS

Programme details for participating referees includes:

  • Accommodation in host referee hotel (shared hotel room)

  • Complimentary airport shuttle service (Tampa International) provided by the host referee hotel.

  • Bus transport to/from accommodation to match fields.

  • Refereeing fees and/or travel subsidy (limited to US-based refs) as determined by the tournament's Referee Manager

  • Referee coaching during the tournament 

  • Dedicated air-conditioned referee area at the competition venue

  • Nutrition and hydration throughout the day

  • Referees social gathering

REFEREE EXPECTATIONS

Expectations from participating referees include:

  • Complete the below application.

  • Be a qualified referee and have experience refereeing rugby 7s

  • Be of good standing with their home union.

  • Be available for both days of competition and ready for each match assignment. Matches are expected to run from approx 8am to 9pm  - shifts to be split between morning, afternoon and evening sessions. (TBD)

  • Bring all refereeing equipment as needed.

  • Work closely with the Referee Manager to manage scheduling and match assignments.

  • Communicate with Event Management for any issue regarding referee duties e.g. disciplinary

CONTACT

Please direct any referee related enquiries to info@tropical7s.com.

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