HP Referee Structure Evolves

High Performance Referee Structure Evolves

BOULDER, Colo. -- USA Rugby Referees continue to evolve the best structures to develop referees through effective management structures, performance reviewers, reporting systems, and referee coaching. The latest progression includes; streamlining the number of officials in national competitions to increase consistency and identifying the best performers; a restructuring of High Performance Management; and the introduction of Zones and Zone Managers.

USA Rugby Referees is headed by Ed Todd, Referee Development Director. High Performance Management consists of Richard Every, High Performance Referee Manager (HPRM); Patrick McNally, Sevens Referee Manager, Fred Thomas ,Appointments; Mike Cobb, Match Official Technical Director; and four Zone Managers, Al Klemp, Jem McDowall, Mike Geach and Don Pattalock.

Zone Managers' responsibilities are to provide processes and programs that will enhance match official recruitment, talent identification, retention, education, and development. The Match Official Technical Director is responsible for creating learning programs that will be presented online and at workshops/clinics, and will be required in providing specific-based training to individual national performance reviewers as required.  


Zone referees will fall into the Zones' online system, The GAME System®, that includes Performance Review Reports, Referee Self-Evaluation Reports, Team Coach Reports, Availability, Appointments, Referee/Performance Reviewer/Team Data. The system automatically identifies strengths and development areas to accelerate growth.

The HPRM is responsible for international referee development and exchanges, and managing referees in the RSL, Division 1A Men's College, and the Women's Premier League. National referee appointments are made by Fred Thomas, Ed Todd, and Richard Every.


Performance Reviewer appointments for the RSL are made by the HPRM in consultation with DRD and others, and the remainder by the Evaluations Chairperson, David Metcalfe, in consultation with the HPRM. Patrick McNally runs the Sevens program, including the appointment of all referees and referee coaches.

USA Rugby Referees Leadership Structure:

National Office
Ed Todd, Director, Referee Department

High Performance
Richard Every, High Performance Referee Manager
Patrick McNally, Sevens Referee Manager
Fred Thomas, Appointments 
Mike Cobb, Match Official Technical Director
Zone Managers, Don Pattalock, Mike Geach, Al Klemp, Jem McDowall

Rules & Laws - Community
Bruce Carter, Chairman
Charlie Haupt, Secretary
Peter Watson, Laws
Steve Parrill, Training
Dave Metcalfe, Evaluations 
Ed Todd, Selection