USA Rugby Referees Elite, National Panel selections announced

BOULDER, Colo. - The USA Rugby Referees Selection Committee convened July 3 and 23, 2014. The process included reviewing and discussing, in detail, all the current referees on the panel and identified prospects, totaling 30 referees.

The goal of USA Rugby Referees is to identify and develop the best referees in the country to maintain excellence and consistency to top-level competitions nationally and to develop referees to represent the United States internationally. It is key to have a group that works together, supports one another, and wants to be successful.

“We have worked almost seven years now to build a team culture of success through commitment, values, transparency, communication and accountability,” USA Rugby High Performance Referee Manager Richard Every said. “It is an ever-evolving, continued education process that includes a full circle of contributors that include referees, performance reviewers, referee coaches, team coaches, and management. This year we have also extended our resources through supporting development with five referee camps that included over 50 participants ranging from age 16 through 45 and included both men and women referees. These camps were attended by many candidates that show a lot of potential to be top referees in the future."

Requirements for USA Rugby Referees Panel include:

  • Clearly and consistently demonstrates a degree of comfort, competence, capability and confidence in refereeing high level matches;
  • Demonstrates long-term commitment as referee;
  • Responds appropriately to performance analysis and evaluation;
  • Demonstrates self-motivation and willingness to self-analyze;
  • Demonstrates high knowledge and understanding of the game;
  • Demonstrates mental agility and adaptability;
  • Benchmarks successful fitness requirements;
  • Contributes positive energy to and operates well within the High Performance System;
  • Demonstrates commitment to the community, and contributes to the development of match officials;

Additional requirements for USA Rugby Referees Elite Group include:

  • Clearly and consistently demonstrates superior degree of comfort, competence, capability and confidence in the context of the top matches officiated in major competitions and Championships, and exhibits skills worthy of international nominations and appointments;
  • Demonstrates very high knowledge and understanding of the game;
  • Demonstrates excellent ambassadorial skills.

Selection Committee 2014-15
Ed Todd, Kat Todd, Davey Ardrey, Peter Watson, Fred Thomas, Richard Every

Tom Lyons, Gareth Morgan and Chris Henshall have retired from the National Panel. They have each represented USA Rugby Referees internationally in test matches and have refereed many major national finals.

“It is always a difficult decision to retire from top-level refereeing, but we respect their decisions as they have increased work and family commitments.,” USA Rugby Referee Director Ed Todd said. “We thank them for their excellent contribution to USA Rugby over the years and hope they will remain involved in other roles in the near future.”

Shawn Bastic, from the Midwest has been promoted to the National Panel, and both Kurt Weaver and Derek Summers have been promoted to the Elite Group.

USA Rugby Referees Elite Group, in alphabetical order with region, are:
Aruna Ranaweera (PACIFIC)
Nick Ricono (PACIFIC)
Derek Summers (WEST)
Kurt Weaver (WEST)
Brian Zapp (WEST)

USA Rugby Referees National Panel, in alphabetical order with region, are:
Phil Akroyd (PACIFIC)
Shawn Bastic (CENTRAL)
Leah Berard (CENTRAL)
Ed Gardner (ATLANTIC)
Scott Green (WEST)
Josh Houston (CENTRAL)
Mike Kelly (ATLANTIC)
Tim Luscombe (WEST)
Miles McIvor (ATLANTIC)
Marc Nelson (WEST)
George O'Neil (PACIFIC)
Haylee Slaughter (ATLANTIC)