Wheelchair Rugby is a fast and dynamic contact sport, with each game requiring a team of officials to control, score and time the games.
There are 2 main roles in officiating: Table Official and Referee.
Table Officials are court side and have specific roles to focus on throughout the game. Each game requires 4 table officials, each with their own individual roles. The roles are:
- Timekeeper, who is in control of the game clock, including stoppages, such as time-outs and equipment calls
- Scorekeeper, who is responsible for documenting all statistics on the game, including goals scored and time-outs taken
- 40 second clock operator, whose job throughout the game is to continuously reset the 40-second clock every time the ball changes possession
- Penalty bin operator, who is responsible for managing players who enter the penalty bin due to a foul
A Referee is an on-court official who moves up and down the court keeping up with the pace of the game. Each game requires 2 referees on court at the same time, allowing them to see and control all aspects of the game, including goal scoring, fouls and violations etc.
All six officials must work collectively as a team, communicating information back and forth to ensure that the game is played safely and within the rules.
Officials Educators will be present at GBWR league events, and are experienced and knowledgeable GBWR officials who have been trained to support new and existing officials to progress along the officiating pathway.
Prior to stepping onto the development pathway as either a Table Official or a Referee, everyone is expected to attend an Introduction to Officiating workshop. For more information on joining GBWR’s officiating team, message Jaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When officiating in wheelchair rugby, you’ll be able to register for GBWR Membership – find out more about how to register for Membership, along with its benefits, and the rules and Codes of Conduct.