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Officiating

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.

Credit: Anthony Hayton

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.

Official 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.

Introduction to Officiating

Prior to stepping onto the development pathway as either a Table Official or a Referee, everyone is expected to attend an Introduction to Officiating course. This 3 hour workshop, which is delivered by our Official Educator team, will give people a basic understanding of not only wheelchair rugby, but also the mechanics behind officiating. From this workshop you will be able to decide which area of officiating you would like to progress in and join the pathway. This course has no prerequisites and is open to anyone interested in officiating in wheelchair rugby.

Look for upcoming courses or contact us if you are interested in finding out more.

Table Official Pathway

The progression of any official to another level is determined by Official Educators assessing competency against criteria

  • Development Official
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Attended the Introduction to Officiating course Can attend Super Series Division 2 & 3 competitions, plus other associated tournaments, to gain knowledge, shadow and officiate where appropriate. Development Officials will be working closely with Official Educators and experienced officials as they are not yet competent in any roles

    The aim is to become competent at the operation of 3 different table officiating duties.

  • Level 1: Novice
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Successfully competent in 3 of the 4 duties at Development Official level

    Competency signed off by an Official Educator

    Can officiate at Super Series Division 2 & 3 competitions, plus other associated tournaments such as WR5s

    May be asked to attend higher divisions to support with official’s progression

    Officials at this level will be working closely with Official Educators and experienced officials, progressing their knowledge in roles previously learned, and actively working towards competency in the 4th role

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    Officials at this level will understand the importance of each role during a game, and how their role effects the play

    Assessment Criteria

  • Level 2: Intermediate
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Previously achieved Level 1, and now can perform all 4* duties required as a table official to a good standard Can officiate at Super Series Division 1, 2 & 3 competitions, plus other associated tournaments such as WR5s Officials at this level will have considerable knowledge on the rules, can effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally to the rest of the officiating team and confidently perform all 4* duties in pressure situations

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    *number of competent duties can be dictated by individuals’ medical circumstances

    Assessment Criteria

  • Level 3: National
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Previously achieved Level 2 and can officiate at a high standard with good professionalism

    Passed the GBWR Table Official rules test with 70% or higher

    Can officiate in all Super Series Divisions and other competitions Officials at this level will have an international standard of knowledge of the rules, and they will be able to perform all 4* duties with precision and accuracy

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    *number of competent duties can be dictated by individuals’ medical circumstances

    Assessment Criteria

Referee Pathway

The progression of any official to another level is determined by Official Educators assessing competency against criteria

  • Development Official
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Attended the Introduction to Officiating course

    Development referees need to show willingness to learn by actively seeking knowledge within the game

    Can attend Super Series Division 2 & 3 competitions plus other associated tournaments, to gain knowledge, shadow and officiate where appropriate Development officials will be working closely with Official Educators and experienced officials as they are not yet competent in any roles. They will be tasked with shadowing referees and work towards being referee 2 within a game

    Official Educators will guide and support progression to achieve competency within the role as referee 2

  • Level 1: Novice
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Successfully competent in being referee 2 Can officiate at Super Series Division 2 & 3 competitions, plus other associated tournaments

    May be asked to attend higher divisions to support with official’s progression

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    Assessment Criteria

  • Level 2: Intermediate
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Previously achieved a Level 1 in refereeing Can officiate at all Super Series Divisions plus other associated tournaments Referees at Level 2 will be competent in being referee 1 during all games levels

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    Assessment Criteria

  • Level 3: National
    Prerequisites Officiating Level Notes
    Previously became competent as a Level 2 official and has proved competency within this level over time

    Not only competent within refereeing but needs a good basic knowledge of the table officiating duties

    Can officiate at all Super Series Divisions and competitions, plus other associated tournaments

     

    Official Educators will assess competency once both official and educator feel the time is right

    To coincide with the Official Educator’s assessment, referees looking to achieve Level 3 need to undertake an exam and pass with 70% or higher

    Assessment Criteria

  • IWRF (International Wheelchair Rugby Federation) Progression

    Level 3 Referees can be nominated by the GBWR Head Official (or appropriate representative) to be considered for IWRF International Referee classification. This is on a nomination basis only and select criteria needs to be achieved before consideration.

    More information is available from the IWRF or through GBWR Official Educators.

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