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Practical Aspects of Refereeing the tackle. Practical Aspects of Refereeing the Tackle. Tackle. Rugby is a physical game composed of many individual contests; tackles occur hundreds of times during a game Tackles are a prime source of turnover ball

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  • Rugby is a physical game composed of many individual contests; tackles occur hundreds of times during a game
  • Tackles are a prime source of turnover ball
  • Tackles are a prime source of player frustration
  • Players and referees often lack situational awareness
  • Getting tackles right is the path to referee greatness!
why is the tackle hard to referee
Why is the tackle hard to referee?
  • Tackle situation versus referee position – fitness, awareness, view
  • Nature of the tackle – good, single, team, high, late, etc.
  • Number and position of players involved
  • What they do immediately after the tackle
  • The speed at which other situations develop
tackle priorities
Tackle - Priorities
  • Recognition – has tackle occurred? – where are you?
  • Tackler – what positive action does he take?
  • Tackled player – what action does he take?
  • Arriving Players – joining (gate), body position, action, formation of offside lines
key points
Key Points
  • Positive action – tackler rolls away (if he can), ball placed and available, supporting players come through the gate, stay on their feet and build platform, ball moves away quickly
  • No interference to slow or prevent ball release
  • Good referee communication can help – precise, pertinent, on-time instruction
  • Failure to insist on positive play results in player frustration, slow ball, and foul play
actions of players arriving
Actions of players arriving

Body positions tell a lot. No flying in!

actions of players arriving10
Actions of players arriving

What can turned player do?

Can arriving player tear the ball away from the tackler?

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Actions of players arriving


Any attempt to stay on their feet?

Can tackled player play the ball?

refereeing the gate
Refereeing the Gate
  • “The Gate” exists at tackle, ruck, and maul – need to remind players!
  • Players must enter tackle situation behind the ball
  • Referees don’t have a meter stick, so you have to assess situation as you see it
  • Penalize destructive entry; leave constructive play flow
decision time
Decision time
  • Ball coming – do we play on?
  • Fast whistle to stop pile ups – “scrum, attacking ball”
  • Fast penalty to encourage tacklers to roll away
  • Fast penalty to encourage tackled players to release ball
  • Tackles are physical contests
  • You can’t decide if you’re not there
  • Words are important – but only if precise
    • “Release”
    • “Hands away”
  • Know the situation – tackle, not held, maul, ruck
  • Fast decisions help a structured game