This is protocol for all matches. Specific protocols for friendly/league games are listed below. Assignments will be posted no later than the Monday prior to the upcoming match at http://www.rugbyfl.com/frra/. The referee then needs to be confirmed with KO and match location no later than the Wednesday prior to the match. If you do not confirm your referee by Wednesday they will be re-assigned and you WILL NOT get a referee for your match. If you confirm then cancel after the Wednesday deadline (Thursday onward) then you will be charged the referee match fee. If this is due to a last minute cancellation by a visiting FRU club the home club can petition FRU to bill the visiting club the match fee.
The referee’s match fee is paid by the home club at the venue on the day in accordance with the fee schedule listed below ($80 per match, abbreviated matches ie. B games will be paid at a rate of $1.00 per minute not to exceed normal match fee of $80). Ref fees are paid prior to kickoff.
Any changes to matches, league or friendly, need to be confirmed with the opponent, with the FRRA VP and if a league game, also confirmed with the VP of competitions for that division no less than 2 weeks prior to the KO.
Standard game times are as follows for each division:
11:00 AM Youth
12:30 PM Senior Women or College Women
2:00 PM Senior Men or College Men
If multiple matches are to be played at the same venue and an additional warm-up pitch is not available, the following match times apply:
If three matches are to be played: If two matches are to be played:
11 AM Youth 12:00 Women
1 PM Women (Senior or College) 2:00 Men
3 PM Men (Senior or College)
In general the precedent would be the “least senior” team plays first and then we have the most senior team playing last, with “senior” being dictated by age.If both teams have the same seniority, say in terms of women and men both being D2 or 2 colleges, the women will play first.
Referees are to be requested via the FRRA VP for all matches including friendlies. If you are concerned about paying travel fees for friendlies and have a local certified ref, you can contact the FRRA VP and let him know you have confirmed a local, certified ref, and he can either approve or deny the assignment- you will need to provide the referees name and contact 7 days before the end of the calendar month for the next month’s schedule (the month of your match ie if match is in October you need to let him know by 9/23). This assures that assigned referees are current with their certification and that there is liability coverage for the match with use of a certified ref. You cannot use non-certified referees like coaches or alums to ref your matches as there is an increase in liability as well as a likely decrease in match quality due to using someone that is not current or trained. Playing a match with a non-certified referee may result in fines and club suspension.
The club requesting the referee is responsible for the payment of the match fee at the venue on the day of the match prior to KO.
Schedules are sent by the competitions chair to the FRRA on behalf of all clubs.
The referee’s travel expenses and the assistant referee’s travel expenses (if assigned) are reimbursed by the FRRA for League games but not for friendly games. When certified assistant referees are assigned or requested, the home club is responsible for the match fee to each individual AR.
Match Fee Pay Scale per game
All Referees $80 (paid by Home Team). AR’s $30 (paid by Home Team). Referee Coach/Assessor $20 (paid by FRRA).
ALL RED & YELLOW CARDS MUST BE REPORTED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE GAME using this form https://floridarugbyunion.org/referee-card-report/
Contract between FRUGU – FRRA