Colleges value students who are involved in activities outside of school, and they are not only looking for participation, they are looking for Leadership. Rugby refereeing is great for college applications in a variety of ways:
First, by definition, you are “in charge” of the match as the leader of a large group of people (players, coaches, spectators, and more). This is a huge amount of responsibility on a young person’s shoulders and it shines through in an application.
You may have an opportunity in refereeing to go further than you do as a player. There is a huge push to encourage more young people to pick up refereeing. The game has gotten faster (especially in 7s) therefore, the refs must keep up! As a referee, you might get a chance to travel the country and the world! All colleges value someone who can stand out somewhere – maybe refereeing will be where you will shine.
Refereeing can be considered Work Experience since most referee societies will pay you to cover matches for them. Win-Win! Think of all the money you can save for college!
While not specifically related to college applications, really taking some time to learn the laws of the game will certainly help your n performance on the pitch. If you don't know the difference between a free-kick and a penalty kick, or what happens after a ball has been taken out the back of the in-goal area, now is the time to learn!
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So, are you ready to take the first step?
Here’s how to become a Rugby Referee:
Step one: Check out the World Rugby Laws online Step two: Take the Laws Exam – How did you do? Step three: Sign up for a Level 1 Referee course in your area. Updated 11/1/21