BC Rugby’s Rugby Education Manager and international referee Chris Assmus, in toque at right, made the trip to Cumberland Sunday to deliver a Level 1 Referee Development Session with 11 Rapids Rugby athletes. Supplied photo

BC Rugby’s Rugby Education Manager and international referee Chris Assmus, in toque at right, made the trip to Cumberland Sunday to deliver a Level 1 Referee Development Session with 11 Rapids Rugby athletes. Supplied photo

Comox Valley rugby league hosts referee clinic

Rapids Rugby players took advantage of a bye weekend to attend a referee clinic at Cumberland Park on Sunday.

International referee Chris Assmus, BC Rugby’s education manager, delivered a Level 1 Referee Development Session with 11 athletes.

The group focused on clarifying the recently introduced Global Law Trials, and discussed the Key Focus Areas for Players, Officials and Coaches. The session also emphasized athlete safety and head contact process. Rapids Rugby U16 girls were on hand to enact game scenarios to allow participants a chance to referee game situations.

The following are qualified to referee seven- or 10-aside games up to the U14 level: Brooke Horsfall, Paige Horsfall, Novah Burley, Abigayle Underhill, Anna Purich, Olivia Jean, Emma Due, Jasmine Mohtadi, Emma Grootendorst, Emmett Allan and Val Williams.

“They are anxiously awaiting their first assignments from BC Rugby,” a news release states.

Rapids coaches Aimee Burley and Mimi Appelbe are proud to see their athletes stepping into leadership roles in the community, and serving as role models to younger athletes.

On Sunday, Nov. 21, the U14, U16 and U19 girls play the Castaway Wanderers RFC at Cumberland Park. The U13 boys are playing in Cowichan.

For more information on youth (U13-U19) and/or mini (U7-U12) programs, email cvrapidsrugby@gmail.com.

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