The Society recognises that it has a duty of care to the match officials it appoints.
This policy is based upon the core refereeing principles:
- The safety of the players must always be paramount
- The Laws must be applied fairly so that the Game is enjoyed.
- The Laws must be respected.
The Society will only appoint suitably qualified, experienced or sufficiently competent officials appropriate for the level of match concerned.
The Society will also try to take into account any special circumstances about a fixture that may require a referee of a higher level or of particular qualities and experience to be appointed to it.
Referees will be graded according to their competence to officiate at matches.
Appointment as Touch Judges is an important development tool. Referees may be appointed as touch judge at a match of higher level than their grade in order to prepare them for refereeing at that level.