For 39 years now (give or take a pandemic or flood!), rugby clubs–and referees–from all across North America have traveled to Nashville for this extraordinary event. Last year more than 100 teams enjoyed good running rugby, festive music and the great camaraderie that has come to define the Nash Bash.

With such a large event, referee exchanges are encouraged! We offer lodging, game-day meals/drinks, Saturday ref team dinner and AGM attendance (Big Bash only), plus game fees/travel stipend and a dry fit referee jersey. If you are interested in reffing at Nash Bash this year please email Tim Sheridan by 2/23; he will send your interest to Jake Winkler of WRRS.

BIG BASH: 3/23-24/2024
U19: 4/13-14/2024
Field Address: 2131 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

2021 return to play information

Rugby is slowing waking up from an extended slumber throughout the Midwest, and the CARFU Referee Society is no exception. With the Midwest Rugby Union, CARFU, and Rugby Illinois having approved return-to-play protocols, the CARFU Referee Society is ready to get out on to the pitch. If you’re a referee and have questions about returning […]

Be Part of It – Become a Referee

Chicago Area Rugby Football Union Referee Society will be hosting an introductory Referee Course in March 2020. https://webpoint.usarugby.org/wp15/Events2/ViewEvt.wp?EventID=3198 Level 1 Officiating Sunday March 22 (Kicking off at 9:00am until 5:00pm) A Level 1 Certification is one requirement to referee any contact match sanctioned by USA Rugby. The Level 1 Officiating Certification consists of online pre-course […]

The Rugby Weekend 2018

Are you going? www.therugbyweekend.com Thank you to WGN 9 Chicago and Pat Tomasulo for promoting the event this morning.

Referee Abuse

USA RUGBY DIRECTIVE Verbal abuse by team coaches, team staff or team substitutes directed at match officials or players should not be tolerated and the following process should be followed: The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from their behavior. On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds. […]


We at CARFU are proud of our National Panel Referees Congratulations to John Stevens, Josh Houston and Shawn Bastic on their domestic and international appointments Are you the next national panel referee?

Referee in Practice (version 2)

For many years version 1 of this guide was distributed to new referees. Version 2 was updated by the Australians (mainly because they were the authors of version 1). This guide contains excellent checklists for new and old referees alike. ARU-Referee-in-practice