GAA Referee Recruitment Tipperary

Sean Nugent, the then Chairman of Tipperary County Board set up a Referee Recruitment committee for Tipperary in 2014. This is the first such committee in the Country. Its aim is to put a plan in place to meet refereeing needs within the Premier County in the future.

This new committee is being chaired by John Lonergan with representatives from each of the 4 Divisions. With the growth in popularity of Gaelic Games, the demand for match officials is increasing. With over four thousand games being played in our county on an annual basis, the role of the referee is a very important cog of the wheel to ensure all games take place.

Basic Club Referee Training Courses are provided every two years by trained Referee Tutors in County Tipperary. Held over 4 nights in Thurles, the course is developed in conjunction with Croke Park and supported through the Provincial Munster Referees Administrators. Dates for the Training Course are as follows –

(Sarsfields Centre, Thurles – ALL 7:30pm)

Thursday 26 Jan 2017
Thursday 2 February 2017
Thursday 9 February 2017 (ON LINE Timed Module)
Thursday 16 February 2017

Training as a Club Referee involves the following modules:
Rules of Specification / The Play / Scores/ Powers and Duties of the Referee Technical Fouls / Set Play / Aggressive Fouls / Dissent / Referee’s Report / Rules Test / Fitness Test

Modules are “classroom” based and involve attendance and participation by the prospective referees. A timed Rules Test is centrally organised by Croke Park, which the participants complete “on-line”, with a pass-mark set which must be achieved for successful progression

An initial trial Fitness Test, i.e. a “BANGSBO or BEEP Test” will be used to familiarise new entrants with the levels required. A standard test will be used later in the year to monitor progression with a view to the achievement of a minimum standard required for qualification.

Following completion of the Training Course the successful candidate is certified as qualified by Coiste Ríaracháin Réiteoirí Contae Tiobrad Árann as a Réiteoir Chlub or Club Level Referee. It is recommended for Foundation Referees to be appointed to referee games up to and including U14 for a period of 2 years.

We are now seeking applications from interested individuals, who are considering taking up the role as Club Referee and applications must be submitted through their respective Club Secretary on the relevant Application Form which is available online on the Tipperary GAA website.

Application Form – Level 1 Basic Foundation Club Referee Course 2017

Please note all applications must be accompanied by a cheque for €100, from the applicant’s home club, which will be refunded after officiating at ten games. Completed application forms accompanied by €100 cheque only should be forwarded to Paul Stapleton, Secretary, Tipperary Referees Administration Committee, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

All clubs who do not currently have a referee in their club are encouraged to trawl their membership for prospective candidates.

ONGOING Referee Development

Current Referees are reminded the compulsory Fitness Assessment and Rules Test are confirmed for 7.30pm on the 19th Jan and 9th Feb 2017 in The Dome Thurles, while the annual IN SERVICE will be held at 7.30pm on 16th January and 20th February in the Sarsfields Social Centre, Thurles.

Further information / clarification from

Jim O’Shea Chairperson 085 1744791 Tipperary Referees Administration Committee

Paul Stapleton Secretary 085 1983325 Tipperary Referees Administration Committee

John Lonergan Chairperson 086 2417763
Paul Stapleton Administrator/ Secretary 085 1983325
Philip Kelly (North Division) 087 2863683
Derek O’Mahoney (South Division) 087 1902174
Fergal Horgan (West Division) 086 0611523
Johnny Ryan (Mid Division) 087 2652470