In 2016, England Golf introduced The R&A Rules Education Programme to enable members and officials of affiliated golf club and counties the opportunity to receive a Rules training programme that is recognised throughout the R&A’s jurisdiction.
The R&A’s Rules Education programme consists of a three-tiered approach with the potential for delegates to graduate through the stages to develop their Rules knowledge.
The Level 1 Introductory Rules School will be available primarily to golf club officials who have limited or no formal Rules qualification but are involved in running competitions or answering Rules questions at their club. In addition, where spaces allow, the Level 1 Introductory Rules School will also be available to members of affiliated golf clubs who are interested in both developing their Rules knowledge and assisting within their clubs.
The Level 2 Rules School will be available primarily to county officials, particularly those involved in administration or refereeing at county tournaments. Level 2 Rules School attendees will be expected to have a good level of Rules knowledge, demonstrated by either a Level 1 qualification or similar, such as an England Golf County Rules School qualification. In addition, where spaces allow, the Level 2 Rules School will be available to club officials who have gained the Level 1 qualification and are interested in progressing to Level 2 and assisting at county tournaments.
The Level 3 Tournament Administration and Referees School is primarily aimed at officials who are involved in administration and refereeing at national tournaments and is currently via invitation only. In the future, if spaces allow, the Level 3 TARS may be available to County officials with a Level 2 qualification who are interested progressing to Level 3 and assisting at national tournaments.
For club members who are keen to learn more about the Rules, the primary tool to use is the R&A Online Rules Academy.
In addition, if a club would like to organise an informal Rules session for the benefit of their members, please contact England Golf at firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange for an experienced and qualified national championship Referee to come and conduct this.
As a result of the major set of proposed changes to the 2019 Rules of Golf, announced by The R&A and the USGA on 1 March 2017, England Golf is not scheduling any Rules Schools for 2017.
An update regarding the schedule for Rules Schools in 2018 will be made here later in the year.