Last weekend, in Madrid, the mid-season refresher course of the National Referees Committee was held, in turn, the examinations for the promotion of referees from regional to national category.
Rafael Alcalde Molina and Alvaro Asensio have been the referees proposed by the Federation of the Region of Murcia to carry out the promotion phase and in turn attend the 2 days of courses.
Which have been taught by national and international referees, and world rugby educators where they have addressed, among others, issues about the "post tack" "the standing game" "the problem of the outside of play and placement" and "Effective communication between players and referees".
The ascent tests have consisted of several theoretical exams and video analysis, in addition to a physical examination.
In total 17 applicants from the different regional federations where only 6 referees (Andalusia, Catalonia, Valencia, Asturias and Murcia), have managed to take the hard climb.
Rafael Alcalde Molina, born in Seville, who began to take his first steps in the world of rugby about 7 years ago animated mainly by his physical education teacher and a friend of his, as he recognizes.
She started playing at UD Mairena but a year later, with the start of her university studies in the ADE degree, she moved to Totana , where her family lives in the maternal area, where she starts playing in her own club. name your town.
In 2015, Rafael, decided to sign up for a course of initiation to arbitration where he is amazed, this way he gradually begins to arbitrate to lower categories until settling in the arbitration of the absolute category of the Murcian federation.
In 2017, the first contacts with the national category begin to arrive when he is invited, together with other colleagues, to referee the Seven University Championship of Spain at the UMU.
Being invited to the following weeks to the championship of Spain of category sub-18 in Valladolid.
After trying the ascent in September, in Tarragona, this year and stay at the door, this time he has achieved it without regard.
Now, according to what he tells us, in the next weeks or months he will be observed by the different evaluators of the committee to see his performance in the national category and in the championships of Spain in the coming months.