Ulster Rugby launched its new Umpire software in Ravenhill Park on the 18th August. A packed house of over 200 referees were there to see the presentation of the new Referee Management system for Ulster Rugby.
Ulster Rugby joins Leinster, Munster and Connacht Rugby in using Sportlomo. With Leinster Rugby the first province to commence using the system for all its competition management in 2007. All domestic rugby in Ireland is managed on the platform.
The Ulster branch now manage their referees electronically through the Sportlomo system, they can notify referees by text message and email of their selection for upcoming games.
The new system has vastly increased the speed at accessing team sheets (rosters), referee data and player queries. Each referee has been allocated their own Sportlomo log-in where a referee can accept or reject fixtures, change their account details or mark their availability throughout the year for games.
The system keeps a log of each match official’s games throughout the season. After each game the referee is required to submit their match report and discipline report to the system. This data automatically feeds through to the Ulster branch.
A further useful feature is the electronic-team sheet module. All the clubs in Ireland are required by the IRFU (governing body) to update their player selections online, this gives referees access to team sheets/players online and this integrates with their discipline reports.