Jose Echeverry, coach of the New Jersey Hammerheads Underwater Rugby team, and former 2003 USA National Team player, was invited to participate as referee during the 2013 Underwater Rugby European Open Junior Championship held in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark last November.
Coach Echeverry had the opportunity to participate as underwater and deck referee in over eight official matches between national teams and share with experienced international referees as Tito de Morais (Sweden), Olsson (Norway) and Lindell (Finland).
“The level of European game is remarkable for the tactics, speed, and game system ” Echeverry highlights of the teams which were distinguished by their great fitness and performance.
Echeverry says his participation and experience during this tournament will help to share with referees and teams of the North American Tournament, the latest changes regarding rules and refereeing . “The sport is evolving and we must get updated in terms of game rules , refereeing and other aspects of the game”.
Coach Echeverry plans to participate with the New Jersey Hammerheads on the “2014 CanAm Midwestern Underwater Rugby Championship” to be held on January 24-26 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. http://canammidwesternchampionships.com/uwrugby/