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Old Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:20pm
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not wearing lanyards?

I was watching junior nba and wnba games recently, I noticed that the officials mostly don't wear lanyards. It seemed as if they take the whistle from their hand and put in mouth; looks like a split second delay on reaction time. For me, I can't imagine not using a lanyard to stay my whistle, it would be so cumbersome to keep holding onto it while running up and down the floor,then to use it. I'd be dropping that whistle all over the place--forgetting that I don't have a lanyard. Do any of you NF level refs ''not'' use a whistle lanyard? How on God's green earth do you manage it? I had one guy tell me once "the pros [sic vets] don't need a lanyard"--however, I find this perspective to be impractical if not altogether pious and ineffective.
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Old Mon Aug 12, 2019, 11:47pm
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I donít use a lanyard about 50 percent of the time. Itís definitely a very ďproĒ thing to do and youíll find vets are often dead set against it. I use a lanyard on all my college games which is the expectation. This season I plan to go without for all my HS contests.

I find itís much more smooth. I always have the whistle in my hand rather than it dangling around when Iím running to report and I donít ever have to fumble to grab it. This makes calling Tís or hitting other dead ball whistle much quicker and easier. It takes practice of course and sometimes it drops but after a while it becomes second nature.
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Old Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:29am
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I tried it once. After spitting my whistle out on a call and it shooting across the floor, like projectile vomiting, I gave it up.
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Old Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:46am
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During the regular season, I always use a lanyard.

During the summer season or non-camp games, I never wear a lanyard. I do this only for personal training purposes. It slows down my whistle. Makes me think about what I am going to call and easy to transition back when the season starts.

I started not using a lanyard in these situations mostly because I forgot a lanyard during a summer session and had no choice. I did drop the whistle a few times but learned not to do that and the rest is history. It is actually very easy for me now and I do not even think about it when I blow my whistle.

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Old Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:15am
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There are a few high school guys here that don't use a lanyard. No one really cares nor should they. Some high school areas will be different.

At the college level, people get butthurt about it pretty much across the board.

It's very helpful for working on a patient whistle, but does take practice.
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Old Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:21am
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I was watching junior nba and wnba games recently, I noticed that the officials mostly don't wear lanyards. It seemed as if they take the whistle from their hand and put in mouth; looks like a split second delay on reaction time. For me, I can't imagine not using a lanyard to stay my whistle, it would be so cumbersome to keep holding onto it while running up and down the floor,then to use it. I'd be dropping that whistle all over the place--forgetting that I don't have a lanyard. Do any of you NF level refs ''not'' use a whistle lanyard? How on God's green earth do you manage it? I had one guy tell me once "the pros [sic vets] don't need a lanyard"--however, I find this perspective to be impractical if not altogether pious and ineffective.
The officials working the JR NBA games are all part of the NBA program at some level (WNBA/G-League/Grassroots), that's why they were not using lanyards.

There are reasons for not using a lanyard that have nothing to do with being pious. I cannot work without a lanyard b/c my fingers are not dexterous enough to manipulate the whistle while reporting fouls.
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Old Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:41am
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Also to be real, most of the current NBA staff does not use a lanyard. But this is also much more on an NBA thing and a skill that can be developed as well. If I was allowed to work games during the regular season without a lanyard, I would certainly try it. Makes little difference to me, but the standard is to wear one outside of the pro programs, so I wear one for my games. But I agree with Raymond, this attitude that there is something about ego with it is very silly. It was what the NBA did for years and still very much taught and advocated.

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Old Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:02pm
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Pros:
- Supposedly forces you to slow down and think before you blow
- It looks smooth and professional (according to those who go without)

Cons:
- Spitting it across the floor while trying to learn, thus looking like a doofus.
- Figuring out what to do with it when reporting, thus looking like a doofus.

I don't aspire to work NBA games nor look like them. I think it's ridiculous to go without one. The lanyard is probably the most functional piece of equipment we use, right after the pea-less whistle. It's just one more thing to have to worry about getting right when there's already a half dozen other things to worry about. I've tried going without a couple times and found it incredibly frustrating. Life (and my officiating career) is too short to add this to the mix.
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