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Old Wed Jul 29, 2020, 05:27pm
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I will say that the little bag is better than nothing ...
A Forum member buddy of mine with intimate knowledge of the WNBA and NBA sent me this photo of the whistle "spittle bag" we've been discussing.

I can't find it anywhere on the internet, so I don't know the cost, or how to order it.

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Old Mon Aug 03, 2020, 02:27pm
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By now most people realize that surgical masks are worn by people to protect others, not themselves. Only N95 masks can offer some protection to one's self.
Not so. The *primary* benefit is to others, but there is also a benefit to the wearer. The understanding of masks is evolving.

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/20/89322...aring-them-too
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Old Fri Aug 07, 2020, 01:30am
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A Forum member buddy of mine with intimate knowledge of the WNBA and NBA sent me this photo of the whistle "spittle bag" we've been discussing.

I can't find it anywhere on the internet, so I don't know the cost, or how to order it.

They're posted at the Fox40 web shop with an expected ship date of mid month as of earlier this week.

https://fox40shopusa.com/collections/whistle-mask-1
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Old Fri Aug 07, 2020, 10:29am
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Old Fri Aug 07, 2020, 10:56am
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The Pouch is best used with a Fox 40 Classic Cushioned Mouth Grip ...

While many love the Fox 40 Classic Cushioned Mouth Grip, I've tried it several times and for some reason I chew the soft "cushion" and quickly rip the "cushion" to shreds. I don't seem to chew on the Fox 40 Classic.

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Old Tue Aug 11, 2020, 09:40am
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Whistle Mask, Redux

Sorry for the monster-sized image, but I don't know how to shrink it. In any event, try this version of a whistle mask:

https://www.allsportsofficials.com/c...ghtwhistlemask

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Old Tue Aug 11, 2020, 11:54am
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With the two large "whistle masks" that we've seen in this thread (not the small "whistle pouch"), it seems that it would be difficult for the official to remove the whistle from one's mouth to speak, and to put the whistle back in one's mouth to officiate, something officials do dozens of times in every game. But these two large "whistle masks" would do fairly well (though not great) at protecting others and possibly one's self (according to very recent studies).

Not so with the small "whistle pouch", easy for the official to remove the whistle from one's mouth to speak, and easy to put the whistle back in one's mouth to officiate, although not protecting others (nose isn't covered) and possibly one's self.

Of course, an official can wear a surgical mask (protecting others and possibly one's self) and speak freely the whole game if one were to use an electronic whistle.



I finished reading the book The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History (the 1918 Spanish Flu), by John M. Barry, a few weeks ago; and I'm about halfway through the twenty-four thirty-minute video lectures of Great Courses: The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague, by medieval historian Dr. Dorsey Armstrong.

COVID-19 is a pussycat compared to those pandemics, but even pussycats have sharp teeth and claws.
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Old Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:21pm
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"Built in clearance in the front of the mask to allow the whistle to be removed from the mouth which allows the individual to talk while using the Lightweight Mask."
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Old Tue Aug 11, 2020, 12:32pm
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"Built in clearance in the front of the mask to allow the whistle to be removed from the mouth which allows the individual to talk while using the Lightweight Mask."
Thanks LRZ. Didn't understand that the first time through, does it mean that the whistle stays under the mask when the official "drops" the whistle? If so, sounds good (no pun intended), and would do well at protecting others and possibly one's self.
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Today was the one day during the week when I venture out of my secret underground COVID shelter to hunt and gather food. Of course, to protect others, and possibly myself, I wore my surgical mask, and I noticed something that I never noticed before that may impact the ability of officials wearing full masks (not the small "whistle pouch) to call games.

Wearing a full surgical mask limits my peripheral vision downward. Being able to clearly see downward is important to basketball officials. Boundaries. Pivot foot. Travels. Legal guarding position. Etc.
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Today was the one day during the week when I venture out of my secret underground COVID shelter to hunt and gather food. Of course, to protect others, and possibly myself, I wore my surgical mask, and I noticed something that I never noticed before that may impact the ability of officials wearing full masks (not the small "whistle pouch) to call games.

Wearing a full surgical mask limits my peripheral vision downward. Being able to clearly see downward is important to basketball officials. Boundaries. Pivot foot. Travels. Legal guarding position. Etc.

Billy:

Interesting observation. At my age my family won't let me out of the house because of COVID but last week we received mailings from two different funeral homes, so I might have to start worrying, LOL!

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Old Sat Aug 15, 2020, 12:52am
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Wearing a full surgical mask limits my peripheral vision downward. Being able to clearly see downward is important to basketball officials. Boundaries. Pivot foot. Travels. Legal guarding position. Etc.
Not to mention the altogether necessary action of walking up and down steps. Can't count the number of times I have nearly tripped/slipped while traversing strange stairs while wearing a mask.
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Old Sat Aug 15, 2020, 01:18pm
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Not to mention the altogether necessary action of walking up and down steps. Can't count the number of times I have nearly tripped/slipped while traversing strange stairs while wearing a mask.
Hold onto the railing. Better yet, take the elevator. Wait ... I'm being told ... COVID ??? Never mind ...

Don't take the elevator, take the escalator.

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Old Mon Aug 17, 2020, 12:42pm
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I was just assigned to my board's rookie mechanics training and evaluation committee. If that seems to satisfy my need to keep some skin in the officiating game, I may also be ready to get off the court. I have a consultation with a foot/ankle orthopedic specialist next week to see if my painful bone spur can be fixed. If not, it will be another year of middle school games, or no games at all, for me. If my ankle can be fixed, and if I can get my varsity schedule back (I voluntarily gave it back two seasons ago), I may consider a few more years on the court.
Turns out that it isn't the bone spur that's causing me my ankle pain, it's the arthritis under my right ankle. My new foot/ankle orthopedic specialist fitted me with an ankle brace that he believes will relieve some of the pain.

He also diagnosed me with a torn meniscus in my right knee. It happened back in October 2019, I thought it was a torn MCL. He advised me to keep wearing the knee brace that I've been wearing which worked great (self-diagnosed, self-prescribed) last season.

I'll probably start with middle school games next season, my fortieth (if there is a basketball season). If I feel good, I may try some varsity games.

It's tough to get old. Why is it that the players stay the same age every year while officials always get a year older?
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