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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 02:36pm
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Has anyone ever used one while officiating? AND, does anyone know where I would be able to get one before the start of next year?

I would like to wear one while officiating to see how many miles a night it is wunnin up and down the floor.
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 04:23pm
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I'd love to know too. Let us know what you find out.
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 04:25pm
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wunnin up and down the floor.
Like those wascally wabbits!
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 04:52pm
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Believe it or not, WalMart carries pedometers as well as any local running shop. Many sporting goods stores sell them as well.
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 07:27pm
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I'd bet that thest things would be horribily inaccurate for reffing.

I beleive that most, if not all, of them work by counting strides and mulitplying by the length of your stride (a setting that you give it). For runners, walkers, and joggers, that is probably a close assumption. For officiating, the stride would vary so much, you could be 2-3x off.
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 07:50pm
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How about a GPS? Actually, for soccer it might work, but basketball courts are too small, and GPSs don't really work inside.

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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 08:58pm
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We have an official in our conference who wears something to measure her distance. she says 2.5 to 3 miles a game.
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Old Fri Mar 19, 2004, 09:14pm
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I did it once. I don't remember what the mileage was, but I remember that it was quite a bit less than the 5 miles somebody in my association was suggesting. (I believe Earl Stromm implied that distance in his book, as well).
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Old Sat Mar 20, 2004, 12:57am
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I did it once. I don't remember what the mileage was, but I remember that it was quite a bit less than the 5 miles somebody in my association was suggesting.
Our commissioner says that a good varsity game gets you about 5 miles. That's 2-person. I suppose it depends quite a bit on the game, too. Like, one game they showed a clip from this evening was 52-60 at the half!! That game got more mileage than a game that ends up 52-60 for the whole thing.
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Old Sat Mar 20, 2004, 09:49am
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In our association, we have some refs 'wander' some steps in the game - very poor work ethic
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Old Sat Mar 20, 2004, 10:14am
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I'd bet that thest things would be horribily inaccurate for reffing.

I beleive that most, if not all, of them work by counting strides and mulitplying by the length of your stride (a setting that you give it). For runners, walkers, and joggers, that is probably a close assumption. For officiating, the stride would vary so much, you could be 2-3x off.
That stinks. I was going to try it out and then possibly propose a research project (thesis) on the possible benefits of officiating and aerobic/anaerobic activity in males 35-40 years old.

I may still try it. I will keep you all informed. Heck, they may not even think it is a worthy research project.
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Old Sat Mar 20, 2004, 10:36am
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That stinks. I was going to try it out and then possibly propose a research project (thesis) on the possible benefits of officiating and aerobic/anaerobic activity in males 35-40 years old.

I may still try it. I will keep you all informed. Heck, they may not even think it is a worthy research project.

I dunno - that (or some version, perhaps sans pedometer) seems like a pretty darn good research topic to me.

I definately need to lose some weight, and obviously reffing helps. However, basketball is often something along the lines of: sprint to new lead, stop, walk across the lane, call a foul, stop, jog to the table, jog to C, stand for a minute to watch free throws, run down to new C, stop . . . it's not the very model of a modern aerobic exercise.

I'd be interested in seeing if reffing is, indeed, an aerobic activity (wireless pulse monitors, perhaps) and, if not, how much of an impact on health does it have.
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Old Sat Mar 20, 2004, 11:41pm
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Agreed

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We have an official in our conference who wears something to measure her distance. she says 2.5 to 3 miles a game.
We have an official in our association who consistently wears a pedometer. He states that it is usually between 2.5 - 3 miles/game.

Here is the sad news, all that running and have you really gone anywhere?
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Old Sun Mar 21, 2004, 01:25am
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. . . it's not the very model of a modern aerobic exercise. ...
..and he quotes Gilbert and Sullivan, too. What a guy!
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Old Sun Mar 21, 2004, 02:02am
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The technology varies, bus most pedometers use some type of "g" sensor to measure the number of steps or strides you take. You then multiply this by the length of your normal stride to get approximate distance.

I tried wearing my wife's pedometer for several games this season & averaged roughly 3500 strides per game. It takes me an average of 12 strides to make a lead/trail transition or vice versa, which on an average court is approx. 60 feet - translating into 5 feet per stride. Say I knock off 500 walking strides for misc. activities not in transition, this works out to approx. 15,000 feet, or just under 3 miles per game - 90% of which is done in sprints. Add to that the 500 strides at a normal gait of 2.5 feet and you get almost another 1/4 mile.

Not a bad workout for 75-90 minutes....now I know why those double-headers wear me out!
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