|The whistle is the referee's best friend. It is through the use of the whistle that an
official can control and exibit their individual style of people management during the
Whistles are made from either metal or plastic materials and are available in pea or
pea-less (the little cork ball inside). The unwritten color standard for officials is black
and always carry a back-up.
Its Official Sports offers a wide variety of whistles from the top 3 manufacturers -
Acme, Balilla, and Fox.
|Our recommendation for the beginner of outdoor sports is the plastic whistle, one
of each - pea and pea-less. For indoor sports the recommendation is pea-less - two
different ones. For experienced officials we suggest both plastic and metal pea
Pea-less whistles - a) soak in vinegar and water for a few hours or alternatively b)
with baking soda and water overnight.
Baking soda gives the whistle a sweet clean taste.
Pea whistles (3 choices)
a) Soak in baking soda and water an hour or two before the match. This will give
you a better sound by keeping the cork moist and clean.
b) Soak in vinegar and water for a few hours.
c) Drop in a pan of boiling water and baking soda for less than one minute.