For those of you involved in our Community Competitions at Geelong United Basketball, you may have found yourself this week asking, “Why do some referees have a green lanyard for their whistle?”.
Well, the answer is pretty simple.
With recent changes to Victorian Child Safe Standards, there has been a heavy emphasis on protecting children by creating a safe environment in which they can work, play, and learn.
All participants in all basketball-related activities need to know when children are involved.
As a first step in this process, all Geelong United Basketball Technical Officials under 18 (17 years or younger) will be given a lime green lanyard to use with their whistle.
This initiative is being supported statewide by Basketball Victoria.
When you see a match official with a green lanyard, please understand that you are dealing with a child, and these standards protect them.