Sunday, January 30, 2011

‎2.5.1 If the score is tied at the end of a bout, a final overtime jam will determine the winner. After one (1) minute to regroup, the teams will skate a full two (2) minute jam. This jam will have no Lead Jammer, and penalties will be called. Jammers will begin accruing points on their first pass through the pack. The team with the most points at the end of the overtime jam is the bout winner. If the score remains tied, additional overtime jams will be played until the tie is broken. There is one (1) minute between any additional overtime jams.

While most people understand the concept of overtime, most don’t actually see it happen. Therefore the intricacies of an OT may be forgotten, or not known. In particular, the fact that points are scored on the first pass through the pack. This is because there is no lead jammer in an Overtime jam. It is important for everyone, skaters and refs, to remember that.