Sunday, July 24, 2011

6.3.1 Contact between skates and wheels that is part of the normal skating motion.

Today's rule is the first No Impact/No Penalty rule of Low Blocking. What it means is that while skating normally, if skaters touch wheels and skates, there is no penalty. It is important to note that "normal skating motion" is not something specific to each skater; it is normal for all skaters. This particular rule does leave some interpretation to ref discretion but there isn't much of a range of difference that can be interpreted. The important part is to not judge a skater's motion to their own normal skating motion. Otherwise a skater could skate unsafe normally.