Monday, July 25, 2011

6.3.2 A skater who “falls small” in an effort to avoid tripping.

This is the second No Impact/No penalty rule for Low Blocking. The only way to fall and (generally) avoid a penalty is by falling small. A lot of people ask what falling small is. The glossary defines it as:

Fall Small - Falling with the arms and legs controlled, tucked in to the body, and not flailing.

Generally, falling small is falling in what the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements call a “4 Point Fall” (also called a 6 point fall, porn star fall, and various others). The reason the 4 point fall is most often referenced is because it is a controlled fall with all the limbs tucked in to the body and is about as small as a skater can make herself. It should be noted that this is not the only way to fall small. If a skater is on her side in the foetal position with all her limbs tucked in as close as possible, she has satisfied the condition of having her legs and arms controlled and tucked in to the body.

Falling small won't always help a skater avoid a Low Block penalty.

6.3.9 A skater who habitually, three or more times during the course of a bout, falls in front of opponents, causing them to lose relative position, even if she "falls small." The intent is to penalize a skater who repeatedly falls because she is a danger to her opponents. A single skater who repeatedly trips other skaters, even when "falling small" is adversely affecting game play and safety.

This clearly explains how falling small could still get a skater penalized for Low Blocking. In the normal course of skating, however, if a skater falls small, she will not be penalized for a Low Block penalty.