Monday, August 15, 2011 Proximity is defined as not more than ten feet (as measured from the hips) in front of or behind the nearest pack skater.

Today’s rule deal with how to determine which skaters are in the pack. As a reminder, the pack is defined as:

4.1.1 The pack is defined by the largest group of in bounds Blockers, skating in proximity, containing members from both teams.

So the rule that defines the pack uses the word proximity. Today’s rule explains just what proximity is. Until version 4.0 of the WFTDA rules, this rule used to define proximity as within two strides (or ten feet). In version 4.0 it was changed to just ten feet. The rules now clearly define that skaters within ten feet of others, so long as they form the largest group of skaters containing members of both teams.