Monday, September 12, 2011

5.1.4.4 Skaters may not execute a block on an opponent who is down, falling, or getting up after a fall. Skaters are considered down if they have fallen, been knocked to the ground or have taken a knee. Skaters on one knee are considered down. After downing herself or falling, a skater is considered down until she is standing, stepping, and/or skating. Stationary standing players are not considered down.

The last of the dangerous blocking techniques is blocking a skater who is falling, down, or getting up. Skaters in these positions are not prepared to be hit and thus are nit able to defend a block. A hit on a downed skater, for example, may be very devastating. According to the rules, Down is defined as:

Down - Skaters are considered down if they have fallen, been knocked to the ground or have taken a knee. Skaters on one knee are considered down. After downing herself or falling, a skater is considered down until she is standing, stepping, and/or skating. Stationary standing players are not considered down.

Therefore, if a skater is in the process of getting up but is not yet standing, she is considered down and may not be hit. A skater on her knee is down.

Hitting a skater who is considered down is at least a Misconduct major (6.15.4) but may be a Gross Misconduct expulsion if the hit on downed player is egregiously unsafe (6.16.20).

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