Wednesday, January 4, 2012

9.1.3 Jammer Referees: Two referees are responsible for observing Jammers, one per team.

Two Jammer Referees. It's not something we do just because it makes sense. It's also in the rules. Of course, it's in the rules because it makes sense.

Jammer Referees are tasked with following their Jammer, counting her points and issuing her penalties. While the rules say nothing about it, the standardized practice is for Jammer Referees only to call minor penalties on the Jammers. This is because the Jammer Referees (JRs) are focusing on the Jammers and tend to have the best viewing angle of the Jammer. In cases where another referee sees a minor committed by the Jammer that the JR was unable to see, they report it to the JR instead of to the penalty tracker. This is practice of efficiency. After all, JRs know how many minors their Jammer has at the beginning of each jam (and if they don't, they should). If a pack referee were to issue a minor and it was the Jammer's 4th, it may take an amount of time to get related trough the wrangler, to the penalty tracker, then to the JR so they may send the Jammer to the box. In that time the Jammer may score some points. So in the interest of efficiency and fairness the practice has evolved to let the Jammer Referees make the minor calls and for other refs to report straight to the JRs so they can send their Jammers off immediately if they receive a 4th minor. Since major penalties send the Jammer off immediately anyway the practice includes allowing any referee to call major penalties on Jammers. Although, again since the JR usually has the best viewing angle, or is concentrating on the Jammer most closely, pack referees are cautioned to not call majors on Jammer unless they are absolutely sure about them. Certainly, this is a practice that should be followed when giving a penalty to any skater on the track, but sending a Jammer to the box in error may have a greater effect on the game than sending a Blocker.

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