Friday, February 3, 2012

6.3.11 Intentional tripping with feet or hands.

Today’s rule is the first in the Low Blocking expulsion section. The rules discuss Low Block expulsions:

“The following egregious acts will be automatic game expulsions, and can be punished as a multi-game suspension (see Section Expulsions will be issued for a conscious attempt to trip an opponent, whether or not the action was successful.”

Intentional tripping is a serious safety issue. Tripped skaters can be hurt badly if they fall wrong, no matter how experienced they are. It is one thing for a skater to be tripped accidentally. But a skater tripping another intentionally is certainly an action worthy of expulsion, and possibly even suspension, depending on the egregiousness of the intentional trip.