Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3.4.4 If the first Jammer to emerge from the pack does not earn Lead Jammer status on her initial pass through the pack, the second Jammer is eligible to become Lead Jammer, provided that she meets the specified requirements. If the second skater also fails to earn Lead Jammer status on her initial pass through the pack, there will be no Lead Jammer for that jam.

According to 3.4.1, the Lead Jammer is the first Jammer to meet the requirements to become Lead. If the first Jammer to make it through the pack does not meet the requirements, then the second Jammer through the pack has the chance to be the first to meet the requirements. If neither Jammer meets the requirements to become Lead Jammer, and both end their initial pass by skating more than 20 feet ahead of the pack, then there will be no Lead Jammer for the jam, and the jam will run a full two minutes.

Note, the wording of 3.4.4 is the same as 3.4.1, that Lead Jammer is the first to meet the Lead Jammer requirements. That means if one Jammer becomes Lead, and then loses Lead Jammer status - by either going to the penalty box or removing her helmet cover - then the next Jammer to meet the requirements would not be first; she would be second. The second Jammer to meet the requirements is not able to be Lead. Only the first may be Lead.

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