Wednesday, March 14, 2012

4.3.2.1 Skaters who are out of play may not engage the opposing Jammer or block any opposing players.

Today's rule goes into the category of rules that seem contradictory to other rules, but really aren't. Because of the use of the word "skaters" this rule makes it clear that nobody may engage their opposing Jammer while out of the engagement zone. This is actually not true, as 4.3.4 makes it clear that Jammers may engage each other anywhere on the track, even outside of the engagement zone. This is because today's rule specifically says "who are out of play". According to the Glossary definition of Out Of Play, only Blockers are out of play outside of the engagement zone, while Jammers are out of play when they are touching out of bounds. Of course, all skaters are out of play when they are down.

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