Friday, March 9, 2012

5.2.3.4 The mid and upper thigh (including the inner portion)

This is the last of the legal blocking zones, parts of the body with which skaters may use to legally engage opponents. Like the corresponding legal target zone, this blocking zone ends at the mid thigh. That means the knee is not part of a legal blocking zone. Any blocks made with the knee should be considered illegal and penalized based on impact. As mentioned yesterday, the pelvic area is a legal blocking zone. I put that area in with "the hips", however one could argue that the pelvic area belongs with the inner portion of the upper thigh. Either way works. Regardless of which area of the body it is included with, the pelvic area is a legal blocking zone, thus allowing "crotch bumps" to be made to legal target zones.

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