Thursday, April 26, 2012

6.10.2.2 A skater or groups of skaters are always responsible for the consequences of their actions. If their actions create a no pack situation (excepting those covered in Section 6.10.2.3 and Section 6.10.2.1.2) they must be penalized as directed in Sections 6.10.9–6.10.22. When determining responsibility of a no pack situation, per Section 4.1.2 and Section 6.10.2, both teams are responsible for maintaining a legally defined pack.

Today’s rule continues on with the theme of illegal destruction. It really reiterates what has previously been said in 6.10.2.1. However, it includes a couple of references to rules that allow for destruction of the pack to go unpenalized when it would otherwise be illegal destruction. The first is 6.10.2.1.2, which allows one team to take off at the jam start whistle while the other team stays still, breaking the pack. The other is 6.10.2.3, which allows a skater to break the pack by blocking an opponent. In both cases, no penalty is issued for the destruction. This rule goes on to mention, again, that both teams are responsible for maintaining a legally defined pack. Again, this means that, regardless of who has destroyed the pack, and whether it was legal or illegal, both teams must reform the pack, and both teams may be penalized for not doing so.

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