Friday, June 15, 2012

6.3.12 Slide tackling an opponent.

Today’s rule is a Low Blocking expulsion. I have been told that in soccer it is legal to slide tackle and trip an opponent so long as the tackler is actively going for the ball. This is not true in derby. Partially due to the lack of ball (what, there’s no ball in derby?), and also because on skates, on a hard surface, slide tackling is incredibly unsafe. For those unsure of what a slide tackle is, it is when a skater slides feet first along the ground and trips an opponent. There is a difference between a skater falling feet first and tripping an opponent, and making a slide tackle, in that a slide tackle is done intentionally, which is why it is an expulsion.