Tuesday, September 25, 2012

6.13.17 Forcing a jam to be called off due to too many skaters on the track. The penalty is issued to the Pivot in that jam. If there is no Pivot in that jam, the penalty is issued to the last Non-Pivot Blocker to enter the track to the extent that the referee is able to determine who that skater was. If there is no Pivot in the jam and the referee is unable to determine the last skater to enter the track, the referee issuing the illegal procedure must penalize the Blocker on the track closest to the referee who calls the penalty.

Similar to yesterday’s rule, today’s rule comes from the Illegal Procedures section. This is a major penalty. Yesterday I explained that a minor penalty is given to an extra skater if a jam begins with too many skaters from one team on the track. Sometimes, however, a jam goes on for some time without the referees noticing that there is an extra skater on the track, and by the time they go to remove the extra skater, it becomes difficult to remove a skater from the track. This may be because of other penalties happening, noise, or skaters not listening. Thus, in some cases the jam may be called off by the referees so that it doesn’t continue with one team being advantaged by an extra skater. If the jam is called off because there are too many skaters on the track, then the team with an too many skaters will receive a penalty. If both teams have too many skaters, both teams will receive a penalty. By default this major penalty goes to the team’s pivot, if there is a pivot in the jam. If the team did not field a pivot in that jam, then the referees should attempt to identify the last skater to enter the track, as she would be considered the extra skater. If the last skater to enter the track is unable to be identified, then the major penalty will go given to the block on the track that is closest to the referee issuing the penalty. This may seem odd, but is worded in such a way as to avoid referees just choosing a skater to issue the penalty to. The wording “the Blocker on the track closest to the referee who calls the penalty” make it pretty unambiguous, and helps relieve the possibility of bias.

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