Friday, December 7, 2012

6.3.7 Any contact outside of the normal skating motion initiated with a part of the body below the legal blocking zone that causes an opposing skater to fall or lose relative position.

Today’s rule comes from the Low Blocking penalties section. It is a major penalty. This rule is new in this version of the rules. Although the feet and legs from below the mid-thigh have always been an illegal blocking zone, the only rule that covered contact from that illegal blocking zone was specific to contact between skates and wheels that was outside of the normal skating motion. Even if a skater were to make illegal contact with the illegal blocking zone below the mid-thigh to a legal target zone, there wasn’t a penalty to address it. Now there is. If a skater initiates a block using the illegal blocking zone below the mid-thigh (which is below the legal blocking zone), and it causes an opposing skater to lose relative position, the initiator will receive a major penalty.

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