Thursday, February 28, 2013

8.3 After exiting the Engagement Zone and completing their initial pass, a Jammer scores points by passing skaters on their second and each subsequent pass. These are considered “scoring passes.” Jammers can score a maximum of one point per Blocker per scoring pass. Jammer lap points are independent of scoring passes. In order to receive a point for passing an opponent the Jammer must:

Today's rule comes from the Scoring section. It explains when a jammer begins scoring. This rule has been revised just a bit from the previous version of the rules. The changes don't change the rule, but rather make it more clear.

As this rule explains, a jammer doesn't begin scoring until completing their initial (non-scoring) pass. It has been revised to make it very clear that the initial pass is complete when the jammer exits the engagement zone. Although the jammer may exit the engagement zone in either direction, the initial and scoring passes are complete only by exiting the engagement zone ahead of the pack. When the initial pass is complete, the jammer will be on their first scoring pass. At that point they start scoring. On each scoring pass, the jammer may score one point per opposing blocker that they pass. Rule 8.3.1 explains exactly what a jammer must do to earn a point, but this rule explains that a jammer may not score twice on a blocker in a scoring pass. Similarly, rule 8.5.5 explains that once a point has been earned it can never be taken away, unless it was awarded in error.

This rule also now explains that jammer lap points are independent of scoring passes. This means two things. For starters, jammer lap points aren't scored per scoring pass. While jammer may only score a maximum of one point per opposing blocker during each scoring pass, the jammer may score multiple jammer lap points, regardless of what scoring pass they're on. Secondly, thanks to a new rule in this version of the rules, jammer lap points may even be scored before the jammer finishes their initial pass.