Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hips - The laterally projecting prominence of the pelvis or pelvic region from the waist to the thigh. The central point of this area determines a pass, regardless of the direction the skater is facing.

Today's rule comes from the Glossary. Prior to the previous version of the rules there wasn't a definition of what "hips" meant. Only that distances and passes were determined by the hips. The previous version brought a definition of "hips", albeit with strange language that could be interpreted differently by many people. Luckily, this definition was cleaned up for the current version of the rules. Hips is now the center point between the pelvic bones. Since it is a point, the direction a skater is facing makes no difference. Passes are made in the counterclockwise direction and distances are determined from point to point, perpendicular to the inside track boundary.