Monday, May 6, 2013

6.9.11 A clockwise positional block that forces the receiving opposing skater off-balance, forward, backward, and/or sideways, but does not cause the opposing skater to lose relative position.

Today's rule is a No Impact/No Penalty rule from the Direction of Gameplay section. This rule is in contrast to 6.9.17, which is a major penalty for a clockwise block with physical contact. This rule is interesting, as it is difficult for some to envision what it would look like. A good example would be a skater skating clockwise on the track towards an opponent who has established their position, and the opponent stepping out of the way before the clockwise skating skater makes physical contact. Unlike previous versions of the WFTDA rules where all clockwise blocks were treated the same, in the current version there is a difference between clockwise positional blocks and clockwise blocks that include physical contact. In this case of today's rule, if there is no physical contact, and the impact is minor, then there is no penalty.

It must be noted, however, that any clockwise block that causes a loss of relative position, regardless of contact, is a major penalty, per 6.9.19.