Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Blockers and Jammers begin at the jam-starting whistle.

Today’s rule comes from the General Blocking section. This rule was changed in the 2013 versions of the rules. Previously, this rule stated only when blockers were able to begin legally engaging. Since the rules went from two start whistles to a single jam-starting whistle, this rule now includes both jammers and blockers. That means that at the jam-starting rule, every skater may begin legally engaging each other.

This rule, while it makes sense, is really unnecessary, since a single jam-starting whistle means everyone starts at the same time, making it redundant and unneeded. I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappeared in the next version of the rules.