Sunday, June 29, 2014 When pack reformation is imminent, the rear group may slow in order to avoid unsafe contact.

Today’s TWO rules come from the Penalty section under “Out of Play”.

Rule allows skaters who might be sprinting an opportunity to slow down in order to avoid contact. This rule is simply for the safety of the skaters. Skaters who are printing to reform the pack need to have an allowance to slow down when pack reformation is imminent. This way there is less chance of unsafe contact when there are sprinting skaters moving towards skaters who are slowing or stopping. The idea is that while reforming the pack is important, it cannot happen at the expense of safety. Skaters coming from the back need to remember this and know you can slow down when you are about to reform the pack.