Sunday, June 22, 2014

6.2.3.1.1 If, after being sent to the Penalty Box, all parts of a penalized skater have passed beyond Point of No Return (see Section 10 Glossary), the skater must skate all the way around the track in order to enter the box from the appropriate counter-clockwise direction.

Point of No Return - The far edge of the Penalty Box, in the counter-clockwise direction (see section 6.2.3.1.1), including its projection across the track.

Today’s rule is a rare 2 for the price of 1. The rule comes from the Penalty Enforcement section of the rules, and the definition is from the glossary. These two are directly related to each other (as the rule references the glossary and the glossary definition references the rule).

The main point of this rule is to show at what point a skater has passed through the box, and at what point they have not. All parts of a skater have passed the point of no return when no part of their body or equipment is touching before or on point of no return line. An example of this would be a skater coming in a bit too fast for the box, tries to stop using a knee drop, and slides past the line. Once they are completely past the line, the penalty box official will instruct them to skate around.

This also means that as long as you maintain at least a fingertip touching on or before the point of no return line, you do not have to skate around. The rest of the skater can be over the line, as long as one part is touching before the point of no return, you have not passed it.

The last part is where the glossary is important. The point of no return extends to the track. So if you are called on a penalty right in front of the box, and you skate past the point of no return while on the track, you cannot go clockwise on the track and come into the box. At that point the penalty box official will instruct you to skate around. If instructed to skate around, you must go all the way around the track in the counter-clockwise direction, and re-enter the penalty box.

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