Thursday, August 21, 2014

3.1.1 The pack is defined by the largest group of in-bounds and upright Blockers in proximity and containing members from both teams.

Today’s rule comes from “Pack Definition” under rule 3, “The Pack”.

Today’s rule is going back to the basics in terms of rules and game-play. I am going to also use this rule to demonstrate how to break down a rule to its elements in order to better understand them.

The first part of this rule says “The pack is defined by the largest group of in-bounds and upright Blockers...” So first, we know we are talking about “The Pack” because it’s clearly written out. Second, we know that we are talking about Blockers, as opposed to other skater positions. Next, we learn that in order to define what one is, there must be a group of blockers who are both in-bounds and upright. It also further defines this group as the largest. This means that not just any group of in play and upright Blockers can be a pack; it must be the largest group that meets that criteria.

The next element further defines how this group of in play blockers must be constructed. By using the words “in proximity”, the rule is saying that this group must be somewhat close together (Proximity is defined later in this section of the rules, so we will hold off on that for now). So now we know that a “pack” must have Blockers who are in play and upright and also close together.

The last element is that the must have “members from both teams”. That seems pretty straightforward. A pack cannot be all of one team; it must have Blockers from both teams.

The pack is the most basic element of derby. Without a pack, under this set of rules, there can not be any real engagement between blockers or even between a blocker and a jammer. This is why it’s really important to fully understand the elements of a pack that are required by the rules.