Sunday, August 24, 2014 Proximity is defined as not more than 10 feet (3 m) (as measured from the hips) in front or behind the nearest pack skater.

Today we continue our discussion of “Pack Definition” under Rule 3, “The Pack”

Remember in 3.1.1 that to be in a pack, blockers must be “in proximity”. Today’s rule specifies what it means to be “in proximity”.

To be in proximity, pack skaters (which we learned in can only be blockers) must be within 10 feet of each other. It can be in front or behind. If a blocker is not within 10 feet of another blocker, those blockers cannot be a part of the same group of skaters that will form the pack. One skater might be in the pack, but the other one definitely isn’t. Which one is a part of the pack? Well that would be the skater that is within 10 feet of another blocker that happens to be in a group that has the most blockers from both teams. (See how I just combined the past few rules into one scenario?) Also note that the 10 feet is measured from the hips of each skater. So to determine the distance between skaters, the hips are always the reference point, no matter which direction they are facing.

Rules can be a maze of complex language, the important thing to remember is to break each segment of the rules down and make sure you understand each component in a way that makes sense to you. Everyone has different learning styles, so its ok if you use one technique to help you understand, while another teammate takes a different approach. As long as you begin to learn the concepts and applications of the rules, you will be a much better player.