Saturday, August 9, 2014

7.2.4.1 The Jammer will also be awarded points for Blockers on the track and ahead of the Engagement Zone if said Blockers were not previously scored on during that scoring pass.

Today’s rule comes from “Points” under Rule 7, “Scoring”

Today’s rule is important to remember for both skaters and officials. The idea is that if there are blockers on the track, that are ahead of the engagement zone, their”points” are automatically awarded if the jam ends at that point,provided those skaters were not already passed and scored on.

For skaters: be aware of where the other skaters are on the track, if the jam ends and opposing skaters are more than 20 feet in front of the pack, those blockers are points. Make sure they get awarded by the officials. Some teams even use bench personnel to assist with this.

For Officials: please communicate with each other when you see that skaters are ahead of the engagement zone when the jam ends. A good crew will relay to the jam refs if skaters were in play or out of play so the jam ref can award those points. As in anything with officiating, strong communication and constant communication are important to make sure all the rules are being followed.

Also remember that this rule is a sub-rule of how points are awarded at the end of a jam. The jam must end with the skaters ahead of the engagement zone for this rule to be in effect.

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