The first official travel team double header is coming up on February 16th (yikes, a week from Saturday!). We thought it might be a good idea to get you, our wonderful fans, acquainted with just a few of the new rules that were instituted on January 1, 2013:
1. Jam Starts – Jams traditionally started at two different times, with two different whistle blasts. One whistle would start the jam for the blockers to move off the pivot line or stand from a scrum start. Then the jammers would be released on two whistle blasts. Now you will find that all skaters start on the same whistle – both blockers and jammers! More exciting times ahead!!
2. Penalties – Remember that big white board in the middle of the track? It functioned as a tally for the number of penalties each skater would accrue. After four minor penalties, the skater would get a major penalty and would be sent to the penalty box. Not anymore – no more minor penalties. What does this mean? A skater will receive either a no impact/no penalty call or a major for penalties such as forearm, cutting the track, elbow, etc. After 7 majors, the skater will foul out of the game. For more, take a look at this post by Curtis E. Lay on the Derbylife blog.
A skater will not receive a penalty if it does not impact the game. A skater will only go to the penalty box for major penalties such as multi-player blocks, using a forearm or elbow that causes another skater to lose relative position on the track , cutting the track, etc. After 7 majors, the skater will foul out of the game.
3. Speaking of cutting the track – in the past, a skater would get a minor for cutting one skater and a major for advancing her position (cutting in front of the foremost player on the track or multiple players) – now, skaters may cut one teammate without penalization but will receive a major penalty for cutting one opposing skater or multiple teammates.
You can take a look at a summary of all of the rule changes here! See you on the 16th! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets early or better yet – purchase a season ticket so you never have to miss a bout!!