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WFTDA => Rules Discussion => Topic started by: rogrant on April 08, 2019, 09:25:34 pm

Title: Clamping down with the upper arm
Post by: rogrant on April 08, 2019, 09:25:34 pm
Here is the scenario:

Jammer is trying to drive through the middle of a tripod (flying-V, triangle, etc.).  The jammer then sticks their arm into the space between the two booty blockers.  One of the blockers clamps down on the jammer's arm with their upper arm preventing the jammer from being able to pull out of the wall.  Would this clamping down on the jammer's arm by the blocker be a penalty? It isn't a forearm or elbow penalty.  If it is a penalty is it misconduct?

Thank you!
Title: Re: Clamping down with the upper arm
Post by: Vanilla VICE on April 14, 2019, 07:46:55 pm
Just doing it may not warrant a penalty, but doing it and then some amount of time later if you see it is impeding the Jammer's progress, then a Forearm penalty should go to the blocker. Officials should be certain that the clamp is happening, and not just some product of a jammer sticking their arm there on purpose.

Unrelated: Elbows were removed as a verbal cue and penalty code.
Title: Re: Clamping down with the upper arm
Post by: bmd (2113) on June 12, 2019, 07:54:29 pm
Rules recently published this Statement on Illegal Holding

The Rules Committee Theory Panel has been monitoring a potential issue over the last two years and feels the time has come to make a public statement providing direction.

The Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby detail a number of ways to legally and illegally block. The Rules cannot exhaustively catalog all possible forms of contact, and there will remain gray areas. However the absence of a specific prohibition does not implicitly make an action legal. The action must be evaluated in the spirit of the sport and in line with other similar actions.

Legal forms of blocking do not include grasping or holding an opponent even if the contact is made using legal blocking and/or target zones. This illegal hold can take several forms including intentionally trapping an opponent’s arm, or as has been observed in some recent play, encircling an opponent’s leg. The latter of which is a dangerous and unfair tactic. A skater must be able to disengage from a one-on-one block without breaking an opponent’s hold.

It is within the Referees' discretion to penalize these illegal holds as Unsporting Conduct.