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Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« on: March 10, 2009, 09:41:31 am »
After countless follies last season, I instilled a new procedure for handling jammerless jams.  Everything in 6.4.5 applies and is followed to the letter.

  • Jammers skate into the penalty box with helmet covers on their heads
  • Once the jammers are seated in the box, Head Ref stops jam and calls an official timeout
  • Jam Refs close the benches by standing with their arms open in front of each bench
  • Pack Ref instructs the pivots to retreive the jammer panties from the penalty box
  • Pivots bring panties to the pivot line and assign jammer and pivot positions
  • Start the next jam

The first step prevents the jammers from throwing the panties onto the track.  The Jam Refs close the benches.  Outside pack refs can help, but may not be nearby.  Previously, we had Jam Refs retreive the panties only to find different skaters on the track and the coaches yelling "give it to HER, no, no SHE is the pivot!"

Typically, the Head Ref is busy explaining what just happened to the captains and stats crew.  The Pack Ref can observe the Pivots retreiving the jammer panties and assigning them to skaters.  The coaches yell instructions to the pivots, rather than the jam refs.  And the pivots can get feedback from jammers in the box as to which skater should become the next jammer.  It takes less than 30 seconds and looks good to the audience.

This is working well for us, but I invite criticism of other refs and would especially like to hear how your league handles a jammerless jam.
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 10:29:06 am »
for what it's worth...

  • our jammer refs call off a jammerless jam (and only the jammer refs)
  • one of the jammer refs then retrieves the helmets covers - instructing the ex-jammers to move to a "blocker seat" in the box and that they are blockers when they return to the track
  • the other jammer ref and pack refs make sure the other on-track skaters stay on the track (just by saying "stay on the track")
  • when jammer ref returns with covers they are handed to the players on the track with the instruction to field a jammer from the existing players
  • and new jam starts

« Last Edit: March 10, 2009, 10:40:37 am by mick »
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 03:15:10 pm »
Both jam refs must call the jammerless jam together as it is akin to launching a nuclear missle. The jammer refs must both stand next to each other in the center of the track and wait for both jammers to be seated at the same time in the penalty box. Sometimes by the time the Jammer B gets to the box, Jammer A will have less than 10 seconds left on her penalty and will be told to stand up by the penalty box timer, this means the jam is ON and will not be called off.

Official time outs should not be necessary for the jammerless jam procedure, everyone should get into the swing of things and get it handled within the 30 seconds between jams. If there are issues with people being unsure how it is supposed to go, randomly pull both jammers during scrimmage practice until everyone gets the procedure down (obviously let the trainers/captains/skaters know you are going to be doing this prior to doing so).

(Hey JZ, I didn't post that pic again!   ;D)
« Last Edit: March 10, 2009, 03:21:00 pm by Ref Neck »
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009, 03:45:58 pm »
I do what I can to make my jam refs re-inact the afformentioned pic for jammerless jams. I even have heart shaped balloons dropped from the ceiling each time.

(only half of the preceding statement was true)
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009, 06:16:31 pm »
The balloon half.
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2009, 08:07:26 pm »
For people who don't know what these jokers talking about, this is the procedure that the refs did at the 2008 WFTDA tournaments:

When a jammer goes to the box, her jammer ref stands in the infield and watches her.  If the second jammer goes to the box, her jammer ref skates over next to the other ref and holds their hand.  When the second jammer reaches the box and BOTH jammers are sitting down, the jammer refs hold their hands up in the air and call off the jam at the same time.

Holding hands communicates that both jammers have been directed off the track there is about to be a jammerless jam.  If the first jammer stands up for her last 10 seconds before the second jammer sits down, the first jammer's ref lets go of the other ref's hand to communicate that the jam will NOT be called off.  If they are still holding hands when both jammers are in the box, the refs know that they both agree the jam should be called off; this avoids anyone prematurely calling it. 

It's not an official best practice, but it's how many leagues have been doing it since tournament season.  Plus, the crowd (and the skaters, and anyone else in the room) loves it, and it has led to the creation of jokes like "Sure you like him, but would you call off a jammerless jam with him?"   ;)
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009, 08:22:44 pm »
"Sure you like him, but would you call off a jammerless jam with him?"   ;)

It really is a lot of commitment.
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 06:52:19 am »
Both jam refs must call the jammerless jam together as it is akin to launching a nuclear missle. The jammer refs must both stand next to each other holding hands in the center of the track and wait for both jammers to be seated at the same time in the penalty box.

just made a small edit to ref neck's post
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2009, 06:56:41 am »
Both jam refs must call the jammerless jam together as it is akin to launching a nuclear missle. The jammer refs must both stand next to each other holding hands in the center of the track and wait for both jammers to be seated at the same time in the penalty box.

just made a small edit to ref neck's post

Actually . . .  holding hands was first encouraged at the 2008 Western and Eastern regionals, but then was discouraged as being a bit up-stagey. I don't think many of us are holding hands these days to call the jammerless jams, but that doesn't diminish the affection we have for each other . . .

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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 10:09:40 am »
Wow, I had no idea there was so much ref love going on in a jammerless jam!
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2009, 01:41:00 pm »
Both jam refs must call the jammerless jam together as it is akin to launching a nuclear missle. The jammer refs must both stand next to each other holding hands in the center of the track and wait for both jammers to be seated at the same time in the penalty box.

just made a small edit to ref neck's post

Actually . . .  holding hands was first encouraged at the 2008 Western and Eastern regionals, but then was discouraged as being a bit up-stagey. I don't think many of us are holding hands these days to call the jammerless jams, but that doesn't diminish the affection we have for each other . . .

~j.z.

but the spirit of holding hands is what's important.  that the two jam refs must call it off together. 
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2009, 02:36:38 pm »
Wow, I had no idea there was so much ref love going on in a jammerless jam!

Well, when you don't have friends, you'll take what you can get in the "love" category.

http://www.myspace.com/findarefafriend
Hey look, a search function! Right up there! No on the left

Perhaps we should all spend a little more time reading and a little less time making shit up.

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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2009, 03:20:17 pm »
Wow, I had no idea there was so much ref love going on in a jammerless jam!

Here's how Dayglo views it:





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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2009, 05:03:12 pm »
for what it's worth...

  • our jammer refs call off a jammerless jam (and only the jammer refs)
  • one of the jammer refs then retrieves the helmets covers - instructing the ex-jammers to move to a "blocker seat" in the box and that they are blockers when they return to the track
  • the other jammer ref and pack refs make sure the other on-track skaters stay on the track (just by saying "stay on the track")
  • when jammer ref returns with covers they are handed to the players on the track with the instruction to field a jammer from the existing players
  • and new jam starts

This is almost exactly the procedure we used last Saturday in Dixie, except both jam refs retrieved the covers and handed them to the pivot (or closest skater sans a pivot) from the team they were jam refing. The pack refs stayed with the pack to make sure the same skaters stayed on the track. The benches/coaches talked to the skaters to tell them who the new jammer would be while the jam refs fetched the helmet covers. Doing it this way really helped streamline the process & make it go faster.  None of us were running around trying to figure out who "Slammy" or "Jennifer" were, the pivots (or closest skater sans a pivot) knew and got it done faster than we could have.

We only had to call one Officials Time Out during a jammerless jam, but that was because we had 2 jammerless jams in a row & one of the teams had their entire line-up of blockers & former-jammer-now-blocker either in the box or waiting to go to the box for both jams & our head ref had to explain they how's and why's to them.

Grand Ref Otto and I didn't get to hold hands that much on Saturday, but I can say I'd call off a jammerless jam with him any bout.  ;D
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Re: Best Practices: Jammerless Jam procedure
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2009, 08:20:50 pm »
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Previously, we had Jam Refs retreive the panties only to find different skaters on the track and the coaches yelling "give it to HER, no, no SHE is the pivot!"

This is why we have the jam refs close the benches and the pivots from each team retreive the panties.

The outside pack refs can of course assist in closing the benches, but the head ref is typically an IPR and will be busy orchestrating the jammerless jam.
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