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Offline I Love You Man

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6.15.4 poorly written?
« on: December 07, 2011, 06:29:03 pm »
[rule]Misconduct - Major
6.15.4 Executing a block on an opponent who is down.[/rule]

Since any time the word "block" is used it may mean a positional block (5.1), what if a standing skater positioned herself directly in front of a downed skater to impede her returning to her feet, but without making deliberate contact? Standing up while skating does require some forward motion. Standing directly in front of her would impede her getting up and force her to rotate and move in another direction. Therefore the standing skater is executing  a block on an opponent who is down.

Now I would never have thought to call a misconduct major on a skater who stands in front of a skater trying to get up, but there it is.

Has anyone ever called this on a positional block?

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Re: 6.15.4 poorly written?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 06:39:07 pm »
I don't think it's possible to positionally block a skater who has no trajectory.  The upright skater would have to be repositioning herself in such a way that keeps her in the path, and thus preventing the other skater from getting up, as the other skater tries to get up.  That's just for the positional block to exist.

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Re: 6.15.4 poorly written?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 09:33:18 pm »
It's possible but very unlikely. One skater could stand or squat over a fallen skater and that could be a positional block of a downed skater. But for simply standing closely in front of, next to, or behind no, not a penalty.

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Re: 6.15.4 poorly written?
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