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Offline Stanarchy

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Killing the jam by mistake...
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:27:37 pm »
Being the sole OPR and trying to keep up with the pack (when not dropping off penalties to OWB) may mean that you do not have enough attention to go around...

I was pretty sure I heard four tweets from inside and echoed them per the best practice...  Only to discover that I am the only one echoing them and there weren't four of them to begin with  :-\

Ok, I guess let's start a new jam then...

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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 11:59:24 pm »
Being the sole OPR and trying to keep up with the pack (when not dropping off penalties to OWB) may mean that you do not have enough attention to go around...

I was pretty sure I heard four tweets from inside and echoed them per the best practice...  Only to discover that I am the only one echoing them and there weren't four of them to begin with  :-\

Ok, I guess let's start a new jam then...

I've done the same in response to the lead jammer whistle followed closely by a Major being called.  Oops. :)
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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 06:11:18 am »
The biggest thing with this mistake is don't try to take it back.  Once four whistles sound someone will hear it and stop playing.  Some officials will hear it and stop clocks, change their attention from jam to between jam responsibilities.

I've seen crews try to undo a stopped jam, it just doesn't work.  Once the four whistles go, even if you realize it was a total screw up, commit to it, there's no way to take it back.

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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2012, 06:15:51 am »
I agree with this. There's few things more confusing than a single set of four whistles hanging in the air, whether correct or incorrect.

We had a JR call off the jam from the opposite side of the track the other day during scrimmage - I vaguely heard it, but not enough to be absolutely certain and start the echo - and apparently everyone else was in the same boat as me. So the jam 'kept going' for another ten seconds before the JR (who was reporting scores etc) realised and called it again with echoes etc.

Point being - whether you're starting the call off or echoing the call off, whether it's correct or incorrect - *commit* to it. Commit to multiple sets of four whistle blasts until it's bastardly obvious to *absolutely everyone* that the jam is off. In an ideal world, this only takes 3 or 4 sets, but sometimes in those high intensity moments or high-noise spaces it can take longer.

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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2012, 06:40:21 am »
i agree with commiting.
something we have tried to do is this.
if the jam timer is calling it off, blow the whistles towards where the pack is, then echo towards jammers (if necessary).
as a jam ref, once you have called your first set of 4, turn towards the pack and continue with your echo.

it may not stop mishearings and misunderstandings, but it goes along way to making sure the majority of the jam know its over.
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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2012, 02:20:22 pm »
It also helps to have everyone echoing the calloff hand signal.  That way if you look and see everyone tapping their hips, you know it's done. :)
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Re: Killing the jam by mistake...
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2012, 06:53:36 pm »
And this "everybody" includes the Jam Timer (and they can keep doing it longer, since they aren't suddenly swamped with stuff to deal with at the end of the jam).

 

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