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Offline ChrisSteel Balls

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Intentionally taking a knee
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:58:39 am »
Hi all

Just wondering about 6.3.12 Intentionally taking a knee in an attempt to avoid a block.

- how will impact on this be assessed? If a skater getting up from falling small then intentionally drops her knee to avoid a potential block but no opposition skater is affected then is it still a Major?

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Re: Intentionally taking a knee
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012, 07:16:11 am »
I'd take it as if a skater was down already then they aren't  downing themselves (e.g. both hands were on floor) to avoid the block by doing this so the penalty shouldn't be applied, and the initiating skater should be subject to misconduct for blocking a downed skater. If they were up (didnt have both hands or one knee on the floot) then they were up...and no longer required to be small, so dropping to a knee would put the blocking skater in a position where they can no longer legally block, therefore the skater who took the knee should be penalised.

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Re: Intentionally taking a knee
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 03:29:04 pm »
Use your discretion with this one. If she is on the floor and getting back up from a hit and only gets half way back up and realizes she is going to get hit and drops to one knee to avoid it i would say that would be the safest thing she could do because she is not going to be in any kind of position to counter block or stabilize herself. On the other hand if she is getting back up from a hit and gets completely back on her feet and standing and then drops to avoid the hit i would call a low block major. Safety is the main concern and i would consider taking advantage and putting a big hit on a skater that is clearly trying to stand back up and may actually not be in play "misconduct", unsafe and unsportmanlike.

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Re: Intentionally taking a knee
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 12:06:41 am »
I can honestly say you will know it when you see it. Remember that you are still in the same position until it changes. As said in previous post, you are down until you are all the way up, the same as you are up until you are down.
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Re: Intentionally taking a knee
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 04:59:55 am »
Just wondering about 6.3.12 Intentionally taking a knee in an attempt to avoid a block.

- how will impact on this be assessed? If a skater getting up from falling small then intentionally drops her knee to avoid a potential block but no opposition skater is affected then is it still a Major?

See the glossary in the rules for down. A skater is down until she is standing, stepping, and/or skating.  In your example it sounds like she is still down at the time she goes to one knee.

 

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