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Offline Reckless

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Multy Player Blocks
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:35:07 pm »
Please could you look at the following photos.
Photo1a and Photo1b are of the same block.
The 2 black blockers are resting there hands on each other but not taking a grip.
The white player is being blocked by the butts of the black blockers.
These players frequently get multi player block penalties in this position and they don't understand why.
They would also like to know why photo2 is not a multi player block when photos 1a and 1b seem to be.
Thanks

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Re: Multy Player Blocks
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 07:50:15 pm »
Grain of salt, as these are pictures and not actual gameplay, but:

Photo 1 isn't a MPB, but photo 2 may give insight as to why it's getting called as such. You can see the palm on the inner thigh. If that is pulling them and holding them together that would be creating a link in the path  of the opponent and reinforcing that wall, particularly if both are doing so. However, even if it is not doing so and the hand is just resting there, that positioning may suggest to watchful refs that there is a link there, earning a call whether it's legitimate or not.

Photo 3 - There is no link there, just a teammate bracing the trailing blockers. If there was gripping and pulling of the blockers together, or an opponent on the side trying to go through a gripped link there (which there isn't in the picture), you may have something. As it stands that's just bracing, pushing backwards, and not creating a link between the players.
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Re: Multy Player Blocks
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 12:52:46 am »
Agreed with Clique..

Picture 1 Palm up shows that there is no grip. However, at speed, jumped in pack, it may appear to the Official who calls it that there was a grip.

Picture 2 could be argued is a grip, since her fingers 'curl' over the thigh.

Picture 3 not a MPB, (as Clique stated) but IMO if she were to grab the shoulder/shirt/etc., of the two it would become the illegal link, even if the opposing skater were just trying to skate between the two shoulders/buttocks of the back 2.

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Re: Multy Player Blocks
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 02:20:52 am »
Could a moderator please move this out of the Referee Ethics section?
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