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Spotting High Blocks
« on: October 05, 2015, 12:14:44 am »
In a discussion among some refs today, we came to the realization that high blocks seem to be very hard to spot and call. Primarily, I think, because we are normally focused on hips and/or feet, so we don't see the head. Plus, the hit and reaction can be so sudden, and I usually just see the head recoil or the skater rubbing her face, but not the actual impact. What's worked for people to be able to spot high blocks better?
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Offline Axis of Stevil

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Re: Spotting High Blocks
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 02:12:14 am »
As an OPR or IPR, not getting too close to the line.  Staying several steps back gives on a greater visual field.

The now-outdated WFTDA Officiating Manual also suggests, "Keep an eye out for unusually tall or unusually short skaters, especially when they block at close quarters against people directly in front of or behind them. Tall skater and short skater heads are not always where their opponents expect them to be, yet those heads deserve the same protection as every other head out there." - The referee who quotes a rule with the most digits is declared the winner.

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Re: Spotting High Blocks
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 02:32:28 pm »
I agree, keeping a wide angle as a IPR or OPR is important. If you are far enough off of the track, you will be able to see the whole picture, including the track boundary, and above the shoulders. Watching the WFTDA D1 Playoffs this year there are some great examples of pack referees staying off the line. There are other benefits to keeping a wide angle which will contribute to fewer incorrect pack definitons or missed out of play scenarios.

I don't know if this picture is public to you but I posted this to facebook as I was watching the stream this year:!/photo.php?fbid=10100553638850606&set=a.596719367946.2107920.50500793&type=3&permPage=1

I love the wide angle the IPRs have in this photo. They are like over 10' from the skaters, I have been trying to mirror this type of positioning myself.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 02:37:32 pm by Vanilla VICE »
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