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Offline maximum_reffort

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Blocking a Star Pass
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:59:21 pm »
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Question came up last night at practice.  Can you block a star pass by hitting someone in the arm or hand with a legal blocking zone? Hands and arms are legal target zones.  A lot of skaters said they had had penalties called on them, but I don't see anything in the rules that would make me think that was illegal. It also does not appear to be in the casebook.

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Re: Blocking a Star Pass
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 05:52:44 pm »
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Question came up last night at practice.  Can you block a star pass by hitting someone in the arm or hand with a legal blocking zone? Hands and arms are legal target zones.  A lot of skaters said they had had penalties called on them, but I don't see anything in the rules that would make me think that was illegal. It also does not appear to be in the casebook.

As long as the *blocking* zone is legal, then yes, this is OK.  You can, for example, push someone's arm holding a cover aside using your shoulder.

What your teammate may be thinking of  is this:
Pushing someone's forearm gently with your forearm that has no impact is illegal, but not penalized
Pushing someone's forearm gently with your forearm that prevents a star pass is illegal, and penalized.

The push can be *exactly the same*, but the difference is that preventing a star pass in and of itself constitutes sufficient impact to warrant a penalty.
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Re: Blocking a Star Pass
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2017, 11:01:19 pm »
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Adam is correct. Though your not crazy, I have been told this point blank by a reasonably well known and respected ref. Just goes to show you we are all human and make mistakes and occasionally memorize something incorrectly.
I play devils advocate a lot, it is always because I desire a complete understanding of the rule/scenario. I do make changes to my reffing often as a direct result of discussions resulting in a consensus. Particularly if it is contrary to my previous understanding.

 

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