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Early Hit
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:07:31 am »
Before a jam start, a White player wearing the Star initiate contact with a Red Blocker, between the Pivot and Jammer Lines, making that the Red Blocker fall or lost their established position. The White player involved in this situation is issued  with an Early Hit penalization, but  him should serve it as a Jammer or Blocker?

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Re: Early Hit
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 01:40:27 pm »
Before a jam start, a White player wearing the Star initiate contact with a Red Blocker, between the Pivot and Jammer Lines, making that the Red Blocker fall or lost their established position. The White player involved in this situation is issued  with an Early Hit penalization, but  him should serve it as a Jammer or Blocker?

Unfortunately, this is no longer clearly spelled out in the rules.  All we have to go on is: "Penalties are applied to both a Skater and the position that Skater is currently playing." (Section 4, introduction)  However, before the jam, no one is playing derby.

I suspect you would find that a majority of officials would penalize the skater in this situation as a jammer, however, I am aware of strong opinions in the other direction by respected officials.
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Re: Early Hit
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 10:27:46 pm »
To elaborate on Smasher's point: 
There was a rule set (I believe around 2013/2014 time frame) that said to penalize line up time penalties as blocker.  Then the 2015 rule set came out and said to penalize pre-jam penalties as the position the skater was lining up as and post-jam penalties as the position they had been playing.  The 2017 rules set (+revisions) is silent on the issue.

To argue against penalizing as blocker:
The most likely scenario I see for the situation you describe involves the contact taking place co-incident, or just after the "Five second" verbal cue.  By the time the penalty is issued followed by a "report as blocker" directive, there is no time for the white team to field a new jammer resulting in an Interference (Delay of Game) penalty to white captain for failing to field a jammer.  This amounts to two penalties for the one action.  Like so:
    "Five Seconds"
    White player #23, lining up as jammer and wearing the star hits red skater knocking them out of legal starting position.
    "White two three Early hit"  <hand signal>
    "Report as blocker"
    *Tweet* -- jam starting whistle


Edit: grammar
« Last Edit: June 08, 2018, 11:16:54 pm by Bluebeard »

 

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