The WFTDA Rules Committee has made some adjustments to the Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, which will be effective immediately.
The adjustments are as follows:
- 2.3 Engagement Zone: Clarified that Skaters who are illegally blocked while out of play or out of bounds may legally counter-block, but may not initiate new blocks or continue blocking beyond what is necessary for safety or to absorb the block.
- 2.4 Blocking: Clarified the definition of counter-blocking.
- Added a definition for Actively Absorbing.
- Counter-Block: Clarified that continued blocking beyond what is necessary to counter the initial effect of the opponent’s block is considered a separate block.
- Initiator: Clarified that continued blocking past what is considered to be the initial counter-block, makes that counter-blocking Skater the initiator and the legality of that action considered separately from the original contact.
- Scenario C4.1.3.A: Edited the scenario to better illustrate the reason the penalty will be assessed.
- Scenario C4.1.3.G: Edited the scenario to better illustrate appropriate counter-blocking action while Out of Play.Scenario C4.1.3.H: Added this scenario to illustrate when both the initial blocking while Out of Play and when continued counter-blocking should be considered a new block and therefore should be penalized.
- Scenario C4.1.I: Added this scenario to illustrate when counter-blocking Out of Bounds for safety reasons is not penalizable.
- Scenario C4.1.3.J: Added this scenario to illustrate when normal gameplay actions (e.g., an assist) may cause a No Pack situation, but is not illegal and therefore does not warrant a penalty.
- Scenario C4.1.3.E: Updated the scenario to better illustrate appropriate enforcement of pre-Jam penalties for Jammers.
- Scenario C2.2.2.C: Edited the scenario to change from “earned” superior position to “established” superior position.