P = Pivot
B = Blocker
J = Jammer
PIVOT: Sets the pace for the pack and is the last line of defense. She wears the helmet with a stripe.
BLOCKER: Tries to stop the jammer and makes life difficult for the opposing team’s blockers
JAMMER: Tears through the pack and scores points by passing members of the opposing team. She wears the helmet with a star.
The pack begins with a pivot from each team in front, 3 blockers from each team in the middle, and a jammer from each team in the back. When the whistle blows, the pack takes off, and on a second whistle, the jammers blast off and fight their way through the pack in an attempt to become “lead jammer.” The jammers lap the pack and when they re-enter the pack, they receive one point for each member of the opposing team that they pass. A jam lasts a maximum of two minutes, but the “lead jammer” has the right to call off the jam at her discretion.
It may seem as though there are no rules among the combatants on wheels, but there are penalties for certain behaviors like:
• false starts
• excessive skating out of bounds
• illegal blocking
• intentional tripping and falling
• illegal use of the hands
• intentional cutting of the track
Although it sounds simple, it sure isn’t easy. Take these guidelines and add falling, fighting, tempers, rivalries and general mayhem.