What’s chasing the jammer? It’s running behind or next to a jammer who’s in the process of clearing the pack. Most of the time, it’s a waste of your time and energy. Jammers are fast, and if they have an extra step on you, you’re not going to get an advantageous position on her. You would need to be in front of her in order to block her effectively, right? If you’re not going to catch her, you can use that time doing something more useful, like getting together with your friends or playing offense for your own jammer.
Here are a few circumstances I thought of when it might be a good idea to chase the jammer.
She hasn’t cleared the pack yet
This might not be “chasing,” but let’s be clear here. If you’re not actively playing offense, your job is defense, and your job isn’t done when the jammer gets past you. If there’s someone still blocking her path, go run up there and try to get her!
She’s going way outside
If the opposing jammer has gone around the outside of your wall, and you’re on the inside, you should be able to catch her. Geometry in action.
She’s really tired
If you’re fresh as a daisy, and she’s been knocked around for a minute and a half, you might be able to run up and catch her – even if she’s a few feet in front of you. It’s kind of sad, but satisfying, to knock someone down when you know they’re really struggling.
Can you think of any other times it makes sense to chase a jammer?