Now, this is going to seem like a no-brainer, but stick with me for a minute.
When you’re the lead jammer and the opposing jammer is out of the pack, you want to get as many points as you can and then call off the jam. (Why, yes, Frisky, that DOES seem like a no-brainer.)
Here’s the thing – are you waiting too long to call it off?
I see jammers, over and over, fight to pass one last person in a scoring pass – when they’ve already scored on that opponent.
You don’t need to clear the pack to get points.
You knew this already. So remember it.
You might get around a strong blocker at the back of the pack, and then end up seeing her again by the time you’re about ready to call off the jam. Smart blockers will recycle up at any chance, especially if you’ve been messing around on the outside trying to pass her teammates, or got knocked down or out of bounds.
If you and your bench coach can recognize this, you can save yourself time, frustration, energy, and maybe a couple of points by the other team.
So, this is simple, but: When you’re lead jammer, pay attention to who you’ve already passed, and to your jam coach who should be watching the same thing.
Have you seen jammers do this? Is it hard for you as a jammer to keep track of who you’ve passed?