Sitting in on some Rose City Rollers scrimmage time a couple of weeks ago, I kept seeing a strategy that used to be all the rage: when your jammer gets knocked out of bounds, you, as a blocker, knock the opposing blocker out of bounds, allowing your jammer to come back in play legally.
It’s definitely better than your jammer going to the box for one minute, and in many cases, it might be better than letting the opposing blocker recycle back to 19 feet behind the pack.
But, here’s the important part – did your jammer get that point yet? On an initial pass – did the jammer pass that person legally yet?
Nowadays, at least at a level the Rose City Rollers play, most jammers can stop on a dime and get back in bounds in a matter of seconds. They don’t necessarily need to be “rescued” by you in all circumstances. Think:
- Is that blocker agile enough to stop quickly and move backwards?
- Is my jammer tired (phyically or mentally) (making her more likely to cut the track?)
- Does it matter if she gets a no pass no point/no penalty in this circumstance?
If your jammer already passed this person legally on that pass, you’re good to go. If you’re not sure, there’s a good alternative – stop behind the opposing blocker to stop them from skating backward. Your jammer can come back in a jiffy, and get that point if she hasn’t gotten it yet.
Give your jammer the opportunity to get lead jammer status or to get all of her points.