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Old March 12th, 2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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Hey guys, does anyone know what main duties of the different positions are? ie: Pivot and inside - only defensive role? outside and back - only look after own jammer? a detailed description of each position, and main duties would be really helpful. Thanks!
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Old March 12th, 2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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And here's me thinking (hoping actually) this would be something dirty.

*ahem*

there's Pivot, then positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the pack.

Working from the back to the front. Number 4 is usually a powerblocker hanging back from the pack slightly. Role is really to intimidate and block out the opposing Jammer and then clear a path for her own jammer. Number 3 is the assassin, sometimes a powerblocker but not always obviously so. if the opposing jammer gets past the number 4, it's the number 3's job to take her down fast. This is why the number 3 isn't always a big player but is a big blocker. 1 and 2 are sometimes positional players denying the golden inside line to the opposing jammer or putting the squeeze on their opposite numbers to dominate the front of the pack and clear an outside line for the their jammer. Of course the opposing pack are going to be doing the same thing, so skaters are going to be switching back and forth from their defensive and offensive roles and dealing with the skater next to them.

So not incredibly complex and freeflowing at all, oh and the Pivot they control all this and the pace of the pack.

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Of course I don't know any of this officially, I'm just a Ref.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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LOL positions ! Thanks alot ya creep
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #4
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Just to clarify there are actually only 3 blockers, a pivot and a jammer on the floor during a jam.

Pivot is in the front and loosely speaking sets the pace of the pack.
Blocker 1- Works closely with the Pivot
Blocker 2-Jammer killer
Blocker 3- Generally stays in the back and sweeps to either help their jam or take out the other jammer.

This is a very general definition. Nothing is set "in stone" as far as positions go because anything can happen out there on the floor and you have to be ready for it.

You are playing offensive and defensive at the same time so looking behind you is a must.
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Old March 12th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #5
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Just remember---TGIF-----toes go in first. hahahahhahahah
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