This is a real thing that derby could be played on.
126.96.36.199.2 says officials can’t talk about skaters using anything other than their team color and number. Even amongst themselves when nobody else can hear.
That’s going to make for some awkward post-bout hookups. And marriages.
I hope it’ll discourage blowouts and in turn foster a broader fan base for the sport b/c it’ll be seen as more competitive if closer ranked teams bout each other.
I think it’s a little late to really make difference this year b/c most teams have scheduled their bouts (like mine), but going forth in the future.
Hoping is one thing, and I hope it does too, but what I’m trying to figure out is if the math actually makes it likely to happen.
I may be a rules nerd, but I’ve never really understood how the rankings formula worked.
My question for all you lovelies: Will the new math discourage blowouts? Either by rewarding play between more closely ranked teams or penalizing play between teams that are ranked farther apart?
Or is it too late to matter this year, since leagues have already scheduled their 2014 bouts?
Honestly? I have found that the refs who were quick to give out noncompliant insubordinations to skaters who just didn’t hear under the previous ruleset were the very ones who never called correctly (particularly in terms on being in position). This won’t change and a head ref has a lot on her plate and has to trust her crew.
I leave if I know it is me, period. Even if a number is wrong. I am distracted and head out of the game until I get out. Get out, get it done, get back.
That said this new rule bugs me a little bit. Auditory exclusion is a thing that happens.
Everything under 5.14.3 is a really ham-handed attempt at addressing the problem of refs calling insubs either too fast or when they can’t be heard in a loud venue. There are other ways they could accomplish that goal better without adding loopholes.
This revision falls into a pattern I see WFTDA doing in every new ruleset. Most of the ‘good’ fixes they made this time around are to rules that were written badly in the January or June releases last year. In the 4/1/14 rules 5.14.3 is overworked to the point that it may cause more problems than it fixes. If we’re lucky they’ll figure out how to re-word it in a way that is actually workable by the next ruleset.
They shouldn’t continually be 6 months behind like this.