WFTDA posted on Twitter an interview with a member of the Rat City Rollers on what was the strategy of having 9 or ten jams in a row of slow play, especially with the team behind RMRG.
And you know what, she gave exactly the right answer: they thought it was their best chance of beating the current champions.
And then the announcer asked a very telling question: in essence wasn’t she concerned with the fact that the crowd was booing and angry at the lack of action.
And again she give the correct answer; as a player she is only concerned with winning the game.
So what can be done when the game becomes an agonizing slow and boring travesty? And to further add to it, when jammers can fly around and seemingly pass the stalled pack over and over again, doesn’t that just make the blockers look inept?
I have been told that no rule changes can be made in WFTDA until May, and the majority would have to want the change (the pack keeps moving or skaters are penalized). And the new USARS rules which are being currently beta tested don’t affect WFTDA at all.
First of all, as Michelle Bradley pointed out, at least one WFTDA rule can be interpreted that the pack must keep moving…that would be a big help. One important thing is that not only do blockers look like they have no function, but there is a danger when a skater come flying at you at top speed and you are not moving; I wouldn’t get in the way either.
Can there be some kind of interim rule updates in the future? When Pro basketball was too slow, they put in the 24 second clock, and if you just hold the ball for 5 seconds, it is given to the other team; when Dean Smith at North Carolina put in the 4 corner offense that kept the ball out until someone came to get it (and sometimes it took forever), college ball put in timed play also,both college and pro football have added that rule.
And remember, the WFTDA Championships are more likely to have nationwide attention than at any other skating games. Do we really want first time viewers at the games or in the stands (and remember, the home league of that arena is not in the tournament) saying “What is the fuss about this game?” Of course the fans, friends, and other skaters won’t say that (maybe), but then that is the only potential audience that WFTDA is trying to appeal to…..I think not.
OK, I know it can’t be changed for the just for this tournament, but can you just all promise the Commissioner that you will give the fans action?
I knew that kindness would get results.