Spittin' Dale-vil wrote:Ms Penny Larceny wrote:A good pivot is the eyes for her team as well as the last line of defense. Pivots are responsible for keeping the pack together and having an overview of what the pack is doing so that she can direct her teammates if need be. It's hard to keep track of where everyone is in the heat of a jam, so if, for example, your blocker is caught up with an opposing blocker when your jammer comes through, it's up to the pivot to see the situation and either move to help your blocker or jammer, or let your blocker know (verbally, by hand signals) that the jammer is coming through. I've been told a pivot is like a quarterback, but I don't watch football.
Thank YOU, Ms. Larceny, for sharing your valuable info! I'm thinking of cutting and pasting that into the "Rules of the Game" boards. Whaddaya think???
Yeah, I was going to say something about how pivots are the "mother hens" of the pack but I didn't want to lose my teeth so early in my fan-ship. I figured the border collie metaphor was a better choice.
Here's my next question: Are skaters then not allowed to skate past the pivot? If not, what are the exceptions to that rule?
Thanks, in advance, to your brilliant mind.
Okay, so I moved the thread, since there's no need for it to be relegated to the Manhattan boards...
To answer your question, skaters can definitely skate past the pivot, and the pivot doesn't have to be played at the top of the pack (the "1" position). For awhile, Brooklyn tried playing the pivot in the outside middle position. It had it's benefits and drawbacks. In order to be effective, a pivot should be able to maneuver throughout the pack to where she's most needed and be able to speed up back to the top of the pack to hold the line.
That's my take on it anyway. Some of the other pivots (Snap? Carmen? Emma?) may want to chime in.