How do you feel about jamming?

Posted on March 27, 2012 by



There’s an almost annoyingly lovely skater on my team called Truely Rumptious. She’s one of those persistently positive people. You’ll find her in the middle of a tense conversation, making a light joke to ease the atmosphere. She has a laugh that almost tinkles. She’s cute too.


At team training last week, I declared (in usual melodramatic fashion) that I was on a jamstrike. I’ve decided that my blocking needs significant improvement and that the only way I’m going to improve in that aspect is to avoid jamming as much as possible. I said that I would jam only once every other skater had. So, Rumpy decided to give it a go.

During her jam, I was like ‘what is that expression on Rumpy’s face?’ Then I realised that I was seeing her frown for the first time. I also heard her growl for the first time. In short, I was witnessing jammer rage.

I later asked her about it (later – definitely not at the time; I think she would’ve punched me in the face and then screamed at me that my face low blocked her).

She said:

Jammer rage felt like an adrenaline rush combined with frustration born of lack of skill with a dash of fear at being out of my comfort zone. The rage was mainly brought on by being blocked by blockers doing what I usually feel comfortable and confident doing, while I was struggling to do something that I’m not used to and felt unconfident doing. Jammer rage really scared me! But it did turn on an aggression and anger that I don’t usually get blocking and would love to channel that into my blocking! I still really don’t like jamming, but if you make me I’ll give it another go.

Two days later, on scrimmage night she did give it another go. I guess she’s got a taste for it now.

What position do you normally play: jammer, blocker or a bit of both? Which do you prefer? Ever had jammer rage?

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