Yeah, you read that right. And now you’re all…
here’s a scenario – two players of equal ability are going for a 50/50 ball. player A is wearing whatever he had on all day plus a helmet, player B looks like he’s ready to go head to head with optimus prime. Both players want the ball an equal amount but one of them is willing to take a greater risk to make the play. Player B is willing to enter that situation at a faster speed and is less concerned about crashing.
The problem is, when and if that crash occurs, it will most likely affect both players. So should less-padded player A just back off a little because more of his/her skin & bones are at risk of meeting a hard surface? Logic says yes, and that’s where we’d have to get into the mental gymnastics of how different personalities would react to the same situation.
Would not a simpler solution be for everybody to come into the game with the same amount of padding? We’ve had quite a few visiting players show up w/o helmets, which to us seems crazy – but back where they usually whack balls maybe most people don’t wear helmets because they like to keep games nice and chill. We tend to go a little more rough and tumble. Early on in our club’s brief history we all saw Ted slip a wheel on a wet court and his melon came down hard. Fortunately Ted was wearing a helmet – at that point most of us were not. One by one from that day forward dudes started wearing lids.
Disclaimer: For tourney play I can totally see padding up. when you are playing at that level, everybody throws caution to the wind and things are gonna get wild.
At a local level most of our guys have no pads (other than the lid). I wear an elbow pad on my braking arm, simply because I was tired of having holes in all my shirts or scabs on my elbow from pushing against the wall. In all honesty, I have no issue with a guy wearing pads, some guys seem to have a penchant for finding their way to the blacktop or getting hurt by their own bikes. If you are wearing pads to protect yourself – no problema. The problem I see is when the padding convinces the player that the gains outweigh the risk and the opposition is forced to either take that same gamble or puss out. Which IMO is not cool. As a wise man once said “this ain’t ESPI’s”
The real question is why is Billy wearing a glove in bed? and where is his other hand?