A “relief jammer” is a bottom-end of the rotation jammer, brought on the track to relieve the top end of the rotation. If you run a three-jammer rotation with equal jam amounts, you are not relief even if you are the third. If you run three or more and that jam total runs from around 1–8 for you, you are relief.
Playing clean is more important than your lead percentage. I repeat, playing clean as a relief jammer is more important than your lead percentage. So many relief jammers panic and press over lead and force themselves into penalties — track cuts, back blocks, forearms — when that panic isn’t necessary. You are not your team’s primary point scorer. You are there to give your point scorers a rest and to limit and minimize any damage when they are off the track. If you have 1–8 jams in a game as a relief jammer, you should have a goal of zero penalties.
An Equal Or Positive Track Rating
Instead of looking to be a primary scorer and forcing your game for leads, look instead to keep your track rating around Zero or a Plus. Even if you only score 18 points in the game, and grab 30% lead, if you are equal or a small positive you have done your job as a relief jammer.
Know Your Game and Play It
A good jammer rotation has a diversity in size and style. If you are a relief jammer and you are primarily a North-South jammer who relies on pushing, in a rotation that is heavy on smaller East-West line walkers, don’t enter the game and start playing a cute game on the lines. It is important for you to disrupt the defence’s ability to adjust and to give your offense a different look. Many relief jammers end up being North-South pushers because by virtue of their size and game they don’t have the endurance to move up in the rotation. That’s a-ok. Know what you are and play to those strengths. Pressure that defence and force them to contract to your contact. It will help your line walkers when they are back out. Line walkers the same, force the defence to fan out. When your aggressive pushers are back on the track, they can take advantage and the defence won’t be able to lock into one specific style.