Suddenly, the term "Jumping the Creek" came to mind, so I looked it up and found this well written document by Hank Pruden. If you know the patterns, and are at a loss for words to describe them, this document will help you associate labels with the price action.
Wyckoff Schematics: Visual templates for market timing decisions. http://www.hankpruden.com/MTWyckoffSchematics.pdf
If you are not adept at trading in these ranges, you should wait for a jump across the creek before taking a long entry, conversely, falling through the ice before getting short.
Barry Taylor of Emini Watch has a short video on the topic:http://emini-watch.com/emini-trading-update-tuesday-26-oct-2010-jumping-the-creek/