Pool game rules

Unless otherwise stated, the general rules apply to these additional rules.

Goal of the game
This game is a so-called "call-shot", ie the player has to indicate for each punch which ball he will pot and in which pocket. There is played with one toy and 15 object balls. One player must pot the numbers 1 through 7 (solid balls) while the other player has to stack the numbers 9 through 15 (striped balls). The player who has first pocketed his / her group and also pocketed the 8 ball according to the rules is the winner.

With "call-shot" the player has to indicate for each punch or announce which ball he / she will play in which pocket. It is not necessary to indicate details such as via which tire (s) caroms etc.

If the ball is not played in the indicated pocket, or in another pocket, the turn is over, but it is not a foul. If the indicated ball is played in the correct pocket, it remains in the pocket. If balls are not pocketed according to the rules, the balls of the player who has bumped are returned to the table. Possibly pocketed balls remain the opponent in the pocket. Only if there is played on a table with coin insert, all the balls remain in the pockets.

Placing the balls before the start of the game
The 8 ball, one solid and one striped ball are placed as shown in the illustration. The other balls may be placed randomly.

Opening break
Byss is determined who can do the break of the first game. During individual matches, the loser of a game starts the next game. Team games are started alternately with the game.

Open table
It is referred to as an "open table" if no choice has been made for a group. If there is an "open table" it is allowed to pot a striped ball via a solid (or the 8 ball) or vice versa.

8-ball pocketed during the break
If the 8-ball is pocketed during the break, the player who has struck may determine whether the balls are placed back in the starting position or that the 8-ball is "spotted". The same player remains the turn.

Correct opening break
An opening break is correctly executed if a ball is potted or 4 object balls are played in the direction of the headband. If a break is not executed correctly, this is not a foul. The opponent may, however, determine whether the position of the balls is maintained or whether they are placed in the starting position and that he himself makes the opening break.

It is not necessary to first hit the header (the ball on the foot) to make a correct break.

"Scratch" with a correct punch
"Scratch" means that the ball is potted. If this happens during a break-shot, all the balls remain in the pocket. Only the 8-ball is "spotted" again. It is a foul and there is an "open table". The player in turn has the ball "in-hand" behind the head and may not play an object ball that is also behind the headline, unless the ball is first played to a point in front of the headline and then the object ball behind the headline. touch.

If a player places the ball in front of the frontline, the referee or opponent must request to place the ball behind the frontline. It is not a foul if the player responds to that request or if no request has been made. The base of the ball (the point where the ball touches the table) determines whether the ball is in front of or behind the frontline.

An object ball is playable if the base of the ball is in front of the frontline.

Correct punch
With each punch (except for the opening break and an "open-table", the player must first hit a ball from his own group and also throw an object ball or make sure that the play ball or one of the object balls touches one of the tires. allowed to play the object ball through the ban, however, after hitting the object ball, the above remains in effect.

Choice of the group
The choice of a group (solid or striped) is not made during the opening break, even if one or both groups of balls are pocketed. There is always an "open-table" after the opening break. The choice of the group is only determined when a player correctly pots an object ball after the opening break.

A player may continue his turn until he can not correctly pot an object ball of his group. If a player has pocketed all the balls in his group, he must try to pot the 8 ball.

The following violations of the rules result in a foul:

- incorrect execution of the "correct punch" as described;
- a "scratch shot" (when the play ball disappears into a pocket);
- a "scratch-shot" with a correct break;
- during the impact not at least one foot touches the floor;
- touch one of the balls in a manner, other than described in the regulations, with "legal play";
- an intentional "jump-shot" over another ball by "creating" the ball with the cue. It is not a foul if the player accidentally touches the ball, so that it comes loose from the playing surface;
- during team competition it is not allowed for a team member to give advice or instructions to the person who is giving off. If this does happen, then a foul will be assigned to the person who is bumping.

Punish a foul
If a player causes a foul, the opponent gets the play ball "in-hand". This means that he can place the ball where he wishes. This does not have to be behind the headline, except for an opening break. This rule prevents a player from deliberately making a foul so that his / her opponent would suffer.

The player with the "ball in-hand" may therefore place the item somewhere in the playing surface of the table by hand (and if necessary several times). Also the shaft of the cue (not the tip) may be used to move the ball.

Combination punches
A combination shot is allowed, but the 8-ball may not be used as the first ball in a combination shot, unless there is an "open-table".

Incorrectly potted balls
An object ball is considered incorrectly pocketed if it is pocketed during an impact where a foul is also caused or if the ball is not pocketed in the indicated pocket. The player's potted balls are "spotted" back on the table, while the opponent's potted balls remain pocketed.

If played on a coin-operated table, all the potted balls will stay off the table.

Object balls that jump off the table
If an object ball jumps off the table, it is a "miss" and the turn goes to the opponent. It is not a foul. The player's balls return to the table. The opponent's balls are placed in a pocket and considered to be pocketed.

The "spotting" of the balls
If an object ball is to be "spotted", it is placed on the "long string" (this is a line running from the center of the footband to the footmast and, if necessary, further) as close to the footmatch as possible.

A ball attached to the tire
If an object ball is played, which is fixed against a belt, the play ball must touch that fixed ball and (1) play this ball or another object ball or (2) play the fixed ball to another band or (3) the play ball or play another object ball to another band. If this does not work, this is a foul.

Play the 8-ball
When the 8-ball is played, the player must clearly indicate in which pocket he is going to play. If the player does not indicate in which pocket he will play, it is the responsibility of his opponent and the referee to ask for this before the ball is bumped. If the player chooses the 8-ball pot without indicating in which pocket and if the opponent or referee has not requested this, the game is won by that player.

Loss of the game
A player loses the game with one of the following errors:

- if he makes a foul while he is the 8-ball pot;
- if he hits the 8-ball pot in the same punch as the last object ball of his group;
- if the 8 ball jumps off the table;
- if the 8-ball is pocketed in a different pocket than indicated;
- if the 8-ball is pocketed while it is not the right object ball.

In case of a "scratch" or a foul while playing on the 8-ball, but which is not pocketed or jumps off the table, it is not a loss of the game.

If in 3 consecutive turns of both players (6 turns in total) intentionally a foul or "scratch" is caused, the game is considered a stalemate. Both players know that an attempt to move or pot an object ball can result in a direct loss of the game.

The game is then totally replayed and the player who started this game starts again with the opening break.

PAY ATTENTION; three consecutive fouls of one player does not mean that he loses the game.

Time line
If, according to the referee, a player stops a match due to constant slow play, he can warn this player and impose a time limit of 1 minute between 2 punches. If a referee has imposed this time limit on a player and that player exceeds this limit, a foul is called and the opponent gets the ball "in hand".