Winter Pool League

East DivisionWest DivisionRules

  1. The Game
    The balls should be racked alternatively in the angle & the black ball placed on the spot in the centre of the 3rd row. The black spot should be at the crosshairs of two imaginary lines taken from the centres of the middle pockets to the centres of the opposite corner pockets of the top cushion.
  1. Commencement of Game
    The order of play is determined by the flip of a coin. The winner of the toss has the option of breaking or requesting his/her opponent to do so. Thereafter, breaks are alternate.
  1. The Break
    1. On the break, if a player pots one ball of each colour, he/she will continue on their nominated choice of colour. Failure to nominate will be considered a foul and the opponent continues with 2 shots.
    2. On the break, if a player pockets one or more balls of the same colour, he/she may carry on playing the same colour or may nominate to play the other colour. Failure to nominate when changing colour from ball(s) potted will result in 2 shots being awarded to the opponent. No foul should be called if the player carries on his/her break on the same colour.
    3. If a player pockets one or more balls from the break and goes in-off with the cue ball, the pocketed balls will be disregarded and the opponent will continue from the ‘D’ with 2 shots and may play any ball [except the black]. There is no need to nominate a colour.
    4. If the black is potted from the break, the balls will be re-racked.
  2. Open Play
    1. If a player hits their own ball first & pockets one of their opponent’s balls, the opponent will continue with one shot.
    2. If a player plays the above shot and in doing so, snookers their opponent, his/her opponent is awarded a free ball.
    3. When no balls have been potted – If a player then pockets one ball of each colour the first colour potted will become that player’s colour and the opponent will continue with one shot. If there is doubt as to which ball dropped first, the first ball in the chute will be deemed to have dropped first.
  3. Free Ball {automatic two shots}
    1. A player is awarded a free ball and 2 shots if, after a foul stroke from his/her opponent, he/she cannot cut both edges of at least one of his/her balls.
    2. When a free ball is awarded a player must nominate which ball will be played first. The nominated ball becomes their own colour for that shot only. The player can pot the nominated ball (with the exception of the black) or any other of their own colour with the nominated ball and continue with two shots. If no ball is pocketed the player will continue with one shot.
    3. If a player does not nominate their free ball, they will forfeit two shots.
    4. If a player is in a free ball situation on the black, they must nominate the free ball and may pocket the black with the opponent’s ball. If both balls are pocketed the player will forfeit the game.
    5. If a player is angled from a foul shot they may place the cue ball in the ‘D’ and continue with two shots but if any opponent’s balls can be seen, the free ball rule would apply.
  4. Loss of Game
    The following will result in the loss of the game:

    1. A player pockets the black ball, before all the balls they are playing.
    2. A player going in-off the black ball when it is potted.
    3. A player pocketing the black and pocketing an opponent’s ball.
    4. A player missing the ball completely when the black is the only ball left on the table.
    5. A player going in-off the black when the black is the only ball on the table.
    6. Black jumping off the table.
  5. General
    1. A push stroke is allowed.
    2. Players may play away from a touching ball.
    3. When a player has the cue ball in hand he/she may play from any position within the ‘D’ and in any direction.
    4. A player is said to be in control of the game from the time they address the cue ball prior to their shot, through the break and up until the time that the opponent addresses the cue ball. Any balls that fall into the pocket within this period are said to be potted by the player in control and they are liable for any penalties or benefits normally awarded for the potting of that ball or balls as accorded to the player in the rules of the game.
    5. If, in the event of 2 balls, one being the black, still being on the table and the opponent’s ball covers the player’s ball, making it impossible for either player to play without losing the game, it will be a re-rack.
    6. If a red or yellow ball leaves the playing surface, it is still in play and should be re-spotted on the black spot. If the black spot is covered by another ball, the ball being replaced on the table should be as close as possible to the black spot in a direct line from the top cushion.
    7. It is intended that players and teams should play pool in the true spirit of the game and in a sportsmanlike manner.
  6. Fouls, 2 Shots
    A foul and 2 shots will be awarded when:

    1. In-off (cue ball pocketed).
    2. Hitting opponents ball before hitting own ball.
    3. Failing to hit any balls (except when rule 6(d) applies).
    4. Jump shot.
    5. Hitting black before all own balls are potted.
    6. Ball off the table (except when rule 6 (f) applies). If cue ball, the ball to be played from any position in the ‘D’.
    7. A free ball.
    8. If a player’s clothing or any part of their body should touch any ball.
    9. Not having at least one foot on the floor.
    10. Playing with any ball other than the cue ball.
    11. Playing before balls have come to rest.
    12. Interfering with the movement of a ball with either body, clothing or cue.
    13. In doubles, by directing your partner where to play by touching the table.
    14. In doubles, once your partner has addressed the cue ball you are not allowed to communicate with them.
    15. Not nominating a free ball.
    16. Not playing within the time allotted (One minute per shot, the referee will call when 15 seconds are left in which to play the shot).