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White + a ball or balls of one group in off the break.

White + a ball or balls of each group in off the break.
White + a ball or balls of one group in off before a ball is potted.
White + a ball or balls of each group in off before a ball is potted.
Referees should clearly make a player aware of where they stand during the 2 shot rule, i.e. first visit, second visit, visit over.


These rules are those voted for by the players at AGMs and are not indicative of any official Ruling Body.

The game shall be known as ‘8-Ball Pool’ and shall be referred to in these rules as “the game”.  It is intended that players and teams should play 8-Ball Pool in the true spirit of the game and in a sportsmanlike manner.  It should be clearly understood that the referee is the sole judge of what is fair and unfair play.  The referee will take whatever action is necessary to ensure that these rules are observed.

The game is played on a rectangular 6-pocket table with 15 balls plus a cue ball.  Balls comprise of two groups of coloured balls (usually 7 red and 7 yellow) and the black ball or two numbered groups (1-7 are solid coloured balls, 9-15 are striped coloured balls and the 8-ball is black).  Balls in the two groups are known as object balls.

The player or team pocketing all their group of object balls in any order, and then legally pocketing the 8-ball (black), wins the game.


A ball shall be deemed “off the table” if it comes to rest other than on the bed of the table a ball bouncing onto a cushion and falling back onto the bed of the table does NOT constitute a foul.


When a player has the cue ball in hand, the ball is played from the “D” and in any direction.

A player is said to be in control of the table from the time that their body, cue or clothing touches the table prior to their shot, throughout their visit and up until the opponent does likewise prior to their visit.  Any ball(s) which fall into pockets during this period including the 8-ball (black) are said to have been pocketed, the player in control being liable to any penalties or benefits normally awarded for the pocketing of the ball(s).  However, once the cue ball has been struck, a legal shot must be completed, a ball falling in does not cancel out any foul.

Should any situation arise whereby a legal shot is impossible to play, then the game shall be restarted by the player who started that frame, whether this situation is arrived at by accident or by design.
The referee should not allow numerous visits with neither player making any attempt to play the opening pot, which decides the playing groups (unless it is felt that progress is being made).

10.    Blatant Foul
         If a player clearly fails to make any attempt to play a ball of their own group either in open play or a snooker situation the referee will call a blatant foul. The oncoming player has two shots, free table, and ball in hand and may place the cue ball anywhere on the table. The Team Captains should record any occurrences of this type of foul on the back of the scorecard so that it can be monitored during the season.


Captains should ensure that all players registered for their team are aware of these rules.

THIS SEASON’S COMMITTEE:                                                                                            
Neil Wooldridge       Chairman/Treasurer/Secretary       Rising Sun Staggs
Phill Gamble            Results Secretary                              ITCC A
Paul Mcrobie            Vice Chairman/Fixtures Secretary  Whimsey
R.Blank                     Committee Member                          ITCC A
John Bray                 Committee Member                         The Gate
J.Lovatt                      Committee Member                         Whimsey

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