the Opening Player - Leicester District Pool League

the Opening Player - Leicester District Pool League
Start of the Game
Order of play is decided by the flip of a coin for frame 1. The winner of the flip (the Opening
Player) has the option of breaking, or requesting their opponent to break, frames will be broken
alternately thereafter.
The Opening Player plays towards the triangle from any position behind the baulk line. An object
ball must be potted, or at least 2 object balls hit any cushion. Failure to do 1 of these is a foul
break and will result in the balls being re-racked or played from where they land with two shots to
the opponent either way.
If the black is potted on the break, the balls will be re-racked and the game will be restarted by
the same player. No penalty will be incurred. This applies whatever else happens.
If the white is potted on the break, it is a foul.
If one colour is potted on the break then the player may nominate to play the other colour. If the
player nominates in this way the player must pot the nominated colour to secure them.
If both colours are potted, player must nominate or incur a foul, colour chosen is retained
whether a ball is potted or not (so long as nominated before taking the shot).
The choice of colour can only be decided by a ball of that colour being legally potted
Snookers are allowed but only if at least one ball (any ball) has reached a cushion during that
shot, otherwise it is a foul.
Balls already touching a cushion do not count, ask the referee to check before playing.
An accidental or unintentional snooker can still be a foul.
A snooker is defined as being unable to play the thinnest cut on both sides of any of the players
own balls, see below.
A player’s own ball cannot be claimed as an obstruction contributing to a snooker, pretend it is
not there.
The cushions cannot be an obstruction, pretend they are not there.
You cannot be snookered if you are touching one of your own balls.
Touching ball
Cue ball must be played away from any touching ball[s], If touching ball moves as a result of the
white moving away it is not a foul. If the touching ball moves as a result of the white being hit into it
at any angle, this will be deemed to be a foul.
If player is touching their own ball, player does not need to touch another ball of his own (and
can, if he opts, hit an opponent ball, the black ball, or nothing at all).
Ball drops in by itself
If a ball drops in after having come to a stop for more than a few moments, it will be replaced as
it was, this applies to any ball, pretend it never happened whether or not the opponent has control
of the table or has touched the table to take their shot.
Discussion between partners is permitted immediately after the break shot and before the start
of each players visit but not between the same players shots.
Players may touch the table whilst conferring (as above) so long as only the oncoming player
touches or addresses the table when ready to take the shot.
Foul Shots
Normal pub rules apply, potting cue ball or opponents ball, hitting the wrong colour, not hitting
your own ball, touching any ball with hand or clothing, playing out of turn, both feet off the floor,
playing before balls have stopped, are all fouls, so are the following:
Jump shot – defined as when the cue ball jumps over any part of any ball before contacting
player’s ball
Any ball leaving the table and coming to rest anywhere other than the bed of the table. Object
Ball to be returned to the black spot or as near as possible to that spot without touching any other
ball, on the centre line of the table. If white ball, then ball to be played from behind the baulk line.
Touching with the cue any ball other than the cue ball. Only the cue tip may be used.
Push shot – defined as where the cue tip remains in contact with the cue ball for more than the
immediate moment needed to play a shot.
Cue touches the cue ball twice. Plus any other foul described elsewhere in these rules.
The penalty for any of these fouls is 2 visits starting from where the cue ball lies or moving the
ball behind the line. Also, a ‘free ball’, for the first shot only, any ball can be hit, any ball can be
potted, black can only be legally potted if player is ‘on’ the black.
‘Loss of frame’ fouls
Potting the black while still having your own colour balls on the table.
Potting any other ball at the same time as the black (apart from when the player is on the
black and has a free ball. Only at this time may he pot the black and opponents ball[s]).
Deliberate fouls are an immediate loss of frame.
Stalemate is where a legal shot is physically impossible, any gap wide enough to pass the cue
ball will do, however impossible to reach. The game shall be abandoned and restarted
immediately by the same players. The player who broke originally will do so again. This stalemate
situation can be produced by accident or deliberately.
No progress
If no ball is potted for over 5 minutes, the referee should start a 10 minute timer and inform both
players of this. If no ball is potted in this time, the frame will be stopped and immediately replayed,
same player breaking.
After a ball is potted, the timer will be reset, resetting with every pot.
Players are not expected to take more than 60 seconds per shot, the referee may choose to
enforce a strict 60 seconds time limit if this expectation is abused.
Persons not playing in the frame may not make suggestions to the players [however disguised]
as this will be regarded as coaching. One warning will be given, the next will result in a foul being
given against the team involved. If it continues then the next one will be the loss of the frame.
The primary role of the referee is to help players to avoid penalties, not to punish them. Calls
such as ‘please nominate a colour’, ‘touching ball – please play away’ are to be encouraged as a
warning. However no tactical or shot selection advice should be given.
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