Queen City Pool League

    Queen City Pool League

               Rules of Play

                                                                 revised April 2018  

 I. Referee.

   A. Must be member of team breaking.

   B. Responsible for racking and observing the entire game.

   C. Is the only person allowed to touch or reposition any ball with the exception

          of a scratch cue ball.

   D. May be overruled if both team captains agree that the call was wrong, Team captains

         to have input in the discussion (i.e. if one captain saw and disagreed with a call and

         the other captain did not see it, the referee’s call stands)


II. Equipment

   A.  If the home team wants to use a replacement cue ball (or a full set of balls) it must

          be agreed upon by both teams

   B.  In the case of a replacement cue ball (or a full set of balls), the balls being used

           to play league games must be available for use during practice time.  


III. Break

   A. Cue ball must be completely behind the break line.

   B. Regardless of any ball or balls made on break, player still has choice. But they must call

        a shot and hit a ball of same set as called.

        First called shot made determines who has which set of balls

   C. Eight ball made with no scratch is a win; eight ball made with scratch is a loss

   D. If no ball is made on the break, next player has choice but must call shot and hit ball

        of same set as called ball

   E. In the event of a miscue on the break, the cue ball must not be interfered with

         in any way by either player or the referee

      1. If the shooter interferes, the balls must be re-racked and the opposing player will break

      2. If the opposing player interferes, the balls will be re-racked and the original

           shooter will break

      3. If the referee interferes, the balls will be re-racked and the original shooter will break

      4. If the cue does not touch the racked balls, the same player will re-attempt the break

      5. If the cue does hit the rack, both players must agree upon one of the following options:

           a. Play the table as it lies

           b. Re-rack and allow the second player to break


IV. Shots

   A. All shots must be called, including  combinationsbanks and caroms

   B. Common Rail Rule: the rail parallel to the line of shot is the common rail

        1) The pocketed object ball is the only ball qualifying for the common rail rule

        2) The pocket object ball glancing off the common rail does not need to be called even

             if the object ball has been banked.  The bank has to be called as usual  

        3) In any combination or bank shot, everything that happens before the pocketed

              object ball is contacted has to be called.

             After the pocketed object ball has been struck, the common rail rule is in effect.


       4)  If the object ball or the first ball in a combination is frozen to the rail, cue does

             not have to be called off the rail if it is to hit the rail and the ball at the same time

   C) Double hit of cue ball is a foul and loss of shot. Cue will be played where it lies 

   D)  If, as the result of a scratch, a player’s only legal ball is behind the break line,

         the  player may opt to have the lowest ball in rotation spotted, even if it is the

        eight ball. If the player chooses to have a ball spotted, that ball must be the next shot  

   E)  Split shots- a split may be only be called if both balls involved are the shooter’s own

   F)  No intentional jumping of ball is allowed. If cue leaves the playing surface before hitting

         the object ball, it is loss of shot. However, if cue leaves the playing surface as the result

         of an obvious miscue, it is not loss of shot if the called shot is made as called. If it leaves

         the surface after it hits a ball it is playable f it comes to rest on the playing surface

  G)  A legal shot is defined as a valid, forthright attempt to make a ball of your own group. 

          This includes not hitting an opponents ball first.  


V. Scratch Shot

   A.  In order for an object ball to be eligible following a scratch shot, it must be completely

           over the break line.

   B.  Following a scratch shot, the cue ball must be placed completely behind the break line

   C.  If an object ball (other than the 8 ball) goes off the table, it is a scratch (loss of shot) and the

            object ball is to be spotted as close as possible to the spot.

   D. If the 8 ball goes off the table it is loss of game.


VI. Accidental movement of balls

   A) Cue ball – loss of shot (touching the cue ball with tip of cue stick  constitutes movement)

   B) Any other ball – opposing player has choice of having referee reposition ball or

           playing it from where it lies.  There is no loss of shot

   C) Movement caused by person not involved in match, referee may reposition balls

           and play continues


VII. Eight Ball

   A) Must go clean

   B) May not be used in combination at any time

   C) If the eight ball leaves the playing surface (in a pocket/ out of turn/ off the table)  it is

           loss of game.  Any other ball leaving the table is spotted

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