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Calling Shots in 8 Ball


Calling Shots in 8 Ball

When playing 8 ball, I understand that you must call your shot. When you call your shot, you must indicate what pocket you are shooting in to. Do you have to call "off any balls on the way" and more importantly on a clean shot, whether it it to be going straight in or to be banked off a cushion?

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Calling Shots in 8 Ball

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  1. guestMitch Alsup on 6/8/2011 1:36:32 PM

    Tournament play: the only required information is which ball and which pocket.

    No-Slop rules: you have to call all the nuances of the shot. Banks, Kicks, Caroms, Jumps, Mass├ęs ... but not the trifflings such as which (or how many) interrior corner(s) of the pocket {Rattles} or grazing incident rail contacts.

  2. guestMultiplePoolsGuy on 6/20/2011 8:22:30 AM

    What happens if the ball goes in a different pocket than what was called?

  3. guestbilliardsforum on 9/11/2015 6:39:43 AM

    @MultiplePoolsGuy - That would be a foul and the table goes back to your opponent. Any balls pocketed as the result of a foul are to remain pocketed.

  4. guestgibson on 9/13/2015 8:06:22 PM

    Avoid playing in strange room without doing a little recon first. If you are playing under local rules, you won't find out what the rules are until you break one.

  5. guestmetguy on 9/14/2015 4:11:56 PM

    I play a tournament every Saturday, Valley rules. Its your typical league ball-in-hand rules. The exception here is that if you scratch while shooting at the 8, its a loss. That isn't a Valley rule but the tournament is played that way. So, yes, find out all the exceptions when visiting a bar you don't usually shoot in.

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Calling Shots in 8 Ball

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  • Published: 6/7/2011 8:30:09 PM