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Spotting a Ball Instead of Ball-in-Hand


Spotting a Ball Instead of Ball-in-Hand

I'm 65, and I remember an 8-ball rule from long ago that stated if you scratched on a shot, you spotted one of your already-potted balls and the opponent had ball in hand from behind the baulk line.

Does anyone else recall such a rule and when it may have been abandoned?

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Spotting a Ball Instead of Ball-in-Hand

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  1. Frisky PencilsZeke on 12/26/2014 5:27:01 PM

    Given most tables placed in bars are coin-ops, spotting a ball is impossible - usually.

    But in a real "pool hall/parlor," where tables are rented by the hour, very few play 8-ball and so your recollection could and would be deployed - given the returns are "open" and spotting is common. As for the rules, all versions of 8-ball are listed up above as "Billiard Rules."

    A great resource IMO.

  2. Frisky PencilsFenwick on 12/27/2014 8:30:34 AM

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pocket billiards. It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors that consists of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. As of a November 2011 update, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia, and the organization is headquartered in Sydney. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports. It also sanctions rules and events for carom billiards.

    Yes I remember those rules, I'm 64.

    Where I play, a pool hall, not a bar there are 8 and 9 ball leagues and one, one pocket league. In 8 and 9 ball we have two division. A and B and both are handicapped. In both divisions the rules are spelled out at the beginning of every start up, first week of leagues and a hand out is given to each team. These are two person teams. Both men and women compete. All but one pocket is played is played on 8 foot tables. One pocket is played on 9 foot tables.

    Yes some still play by the old rules with the exception of spotting or owing a ball. That rule only applies to 1 pocket now. There are still players who play by some of the older rules. If it's their table I'll play by their rules.

    It's best to set what rules you well be following before the match begins.

  3. Frisky PencilsFrisky Pencils on 12/28/2014 12:50:41 PM

    Thanks Zeke and Fenwick. Good shooting!

  4. Frisky Pencilsgibson on 1/6/2015 8:51:05 PM

    My cousin from Houston TX always played that rule, but that was at the pool hall and it could be done. That was 1963. We always played ball down stays down and cueball in play behind the line.

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Spotting a Ball Instead of Ball-in-Hand

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