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APA 9-Ball Scoring when Sinking the 9-Ball on the Break

APA 9-Ball Scoring when Sinking the 9-Ball on the Break

So last week at my local APA 9 ball League I break and snap the 9 immediately in the cross table corner, the 5 makes its way into a side pocket, and the 1 ball comes to the close table corner nearest where I broke off of a rail.

Obvious 9 on the snap plus 2 balls pocketed for 4 points, he racks I break again. Or so i thought...

There is suddenly some commotion coming from the score keepers. The opposing team captain is keeping score and stating that since the 9 ball dropped first that is an immediate end of game and any balls that fall after that become dead balls. My team captain is disagreeing.

Opposition Captain grabs his phone to call the League Operator (the LO) who just so happens to be his best friend and on the same team (although not in attendance). My captain calls the Division Representative.

LO states that they were reviewing the rule book the week before and decided that is how it should be scored. Division Rep states that if it is a legal break all balls pocketed should count regardless of order they fall. Also states that if LO wants to change a bylaw for his area that it should be presented to all teams and updated bylaws should be approved through St. Louis. (the bylaws currently available for download via area apa web site are from feb 2016)

After a lengthy delay my captain begrudgingly agrees to allow that the match to continue under protest with only 2 points scored for the 9ball from the rack.

Eventually I lose needing 4 balls. 34-46

After my match I locate a rule book and try to check just for clarification of the rule and even to this day am having a hard time seeing am clear definition for the proper scoring of the instance.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


APA 9-Ball Scoring when Sinking the 9-Ball on the Break

Replies & Comments

  1. APAloserbilliardsforum on 5/2/2018 10:24:49 PM

    I couldn't figure out it one way or the other from the APA rule-book's section on pocketing the 9-ball on the break.

    We reached out to a few folks to try to get you a good answer on this scenario. Stay tuned.

  2. APAloserAPAloser on 5/2/2018 11:01:04 PM

    Your response is very much appreciated.

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APA 9-Ball Scoring when Sinking the 9-Ball on the Break

  • Title: APA 9-Ball Scoring when Sinking the 9-Ball on the Break
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  • Published: 5/2/2018 2:28:39 PM
  • Last Updated: 5/2/2018 10:19:49 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)