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Ball On - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Ball On

Ball On is a billiards term that is a part of Game Rule Terminology.

The ball on is any legally strikeable ball on the table. For example, in the game of 8-ball billiards, if a player is shooting solids, any ball from 1 to 7 can be the "ball on" until they are all pocketed, in which case the 8-ball is the "ball on.&Quot; In snooker, at the beginning of a player's turn, unless all are already potted, any red ball can be the "ball-on". We should note the differences between ball-on and an object ball. An object ball refers to any ball that is being shot at. In blackball billiards, when a player is shooting yellows, any yellow ball is the ball on, that is, until they have all been potted at which time the 8 ball is the ball on.

See: balls on, object ball for more on the meaning of "Ball On".

Ball On - Usage

I've had too much to drink, can you tell me which ball is the ball on? I need to know what I can shoot at.

Billiards - Ball On

  • Title: Ball On
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/1/2006
  • Last Updated: 10/24/2007 9:48:08 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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