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Break Box - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Break Box

Break Box is a billiards term that is a part of Pool Table Terminology.

In European pocket billiard Federation (EPBF) nine-ball, a zone in the "kitchen" of the head (British: bottom of the table, from which the break shot must be taken with the cue ball, not unlike the "D" zone used in snooker, english billiards and blackball.

This departure from WPA World Standardized Rules defeats the common break-from-the-side-rail technique for pocketing the 9 ball on the break to win the game instantly; while 9 ball breaks are still possible, they are much more difficult under the new rule.

The break box consists of the middle 50% of the kitchen area, delimited laterally by the head rail (British: bottom rail) and head string (not the baulk line), and longitudinally by two parallel lines drawn from the head rail diamonds that are closest to the head corner pockets, out to the head string (see illustration to the right).

The EPBF Euro-Tour requirement was recently added to the Europe vs. US all-star team event, the Mosconi Cup, but has not otherwise been seen much by non-Europeans.

9 ball break box definition in billiards

Break Box - Usage

Ensure that you adhere to the break box regulations. They didn't come out too long ago, so I didn't want you to forget.

Billiards - Break Box

  • Title: Break Box
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 8/8/2008 10:42:21 PM
  • Last Updated: 10/23/2016 3:26:58 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum

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