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Trapped or Blocked Cue Ball


Trapped or Blocked Cue Ball

What happens when the shooter plays a fouls shot and then the cue ball ends in such a position that it is impossible for the opponent to play a shot at his balls?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Trapped or Blocked Cue Ball

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  1. johanhburgerquickshot on 10/30/2009 5:47:40 AM

    What game are you playing and what is the foul. In 8 and 9 ball if a foul is called (shot) it becomes ball in hand for the next shooter. If it is a defensive shot or a safety shot your opponent can play another safety or opp to give up the ball to his opponent who would get ball in hand.

    Whose rules are you playing with. APA, BCA, WBC, or some local rules?

  2. johanhburgerMitch Alsup on 10/30/2009 7:42:42 AM

    If the opponent comitts a foul, the incomming player gets ball in hand (BIH), and can place the CB anywhere on the table before shooting. The only requirement is that he not commit a foul while placing the ball on the table.

    But It is virtualy impossible to place the CB in such a position that a shot cannot be played.

    For expample: All the OB are down table and the CB is up table touching an opponents OB. The shooter can use the up-table end rail and attempt a shot on one of his balls. These shots are called kick shots.

    A similar example: Balls as above, but the CB is a couple of mm away from the opponents OB. At this point, one skilled in the jump shot can jump the CB ball over the OOB and attempt a shot on his balls.

    An example that actually happened in a tourneyment: Durring play the last OB of a player was completely surrounded by OOBs such that the CB could not make legal contact. The player jumped the CB and landed on his OB first, breaking it out -- thereby avoiding a foul.

    So, you need to learn how to make kick shots (CB off one or more rails) and jump shots and massé shots to have a complete set of skills on the pool table.

  3. johanhburgerFenwick on 10/30/2009 6:06:18 PM

    I think you need to elaborate. Is this bar pool, house rules or a sanctioned league event?

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Trapped or Blocked Cue Ball

  • Title: Trapped or Blocked Cue Ball
  • Author: (Johan Burger)
  • Published: 10/30/2009 5:31:51 AM