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Ways to Foul on the Opening Break Shot

Ways to Foul on the Opening Break Shot

Speaking about general billiard rules, I believe a breaking violation or break shot violation is not considered a foul.

Is there any case when there is a foul on the break shot? If so, what are those cases?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Ways to Foul on the Opening Break Shot

Replies & Comments

  1. bulletbeequickshot on 11/26/2008 12:03:05 PM


    As far as I know, you can foul on a break shot:

    1. If the cue ball leaves the table
    2. If it scratches during the break shot
    3. If 4 object balls do not hit the rails after the break (although, I'm not sure if this is a foul).

    If this happens, a re-rack is done according to whose rules you are playing by. I think you get 2 chances at the break unless you scratch.

    If you scratch on the break shot, you re-rack the balls and your opponent gets the break.

    I'm talking about APA break shot rules here. The BCA may have different rules for break shots.

  2. bulletbeeMitch Alsup on 11/26/2008 3:16:55 PM
    • You must use a legal cue stick on a break shot
    • You must use a legal stroke (e.g. tip first) on a break shot
    • You must hit a legal ball first (1-ball for 9-ball and rotation; otherwise free)
    • You must not double hit the cue-ball during the break shot
    • The cue-ball must remain on table during the break shot (no scratching or jumping the ball off of the pool table)
    • (most games require) at least 4-balls to hit cushions

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Ways to Foul on the Opening Break Shot

  • Title: Ways to Foul on the Opening Break Shot
  • Author: (Archie Collins)
  • Published: 11/26/2008 11:20:30 AM