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Crossover Pool Rules

Crossover is considered by many to be an unconventional two player game with a simplistic rule set. It somewhat relates to cribbage. It is a challenging billiard game that is intended to be played by any level of player. Cue ball control is critical to success in Crossover Pool. The object of Crossover pool, according to official Crossover Pool rules, is to be the first player to successfully touch every ball on the table with the cue ball, in succession.

Crossover Pool begins with one player shooting for the one ball as his or her first target, and progresses toward the 15 ball. The second player begins with the 15 ball as their first target and progresses toward the one ball. During each turn, the shooting player gets exactly one shot with which to advance as many balls as possible. Advancements can be made by a player touching their target ball with the cue ball, or when the target ball is pocketed. Within a single shot, target balls must be advanced in order. The exact point of contact, or the exact moment a target ball is pocketed, is the point of advancement. Should the cue ball collide with non-target balls, no advancement occurs. Any pocketed balls shall remain pocketed. Players automatically advance past any target balls that no longer remain on the table when they are reached by the player. There is no need to call any aspect of any shot.

The break shot, according to Crossover Pool rules is slightly different from that of regular billiard rules. One player arranges the rack, ensuring that both the one ball and the 15 ball are not placed in one of the three interrior positions of the rack. Otherwise, the remainder of the balls may be racked at the racking player's discretion. The other player chooses whether to start the break with the one ball or with the 15 ball, and breaks. The shooting player (the breaker) may advance balls as on any other shot, but if no balls make it past the center string, the breaker does not advance. Remember that the center string is the imaginary line between two centers of the side pockets. The cue ball may contact any rails prior to touching the rack, without incurring any penalty.

If the shooting player commits a scratch or any other foul infraction, the other player gets ball in hand anywhere on the billiard table. The failure to make the cue ball contact any object ball during a shot is not a foul, however, should the cue ball fail to contact any object ball in two consecutive turns, a fouls is indeed assessed. It should be noted here that a scratch does not negate one's advancement in a given turn.

Handicapping is an option under Crossover Pool rules. This is done by giving the handicapped player a specific number of balls as a lead. For example, a player with a one-ball handicap would not be required to hit the final ball, be it the one ball or the 15 ball.

Since there may arise a situation where a judgment call may arise, such as an instance where the shooting player's next two balls are touched or pocketed simultaneously. The issue arises due to the fact that when a player touches or pockets his or her current ball, he or she automatically advances to the next ball while the initially struck balls are still in motion. In such situations a referee, or another player in cases where a referee is not available, shall carefully judge and consider the shot, it such an attempt is being made. If the referee (or other player) deems the events to be simultaneous, all advancements are rewarded.

There are mult-player variations of Crossover Pool rules available. In multi-player Crossover Pool, all players try to advance past every ball on the table in ascending numerical order with the one ball following the 15 ball. Each player's starting ball should be evenly spaced. For example, a three player game would have one player begin with the one ball, one player begin with the six ball, and the third player begin with the 11 ball. The breaking player chooses either one, six, or eleven to start. The second player chooses between the two remaining starting positions and so on.

Crossover Pool is a billiard game where strategy can be an extremely important factor in determining a winner. The players must have excellent cue ball control and caroming skill, but must also be thinking both offensively and defensively. Players should, as a matter of strategy, attempt to pocket any ball they have not reached, but that the opponent has passed.

Crossover Pool Rules

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The official Crossover Pool Rules are predominently observed in North America.

How to Play Crossover Pool

  • Title: Crossover Pool Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 2/9/2008 3:45:00 PM
  • Source: Internet

Crossover Pool Rules

The Crossover Pool Rules article belongs to the Miscellaneous Billiard Game Rules category. The miscellaneous billiards class of cue sport games includes games that are not technically members of the traditional five classes of billiard games.

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