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Can You Shoot Before All Balls Have Stopped Moving?

Can You Shoot Before All Balls Have Stopped Moving?

In 8 ball, do you have to wait until all balls have stopped moving before you can take your shot? Is that a rule?

I was playing 8-ball today with a bud of mine and one of his balls looked like it was about to block mine when it stopped. I went and shot before it got there and he said that I had to wait on all the balls to stop before I took my shot. Is this a rule or is he trying to write his own?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Can You Shoot Before All Balls Have Stopped Moving?

Replies & Comments

  1. guestMitch Alsup on 6/18/2010 10:51:38 AM

    Except for Speed Pool, every ball on the table has to come to a complete stop (even the spin part) before the next shot is stroked. {In Speed pool, only the CB and next target OB have to be stopped.}

  2. guestquickshot on 6/18/2010 5:11:14 PM

    It is a rule. All balls must be at a stop before play can be continued.

  3. guestNursey1313 on 7/26/2011 3:15:58 AM

    As far as I know, that is a rule in any pool game. At least in APA it is.

  4. guestjcs003 on 7/31/2011 8:11:06 AM

    all balls have to be at rest before the next shot can take place. this is for any game and its just being a courteous opponent.


  5. guestMitch Alsup on 7/31/2011 4:11:01 PM

    A couple of pointers:

    • A shot lasts from the time that the cue tip touches the cue ball until the time the last ball stops moving.
    • The whole of this time is taken as a single moment when deciding drops and fouls. (That is the order of events on the table are irrelevant).
    • Thus, if you touch the cue ball again while any ball is moving, you have committed a foul.
    • The time clock (if any) does not start until the last ball on the table stops moving. There have been instances of spinning cue ball remaining spinning for more that the 30 seconds a shot clocks allows. It would be completely unfair to penalize a shooter at a time when he is not allowed to shoot.

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Can You Shoot Before All Balls Have Stopped Moving?

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  • Published: 6/16/2010 6:27:07 PM
  • Last Updated: 6/16/2010 6:28:27 PM
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