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When cue ball spins on rail during play

When cue ball spins on rail during play

Can anyone tell me what the ruling on this play is? After the ball was made, the cue ball jumped up on the rail, spun three or four times and returned to the table. Is this a foul?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

When cue ball spins on rail during play

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  1. BinskiMitch Alsup on 5/20/2009 12:42:56 PM

    As long as the (cue)-ball stops on the bed of the table it is not a foul (BCA).

    However if the ball leaves the confines of the table boundary, strikes something and is deflected back onto the table, it IS a foul. The light above the table is within the confines of the table.

  2. Binskiquickshot on 5/20/2009 8:46:07 PM


  3. BinskiJustanotherevolutionary on 5/21/2009 6:57:40 AM

    Funny you ask this. I recently saw Monica Webb giving an ESPN tip of the day on popping the ball up on the rail intentionally to get around a ball and down table for position play. I was quite surprised a shot like this would get tip of the day honors, it's extremely risky, difficult and rarely needed. However I did see it once in a tournament, and it worked to perfection, really got the crowd going too.

  4. BinskiWilliam Erby on 7/7/2009 3:08:08 PM

    Both, it is a foul if the ball leaves the table, touches something and then returns. It is not a foul if the ball is hit up on the rail and comes back down to the playing surface on it's own power, no deflection.

  5. BinskiNursey1313 on 7/9/2009 8:08:47 AM

    That is really cool, I have never seen it done intentionally. LOL

  6. Binskisnickel on 3/14/2010 8:34:38 PM

    The question is if cue ball spins on rail...

    NO! If the cue ball returns to the playing surface under it's own power, without hitting any other object causing it to return e.g. such as hitting chalk or a marker, etc.

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When cue ball spins on rail during play

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  • Published: 5/20/2009 9:32:20 AM