OBJECT OF THE GAME.
Nine Ball is played with nine object balls num-bered one through nine and a cue ball. On each shot the first ball the cue ball contacts must be the lowest-numbered ball on the table, but the balls need not be pocketed in order. If a player pockets any ball on a legal shot, he remains at the table for another shot, and continues until he misses, fouls, or wins the game by pocketing the 9-ball. After a miss, the incoming player must shoot from the posi-tion left by the previous player, but after any foul the incoming player may place the cue ball anywhere on the table. Players are not required to call any shot.
RACKING THE BALLS.
The object balls are racked in a diamond shape, with the one ball at the top of the diamond and on the foot spot, the nine ball in the center of the iamond, and the other balls in random order, racked as tightly as possible. The game begins with cue ball in hand behind the headstring. START OF PLAY. The home team breaks first and writes their line-up down first. The break alternates thereafter. A game starts as soon as the cue ball crossesover the headstring on the opening break.
LEGAL BREAK SHOT.
The rules governing the break shot are the same as for other shots except:
1. The breaker must strike the 1-ball first and either pocket a ball or drive at least four numbered balls to a rail, failure to do so is a foul. Incoming playeraccepts table the way it lies with ball in hand or requests a rerack with cueball behind the headstring.
2. If the cue ball is pocketed or driven off the table, or the requirements of theopening break are not met, it is a foul, and the incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table. 3. If on the break shot, the breaker causes an object ball to jump off the table, it is a foul and the incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table. The object ball is not respotted.
4. Making the nine ball on the break is an automatic win for the player breaking.However, if the cue ball is scratched when making the nine ball, the nine ball is respotted. (Using another stripe from tray) On the shot immediately following a legal break,the shooter may play a “push out.” If the breaker pockets one or more balls on a legal break, he continues to shoot until he misses, fouls, or wins the game. If the player misses or fouls, the other player begins his turn and shoots until he misses, fouls, or wins. The game ends when the nine ball is pocketed on a legal shot.
END OF GAME.
The game ends at the end of a legal shot which pockets the
9-ball; or when a player forfeits the game as the result of a foul.