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You must rack for yourself when you are breaking. (Majority captain vote)
Scratch on the break results in the cue ball being placed behind the headstring or in the “kitchen”.
When the table is “Open”, any object ball may be struck first except the eight ball. The eight ball is not considered neutral.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – Use of Patch for Calling the 8-Ball
The 8-ball becomes your legal object ball on your first shot after the last ball of your group is pocketed. The player shooting at the 8-Ball must call his/her pocket by placing a patch within two diamonds of the where they intend to pocket the 8-ball. The player who legally pockets the 8-ball wins the game.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – Calling and Acknowledging Fouls
Fouls must be called and acknowledged before a player is awarded ball in hand. The exception is a cue ball scratch or a cue ball landing and remaining off the table. Please be sure to communicate clearly with your opponent when calling and/or acknowledging a foul. It is considered unsportsmanlike conduct to purposely ignore your opponent to try and trap them into fouling when they call a foul against you.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – “No Practice” Rule
Players are allowed to practice during the match between your games, but NOT WHILE PLAYING YOUR ACTUAL LEAGUE GAME.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – Use of Equipment
1. You may not shoot while using any item to support or elevate your bridge hand. You may hold chalk in your bridge hand while bridging, but the chalk may not be used to elevate your hand off the table;
2. You may not wear any electronic headgear, use any electronic device, or voluntarily impede your hearing during a match. Examples include, but are not limited to:
a. Use of headphones, earphones, or earplugs of any kind, including Bluetooth accessories, whether turned on or not. Hearing aids are permitted. b. Use of cell phones, pagers, or music devices. Cell phones may be worn on the belt or kept in pockets, but may not be accessed for messages or conversations at any time during a match by singles or scotch doubles players, or during your game in team play. You must turn off all audible ringers and other notification tones while on the event floor. Emergency communications are permitted at any time.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – Racking Procedures
1. You must rack for yourself when you are breaking.
2. You must rack the balls as tightly as possible. That means that each ball should touch all balls adjacent to it.
3. After you rack the balls, your opponent may inspect the rack but must not touch any ball. If your opponent is not satisfied with the rack, they may require you to re-rack the balls one time. After one re-rack, if both players cannot agree that the rack is suitable for play a referee must be called. The referee will then rack the balls for that game.
4. You should refrain from tapping balls unless necessary. It is preferable to brush the area of the rack and ensure that the spot attached to the cloth, if any, is in good condition.
5. If the arrangement of the rack does not meet the requirements of the specific game, it will be corrected without penalty. If your opponent’s rack does not meet the requirements and you do not notify them before they break, the game will continue with no penalty.
– Please note: In the case of a league match a team captain replaces a referee when players cannot agree that a rack is suitable for play.
Sarasota Pool League Rule – Break Requirements
2. If you intend to break softly, you must notify your opponent and allow them the opportunity to call a referee to watch your break. Failure to do so is a foul.
4. If you foul on a legal break and do not pocket the 8-ball, your inning ends and any other pocketed balls remain pocketed. Your opponent receives ball in hand.
Sarasota Pool Leauge Rule – Table Open After the Break
The table is always open after the break and remains open until groups are established. When the table is open, all object balls except the 8-ball are legal object balls. For combination shots, a ball of one group may be contacted first to pocket a ball of the other group. The 8-ball may be part of such a combination if it is not the first ball contacted by the cue ball.
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