Rules are as follows:

  1. Must be a member of their Chapter for one (1) month to be eligible to play in the Chapter, District and State Tournaments.

  2. There should be five players from each chapter to go to the district pool tournament and five players from each district to go to the state tournament. There will be three trophies awarded at the state pool tournament – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

The following are the Billiard Congress of America rules for eight (8) ball:

  1. Object of the Game – Eight Ball is a call shot game played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. One player must pocket balls of the group numbered 1 through 7 (solid colors) while the other player has 9 through 15 (stripes). The player pocketing his group first and then legally pocketing the 8-ball wins the game.

  2. Call Shot – In Call Shot, obvious balls and pockets do not have to be indicated. It is the opponent’s right to ask which ball and pocket if he is unsure to the shot. Banks and combinations are not considered obvious and both the object ball and the pocket must be called. When calling the shot, it is NEVER necessary to indicate details such as the number of cushions, banks, kisses, caroms, etc. Any balls pocketed on a foul remain pocketed, regardless of whether they belong to the shooter or the opponent. The opening break is not a “called shot”. Any player performing a break shot in 8-Ball may continue to shoot his next shot as long as he has legally pocketed any object on the break.

  3. Racking the Balls – The balls are racked in a triangle at the foot of the table with the 8-ball in the center of the triangle, the first ball of the rack on the foot spot, a stripe ball in one corner of the rack and a solid ball in the other corner.

  4. Alternating Break – Winner of the lag has the option to break. During individual competition, players will alternate breaking on each subsequent game.

  5. Legal Break Shot – (Defined) To execute a legal break, the breaker (with the cue ball behind the headstrong) must either (1) pocket a ball, or (2) drive at least four numbered balls to the rail. If he fails to make a legal break, it is a foul, and the incoming players has the option of (1) accepting the table in position and shooting, or (2) having the balls re-racked and having the option to shoot the opening break himself. It is not necessary to hit the apex ball (the ball that is on the foot spot) to initiate a legal break in Eight Ball.

  6. Scratch on a Legal Break – If a player scratches on a legal break shot, 1) all balls pocketed remain pocketed (exception, the 8-ball, see Rule 6) 2) it is a foul 3) the table is open. Please note: Incoming player has cue ball in hand behind the head string and may not shoot an object ball that is behind the head string, unless he first shoots the cue ball past the head string and causes the cue ball to come back behind the head string and hit the object ball.

  7. 8-Ball Pocketed on the Break – If the 8-ball is pocketed on the break, the breaker may ask for a re-rack or have the 8-ball spotted and continue shooting. If the breaker scratches while pocketing the 8-ball on the break, the incoming player has the option of re-rack or having the 8-ball spotted and begin shooting with ball in hand behind the head string.

  8. Open Table – (Defined) The table is “open” when the choice of groups (stripes or solids) has not yet been determined. When the table is open, it is legal to hit a solid first to make a stripe or vise-versa. Note: The table is always open immediately after the break shot. When the table is open it is legal to hit any solid or stripe or the 8-ball first in the process of pocketing the called stripe or solid. On an open table, all illegally pocketed balls remain pocketed.

  9. Choice of Group – The choice of stripes or solids is not determined on the break even if balls are made from only one or both groups. The table is always open immediately after the break shot. The choice of group is determined only when a player legally pockets a called object ball after the break shot.

  10. Legal Shot – A player must cause the cue ball to contact a legal object ball (i.e. any ball of that shooters numbers and then: a) pocket a numbered ball, of that shooters series, b) cause the cue ball or any numbered ball of that shooter to contact a cushion or any part of the rail. Failure to meet these requirements is a foul.

  11. Safety Shot – For tactical reasons a player may choose to pocket an obvious ball and also discontinue his turn at the table by declaring “safety” in advance. A safety shot is defined as a legal shot. If the shooting player intends to play safe by pocketing an obvious object ball, then prior to the shot, he must declare a “safety” to his opponent. If this is NOT done, and one of the shooter’s object balls is pocketed, the shooter will be required to shoot again. Any ball pocketed on a safety shot remains pocketed.

  12. Scoring – A player is entitled to continue shooting until he fails to legally pocket a ball of his group. After a player has legally pocketed all of his group of balls, he shoots the pocket the 8-ball.

  13. Foul Penalty – Opposing player gets cue ball in hand. This means that the player can place the cue ball anywhere on the table (does not have to be behind the head string except on opening break). This rule prevents a player from making intentional fouls, which would put his opponent at a disadvantage. With “cue ball in hand” the player may position the cue ball on the table by hand (more than once if necessary). After placing the cue ball, the shaft and ferrule of the cue stick (not the tip) may also be used for positioning the cue ball for shooting.

  14. Combination Shots – Combinations shots are allowed, however, the 8 ball or opponent’s ball cannot be used first in the combination except when the table is open.

  15. Illegally Pocketed Balls – An object ball is considered to be illegally pocketed when 1) that object ball is pocketed on the same shot as a foul is committed, or 2) the called ball did not go in the designated pocket, or 3) a safety is called prior to the shot. Illegally pocketed balls remained pocketed.

  16. Object Balls - Jumped Off the Table – If any object ball is jumped off the table, it is a foul and loss of turn, unless it is the 80ball, which is a loss of game. Any jumped object balls are spotted in numerical order according to General Rules for spotting balls.

  17. Playing the 8-Ball – When shooting at the 8-ball, a scratch or foul is not loss of game if the 8-ball is not pocketed or jumped from the table. Incoming player has cue ball in hand.

  18. Loss of Game – A player loses the game if he commits any of the following infractions; a) Fouls when pocketing the 8-ball (exception: see 8-ball pocketed on the break) b) Pockets the 8-ball on the same stroke as the last of his group of balls c) Jumps the 8-ball off the table at any time d) Pockets the 8-ball in a pocket other than the one designated. 3) pockets the 8-ball when it is not the legal object ball.

  19. Stalemated Game – If in 3 consecutive turns at the table by each player (6 turns total) they purposely foul or scratch and both players agree that attempting to pocket or move an object ball will result in immediate loss of game, then the game will be considered a stalemate. The balls will then be re-racked and the breaker of the stalemated game will break again. Please note: three consecutive fouls by one player is not a loss of game.