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    Book World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 02. Nine Ball (9 Ball)

    WPA Rule 2. Nine Ball (9 Ball)
    The Rules of Play From World Pool-Billiard Association (Effective 1/1/08)



    Nine ball is played with nine object balls numbered one through nine and the cue ball. The
    balls are played in ascending numerical order. The player legally pocketing the nine ball wins
    the rack.

    2.1 Determining the Break
    The player who wins the lag chooses who will break the first rack. (See 1.2 Lagging to
    Determine Order of Play
    .) The standard format is to alternate the break, but see Regulation 15, Subsequent Break Shots.

    2.2 Nine Ball Rack
    The object balls are racked as tightly as possible in a diamond shape, with the one ball at the
    apex of the diamond and on the foot spot and the nine ball in the middle of the diamond. The
    other balls will be placed in the diamond without purposeful or intentional pattern. (See
    Regulation 4, Racking / Tapping of Balls.)




    2.3 Legal Break Shot
    The following rules apply to the break shot:
    (a) the cue ball begins in hand behind the head string; and
    (b) if no ball is pocketed, at least four object balls must be driven to one or more rails, or the
    shot is a foul. (See Regulation 17, Open Break Requirements.)

    2.4 Second Shot of the Rack – Push Out
    If no foul is committed on the break shot, the shooter may choose to play a “push out” as his
    shot. He must make his intention known to the referee, and then rules 6.2 Wrong Ball First
    and 6.3 No Rail after Contact are suspended for the shot. If no foul is committed on a push
    out, the other player chooses who will shoot next.

    2.5 Continuing Play
    If the shooter legally pockets any ball on a shot (except a push out, see 2.4 Second Shot of the
    Rack – Push Out
    , he continues at the table for the next shot. If he legally pockets the nine
    ball on any shot (except a push out), he wins the rack. If the shooter fails to pocket a ball or
    fouls, play passes to the other player, and if no foul was committed, the incoming player must
    play the cue ball from the position left by the other player.

    2.6 Spotting Balls
    If the nine ball is pocketed on a foul or push out, or driven off the table, it is spotted. (See 1.4
    Spotting Balls
    .) No other object ball is ever spotted.

    2.7 Standard Fouls
    If the shooter commits a standard foul, play passes to his opponent. The cue ball is in hand,
    and the incoming player may place it anywhere on the playing surface. (See 1.5 Cue Ball in
    Hand
    .) The following are standard fouls at nine ball:
    2.8 Serious Fouls
    For 6.14 Three Consecutive Fouls, the penalty is loss of the current rack. For 6.16
    Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    , the referee will choose a penalty appropriate given the nature of
    the offense.

    2.9 Stalemate
    If a stalemate occurs the original breaker of the rack will break again. (See 1.12 Stalemate.)

    Index: World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 01. General Rules
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 02. Nine Ball
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 03. Eight Ball
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 04. 14.1 Continuous Pool
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 05. Black Ball
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 06. Fouls
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 07. Rules for Wheelchair Competition
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 08. Definitions Used in the Rules
    World Pool & Billiard Rules of Play: 09. Ten Ball
    World Pool & Billiard Tournament Regulations
    World Pool & Billiard Tournament Table & Equipment Specifications

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