A form of team play in which two players compete against another team of two players in any given frame or match . In a doubles game , the first player from the breaking team is the only one who shoots during the opening inning , with control of the table passing to a member of the opposing team at the end of that inning , then upon the end of the opponent's inning to the doubles partner of the original player, and next to the second opponent, play proceeding in this doubly alternating manner until concluded. Contrast Scotch doubles .