The State of Pool: Rules and Disciplines ~ Darren Appleton {Part 2 of 2}

Read part one here.

The biggest upset in pool right now that confuses the public and players are the rules. America, Europe, and Asia all play rules different to one another.

All successful sports play with one set of rules that are easy to understand.

For example, America usually plays with the One on the spot, rack your own. Fouls are OK; if you move a ball with anything but your cue you can replace the ball where it was and continue to shoot. I don’t agree with this (if you make a foul it’s ok to keep shooting.)

10-Ball has different rules for several events. Some are call shot and some are not. Sometimes it’s call safe too.

In Europe, 9-Ball is played with the Nine on the spot, and the three point rule is enforced. 10-ball, call shot, WPA rules.

Asia can’t make their mind up. Sometimes the one ball is on the spot, sometimes the nine ball is on the spot.

10-Ball is usually call shot, but in the Philippines they don’t like call shot for money games — which, again, does not make sense to me.

Push shots are sometimes allowed, sometimes not… again, madness. It’s a foul.