World 8 Ball Pool Rules
A The Spirit of the Game
The Game is known as Eight-Ball Pool. It is expected that players will always play the game in the true spirit and in a sporting manner. The Referee will take whatever action is necessary to ensure that the spirit and rules of the game are observed.
The Game of Eight-Ball Pool is played with:-
(1) A “Cue Ball” – being a white ball.
(2) Fifteen “Object Balls” – consisting of:-
(a) “Colours” – being a group of seven red balls, (or balls numbered 1 to 7) and a group of seven yellow balls (or balls numbered 9 to 15).
(b) The “Eight-Ball” – being a black ball marked with a number “8”.
(3) A six pocket rectangular Pool Table with general characteristics as follows:-
(a) The cloth will be marked with a “Spot” at the position where a straight line drawn diagonally from the centre of a side pocket to the centre of a corner pocket would intersect with a straight line drawn diagonally from the centre of the opposite side pocket to the centre of the other corner pocket.
(b) The cloth will be marked with a “Baulk Line”, being a straight line, drawn from cushion to cushion, parallel to, and one fifth of the length of the table from, the face of the cushion that lies the greatest distance from the Spot.