World chinese 8-ball masters rules standard rules for the chinese eight-ball game(3)


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12. Hitting
12.1 The right of choosing the color of balls
When the table is open, the first hit ball or the balls which have the same color of the first hit ball is potted, the designated of balls is finished, this kind of balls will be the legal object balls of this player, the table closed.
Players hit after the table closed, the correct kind of balls(solid or stripe) must be firstly touched, if all balls are in the pocket, the No.8 should be firstly touched.
12.2 If no ball will be potted, one ball at least should touch the cushion AFTER hit.( Including the cue ball)
12.3 After potting, balls not potted most be on the table .Any object balls (except No.8) left the table would be reasonable disappear, and won’t appear on the table any more.
12.4 In the process of hitting, only the cue top is allowed to touch the ball. Others such as clothes, hair, rest, chalk and equipment cannot touch the balls on the table.
12.5 In one hitting, the cue tip can couch the cue ball only once.
Any of those above infringement happens, the opponent will get a ball-in-hand. All the foul behaviors should be judged before the next hitting, or will be treated no foul happens.
12.6*Double hit:
If the cue touches the cue ball more than once, it is a foul.
If the cue ball is quite close to the object ball, the tip touches the cue ball, the cue ball hits the object ball, and at this time the tip does not leave the cue ball, this hitting is regarded as a foul.
If the cue ball is quite close to the object ball, the cue ball only touches the edge of the ball slightly, this hitting is not supposed as a foul mentioned above, in theory, if the cue ball touches the object ball, the tip may stay at the cue ball.
12.7*Push shot:
In one hitting, one should not extend the hitting by inertance and make a obvious push out, otherwise it is a foul.
In other words, the hitting action between the tip and cue ball should be a momentary hit, not a push.

13. Hitting Two or More Balls Simultaneously
If the cue ball cause both the legal and illegal balls moving almost at the same time,and the referee can not judge which ball was first touched, that will be considered the legal ball being touched first.
14. Balls automatically move.
A ball may automatically move after it seems stopped , this may be because the ball or the table have tiny defects ,players won't get any punishment . This is regarded as normal in the game, Unless it lead to any ball pot, if this happen, the automatically moved ball should be put back .If any ball pot automatically during the process of player’s hitting , and it influenced the result of this hitting, the referee should reset the situation and let player shot again.
15 .Oppressed Ball
15.1 When the cue ball and the object ball are oppressed, the hitting should make the object ball move. If the hitting doesn’t make any direct movement of the object ball, then this is regarded as no movement of the object ball. There is no limit to the direction of the hitting, but the hitting action must be clear.
15.2 When the object ball and the cushion are oppressed, before the object ball is hit, if the ball dose not touch the cushion legally, after the cue ball hit the object ball, the object ball should touch the cushion again, or other balls(including the cue ball)touch the cushion, or pot any other ball. The punishment of violating rules above is that the opponent get a ball-in-hand.
16. Jump Ball
16.1 Players can hit the cue ball to make it bounce over the illegal object balls and hit the legal balls.
16.2 While bouncing, players can only hit area covers more than 1/2 spherical surface. The punishment of violating rules above: the opponent get a ball-in-hand.
17. Fouls
If one player has a foul, the opponent get a ball-in-hand.
Here are the general fouls:
(a). The cue ball is potted or leaves the table.
(b). The cue ball touches the illegal balls first.
(c). Hitting while balls were not fully stopped.
(d). Both feet leave the ground while hitting
(e). The object ball stopped outside the table.
(f). Touch the balls illegally.
(g). Double hitting.
(h). Push the cue ball after hitting..
(i). Illegal hitting behind back-line.
18. Intentional fouls
Intentional fouls would be regarded as a violation of the spirit of sports.
In a game, a player’s first intentional foul will be judged as losing a rack, if there is a second time, he will lose the game.
19. Ball group confused.
After the table closed, if a player wrongly hits the other group balls, the foul must be pronounced before his next hitting. When any player or a referee realizes of the ball group changed, the round should be stop at once, and restart.
20. Lost.
If players violate each of the following rules ,lose the round.
(a) Fouls occurs while potting the No.8
(b) Pot the No.8 while potting the last object ball.
(c) Hit the No.8 and make it away from the table.
(d) The No.8 potted in unspecified pocket.
(e) Pot the No.8 before finish potting all the object balls of his group.
(f) As long as the 8 ball stays on the table, there can be nothing but fouls. However if the 8 ball goes away from the table, there will be nothing but lose.

21. Deadlock
If the referee judged deadlock happens or will happen, he should suggest restart the round, if the player refuses, the referee will allow the game continue, generally the referee will do final judge after three hitting of each player. If the deadlock continues the referee will announce the round deadlock, and restart the round and at the same time:
(a) The original player breaks again
(b) The original shot order does not change.
22. Safely shooting.
The safely shooting is canceled
23. Outside interference
If outside interference should influence the result of hitting, the referee should put all the balls back ,and the player should shot again. If the interference should not influence the result, the referee only need to put the interference ball back, and game goes on. If the ball couldn’t be put back, the round is sentenced deadlock.
24. Abstention
Players can make voluntary abstention only in his turn. Abstention could be designed to a round or the game.
25. Against the spirit of sports
Usually the punishment of the behavior against the spirit of sport could be adjust through the degree of the fouls. The punishment could be a warning, a standard foul punishment, judging his losing the round or the game, disqualification, or cancelling the ranking, medal, bonus, ranking points etc. In short, for the behavior that against the spirit of sports, the referee shall make a decision according to the spirit of competition. Against the spirit of sports means any deliberate defiance of the spirit of sports, damaging or changing the principle of fair competition, including:
(a) disturbing opponent,
(b) casually moving the ball without hitting;
(c) intentionally sliding;
(d) continue shooting after the referee announcing foul or game delay;
(e) Practicing during the game;
(f) marking on the table;
(g) internationally delay of the game;
(h) using the equipment inappropriately.
(i)the player admits defeat when his opponent is going to pot the No.8(j)shoot with only one hand (except the disable player)
The Organizing Committee owns the right of final interpretation of this rule.
This version of the rule reference to the WPA American eight ball, nine ball, ten ball and the draft rules of CBSA, seek the opinions from some professional player, semi-professional players, some representatives of pool room, referee and fans. The purpose is to improve the Chinese 8 ball more appreciation、fluency、fairness、competition, and making this sport go to the world faster. We will continue perfect the rules with the development of this sport. We are hoping to get everyone’s suggestions、understanding and support.
March 2017

1 .Time limitation

For each game, the total time is A (stands for a number) minutes (OC decides if the referee racking time is taken into account). For each shot, a player shall make it within 45 seconds. Each player is permitted to call extension only once for 30 seconds.

Referee should remind players while
(a)The game reaches to A/2 minutes;
(b)when there is 5 minutes left;
(c)when there is 1 minute left;
(d)when there is 10 seconds left; and the referee should count down from the last 5 second: 5,4,3,2,1 and then the game ends.

2. Breaking
Players make lagging to determine order of play, and then break by turns. The time for each shot should be within 25 seconds, no time extension.
Referees should finish racking within 60 seconds.

3. Legal breaking:
When breaking, the male player should be in accordance with the rule of “breaking line is crossed 4 times”(including No.8 but not including cue ball)
"Breaking line is crossed 4 times" means: the breaking line is crossed (more than half or half of a ball) 4 times by numbered ball or balls(the cue ball is not included);or one ball is potted and the breaking line is crossed three times; or two balls are potted and the breaking line is crossed twice; or three balls are potted and the breaking line is crossed once; or four or more object balls are potted, the balls crossed the breaking line and potted regards as crossed the breaking line twice. Female player and the players who is under 14-year-old should be in accordance with the rule of “breaking line is crossed 3 times”.
If the breaking fails to meet the five conditions, then it will be regarded as a loss of chance.
If the shot results in a loss of chance, the incoming player has the option of:
(a). accepting such position and making shot by himself/herself or by the breaking player;
(b). re-racking and allowing the breaker breaking again or breaking by himself or herself.
Stipulation: (a). Every three times loss of chance will be considered as losing the rack. The sixth loss of chance will be judged as losing the rack one more time.
(b). Breaking softly ,and less than four object balls touch the cushion , that would be considered intentional foul, and lose the frame.