LMSSL SNOOKER RULES AND OUR "CALL OR NOT TO CALL" VIDEO
SNOOKER RULES - click here to link to WPBSA (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association) website to download or view a complete book of the latest rules. This is a 64 page PDF book that is readable and printable.
LMSSL Rules - 1 page
To view and/or print our league rules that are different from the International Rules of Snooker, click on this link: LMSSL Rules.pdf
"To Call or Not To Call" Video Introduction
The following is a introduction to and explanation of the rule demonstration videos "To Call or Not To Call", created by the Lower Mainland Seniors Snooker League
Objective of the videos
"To Call or Not To Call" rule demonstration videos
To view each video click on any of the titles below. The video will open and play in a new window. After viewing video close window and choose another from list.
CREDITS: This project was commissioned by the delegates of the Lower Mainland Seniors Snooker League at the AGM of June 2007. Vancouver, B.C.
- JOHN HORSFALL-host, technical adviser and demonstrator
- FRANK BOURASSA-project coordinator/author
- DAVE CAIRNS - Rules Committee Member
- GAETAN LAFLEUR - Rules Committee Member
- BILL MILLER - Rules Committee Member
- STEVE SURINAK - Rules Committee Member
- LEO VANDEN BOOGARD - Rules Committee Member
Thanks to Ted Wormworth, President of BC Cue Sports, for his opinions and assistance with the final stages of the project. Thanks to Leo van den Boogaard for the use of his billiards room for videotaping and to Ivan Gimesi for his assistance and advice.
AREAS OF LEAGUE PLAY THAT COULD BE IMPROVED
What is a “SNOOKER” ? The definition of a snooker in the International Rules states the following:
The cue-ball is said to be snookered when a direct stroke in a straight line to every ball on is wholly or partially obstructed by a ball or balls not on. If one or more balls on can be struck at both extreme edges free of obstruction by any ball not on, the cue-ball is not snookered
Implications of a “SNOOKER” STATEMENT OF A FEW FACTS: The cue-ball is either snookered or not. There is no half-way definition. If the direct line to hit an object ball in its entirety, that is including both “extreme edges” is obstructed in any way it is deemed to be snookered. The closest “obstructing ball” is defined to be the “effective snookering ball” and any other obstructing balls farther away are ignored even though they may prevent the striker from being able to strike the object ball.
Practical applications of a “SNOOKER”See the "Free Ball" demonstration videos, using the nominated ball after a foul snooker is an example of using the “effective snookering ball” rule. This example has been thoroughly studied and is correct as stated in the video
Options for a striker if a "FREE BALL" is declared. Remember the “options”… but the striker may shoot at the normal “ball on” if he wishes to; whether he can see part of it or not.
PUSH SHOT - Avoiding a "PUSH SHOT"
FOUL AND MISS - What is a “Foul and Miss”?
Severe penalty for “Foul and Miss ”
Because the penalty for a “foul and miss” can be very severe, players should be aware when this situation might occur so they can avoid it themselves; and secondly so they can take advantage of the penalty options if this call is made against their opponent (s).
Foul and miss rule adaptations for LMSSL
The Lower Mainland Seniors Snooker League Constitution states: Foul and Miss rule will remain in the constitution and will only apply to the following three scenarios:
Parts of the International “foul and miss” rule that our league does not follow.
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