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  • New Rule Book for Billiards and Snooker

    After a couple of years of intense consideration and debate by a small team, led by Jan Verhaas, the eagerly awaited new rules of snooker and billiards were published on Monday 12th August 2019. Until everyone has had an opportunity to consider and digest the content, the books will only be available online. A printed book will follow in due course.

    For now the rules can be accessed via this link: https://www.wpbsa.com/wp-content/upl...rds-2019-3.pdf

    There are also some brief explanatory notes highlighting the changes available here: https://www.wpbsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Explanatory-Notes-to-the-2019-Rewrite-of-the-Rulebook.pdf

    The full WPBSA announcement is available here:
    https://www.wpbsa.com/new-wpbsa-rulebook-published/
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    yep, been waiting years
    cheers for the info
    Up the TSF!

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    • #3
      Interesting to read that under the section The Referee it doesn't state that the referee has to stand behind the striker although that is the norm these days thus slowing down the faster players who need to get into a groove to perform at their best. And there were instances of referees walking past the striker already down on the shot in order to get behind him in china recently.
      So the referee is allowed to slow the proceedings down and put off the striker by moving in front of him but either player can be penalised under Time Wasting and Unsporting Behaviour for doing the same.

      And I think it's time that the Shootout rule of a ball must be potted or made to touch a cushion on every stroke was implemented in the general rules to stop the easy roll up snooker and cut down the number of re-racks.
      I put this to our league committee this season at the AGM and it was laughed at, yet in a handicap league not only are the poor players given up to 50 points start but they are also allowed to defend that start by rolling in reds and rolling up behind a colour.
      They argued against it by stating it wasn't in the general rules and we must adhere to the actual rules, but I countered that the miss rule is in the general rules but not applied in our league yet it should be if we have to adhere to the actual rules so in effect our league can change the playing rules if we want to because we already have.
      Speak up, you've got to speak up against the madness, you've got speak your mind if you dare
      but don't try to get yourself elected, for if you do you'll have to cut your hair

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      • #4
        Originally posted by vmax View Post
        Interesting to read that under the section The Referee it doesn't state that the referee has to stand behind the striker although that is the norm these days thus slowing down the faster players who need to get into a groove to perform at their best. And there were instances of referees walking past the striker already down on the shot in order to get behind him in china recently.
        So the referee is allowed to slow the proceedings down and put off the striker by moving in front of him but either player can be penalised under Time Wasting and Unsporting Behaviour for doing the same.

        And I think it's time that the Shootout rule of a ball must be potted or made to touch a cushion on every stroke was implemented in the general rules to stop the easy roll up snooker and cut down the number of re-racks.
        I put this to our league committee this season at the AGM and it was laughed at, yet in a handicap league not only are the poor players given up to 50 points start but they are also allowed to defend that start by rolling in reds and rolling up behind a colour.
        They argued against it by stating it wasn't in the general rules and we must adhere to the actual rules, but I countered that the miss rule is in the general rules but not applied in our league yet it should be if we have to adhere to the actual rules so in effect our league can change the playing rules if we want to because we already have.
        For a referee, where best to position himself comes with experience and guidance from more senior referees and examiners. However, *World Snooker* have much stricter guidance as to where they expect their referees to position themselves.

        As for 're-racks' (sadly the term has now found its way into the rule book), you surely can't be suggesting this is a common problem?
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