1. Have a folder containing complete WEPF/AEBF Playing rules [A4 size – makes referring to
2. Have an enlarged A4 copy of the Flow Chart. Is advisable to have a few spares, one
can be issued to the association/league to copy for their members.
3. Have copy of Interpretations on Playing Rules.
4. As always, it’s best to start at the beginning, and run through the entire Rules, paying
particular attention to the following:- [not necessarily shown in order].
a] The Break and the various situations ie. Black Ball potted on the Break;
Legal Break but Cue Ball potted; Deciding colours off the Break.
b] Playing from Baulk – requirements – ball ‘in’ Baulk, not on the line; Positioning
by the Umpire to ensure they can see this, without making it obvious to the player.
c] Deciding Colours – after the Break.
d] What constitutes a Legal Shot [when in doubt, always refer back to this rule].
e] Timing, when it starts and finishes, player requirements after final shot of that visit.
f] Balls off Table, what happens next and how.
g] Determining a Total Snooker – what to look for [ie. straight line shot, must be able
to hit some part of own ball. Not just if a part of it can be seen].
h] Determining a Foul Snooker / Foul Jaw Snooker – again, what to look for [other balls
of the player], cushions are deemed not to exist in determining a Foul Snooker.
i] Touching Ball – ie. Cue Ball resting against a Ball On [player’s own ball]. Explain the
options open to the player and what umpire call should be when a touching ball occurs.
j] Balls Falling without being Hit – Rule T explain in detail.
k] Serious Fouls and why, although the penalty is 2 visits, they are different to the Serious
l] Calling Procedures – remember to stress this area, these ‘calls’ are part of the Rules
and should make accordingly – near enough is not good enough!
m] Rule X, particularly in relation to double umpiring. Both are umpires, if they see a foul
they call it, not wait to see if the other umpire does it. Does it really matter if you both
call the same foul. Shows the players, you are both ‘on the ball’ and are aware, at all
times, what is happening on the table. Cuts down on player querying calls too.