8 Ball Umpire

Australian Eight Ball Federation

Foul Snooker Rule

P Foul Snookers
(1) Definition:  When an opponent plays a foul shot and this results in the incoming player being snookered, the incoming player is deemed to be Foul Snookered.
(2) If a player believes that a Foul Snooker exists, the player may ask the referee for a ruling.
(3) If the referee rules that a foul snooker exists, the player initially has the following options:-
 (a) Play the Cue Ball from where it lies. {see (4) (a) below}
 (b) Ask the referee to remove the Cue Ball so as to allow the player to play from Baulk. {see (4) (b) below}
(4) (a) (i) If the player chooses to play the Cue Ball from where it lies, the player may, if the player wishes, nominate the Eight Ball (but see (5) below) or any one of the opponent's Colour.  The player can nominate a particular ball by verbal description of it or its position or by pointing at it.  The Referee may ask for further information if any doubt exists as to which ball has been nominated.
  (ii) Once nominated, a ball is deemed to "become one" of the player's Colour for the first shot of the first visit.  The player may then play any of the player's own Colour or the nominated ball. If any of the player's Colour and/or the nominated ball is potted, the player continues with the first visit.
 (b) If the player chooses to play the Cue Ball from Baulk, a Foul Snooker may no longer exist.  In this case the procedure under the heading (E) Playing from Baulk (2) (d) & (2) (e) should be followed.  If the referee decides that a Foul Snooker does still exist, the player may nominate a ball and follow the procedure in (4) (a) above.
(5) If the Eight Ball is nominated it may be played, but potting it will mean loss of frame.
(6) (a) If a player is "On" the Eight Ball and Foul Snookered: – The player may play a nominated ball or the Eight Ball and pot either or both of these balls, directly or indirectly, in any pocket or pockets.
  Assuming the player does not commit a foul:-

  •   (i) If neither the Eight Ball nor the nominated ball is potted, the player's first visit is complete.
  •   (ii) If the nominated ball is potted and the Eight Ball is not, the player continues with the first visit.
  •   (iii) If the nominated ball and the Eight Ball are potted, the player wins the frame.
  •   (iv) If the Eight Ball is potted and the nominated ball is not, the player wins the frame.

(7) If a Foul Snooker exists and the Cue Ball is touching an opponent's ball or balls, the player may, but is not obliged to, nominate one of those touching balls.

Q Foul Jaw Snooker
If an opponent fouls and the Cue Ball comes to rest on or near a Jaw (curved part of a cushion), and that Jaw is preventing the player from playing the finest cut possible on both sides of any of that player's own Colour by way of a "straight – line" shot, the player is deemed to be Foul Snookered and all the rules pertaining to Foul Snookers will apply.

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13. Foul Snooker (rule P) (from Guidance)
If a player has been awarded a Foul Snooker, and the player picks up the ball, it is a standard foul (see K21; the Referee must retrieve the cue ball). The opponent comes to the table with cue ball in hand.

14.1 Assessing a Snooker in baulk (rule E)
All positions for the cue ball in baulk must be examined. This includes being able to place the cue ball in the jaws of a pocket (but not touching a ball ‘on’), or being able to place the cue ball in the middle of a cluster of balls. A Referee should not attempt to place the cue ball into such positions; the fact that it could be done is enough to deny a snooker.

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FOUL SNOOKER: After a request from a player only, Call: – “Total/Foul/Jaw Snooker”, or as appropriate, with “Time Out” calls if necessary.

Foul Snooker Rule Diagrams

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Foul Snookers and Foul Jaw Snookers
If your opponent has fouled and left you in a situation where you cannot play the finest cut possible on BOTH sides of at least one of your balls, by way of a straight line shot, then you are either “foul snookered” or “foul jaw snookered”.
See the examples below.
NOTE: All examples show the fouled player’s colour as yellow.

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