Rules for THREE CUSHION BILLIARDS


Contents:

  1. TYPE OF GAME
  2. PLAYERS
  3. EQUIPMENT
  4. OBJECT OF THE GAME
  5. SCORING
  6. OPENING BREAK
  7. RULES OF PLAY
  8. PENALTIES FOR FOULS

Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Carom Billiards apply.

TYPE OF GAME

Is a carom game wherein the shooter's cue ball must contact the cushions of the table at least three times before first touching the second object ball of his shot in order for the shooter to count a point.

PLAYERS

Two individuals, or two teams.

EQUIPMENT

Standard set of (3) balls, on a standard carom table (5'by 10').

OBJECT OF GAME

To reach a predetermined point count before your opponent.

SCORING

One point is scored each time a legal count is made. A legal count is scored any time the shooter causes his cue ball to contact three cushion before first contacting the second object ball (both his opponent's cue ball and the red ball ball must be contacted on the shot). The order of ball and cushion contacts is otherwise irrelevant.

OPENING BREAK

The red-ball must be the first object ball contacted on the break. The non-breaker's cue ball is placed on the head spot and the red ball is placed on the foot spot. The breaker must position his cue ball along the head string no more than six inches away from his opponent's cue ball.

RULES OF PLAY

A legal counting stroke entitles the shooter to continue at the table until he fails to legally count.

The requirements of counting are described above under SCORING. A player may go for the count, or play safe as decribed in the General Rules of Carom Billiards.

PENALTIES FOR FOULS

Loss of turn.
These rules are used by Billy Aardd's Club, NMIMT, Socorro, NM.