2. Nine Ball
Nine ball is played with nine object balls numbered one through nine and the cue ball. The
balls are played in ascending numerical order. The player legally pocketing the nine ball wins
the rack.
2.1 Determining the Break
The player who wins the lag chooses who will break the first rack.


2.2 Nine Ball Rack
The object balls are racked as tightly as possible in a diamond shape by losing player, with the one ball at the
apex of the diamond and on the foot spot and the nine ball in the middle of the diamond. The
other balls will be placed in the diamond without purposeful or intentional pattern.


2.3 Legal Break Shot
The following rules apply to the break shot:
(a) the cue ball begins in hand behind the head string; and
(b) if no ball is pocketed, at least four object balls must be driven to one or more rails, or the
shot is a foul.
2.4 Second Shot of the Rack – Push Out
If no foul is committed on the break shot, the shooter may choose to play a “push out” as his
shot. He must make his intention known to the opposing player! Cue ball cannot make contact with lowest
number ball on pushout or it results in ball in hand foul.
Any ball pocketed during pushout will be scored as dead ball and remain down.
If no foul is committed on a push
out, the other player chooses who will shoot next.

2.5 Continuing Play
If the shooter legally pockets any ball on a shot, he continues at the table for the next shot. If he legally pockets the nine
ball on any shot (except a push out), he wins the rack. If the shooter fails to pocket a ball or
fouls, play passes to the other player, and if no foul was committed, the incoming player must
play the cue ball from the position left by the other player.
2.6 Spotting Balls
If the nine ball is pocketed on a foul or push out, or driven off the table, it is spotted. No other object ball is ever spotted.

If the shooter commits a standard foul, play passes to his opponent. The cue ball is in hand,
and the incoming player may place it anywhere on the playing surface. The following are standard fouls at nine ball:
6.1 Cue Ball Scratch or off the Table
6.2 Wrong Ball First; The first object ball contacted by the cue ball on each shot must be the
lowest-numbered ball remaining on the table.
6.3 No Rail after Contact
6.4 No Foot on Floor
6.5 Ball Driven off the Table; The only jumped object ball that is spotted is the nine.
6.6 Touched cue Ball
6.7 Double Hit / Frozen Balls
6.8 Push Shot
6.9 Balls Still Moving
6.10 Bad Cue Ball Placement
6.12 Cue Stick on the Table
6.13 Playing out of Turn
6.15 Slow Play
6.16 More than one object ball moved on table