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REFEREES CALLING PROCEDURES

Amended 2009 - Changes Highlighted

BLACK BALL POTTED ON THE BREAK SHOT: Call:- “Void Break”, (Retrieve all Balls and re-rack)…”Same Player to Re-start Frame, No Penalty”.
FOUL BREAK: Call:- “Foul Break”, …. (Re-rack Balls)…“Opponent to Re-start Frame with Two Visits”.

CUE BALL POTTED ON A FAIR BREAK: Call:- “Foul”,…... Timing to re-start on handing the cue ball to the oncoming player. Call:- “One Visit, Time Running”.

In the event of a player showing reluctance to accept the cue ball, i.e., Gamesmanship, place the cue ball on the baulk rail and call;- “Time Running”.

ANY STANDARD FOUL WHEN GROUP NOT ESTABLISHED: Call:- “Foul, Two Visits”.
If it is the first time a player is in/takes control of the table. Call:- “Foul, Two Visits…Open Table”.

BREAK SHOT, ANY LEGAL BALL(S) POTTED: Call:- “Balls Potted”…

If player nominates the group potted Call:- “Red/Yellow Balls in Play”.

If player nominates the group not potted Call:- “Red/Yellow Balls Nominated”.

If colour nominated is then potted Call:- “Red/Yellow Balls in Play”.

Failure to pot nominated colour Call:- “Open Table”.

BREAK SHOT, FAIR BREAK, NO BALLS POTTED: Call:- “Open Table”.

FIRST APPROACH AFTER GROUPS ARE ESTABLISHED: On the first time only, that a player is in/takes control of the table, after groups have been established. Call:- “Red/Yellow Balls in Play”.
ANY STANDARD FOULS DURING A FRAME: Call:- “Foul, Two Visits”. No further call is made (other than time calls/fouls) until a pot “on” is missed. Then Call:- “Second Visit”. No call is made at the end of this visit.
NON STANDARD FOULS: Call:- “Foul”. Then impose relevant penalty and/or await direction from the oncoming player. Add “Open Table” if no group established and it is the first time a player is in/takes control of the table.
SERIOUS FOULS: Call:- “Serious Foul”. Replace any ball(s) moved,…Call:- “Two Visits”. Add “Open Table” if no group established and it is the first time a player is in/takes control of the table.
LOSS OF FRAME FOULS: Call:- “Loss of Frame”. Explain reason.
TIME FOULS: At 30 seconds, Call:- “Thirty Seconds”. This must be called on time even if the player appears to be about to stroke the shot. At Sixty Seconds, Call:- “Time Foul, Two Visits”. Add “Open Table” if no group established and it is the first time a player is in/takes control of the table.
TOUCHING BALL(S): When the cue ball is in contact with any ball(s) “on”, Call:- “Touching Ball(s)”. Clearly point to ball(s) in contact with cue ball.
TIME OUT: If Time Out is granted or required by the Referee, Call:- “Time Out”.

At the end of the Time Out period, Call:- “Time Running”.

TOTAL SNOOKER/FOUL SNOOKER: After a request from a player only, Call:- “Total/Foul/Jaw Snooker”, or as appropriate, with “Time Out” calls if necessary.
STALEMATE: If the Stalemate Rule is invoked, Call:- “Stalemate, Re-start of Frame, Same Player to Break”, “One Visit”.
BALL NOMINATION: Where a player has a right of ball nomination, after nomination, point to nominated ball and Call:- "Red/Yellow/Black Ball Nominated"”.
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