January 25, 2018

There can be some confusion as to what the difference is between the official rules and any other types of rules, such as Pennant playing rules, or rules imposed by some tournament organisers.

The official rules are the ones formulated by the WPBSA and which can be found in printed rule books and on line, including on this website and last updated for both Snooker and Billiards in August 2019.

All the other rules are not really game rules but playing conditions. These are imposed by tournament or...

January 8, 2018

There are instructions in place at the end of Section 5 of the rule book, called ‘Assistance by Officials’, which deals with the light canopy and what to do in case of a player being disabled. The term ‘assistance’ goes way beyond this however, and can make a frame of snooker that much more enjoyable and also speed things up if handled properly.

Let us first put to bed the official rules, which state that the referee or marker is at liberty to assist the player in striking without encumbrance whe...

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