07-05-2005, 10:41 AM
A local league, "VIP League" has probably the worst rule for the break I have ever heard. If you are going to break from outside 1 diamond from the center of the table, you must announce it, then you are not allowed to hit the third ball. Somebody neutral will watch the hit to determine if it was hit. IMO the breaker should be able to hit the rack anywhere. The stipulations can determine if its legal. The only two I know of are, 1) 4 balls must hit a rail or 2) so many balls must go past the side pocket. Has anyone ever heard of this and/or why? This is the kind of rule that make me think, This is why I stay away from leagues like this. I'm sure there are bad rules in all leagues, but this must take the prize.