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03-30-2007, 06:21 PM
Who's the 'true authority' when it comes to 8 and 9 ball rules? There are so many contradictory rulebooks I've seen...Is there a universally accepted 'bible' of rules?

03-30-2007, 06:40 PM
"universally accepted"??? Ain't gonna happen, but BCA handbook rules, rule in my opionin...sid~~~still finds armchair Q-backs who wants to tell you even those rules have THEIR own personal redesigned meanings

03-30-2007, 07:44 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dusmur:</font><hr> Who's the 'true authority' when it comes to 8 and 9 ball rules? ... <hr /></blockquote>
There is a "recognized" world governing body for pool. It has recognition from the International Olympic Committee. All known national pool federations belong to that Association. The federations meet in a General Assembly and approve rules revisions. That governing body is the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). The BCA reprints the "World Standardized Rules" which are decided by the WPA.

Ralph S.
03-31-2007, 12:57 AM
The World Standardized Rules are pretty much gospel in practically all forms of pool. One game that can for the most part be considered an exception is nine ball, in which case, Texas Express rules are considered by many to be the law of the game.

03-31-2007, 07:21 AM
Here it is...

03-31-2007, 07:49 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Billy_Bob:</font><hr> Here it is...
https://www.bcastore.com/product_info.php?products_id=118 <hr /></blockquote>FYI to others, WPA/BCA and other rules can also be found online. I have links to several, along with a concise summary of the WPA/BCA rules under "for reference" in the Instructor and Student Resources section of my website (http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/resources/index.html). Here's a direct link to my 3-page, printable 3-page, printable summary (http://www.engr.colostate.edu/~dga/pool/resources/rules_summary.pdf) of the rules.