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07-23-2002, 08:16 PM
What is considered the appropriate time lapse when the OB hangs in the corner and then falls in to be legally pocketed or to be repositioned? Is it written in the rules or is this a gray area?

07-23-2002, 11:32 PM
5 sec.

SPetty
07-24-2002, 10:59 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Bill:</font><hr> What is considered the appropriate time lapse when the OB hangs in the corner and then falls in to be legally pocketed or to be repositioned? Is it written in the rules or is this a gray area? <hr></blockquote>From the BCA General Rules of Pocket Billiards:

3.31 BALLS MOVING SPONTANEOUSLY
If a ball shifts, settles, turns or otherwise moves “by itself,” the ball shall remain in the position it assumed and play continues. A hanging ball that falls into a pocket “by itself” after being motionless for 5 seconds or longer shall be replaced as closely as possible to its position prior to falling, and play shall continue. If an object ball drops into a pocket “by itself” as a player shoots at it, so that the cue ball passes over the spot the ball had been on, unable to hit it, the cue ball and object ball are to be replaced to their positions prior to the stroke, and the player may shoot again. Any other object balls disturbed on the stroke are also to be replaced to their original positions before the shooter replays.