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L.S. Dennis
05-17-2003, 05:14 PM
INNOVATION NINE BALL

Here's a game that I came up with several years ago that combines some elements of straight pool along with that of nine ball. This was eventually published in a now defunct news letter called 'Head Spot';. Anyway with out further ado here it is, have fun with it!

OBJECT OF GAME: To legally score a total of 46 points during a match with a maximum of 10 racks played.

SCORING: Each object ball has a point value of one point regardless if it’s the one or the nine balls. Players keep a running total of their points at the end of each rack.

ORDER OF PLAY: Balls are racked in the traditional nine-ball rack, and are played or shot sequentially as nine ball is normally played.

CALL POCKET RULES APPLY: Any balls pocketed in addition to the called shot remain pocketed and count as points scored. Should the shooter fail to make the called ball, or pocked it in other than the designated pocket, any balls pocketed on the shot are spotted on or behind the foot spot. Incoming player shall then have the option of taking the shot or giving the shot back to the previous shooter.

THE BREAK: Alternate breaks apply. Any ball pocketed on the break counts as one point and shooter continues to shoot until he/she misses the next legal object ball or elects to play safe.

SCRATCH ON THE BREAK: All balls pocketed are respotted and opposing player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.

JUMPED OBJECT BALLS: Any object ball jumped off the table is respotted on or behind the foot spot. Incoming player has the option of accepting the table in position, or giving the shot back to the previous shooter. However, when an object ball is jumped off the table and the called ball is pocketed, the jumped ball is respotted, there is no foul, and the shooting player continues.

PENALTY FOR FOULS: The incoming player is awarded cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.

CUE BALL AFTER SCRATCH: Incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table.

LEGAL SHOT: On all shots the shooter must hit the lowest numbered object ball first, and either (1) pocket that ball, or (2) cause the cue ball or any object ball to contact a rail. NOTE: It is okay for the shooter to bank the cue ball off a rail before contacting his/her lowest numbered ball, however after such contact is made that ball must be pocketed, OR the cue ball or any object ball must contact a rail. (Just like normal 9-ball rules)

SUDDEN DEATH: In the unlikely event that at the end of ten racks played, both players are tied with 45 points apiece, the match shall be decided by one “Sudden Death” game of regular call pocket Nine Ball with the players lagging for the break.

*Remember for the scoring to be correct, the total of both opponents’ scores at the end of each rack needs to be divisible by 9. Example 18, 27, 36, etc.

L.S. Dennis
05-18-2003, 08:37 AM
One other rule that I forgot to mention, and that is you can't pocket a ball and play safe. Other than that, that should cover it!