When I play friendly games (That's all I've ever played = no
tournaments yet!) and a player fails to hit any colour (= non-red)
we use to give a penalty equal to the value of the colour the player
says he was aiming at, or the colour which was obvious the one he
intended to hit. But reading the rules I get the impression that the
penalty should allways be 7 points:
section 3.12 "Penalties" (d) a penalty of seven points is incurred if
the striker ... (vi) after potting a Red or free ball nominated as a
Red, commits a foul before nominating a colour.
The idea is supported by another rule in the same paragraph:
section 3.12 "Penalties" (d) a penalty ... (iii) plays at Reds, or a
free ball followed by a Red, in succesive strokes.
I would like to know what is right. I see all the snooker thats on
Eurosport, and I think there was a situation when the referee gave a
penalty based on judgement, but I'm not sure. But I've also seen
Parrott pick up the green ball without getting a penalty!!! so I don't
know if the referee is always to be trusted on tv.
There is another thing I would like to know.
I have often heard that a player always have to nominated when a
colour is on, but it is custom not to do so, if it is obvious.
I have not been able to find any indication of this in the rules. It
says that a striker always have to nominate the colour if requested by
the referee, and that he is to have a penalty of 7 points if he
ignores this request.
section 3.12 "Penalties" (d) a penalty ... (v) fails to declare which
ball he is on when requested to do so by the referee...