If the white ball leaves the table by whatever means it may be [going in to
a pocket, jumping off the table etc] the ball is said to be "in hand". This
means that the player may legally touch the balland place it anywhere in the
D he wants. The white ball is in play again (ie not "in hand") when the
player's cue tip has touched the cue ball - when this happens is ultimately
down to the discretion of the referee.
A side point regarding the free ball - a free ball may only be awarded when
the ball is in hand IF:
any one of the object ball(s) cannot be hit full ball from ANY position in
I don't think this rule is new --- just obscure.
Andrew T Wilshere
> Andrew, this free ball stuff is new to me. Could you explain the rules,
> how they apply? And when did this rule come into being? I am back at
> snooker after not playing for close to 25 years.
> >If a situation arises where the cue ball is ?in hand? [ie where the ball
> >be placed manually by the player anywhere he wishes in the D] he may play
> >a ball on wherever it may lie on the table. A free ball is only awarded
> >the cue ball is in hand, when a ball on cannot be hit full ball from
> >possible position in the D.
> >Hope it answers your question.
> >Andrew T Wilshere
> >> I have seen some rules on web sites and a couple rule books, but still
> >> haven't seen a thorough answer.
> >> quick rule interp: Cue ball jumps table--- cue ball is then placed
> >> inside the 'D' and incoming player proceeds to shoot at his 'on' ball
> >> and there is no restriction of where the 'on' ball has to be located
> >> can be played wherever it is on the table.
> >> 1. Question: can the 'on' ball also be located inside the 'D' area?
> >> 2. Question: does this also apply to a scratched cue ball (pocketed)?
> >> I have not seen these answered specifically anywhere. Of course I know
> >> rules will vary depending on location.
> >> feel free to reply to NG or me
> >> Any clarification is appreciated,,,,,,,TIA,,,,,,,,Rick