: A lot of nonsense has been posted recently about the miss rule in amateur
: snooker. It is WRONG to say that a miss can never be called on an amateur
: player. Convention says that it is used more sparingly with amateurs, who
: often haven't the expertise to escape from snookers, but on occasions it is
: imperative to call a miss when no real effort has been made to hit the ball
: ON or the nominated ball.
: All snooker players (should) folow the same rules; show me where it says
: that the miss rule applies to professionals only!
The rule *could* apply to amateurs but would be difficult to enforce as
the only person qualified to make a decision regarding an intentional
miss would be a referee and these are seldom used in amateur matches
(especially club level ones).
The miss rule is brought into practice when a player does not "make the
effort" to hit the on-ball. This is hard enough to judge in the pro-game
(I've seen many players penalised when, to me, it looked like a perfectly
good attempt) and would be a nightmare to judge in the amateur game..to
see the extent of the dilemma (in the PRO game), I quote from Joe Davis'
"For him there are certain guiding rules. The snooker rules give him the
power to order the ball "on" to be hit, at either players turn, in the
event of "wilful evasion" of the spirit of the rules. This undoubtedly
is intended to cover the intentional miss. There is also rule 16 of
General Rules which gives a referee no option but to declare a player
as having lost the game in the event of "wilfully or persistently
unfair conduct". But the question of the intentional miss is nevertheless
bound to remain, under the present rules, one in which the referee finds
the utmost difficultly and embarrassment. he is, in effect, asked to
decide whether a player played badly or deliberately cheated"
The rules do not state that the intentional miss should not be applied to
the amateur game, but it is accepted that the rule would be very difficult
to enforce at the amateur level, and impossible without a referee.
If it were enforced, then I would be accused of "miss"ing every other