>>It's very clear in the BCA rule book for formal tournament eight ball that
>>jumping an object ball off of the table is not a foul,
>>as long as the cueball remains on the table. Any object ball that is
>>jumped from the table should be spotted.
>Perhaps our posts crossed, but to avoid confusion here is the BCA rule:
>4.18 OBJECT BALLS JUMPED OFF THE TABLE. If any object ball is jumped off
>the table, it is a foul and loss of turn, unless it is the 8-ball, which
>is a loss of game. Any jumped object balls are spotted in numerical order
>according to General Rules for spotting balls.
>Since it is a foul, the foul penalty applies which is:
>4.15 FOUL PENALTY. Opposing player gets cue ball in hand. [...]
>$.02 -Ron Shepard
Then again, I might be wrong.......the last time I played BCA eight ball was in the intercollegiate BCA tournaments, five
years ago. I was just trying to recall the rules from memory and I recalled that when I was first introduced to the notion
that a jumped object ball is a foul in Texas Express Nine Ball, it seemed counter to every set of rules for nine ball or eight
ball I had ever learned. So, for some reason I was sure that a jumped object ball is not a foul. However, there are two
different sets of eight ball rules within the BCA book, of that I am sure. The rules might be different between them.