NEW Baulk-Line Rule September 2018

Please note this is a rule by World Billiards and used by the Winnipeg Veterans English Billiards League

As per below, all misses are now fouls, including if you double baulk yourself

The forthcoming 100up World Billiards Championship will be played to the Official Rules of English Billiards as published by WPBSA in November 2014 with the following modifications:

Playing From In Hand 

Section 3, Rule 6 ‘Playing From In-Hand’
After (b) add:
If the striker comes to the table with their cue ball in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn, the striker can play directly on to a ball or balls in baulk for that shot only. At all other times the following will apply; (usual rules). 

What this means in practice is that if your opponent pockets your cue ball (or forces it off of the table), when you come to the table for your turn you have the option of playing into baulk from hand; effectively an open table. This will apply regardless of whether one or two balls are in baulk when coming to the table with ball in hand.

Several people have questioned how this rule would be applied following the initial break off shot. As the rule is worded, the second player wouldn’t be coming to the table ‘in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn‘ so therefore they wouldn’t be able to play in to baulk on their first shot. 


The Miss

Section 2, Rule 16 ‘Miss’
Section 3, Rule 16 ‘Action after a Miss’
Remove completely; all misses are fouls.

With the change of the ‘Playing From In Hand’ rule (above) the ‘miss’ would become largely redundant except when you do not leave a ball out of baulk yourself during your own visit. In this instance the striker must now hit a ball or it will be a foul and the usual penalties applied.