Full Rules of Snooker Shoot Out
Each match will be played over a period of 10 minutes from the initial
White ball lag for break, closest to cushion chooses who breaks.
The shot clock will be initiated by the timing official and in agreement with the referee. It will start when all balls come to rest from the previous stroke and stop at the exact moment the player strikes the cue ball.
Shot clock will be set at 15 seconds per shot, the shot clock will be reduced to 10 seconds per shot when there are five minutes remaining. Failure to commence a stroke within the allotted time will result in a time foul being awarded. This will result in a five point penalty and the incoming player receives the cue ball from the referee and plays from ‘in hand’ (from anywhere on the table)
Under normal circumstances the shot clock will be started the instant the balls come to rest or, after a ball ‘off the table’ has been correctly re-spotted. If the cue ball is spinning on its axis, this will be deemed a moving ball. Should the shot clock be started by the timing official when this is taking place the referee will request that the shot clock is stopped and re-started. When the balls have come to rest is the decision of the referee.
Following all fouls the referee will pick up the cue ball which is then played from ‘in hand’. ‘In hand’ shall mean the cue ball can be placed and subsequently played from anywhere on the table and the player does not have the option of asking his opponent to ‘play again’. For this reason, there is obviously no ‘free ball’ or ‘foul and miss rule’. The shot clock starts when the incoming player receives the cue-ball from the referee or when the referee indicates to the timing official that it should be started.
At any point, a referee can call time out and decide whether the shot clock is restarted or re-set.
Should a player have reason to question a decision made by the referee, the clock will continue until the referee reaches a final decision. The referee may then choose whether to re-set the shot clock.
In the event of a draw, a black ball shoot out will decide the match. Lag for break to see who chooses. Play will continue on a 10sec shot clock.
Provided a stroke commences within the allotted ‘stroke’ and ‘frame’
time the completed stroke will be permitted to stand along with any score or
penalty points resulting from it.
Due to the need for speedy play, players will not be deemed to be
breaching etiquette should they remain closer to the table than normal in
readiness for their next shot though not in his opponent's eye-line.
The referee is best placed to decide, if a foul has taken place and Not the timing official.
If there is a need for the referee to make a decision the shot clock will not be started until the referee has reached that decision.
Should there be an electronic shot-clock malfunction the referee's decision will be final.
The referee is the ultimate arbiter and his decision is final. Should
any eventuality not be covered by these rules the referee's decision will stand
and, where applicable, it will set a precedent.
Finally – this is a tournament that thrives on crowd support and encouragement. Unless the referee feels that it is necessary, the crowd will not be silenced!!