Rules of Snookball
Object of the Game
To be the first player or team to legally pocket EITHER all of the solid-colored footballs followed by the 8 ball, or all of the stripe-colored footballs followed by the 8 ball.
The table’s playing surface is approximately 7 meters by 4 meters.
The game is played with seven solid-colored footballs numbered 1 through 7, seven stripe-colored footballs numbered 9 through 15, an 8-ball and a cue ball. The balls are colored as follows:
- 1 Ball: Solid Yellow
- 2 Ball: Solid Blue
- 3 Ball: Solid Red
- 4 Ball: Solid Purple
- 5 Ball: Solid Orange
- 6 Ball: Solid Green
- 7 Ball: Solid Maroon
- 8 Ball: Solid Black
- 9 Ball: Yellow Striped
- 10 Ball: Blue Striped
- 11 Ball: Red Striped
- 12 Ball: Purple Striped
- 13 Ball: Orange Striped
- 14 Ball: Green Striped
- 15 Ball: Maroon Striped
- Cue Ball: Solid White
To start the game, the object balls are arranged inside of a triangular rack. The rack should be positioned in a manner which the apex ball is exactly on the foot spot, with the base of the rack parallel to the short rail. The balls in the rack are placed so that they are all in contact with one another. The order of the balls should be random, with the exceptions of the 8 ball, which must be placed in the center of the rack, and the two back corner balls one of which must be a stripe and the other a solid. The cue ball is placed anywhere the breaker desires behind the center line of the table. The breaker can also choose to do the Modified Break.
One person is chosen (by a predetermined method; coin flip, win or loss of previous game, or lag) to shoot first, using the cue ball to break the object-ball rack apart. If the shooter who breaks, fails to make a legal break (usually defined as at least an object ball hitting a rail or an object ball being pocketed), then the opponent can call for a re-rack and become the breaker, or elect to play from the current position of the balls.
Selection of Object Balls
During the beginning of gameplay, one of the players can select “solids” or “stripes” as their group of object balls by legally pocketing a ball from that particular group. The other player is assigned to the other group. Once the target groups have been assigned, they remain fixed throughout the remainder of the game.
A player will continue to shoot until committing a foul or failing to legally pocket an object ball. In the case of a foul or miss, it is a player on the opposing team’s turn. Play alternates between teams as such, until there is a winning team. Following a foul, the incoming player has ball-in-hand anywhere on the table.
Pocketing the 8 ball
Once all of a player’s or team’s object balls are pocketed, they may attempt to sink the 8 ball. To win, the player (or team) must first designate which pocket they plan to sink the 8 ball into and then successfully pot the 8 ball in that called pocket. If the 8 ball falls into any pocket other than the one designated or is knocked off the table, or a foul (see below) occurs and the 8 ball is pocketed, this results in loss of game.
Any of the following results in a game win:
- A player legally pockets the 8 ball into a designated pocket, after all of that player’s object balls have been pocketed.
- The opponent pockets the 8 ball on the break.
- The opponent illegally pockets the 8 ball.
- The opponent knocks the 8 ball off the table.
- The opponent commits a foul on a shot that successfully pockets the 8 ball.
- The shooter fails to strike one of his own object balls (or the 8 ball, if all of said object balls are already pocketed) with the cue ball, before other balls (if any) are contacted by the cue ball. This excludes “split” shots, where the cue ball strikes one of the shooter’s and one of the opponent’s object balls simultaneously.
- If an attempt is made to pocket a ball, and the ball hits the pocket, bounces out and lands on the ground, the ball is placed in the pocket and the game continues.
- The cue ball is shot before all balls have come to a complete stop from the previous shot
- The cue ball is touched more than once during a shot by the same player
- The cue ball is clearly dragged with the foot remaining in contact with it more than momentarily
- The shooter touches the cue ball with their hand or any foreign object during a shot, other than as necessary to move the cue ball when the player has ball-in-hand
- The shooter knocks a ball off the table
- The shooter has shot out-of-turn