Junior Norris” Memorial Shootout 9 BALL BANKS Rules



Lag for Opening Break – Winner of the lag decides who breaks first. Coin toss is acceptable if both players agree.

The Rack – Nine balls are racked in a diamond pattern with the head ball on the spot. Use the triangle rack.

Winner Breaks – Winner of previous game decides who breaks the next game.

Legal Break – A legal break requires the player to strike the head ball first and drive at least one object ball past the side pockets. If your break is illegal, the opponent may either accept the table in position or require you to break again.

Calling a Bank – The shooter must call the intended pocket and exact number of cushions before shooting. Short rails do not count.

Illegally Pocketed (Banked) Balls – A ball is illegally pocketed if it: goes into other than the called pocket; contacts other than the exact number of cushions called; caroms off any other object ball before being pocketed; is pocketed by a combination; contacts the cue ball more than once on the same shot. All illegally pocketed object balls and object balls knocked off the table are spotted.

Kick Shots – Kick shots are not allowed to count as a banked ball.

Scratch or Foul – Any scratch or foul results in loss of a ball. If you have no balls to spot, you “owe” a ball. You must spot what you owe at the end of your inning in which you have balls available to spot.

The incoming player has cue ball in hand behind the head string after a scratch or foul. If a scratch or foul is “slept” and subsequently remembered, the ball is spotted after each player has shot once.

 All Balls Are Behind the Head String with Cue Ball in Hand – Should this occur, the object ball closest to the head string is spotted. If 2 or more object balls are the same distance from the head string, the shooter will designate which ball to spot.

Winning the Game – The first player who legally pockets five (5) banked balls wins the game.